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Our Leadership Team

Our core team has an appropriate mix of scientists and clinicians who are highly experienced in molecular diagnostics. Our extended team of close collaborators also includes several medical domain experts such as endocrinologists, infectious disease specialists, haematologists, paediatricians, nephrologists, oncologists and onco-surgeons and genetic counselors. This unique blend of skills helps us focus on providing quality output that is meaningful and clinically relevant.

Nikhil Phadke
PhD (Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology)
Founder & Chief Scientific Officer

Nikhil has over fifteen years of experience in the fields of Molecular Biology, Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Molecular Diagnostics. He was a core team member at Handylab, a highly successful microfluidics based molecular diagnostics startup in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA. He founded GenePath Dx with a view to bringing state-of-the-art in vitro diagnostic tools to the Indian medical community. He has several publications in international peer-reviewed journals and also has a number of granted US patents and submitted patent applications. Nikhil obtained his PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Karthik Ganesan
BTech (Electrical Engineering), MS (Biomedical Engineering)
Chief Technology Officer

Karthik has well over a decade of expertise developing cutting-edge medical Instrumentation & software. Previously, as head of software and instrumentation at the microfluidics-based molecular diagnostics company HandyLab, he designed and developed the core hardware and software platform from the ground-up that was built into several diagnostic instruments that automated the entire workflow from sample to results. He has several issued US patents and active patent applications. Karthik holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay and an MS in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Along with Peter, he is developing the informatics pipelines for NGS data analysis and reporting.

Nikesh Shah
PGDBM (Systems & Operations)
Chief Operating Officer

Nikesh is an alumnus of IIM Bangalore and has held senior positions in Infosys and Accenture. In his last role, Nikesh used to head the KPO business for Infosys in EMEA and was part of the management council at Infosys BPO. He brings to the team his experience across sales, client management, solution development, program management and implementation. He has worked in India and Europe and is responsible for finance, strategy, marketing, operations and day-to-day administration at GenePath Dx.

Meenal Agarwal
MD (Obstetrics & Gynaecology), DM (Medical Genetics)
Head, Clinical Genetics & Laboratory Medical Director

Meenal is a clinical geneticist with over seven years of experience in diagnosing genetic disorders and counseling patients. She has a particular interest in dysmorphology, genetic syndromes and prenatal diagnosis. She has significant expertise in the interpretation and clinical correlation of multiple cytogenetic and molecular genetic techniques including karyotyping, FISH, QF-PCR, MLPA, chromosomal microarrays and high throughput DNA sequencing. Meenal has several publications in high impact national and international peer reviewed journals. She is also one of the founder members of the Indian Academy of Medical Genetics (IAMG). At GenePath Dx, Meenal heads the clinical genetics operations of the company in addition to being part of the core leadership team. She holds an MD in Obstetrics and Gynaecology from King George’s Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow and a DM in Medical Genetics from the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow.

Ketki Kelkar
M.B.B.S., M.D. (Pathology)
Head, Pathology

Ketki completed her MBBS and MD (Pathology) from B.J. Medical College and Sassoon General Hospital, University of Pune. She is an Associate Consultant at K.E.M. Hospital, Pune and the founding director and head at Anjali Diagnostic Laboratory. Her areas of expertise include coagulation studies with special coagulation tests like Factor assays and Bethesda assays for haemophilia patients, and thrombophilia workup for those with DVT and recurrent pregnancy losses. She has carried out over two thousand bone marrow procedures at various hospitals. She has also been part of multiple international clinical trials for haemophilic patients. At GenePath Dx, Ketki heads the pathology division and provides clinical perspective on cases presented.

Kavita Khatod
MBBS, MS (Molecular and Cell Biology), Certified Medical Geneticist
Head, Technical Marketing & Genetic Counselor

Kavita combines a medical degree with a master’s degree in cell and molecular biology specializing in cancer genetics from the State University of New York (SUNY), Buffalo, NY, USA. She has also completed her certification in Medical Genetics from MUHS, Pune. Kavita is also experienced in the fields of epigenetics and in initiating and conducting clinical trials. Kavita’s research work has been published in leading international peer-reviewed journals. At GenePath Dx Kavita is responsible for day-to-day laboratory operations in addition to being part of the core leadership team.

Peter Ulintz
PhD (Bioinformatics)
Head, Bioinformatics

Peter has over 15 years of experience working with high-throughput biological data. He previously was a Research Bioinformatician at Aventis Pharmaceuticals and Lead Bioinformatician at Nextgen Sciences. He has also been part of the HathiTrust Digital Library data mapping/mining effort, and is now a Senior Bioinformatics Developer at the University of Michigan Bioinformatics Core. Peter holds a PhD in Bioinformatics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Peter leads our bioinformatics effort and is currently architecting the bioinformatics pipeline for NGS data analysis and reporting with Karthik.

Karishma Kaushik
MD (Microbiology), PhD (Microbiology & Molecular Genetics)
Head, Infectious Diseases

Karishma is a physician scientist with an MD from the Armed Forces Medical College (AFMC), Pune and a PhD from the University of Texas, Austin. She has a particular interest in multidisciplinary R&D including development of microfluidic systems to study host microbial community interactions. Karishma is a recipient of the Government of India Department of Biotechnology (DBT) Ramalingaswami Re-entry Fellowship as well as the DBT BioCARE award for women scientists. At GenePath Dx Karishma leads the microbiology and infectious diseases division in addition to being part of the core leadership team.


Working with GenePath has been a great experience. I not only get extensive, accurate and dependable genetic & genomic reports; but I am also able to communicate with the molecular geneticists & come up with a comprehensive solution for my patients.
Dr Shona Nag
Medical Oncologist - Pune
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