• Name : Prof V.Lakshmi
  • Designation : Head of the Department
  • Phone: 0891 2844725, 4724
  • Email: head.genetics@andhrauniversity.edu.in

Human Genetics is the most fascinating and a fast growing subject in the domain of Life Sciences. The Department of Human Genetics in Andhra University was established in the year 1972 for the first time in the country. It is a potential Department of the most exciting subject which is concerned with the study of human variation and disease and is of utmost importance due to its application in modern medicine. The department was headed by eminent professors like Prof. M.R. Chakravartti, Prof. G. Golla Reddy, Prof. P. Veerraju, Prof. M. Satyanarayana, Prof. T. Venkateswara Rao, Prof. U.V. Krishna Rao, Prof. G. Sudhakar and Dr. V. Lakshmi Kalpana. Currently the department is headed by Dr. V. Lakshmi.

The vision of the Department is to transform genetic health care through facilities like comprehensive genetic testing and counselling services and promoting community well-being. Our mission is to inspire and equip the next generation of geneticists through hands-on experience and exposure to the latest breakthroughs in Genetics.

The Department has MOU with King George Hospital (KGH) and Krishna IVF Clinic likely aims to establish collaborative partnerships for creating better and productive research programs. The Department has established a well-equipped laboratory "BIO-ARBOR", with the support of RINL, Visakhapatnam.

The Department is actively engaged in conducting many guest lectures by expert faculty from different fields of Genetics. It hosts National and International Conferences and Workshops periodically to disseminate scientific knowledge and ongoing advancements in research among the students, faculty and research community. Further it extends its services to the other nursing colleges in Visakhapatnam by teaching subjects concerned to Genetics and offering training programs for health care workers.

In accordance with the University's vision for students wholesome development, this Department introduced meditation to every student for being focused and self-disciplined. Besides the regular curriculum, the students are taken to different community health care organizations like Lebenshilfe (special school), KGH, Age Care Foundation etc.to create exposure and awareness in diagnosing and managing the diseases.

Since its inception 89 PhDs and 29 M. Phils were produced from this department. Currently there are two ongoing ICMR funded projects focusing on chronic kidney disease. The Department is reaching out to the public by conducting screening programs for diagnosing sickle cell anemia which is more common in the nearby agency area and catering to the genetic counselling needs of the people in and around Visakhapatnam.

A good number of its alumni currently occupy eminent positions in reputed laboratories, Institutes and Universities worldwide. Some of them are actively involved in the Department's welfare by engaging themselves in organizing seminars/workshops and delivering online lectures to the students.


Sl.No Name of the Program
PG Programmes
1 M.Sc. (Human Genetics)
Doctoral Programmes
1 Ph.D. (Human Genetics)

Name Designation Qualification Specialization
Prof. G. Sudhakar Professor & Regisrar AKNU M.Sc. (Human Genetics),M.Ed., Ph.D. Genetic Counseling Genetic Engineering Medical Cytogenetics and Human Population Genetics
Prof G. Paddaiah Professor (Honorary) M.Sc, Ph.D. Population Genetics, Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering
Prof Dr G. A. Rama Raju Professor -Emeritus &
Medical Director ,Krishna IVF Clinic-Centre for Assisted Reproduction
Ph.D. Obstetrics & Gynecology, IVF, Medical Biotechnology
Dr. P. Balakrisha Murty Professor -Emeritus (Honorary) M.Phil., Ph.D. Human Molecular Genetics, Biochemical Genetics and Population Genetics
Dr. V. Lakshmi Associate Professor & Head of the Department M.Phil., Ph.D. Human Molecular Genetics, Biochemical Genetics and Population Genetics
Dr. D. Udaya Kumar Assistant Professor(C) M.Sc., Ph.D. Cytogenetics, Cell Biology, Genetic Counselling, Population Genetics
Dr. T. Mahankali Assistant Professor(C) M.Sc., Ph.D. Biochemical Genetics, Population Genetics, Human Anatomy & Physiology, Genetic Counselling
Prominent Alumni of the Department

  1. Dr. Susan Mathew, Professor and Director, Cytogenetics Laboratory, Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, New York, USA
  2. Dr. P. Balakrishna Murty, Professor- Emeritus (Honorary), Andhra University, Visakhapatnam
  3. Dr. Rajani Ravi, Assistant Professor, Department of Oncology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
  4. Dr. Lakshmi Kumari Gaur, Director of laboratory compliance, Planned Parenthood, Seattle USA
  5. Dr. Vundavalli Murthy, Professor, Columbia University, New York, USA
  6. Dr. Ravindranath Duggirala, Professor, Public Health Genetics & Genomics Group, Department of Health and Behavioral Sciences, Texas, USA
  7. Dr. A. Balakrishna, Principal, MVR Degree College, Gajuwaka, Visakhapatnam
  8. Dr. Zeenath Jehan, Genetic Consultant and Scientist, Department of Genomic Medicine, Vasavi Hospital, Hyderabad
  9. Dr. Varaprasad Manchem, Founding member and Chief Executive Officer at Triangulum Biopharma, California, USA
  10. Dr. Suresh K. Alahari, Endowed Professor , Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans, USA
  11. Dr. Govindaiah Vinukonda, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-Neonatology, New York tedical College, New York, USA
  12. Dr. MPSS Singh, Senior Technical Officer, ICMR-NIN, Hyderabad
  13. Dr.Poongothai A.R. Founder & Director Chrogene Aarogyam Biotech Private Limited Hyderabad
  14. Dr. Theru A Sivakumaran, Director, Section of Clinical Genomics, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix
  15. Dr. K.N.Mohan, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences Birla Institute of Technology and Science Pilani - Hyderabad Campus, Hyderabad.
  16. Dr. Anuradha Nalli, Expert Scientific Writer at Novartis, Bengaluru
  17. Dr. Venkata Subhadra Nandula, Director of Cytogenetics and Associate Director Molecular Diagnostics at Cancer Genetics, Inc. Orangeburg, New York, USA
  18. Gayatri Srinivasan, Assistant Manager (Laboratory) at Chromogenic Life Sciences Hyderabad
  19. Dr. Prahlad Balakrishnan, Med Genome Labs Ltd.. Bangalore
  20. Dr. Sunil Kumar Polipalli, Department of Pediatrics, Genetics Division, Maulana Azad Medical College & Associated Lok Naik Hospitals, New Delhi
  21. Dr. Argi Anuradha, Scientist - C, Multidisciplinary Research Unit, Andhra Medical College, Visakhapatnam
  22. Dr. K. Kanakadurga, HOD in Cytogenetics, Path Care Diagnostics, Hyderabad, 2004. Medical College, Cornell University, New York, USA
  23. Dr. Vasudha Indrani Tadimety, Crime lab Scientist, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia, USA
  24. Dr.Lokeshu Talapagala, Scientist-C. State level VRDL, Guntur Medical College, Guntur

Beyond Gender Norms: An International Seminar on Transgender Identity organised by Department of Human Genetics, Andhra University on 23-03-2024


Video Lectures Delivered By Eminent People

Gender affirming care by Dr. Deborah Nucatola

Gender Identity and Biological sex by Dr.G.A.Rama Raju

Gender Incongruenc-Experiences from Eastern India by Dr.Anirban Majumder

Gender identity of differences of sex development cases, dilemma in Genetic counselling by Prof.Sultana Faradz

LGBT Persons- Issues, Concerns and Judicial Response by Proff.N. Nirmala

Lecture by G.Anitha

Lecture by Rachana Mudraboyina

Lecture by G.Komali

Lecture by Vishnu teja

National Workshop on Chromosomal Disorders-NWCD-2024 organised by Department of Human Genetics, Andhra University on 27th & 28th January-2024.