National Faculty

Dr. A. Radha Rama Devi

Rainbow Children Hospital, Hyderbad

  • Area of special interest: Inborn Errors of Metabolism& Newborn Screening
  • Experience in Medical/ Pediatric education: 42years of experiancein pediatrics and Clinical Research
  • Publications: Eighty in National and International Journals
  • Awards/ Recognitions:
  • President Medal In MBBS
  • Gold medal in Medicine
  • British council Travel fellowship, UK.
  • Life time Achievement award in Inborn errors of Metabolism by the Hyderabad branch of Indian academy of Paediatrics.
  • Senior Women Bio-scientist: Department of Biotechnology, 2005, Government of India.
  • Top 10 women in Medicine,2007
  • Dr I.C.Verma Outstanding Researcher Award- 2018
  • Sandor Oration Award- ISIEM,Pune,2019
  • Achievements:
  • Started the first large scale New-born Screening in India.
  • Promoted the importance and awareness regarding Inborn Errors of metabolism and management
  • The first Genetic testing in India televised in BBC’s “Tomorrows World”

Ms. Farida Raj, Hyderabad, India

Farida Raj, a mainstream school teacher in Mumbai, turned to special education when she felt she had a lot more to offer to student community. She trained to teach children with Cerebral Palsy, did in-service training in the UK and worked at the school run by The Spastic Society of India, Mumbai. But it was when she moved to Hyderabad that she found her true calling - teaching children with learning disabilities. She found there were some students in every class who remained academically poor despite the support offered by teachers, tuition teachers and parents. She trained and became a remedial educator to teach children with Specific Learning Disabilities [SLDs ]. It became her obsession to create awareness about this hidden handicap. She wrote a number of articles for the popular English Daily’s- Deccan Chronicle, The New Indian Express, The Hindu and also the Urdu Daily, Siasat.

She set up Centre for Special Education where children are assessed and provided remedial education.

She authored “Breaking Through”, A handbook for teachers and parents of children with SLD’s and Understanding Learning Difficulties for Cambridge University Press.

She is a certified REBT Counselor providing psychological counselling to children, adolescents and parents.

Dr. Safala Mahadik, RD., Mumbai

Sr. Clinical Metabolic Dietician, K.E.M. Hospital, RD Representative & LEC, IDA, Mumbai chapter.
Certified Low FODMAP-IBS dietician, MONASH University, Australia.
Life Member, West Zone Metabolic Dieticians group, India.
Adjunct faculty, SVT college, Mumbai, Cardiothoracic Nutrition & IEM disorders.
Life Member, Indian Society for Inborn Errors of Metabolism.
Certified Keto Epilepsy Dietician and member, Asian Institute of Epilepsy Foundation and Ketogenic Diet Mumbai.
Life Member Of IAPEN.
Block member of ESPEN.

Dr. N. Kavitha Bhat

Experienced and trusted doctor with 20+ years of experience not only in patient care but also in training post graduate students and Pediatric endocrinology Fellows


  • 1997 – 2015
  • 2002 – 2005
  • 2015 – 2020
  • 2020 December -till date

Ms. Shika Metharamani,Kolkata

Founder/President of Indian PWS association.

After my son was born in 2003,it was a struggle here in India to get the right diagnosis. Having a family of doctors overseas he was finally diagnosed with Prader Willi syndrome in USA and being the first Indian to register a PWS case in the international database. In 2004 June I was invited to attend the PWS conference hosted by the USA association.There I was introduced to the IPWSO President and my mentor Late Mrs Pam Eisen who encouraged me to start the Indian chapter of PWS. Eversince we have been guided and motivated by IPWSO. We have taken part at several medical conferences in India and have been trying to spread the awareness of PWS.

Dr. Dhanlaxmi Shetty, Mumbai

Dr. Dhanlaxmi earned her doctorate in applied biology from Mumbai university. She also got her post graduate diploma in hospital management and medico legal system. She is a Certified Associate Genetic Counselor (2019-2021) by Board of Genetic Counseling of India (BGCI) and registered Clinical Laboratory Geneticist (2019-2024)- European Board of Medical Geneticist (EBMG).

She is currently working as a Scientific Officer E, Officer-In-Charge at department of Cancer Cytogenetics at ACTREC, Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai. She has more than a decade of experience in the field of Cancer genetic, pre and postnatal Cytogenetics and Human genetics.

Executive positions
Cytogeneticist- Inkus IVF Centre Section Head at department of Genetics- Metropolis Healthcare Pvt Ltd. Senior Cytogeneticist at SRL Diagnostics Pvt Ltd. Executive Director in Cytogenetics at genetic Diagnostics

Dr. Jayesh Sheth, Ahmedabad

He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Bombay University in 1983 and served as a Professor of Endocrinology at Sheth V. S. Hospital, Ahmedabad till 2000. He initiated his work on rare disease genetics, in particular- lysosomal storage disorders, in 2001, began building the diagnostic techniques at FRIGE in 2003 and continued his affiliation with Dr. Shah Pathology Laboratory. He was appointed to three National Task Forces (by DBT and ICMR) . He is a UICC Fellow and a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Sunali Khanna, Mumbai

Dr Sunali Khanna is a reputed scholar and Associate Professor at Nair Hospital Dental College, Mumbai. She has authored 65 papers in reputed International and National Journals and has addressed 45 International Conferences.

She became the first and only candidate to qualify the D.N.B (Diplomate of National Board Examination) in Oral Medicine & Radiology till now. She has worked extensively towards the health care of elderly & marginalized sections of society. She has been awarded the membership of the National Academy of Medical Sciences, New – Delhi. She is recipient of Maharashtra University of Health Sciences Teachers’ Research Award (2014). She was awarded PhD by Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in 2018.She was conferred the Visionary Leadership Award by the Jackson State University, U.S.A in 2019.

She has contributed towards development of curriculum for Under and Post graduate dental surgery courses. She has been instrumental in designing training modules and suggesting reforms in higher education especially the prevailing examination system. She is on the expert panel of University Grants Commission as inspector of Centers for Potential of Excellence and the National Board of Examinations, New-Delhi for multifarious academic activities.

She has conducted surveys on Tobacco related diseases and cessation practices. She has co-authored HIV/AIDS manual for health professionals in association with Mumbai District AIDS Control Society which is a big step towards developing community awareness particularly among doctors in interior and remote areas. She has participated as resource person/panelist in health awareness programs on the National Television.

Her biography features in Who’s Who in the World (Medicine & Healthcare), Silver Jubilee Edition 2009 and consecutive years. She is the Immediate Past President of the Asian Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Radiology. She is the third time Vice President of the Indian Academy of Oral Medicine & Radiology. Being a keen environmental health scientist and activist, her research highlights importance of environmental health issues in the public sphere, which focuses on development of approaches to integrating public concerns and precautionary principles into public policy on health.

She has obtained the Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital &Healthcare Management, Medico-Legal systems and Clinical Research from the Symbiosis International University.

Dr. N. Jayanthi, Hyderabad

Head – Scientific Affairs Unique Biotech Ltd

Brief biodata

Dr. Jayanthi holds a Ph.D degree in Biochemistry from the National Institute of Nutrition, Hyderabad, India with postdoctoral experience from the Osaka City University Medical School, Japan. She is also a registered patent agent with the Government of India

She has published in peer reviewed journals in areas related to Nutrition and carcinogenesis apart from probiotics. Prior to joining Unique Biotech , she was involved in teaching Biochemistry and Microbiology to undergraduate and graduate students . At Unique Biotech Ltd, she is involved in Scientific liasoning with various universities, research institutes and hospitals for collaborative research on probiotics

Dr. Prajna P Shetty, Manipal

Department of Biochemistry, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal

Dr. Parag M Tamhankar

DM (Medical Genetics) 2010 from Sanjay Gandhi PGI, Lucknow

First DM Medical Geneticist to practice in Maharashtra
MD (Pediatrics) and MBBS from KEM Hospital, Mumbai

Pubmed Indexed Publications: 41
Recipient of National Award: ICMR- Dr HB Dingley Memorial Award- year 2013
Interests: Clinical dysmorphology, Inborn Errors of Metabolism, Exome and microarray analysis, Perinatal Pathology
Previously Scientist D at ICMR Genetic Research Centre, Mumbai, Treasurer- Indian Academy of Pediatrics (Mumbai Branch)-2012
Presently attached as Senior Genetics Consultant to

  • Medgenome Labs Pvt Ltd, Bangalore
  • Centre for Medical Genetics, Mulund
  • Jupiter Hospital, Thane

Mr. Arjun Gupta, India

Founder & CEO, Genetico

Arjun is a founder and CEO of a BIRAC funded startup, Genetico, that aims to reduce time to diagnosis and enable new medical discoveries in the field of rare and genetic diseases in India. Arjun is a biotechnology engineer with exposure to drug discovery research in oncology at a large pharma and a business graduate from Ross School of Business at University of Michigan. Prior to founding Genetico, Arjun worked at a $200 million venture capital fund and couple of other multi-omic bioinformatics startups in the US followed by molecular diagnostic laboratory in India.

Mr. Roland Lamuel, Bengaluru

Founder & Director -

He is an entrepreneur who is walking through cross-roads of genome sequencing, AI, blockchain and its application on Drug Discovery/ Precision Medicine/ Genetics & Bioinformatics Research. At, they build innovative products, leveraging AI & Blockchain, to solve pressing issues faced by our genomics community.