Dr. Arundhati S. Athalye (Ph.D.)
Dr. Arundhati has a Masters in Life Sciences with specialization in Biotechnology from Ramnarayan Ruia College and a PhD. in Applied Biology from Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre (JHRC) through Mumbai University. She joined the State-of-the-Art “Genetics and PGD Lab” since its inception in 1999. She is responsible for developing most of the diagnostic tests that are performed in the Genetics Lab. A keen academician, she has participated as a teacher and a participant in many national and international training courses on karyotyping, FISH, PCR, stem cells and Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) and had standardized many techniques for routine diagnostics. She was part of the team involving first reported live births in India using PGT by FISH for aneuploidies, translocations, inversions and cryptic rearrangements, PGT-M for BRCA-1. She was part of the team to standardize the diagnosis of Periodic Fever Syndromes in the Genetics Lab with the collaboration of Dr. Ivona Askentijevich from the National Human Genome Research Institute, USA.
She is working as a Molecular Cytogeneticist and Lab Manager with more than 22 years of experience. She is responsible for 14 completed and ongoing projects as co-investigator, Her work involves diagnostics as well as research involving Assisted Reproductive Techniques and cytogenetics as well as Molecular Techniques. She is also working as a genetic counselor for preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) and other Genetic Disorders. She has to her credit more than 30 articles in national and international journals, more than 75 abstracts for various oral presentations and posters, 8 book chapters as first author and co-author. An expert in Pre Implantation Genetic Testing (PGT), she is regularly invited to give talks on Genetics and PGT at conferences and training courses.
She has been awarded several prizes for posters presented in different conferences. She is the recipient of the Amar Gandhi Foundation Award for being an “Outstanding Researcher” for the year 2007 at JHRC. She was awarded a certificate by ICMR for her contribution to the phase II trial of use of convalescent plasma during the COVID-19 pandemic in August 2020. She is also recipient of “Jaslok Achiever” in 2021. Her team was awarded “Excellence in NABH audit” by JHRC in June 2019. She was part of the team in which the Department of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics was ranked First in India, Western Zone and Mumbai as Best IVF Centre in the Times of India Surveys for 3 consecutive years 2016-2017, 2017-2018, 2018-2019 and first in Mumbai and Western Zone, second in India in 2019-2020. The Department also received the ET Healthcare Fertility Awards for IVF Icon, Best IVF Centre (National), Most Integrated IVF Team (National) in October 2019.