Arunkanth Ankala, MSc, PhD, FACMG

Assistant Professor


Clinical Molecular Genetics Laboratory, Emory Genetic Laboratory

Office: 2165 North Decatur

Phone: 404-778-0994

Fax: 404-778-8559



Areas of Specialization

  • Clinical Molecular Diagnostics
  • Molecular diagnosis of Muscular dystrophies and NMDs
  • Clinical implementaiton of next-generation sequencing assays


  • ABMG Clinical Molecular Genetics Fellowship, Department of Human Genetics, Emory University, Decatur, GA,2012-2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Human Genetics, Emory University, GA, 2010-2012, Emory University , Atlanta, GA,2010-2012
  • PhD, Molecular Biology, PhD, Mississippi State University, MS,2005-2010
  • MSc Biochemistry, MSC, Bharathidasan University, India,
  • BSc Biochemistry, BSc, Nagarjuna University, India,

Board Certifications

American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics: Clinical Molecular Genetics


Ankala A, da Silva C, Gualandi F, Ferlini A, Bean LJ, et al. A comprehensive genomic approach for neuromuscular diseases gives a high diagnostic yield. Annals of neurology. 2015; 77(2):206-14. PMID: 25380242

Xue Y, Ankala A, Wilcox WR, Hegde MR. Solving the molecular diagnostic testing conundrum for Mendelian disorders in the era of next-generation sequencing: single-gene, gene panel, or exome/genome sequencing. Genetics in medicine. 2015; 17(6):444-51. PMID: 25232854

Ankala A, Tamhankar PM, Valencia CA, Rayam KK, Kumar MM, et al. Clinical applications and implications of common and founder mutations in Indian subpopulations. Human mutation. 2015; 36(1):1-10. PMID: 25323826

Ankala A, Hegde MR. Gamut of genetic testing for neonatal care. Clinics in perinatology. 2015; 42(2):217-26, vii. PMID: 26042901

Ankala A, Nallamilli BR, Rufibach LE, Hwang E, Hegde MR. Diagnostic overview of blood-based dysferlin protein assay for dysferlinopathies. Muscle & nerve. 2014; 50(3):333-9. PMID: 24488599

Gallardo E, Ankala A, Núñez-Álvarez Y, Hegde M, Diaz-Manera J, et al. Genetic and epigenetic determinants of low dysferlin expression in monocytes. Human mutation. 2014; 35(8):990-7. PMID: 24838345

Ankala A, Hegde M. Genomic technologies and the new era of genomic medicine. The Journal of molecular diagnostics : JMD. 2014; 16(1):7-10. PMID: 24269227

Valencia CA, Ankala A, Rhodenizer D, Bhide S, Littlejohn MR, et al. Comprehensive mutation analysis for congenital muscular dystrophy: a clinical PCR-based enrichment and next-generation sequencing panel. PloS one. 2013; 8(1):e53083. PMID: 23326386, PMCID: PMC3543442

Ankala A, Kohn JN, Dastur R, Gaitonde P, Khadilkar SV, et al. Ancestral founder mutations in calpain-3 in the Indian Agarwal community: historical, clinical, and molecular perspective. Muscle & nerve. 2013; 47(6):931-7. PMID: 23666804

Ankala A, Kohn JN, Hegde A, Meka A, Ephrem CL, et al. Aberrant firing of replication origins potentially explains intragenic nonrecurrent rearrangements within genes, including the human DMD gene. Genome research. 2012; 22(1):25-34. PMID: 22090376, PMCID: PMC3246204