Hyderabad: Senior geneticist Dr. Kumarswamy Thangaraj has been appointed as Director for Hyderabad-based Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), an autonomous institute under Department of Biotechnology, effective from Tuesday. Renowned for his contributions in the field of population and medical genetics, Dr. Thangaraj, before becoming the Director of CDFD, was a senior scientist at Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB).
Dr. Thangaraj’s genetic studies have shown that the enigmatic tribal populations of Andaman and Nicobar islands are the first modern humans who migrated out of Africa through southern coastal route about 65,000 years ago. Subsequently, he found out that the present day Indian populations descend from two diverse groups and they have admixed during the past 2000– 4000 years followed by strict endogamy, hence likely to have population-specific recessive disease, a press release said.
“I am humbled and honoured to be chosen to lead a truly great institution. It will be my endeavour to take CDFD further to greater heights,” Dr. Thangaraj said.
Dr. Thangaraj is an elected fellow of leading Indian scientific academies, and received several honors and awards, including J C Bose Fellowship, Sun Pharma Research award, Distinguished Scientist Award, Lifetime Achievement Awards
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