Dr Parag M. Tamhankar





Scientist 'D' and Head of Division

Department- ICMR Genetic Research Center
Phone : 022-24192037
Email  : tamhankarp@nirrh.res.in

Academic Background

  • DM (Doctorate of Medicine) in Medical Genetics, 2010 (Degree)
  • MD (Doctor of Medicine) in Pediatrics, 2006 (Degree)
  • DNB (Diplomate of National Board), National Board of Examinations, New Delhi, 2006 (Degree)
  • DCH in Child Health, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Bombay, 2005 (Diploma)
  • FCPS in Child Health, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Bombay, 2005 (Degree)
  • MBBS , Mumbai University, 2000 (Degree)

Professional Experience

Resident (MD) (Pediatrics)

Research Coordinator

Visiting Faculty in Genetics

Senior Resident (DM)

Seth G.S. Medical and KEM Hospital, Mumbai

Seth G.S. Medical and KEM Hospital, Mumbai

Postgraduate Diploma in Pharma Management, University of Mumbai

Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow

2003 –2006

2006 – 2007

2006 – 2007

2007- 2010


Visiting Consultant (Genetics)

Scientist C


ICMR Genetic Research Center, Mumbai

ICMR Genetic Research Center, Mumbai

2010 – 2011

Jan 2011 to date

Research Interests

Medical Genetics – includes – clinical diagnosis and management of patients with genetic disorders, genetic testing includes – cytogenetic, biochemical and molecular testing. I am presently working on the molecular basis of biochemical disorders in India by completely sequencing the genes involved in these disorders. These include Tay Sachs disease, Sandhoff disease, Gaucher disease, Pompe disease, maple syrup urine disease, propionic academia, Glutaric aciduria type I, HMG CoA lyase deficiency. Molecular diagnosis provides accurate genetic counseling. These disorders have high mortality and morbidity. Prenatal diagnosis is important for preventing recurrence of these disorders. DNA based tests would provide accurate prenatal diagnosis.

Awards & Achievements

  1. Recipient of Dr. H.B. Dingley Memorial Award – 2010
  2. Selected Best PostGraduate Resident of Seth G.S. Medical College & K.E.M. Hospital Mumbai, for the year 2005.
  3. Short listed as a nominee for “Shatayushi Best Medical Resident award” from Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital in September 2005.
  4. Felicitated by Shri Adi Kalamba Shushrusha trust for completing MBBS degree in August 2005.
  5. Won the Intensive Care chapter Award for the paper: Cost effectiveness analysis of a pediatric intensive care unit, Mumbai – An eye opener at Xth Annual Conference of National Conference of Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Publications (Last 10)

  1. Tamhankar PM , Suvarna J, Deshmukh CT. Macrocephaly in association with Pontocerebellar hypoplasia type -1- a paradox. 2009 Indian Journal of Medical Sciences, 63(3):120-123. (Impact Factor 0.867)

  2. Agarwal S, Tamhankar PM, Kumar R, Dalal A.Clinical and haematological features in a compound heterozygote HBB:c.92+5G>C /HBB:c.93-2A>C) case of thalassemia major. International Journal of Laboratory Hematology 2010 Jun;32(3):369-72. Epub 2009 Apr 13. (Impact Factor 1.368)

  3. Tripathi R, Singh PK, Tewari S, Tamhankar PM, Ramesh V, Agarwal S. Genetic predisposition of E-Selectin gene (S128R) polymorphism in coronary Artery Disease (CAD) patients. Indian Journal of Medical Research. 2009 Oct;130(4):423-7 (Impact Factor 1.826)

  4. Kumar R, Tamhankar PM, Panigrahi I, Dalal A, Agarwal S. A novel beta globin mutation ( HBB:c.107A>G ) at alpha-beta chain interfaces. Annals of Hematology. 2009 Dec;88(12):1269-71. Epub 2009 (Impact Factor 2.688)

  5. Pangrazio A, Pusch M, Caldana E, Frattini A, Lanino E, Tamhankar PM, Phadke S, Lopez AG, Orchard P, Mihci E, Abinun M, Wright M, Vettenranta K, Bariae I, Melis D, Tezcan I, Baumann C, Locatelli F, Zecca M, Horwitz E, Mansour LS, Van Roij M, Vezzoni P, Villa A, Sobacchi C. Molecular and clinical heterogeneity in CLCN7-dependent osteopetrosis: report of 20 novel mutations. Human Mutation. 2010 Jan;31(1):E1071-80 (Impact Factor 5.956)

  6. Tamhankar PM , Zhao M, Kanegane H, Phadke SR. Identification of DKC1 gene mutation in an Indian patient. Indian Journal of Pediatrics 2010 Mar;77(3):310-2. Epub 2010 Jan 20. (Impact Factor 0.502)

  7. Tamhankar PM , Phadke SR Clinical profile and Molecular diagnosis in patients of Facioscapulohumeral dystrophy from Indian subcontinent. Neurology India. 2010 May-Jun;58(3):436-40. (Impact Factor 0.834)

  8. Shalu Jain, Sarita Agarwal, Inusha Panigrahi, Shubha R Phadke, Parag M Tamhankar. Diagnosis of Down syndrome and detection of origin of non-disjunction by STR analysis. Genetic testing and Molecular Biomarkers. 2010 Aug;14(4):489-91. (Impact Factor 1.645)

  9. Tamhankar PM, Vijayraju Boggula, Girisha KM, Phadke Shubha R. Mutation analysis of Glucose-6-phosphatase-a gene for cases with glycogen storage disease type 1a. Accepted In Indian Pediatrics. (Impact Factor 0.962)

  10. Shalu Jain, Parag Tamhankar, Sarita Agarwal. Lack of association of primary iron overload and common HFE mutations with liver cirrhosis in Indian patients. Indian Journal of Gastroenterology. 2011 Jul;30(4):161-5. (Impact Factor 0.667)


  • Molecular basis of inborn errors of metabolism in India (Intramural funded)