Dr Abhi Kulkarni is a genetic pathologist who obtained his medical degree in India before training in Montpellier, France and Hannover, Germany to obtain an ‘Advanced Diploma in Molecular Cytogenetics’ in 2004. In 2006 he moved to the UK to head a prenatal genetic service in London, and there was awarded fellowship of the Royal College of Pathologists, United Kingdom. Dr Kulkarni was actively involved in the European Cytogenetics Association and headed a permanent working group, Molecular Cytogenetics. He was also involved in drafting national recommendations for the use of chromosome microarray in pregnancy and landmark research projects, including the introduction of NIPT onto the NHS, and the 100k genome project.
Dr Kulkarni began his career in Australia as a Principal Scientist, Monash Pathology, Melbourne in 2015 from where he was awarded the prestigious Ed Krumins award and an honorary fellowship of the Human Genetics Society of Australasia. He began his training as a genetic pathologist in 2019, working at Monash Pathology, Melbourne and SA Pathology, Adelaide. He was awarded his FRCPA in 2021.
Dr Kulkarni’s key areas of interest are reproductive medicine from preconception to birth, paediatric genetics, particularly growth and neurodevelopmental disorders, and hemoglobinopathies, and has a strong background in translational research and validation of new technologies and automation in diagnostic genetic medicine. He is passionately involved in educating and guiding medical scientists and genetic pathology trainees.