Dr. Atul Thatai

National Head

Molecular Diagnostics, R& D

National Reference Laboratory

Dr Lal PathLabs Ltd


  • PH.D. (Biotechnology); Jawaharlal Nehru University


  • Over 20 years of experience in Life Science, Biotechnology and Molecular Diagnostics industry.
  • Well versed with the National and International accreditation and regulatory affairs.
  • Involved in National and International Accreditations of the department.
  • Trained auditor of College of American Pathologists (CAP).
  • Technical Assessor for NABL and Internal auditor for NABL (ISO 15189; 2012 and ISO 17025).
  • Engage in collaborative research projects and technology transfers with National and International partners. Collaborating with Government and private partners for research projects and technology transfers

Key Responsibilities:

  • Research and Development activities involving developing and validating new assays.
  • National and International Accreditations of the department
  • Launching new tests as per market dynamics


  • Development and validation of technology for TB diagnosis in collaboration with Department of Science and technology, Govt of India.
  • International collaborations with companies in Spain and Taiwan for technology absorption and transfer
  • Department rated as best in the organization for safety and Overall performance during CAP and NABL audits three years in a row
  • Managed 24 x 7 operations during Swine flu outbreaks of 2009 and 2015 with over 30000 samples processed in 45 days besides regular workload
  • Prepared the lab for the new era by introducing Real Time PCR, Sanger sequencing and next generation sequencing technologies.


  • Trained as a CAP inspector
  • Trained NABL Assessor
  • Trained as an internal auditor as per ISO 17025, ISO 15189 and ISO 15189;2012 , NABL
  • aCGH, Spain
  • Prenatal testing using next generation sequencing, Yourgene, Taiwan
  • Ion Proton Next generation sequencing, Invitrogen, Gurgaon
  • Ion PGM Training, Invitrogen, Gurgaon
  • Various techniques on 3500DX sequencer, Lifetechnologies, Gurgaon
  • Trained for Human Identification by Applied Biosystems (Invtrogen Bioservices India Pvt, Gurgaon
  • Trained for Chimerism Analysis (Chimermarker) by Softgenetics USA
  • Trained for Genemarker HID by Softgenetics USA
  • Sequence Based HLA Typing, Invitrogen Bioservices India Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon
  • Reverse SSOP, Luminex, Immucor, Delhi
  • Real time PCR, Abbott India, Delhi
  • Real Time PCR, Roche Diagnostics, Delhi
  • Real time PCR, 7300, 7500, Quantstudio, Invitrogen Bioservices Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon
  • HLA typing, SSP, Biotron Healthcare, Mumbai, Innotrain, Delhi, BAG healthcare, Delhi
  • Qiasymphony, Qiacube HT, Qiagility, Rotorgene, Qiagen India, Delhi

Research & Publications:

  • A single step purification process for a novel cyclodextrin glucanotransferase from a Bacillus sp. isolated from soil.(1999) Preparative Biochem. and Biotech. 29, 35-47.
  • Bioprocess optimization for enhanced production of CGTase from a Bacillus sp. (communicated for publication in Biotechnology progress)
  • Homozygosity and Heterozygosity of the Pericentric Inversion of Chromosome 9 and Its Clinical Impact(2012) J.clin and Diag Research 6(5), 816-820
  • Two extremely rare cases of homozygosity of INV (9) with down syndrome (2014) Der Pharmacia Lettre, 6 (4)234-236.