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Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology
About Us

The department had its humble beginnings as a Cytogenetics laboratory in the year 1993. Since then it has achieved rapid growth with the inclusion of a Molecular Biology set up, and has evolved to the SN ONGC department of Genetics and Molecular Biology. Our department offers diagnostic services like genetic tests, chromosomal study and genetic counseling for various ocular diseases. With state of art facility and infrastructure, extensive research in the field of ocular genetics has been carried out. Our areas of expertise include linkage analysis, association studies, genome wide association studies [GWAS], mutational screening and molecular characterization. Similarly, our department undertakes academic activities like Master’s and Ph.D programs affiliated with Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS), Pilani and SASTRA University, Tanjore. Competitive Hands-on summer training, observership programs and short-term projects are being conducted as well.

Chief Scientist & Senior Professor,
Head of the Department:
Dr. S. Mathavan Ph.D
Principal Scientist & Associate Professors: Dr. S.Sripriya Ph.D
Dr. N.Soumittra Ph.D
Senior Research Fellows: Ms. S. Srilekha
Junior Research Fellow: Ms. N.N. Srikrupa
Ms. K. Suganya
Ph.D Students Ms. D. Sudha
Ms. Bhavna S Rao
Lab Technicians: Ms. T. karthiyayini (Junior Executive)
Ms. P. Porkodi
Social Worker: Dr. G. Venkatesan, Ph.D., (Senior Executive)
Mr. M. Manoharan
Secretary: Ms. N. Jeeva Jothi
Lab Attender: Mr. N. Babu


SN ONGC Department of Genetics and Molecular Biology
Vision Research Foundation, Sankara Nethralaya
New Research Building (KNBIRVO block)
41, College Road, Nungambakkam
Chennai - 600 006. INDIA.

Tel.: +91-44-42271500 (Extn.:1308/1807)
Fax: +91-44-28254180