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Dr. G. Kumaramanickavel

G. Kumaramanickavel Naryana Netralaya, India

Prof. Govindasamy Kumaramanickavel works on ocular genomics - primarily involved in gene mapping, mutational screening and association studies, including genomewide in complex and Mendelian ophthalmic diseases. Was involved in glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy epidemiological and genetic projects comprising of 20,000 subjects. Was a key member of a successful ocular gene mapping team at New Zealand. Later, joined the Department of Genetics at Sankara Nethralaya, India and worked there for over a decade and was elevated as Deputy Director of Research. He has done genetic counseling for nearly 11,000 patients and teaches medical genetics. He graduated in medicine from the University of Madras, Madras Medical College, India and subsequently graduated in MD (Physiology) in the same college and university. As Fogarty Visiting Associate, Dr. James Fielding Hejtmancik trained him at the Ophthalmic Genetics & Clinical Services branch, National Eye Institute, National Institute of Health, USA. He was Research Fellow, Ocular Gene Mapping Laboratory, Department of Biochemistry, University of Otago, New Zealand, where he was trained by Dr. Michael John Denton. During the same period at Otago, Dr. Robert F Mueller trained him in genetic counseling. Currently he is the Research Director at two premier ophthalmic institutions of India – (a) Narayana Nethralaya, Bangalore and (a) Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital, Mumbai. He is a visiting faculty/scientist at the National Eye Institute, USA; Chinese University of Hong Kong and several universities in India and China. He has received funding for research projects from National Institutes of Health, USA and INSERM, France, Departments of Biotechnology, Science & Technology and Indian Council for Medical Research, Govt of India. He has over 100 peer-reviewed publications including articles in Nature Genetics.

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