Sudipta Ghosh to Discuss “Living High": The Science of Adaption to High Altitudes in Populations from Peru and Northeast India

Sudipta GhoshOn Tuesday, February 21st, the South Asia Center is pleased to host Sudipta Ghosh to discuss “Living High": The Science of Adaption to High Altitudes in Populations from Peru and Northeast India. Sudipta Ghosh is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at North-Eastern Hill University. The lecture will take place in 341 Eggers Hall at 12:30PM.

High altitude natives show unique features (like large lungs) that may indicate adaptation to high altitude. One feature/trait that has received attention is the regulatory molecule nitric oxide (NO) which affects physiological processes related to oxygen transport. At least one previous study suggests that highland native groups in Tibet and Bolivia have a relatively high concentration of exhaled NO, perhaps reflective of a genetic or developmental adaptive response. This talk will focus on measurements of exhaled NO that were made on a sample of nearly n=700 highland native participants in their home environments, including Peruvian Quechua from the Andes and Tibetan Monpa from the Himalayan region in the North-East of India.