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Dr. Surendra K Chikara

Dr. Surendra K Chikara is Director Operations at Eurofins Clinical Genetics India Pvt Ltd. Dr. Chikara has over 15+ years of experience in the field of Applied Genomics, Clinical Genetics and Medical Exome Sequencing. He has supervised many large scale projects based on NGS-Gene Panels, clinical exome sequencing and functional genomics to decipher the gene functions, SNP discovery, using various Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) platforms & Genome-IT technologies. His effort is to adopt latest technologies, to reduce cost per test and time to report so that advance genetic testing can be easily offered by clinicians for patient benefits in early detections and management of disease. He has built strong genome-informatics database and rare disease database to enhance awareness among clinical fraternity. Dr. Surendra K Chikara has done his post graduations in Biotechnology from Madurai Kamaraj University and PhD form Osmania University. He has 20+ publications, book chapters and several patents to his credit. He is one of the pioneers to establish and commercialize the NGS technology in India for Genomics and Clinical Genetics.

Dr. Sam Balu

Dr. Sam Balu, Assistant Lab Director at Eurofins Clinical Genetics India, is a trained geneticist who has specialized in Genetics from the postgraduate level onward. At ECGI, Dr. Balu is coordinating clinical reporting operations as well as overseeing the prenatal clinical genetic tests such as qNIPS, NIPS, PGS and microarray testing and reporting. He is also engaged in customer connect with key clinicians pan India and in query resolution. Dr. Sam has more than 9 years of experience in the field of human genetics. He was a part of the PGS/ PGD domain right from its inception. He played a key role in developing and validating the PGS test using NGS technology. He also has experience in handling commercial PGS samples and providing technical support for clients; right from the site requirements for embryo biopsy to interpretation of PGS results and patient genetic counseling. He has also helped develop custom PGD testing for various single gene disorders. In his previous role as Scientific Affairs Manager, he had played pivotal role to increase awareness on genetic testing across India along with clinicians and extended his support for the same on a case to case basis. Dr. Sam has a PhD in Human Genetics and a Post-Doctoral Fellowship from NIMHANS, Bangalore. He has authored 5 papers in well-known international journals as well as co-authored chapter in International book.

Ms. Arpita Ghosh

Ms. Ghosh is a Bioinformatics Manager for Eurofins Clinical Genetics India Pvt. Ltd. She has rich research experience of 6 years in various fields of genomics and clinical genetics data analysis using next generation sequencing technology. With over 15 publications in different areas of genomics and clinical genetics in international journals. She has worked on big complex genomes, clinical exome and cutting edge application like clinical gene panels, targeted mutation panels in order to diagnose rare diseases. Her research interest primarily lies in the field of medical genetics and  single cell genome analysis whose application heat can be felt in the field of Rare diseases, Oncology and Prenatal Diagnosis.