Associate Professor Anandwardhan A Hardikar

Anand HardikarPosition

Associate Professor and JDRF Australia T1D Clinical Research Network Fellow (CDA)


Anand received training in pancreas development, regenerative biology, and (epi)genetics, and is leading research in three distinct areas related to diabetes: i) islet cell biology, ii) cellular physiology and epigenetics, and iii) biomarkers of diabetes and foetal programming.

Anand received Ph.D. for his work in pancreas regenerative biology (with Prof. Ramesh Bhonde) and undernutrition (with Prof. Chittaranjan S. Yajnik) at the National Centre for Cell Science (NCCS), Pune, India, and the WHO collaborating centre, Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), Belgium (Profs. Joe Hoet & Claude Remacle).  He trained in cellular and molecular biology at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia (Prof. Doris Stoffers) as well as the NIDDK, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda (Prof. Marvin Gershengorn).

Anand started his group in 2006 at the National Centre for Cell Sciences, India, and then migrated to Australia in 2009.  Within Australia, he has worked at the University of New South Wales, the O’Brien Institute, University of Melbourne, the NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre, University of Sydney and is now based at the School of Medicine, Western Sydney University.

Anand was awarded the Australian Future Fellowship by the Australian Research Council (ARC) in 2012 and currently holds the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) Australia clinical research network (CRN) fellowship (CDA).  With over two decades of research experience, he leads basic and translational research in the islet biology and diabetes group at the Western Sydney University and also as a visiting Professor with the Danish Diabetes Academy, Copenhagen.  Anand is also the vice president of Islet Society, Sweden.

Research Interests

  • Molecular biomarkers
  • Diabetes mellitus
  • Islet cell biology
  • Epigenetics
  • Microbial metabolites


  • Australian Diabetes Society (2009)
  • American Diabetes Association (2002)
  • Danish Diabetes Academy (2016 - 2022)
  • Islet Society (2009-)

Qualifications and Recognition

  • BSc: Garware College, Pune
  • MSc: University of Pune
  • PhD: National Center for Cell Science, Pune and UCL, Belgium
  • Training: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, UNSW and NIDDK< National Institutes of Health (2000-2006)

Research & Publications

Contact Details

Telephone +61 488 119 772
Location Building 30.2.27, Campbelltown campus, Western Sydney University