Anuranjan Anand

Anuranjan Anand is a geneticist studying molecular and cellular basis of human genetic disorders. He is a Professor at Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit, and an associate faculty and Chair at Neuroscience Unit of the Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research.


Biography and career

Anuranjan Anand did his doctoral studies at the Indian Institute of Science. Subsequently, he went to the US for his post-doctoral studies at Stanford University. On his return to India, he joined Jawaharlal Nehru Centre for Advanced Scientific Research (JNCASR) as a faculty member in the Molecular Biology and Genetics Unit (MBGU) and later became a Professor and Chair (2009-2016) of the Unit. When the institute established the Neuroscience Unit (NSU) in 2014, he was designated as its associate faculty and is the Chair (2016 – to date) of the Unit.  He also serves as an adjunct faculty at Centre for Human Genetics, Bangalore.


During his post-doctoral studies at Stanford University, Anuranjan Anand worked with his colleagues in Bruce Baker’s laboratory on the mutations of fruitless, a gene involved in sexual behavior and courtship in Drosophila melanogaster. Back in India, his main focus has been on human genetic diseases with emphasis on neurological disorders, hereditary hearing loss and rare developmental disorders His laboratory has discovered several genes and mutations for these disorders and is currently examining their biological underpinnings employing cellular, molecular and animal modeling approaches 


Anuranjan Anand received an Outstanding Research Investigator Award of the Department of Atomic Energy in the year 2006. The Department of Biotechnology awarded him the National Bioscience Award for Career Developmentin 2008.The Indian Academy of Sciences elected him as a fellow in 2011, the National Academy of Sciences, India in 2013, and the Indian National Science Academy in 2016.

Selected bibliography

  • Ratnapriya, Rinki; Satishchandra, Parthasarthy; Dilip, S.; Gadre, Girish; Anand, Anuranjan (1 November 2009). “Familial autosomal dominant reflex epilepsy triggered by hot water maps to 4q24-q28”. Human Genetics. 126(5): 677–683. doi:1007/s00439-009-0718-6ISSN 0340-6717PMID 19597845.
  • Chatterjee, Arunima; Jalvi, Rajeev; Pandey, Nishtha; Rangasayee, R.; Anand, Anuranjan (1 January 2009). “A novel locus DFNA59 for autosomal dominant nonsyndromic hearing loss maps at chromosome 11p14.2–q12.3”. Human Genetics. 124(6): 669–675. doi:1007/s00439-008-0596-3ISSN 0340-6717PMID 19030898.
  • Kapoor, Ashish; Ratnapriya, R.; Kuruttukulam, Gigy; Anand, Anuranjan (1 July 2007). “A novel genetic locus for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy at chromosome 5q12–q14”. Human Genetics. 121(6): 655–662