Ankita Patel, PhD


Dr. Ankita Patel joined CSI laboratories in 2022 and serves as a senior genetics director. She has over 30 years of experience in classical cytogenetics and is a pioneer in molecular cytogenetics.

Prior to joining CSI, Dr. Patel held positions in academic and commercial laboratories. She worked in an academic setting at Baylor College of Medicine in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics.  At Baylor, she set up the cancer cytogenetics section and training curriculum for technologists, pathology residents, hematopathology fellows and clinical genetics fellows. She was also involved in teaching graduate students, technologists, genetic counselors and fellows in the clinical genetics program.

Dr. Patel has long been at the forefront of molecular cytogenetics in that she was involved in FISH (Fluorescent in-situ hybridization) before it was adopted in the clinical laboratories, she was also an integral member of the team at Baylor which was the first laboratory to offer microarray testing in postnatal, prenatal and cancer. She has been and is actively involved in national consortiums that have established protocols and guidelines for the interpretation of microarray findings. Dr. Patel is an accomplished author with over 130 peer-reviewed articles in international acclaimed journals and has presented at many local and invited international meetings.

Dr. Patel received her Bachelor’s in Biology from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA) and her PhD in Biomedical Sciences jointly from Eastern Virginia Medical School and Old Dominion University.

  • Postdoctoral fellowship in RAS/MAP signaling pathways in cancer at Sealy center of Oncology, Galveston, Texas
  • Clinical fellowship in Pathobiology of cancer at John Hopkins Medical center, Baltimore, MD
  • Clinical cytogenetics fellowship at John Hopkins medical center/Kennedy Kreiger Institute, Baltimore, MD
  • Board certified in Clinical Cytogenetics by the American Board of Medical Genetics
  • Fellow of the American College of Medical Genetics

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