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Cytogeneticist , educator

Digamber Shankarrao Borgaonkar, Indian cytogeneticist, educator. Hyderabad State Research scholar Indian Agricultural Research Institute, 1955; recipient Haldane award Society Bionaturalists, Bhopal, India, 1988. Fellow Indian Society Genetics, American Genetic Association (vice president 1973), Hercules Country Club.


Borgaonkar, Digamber Shankarrao was born on September 24, 1932 in Hyderabad, India. Came to the United States, 1959, naturalized, 1971. Son of Shankarrao Apparao and Kumudinibai (Jatar) Borgaonkar.


Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Osmania University, 1953; Diploma, Indian Agricultural Research Institute, 1955; Doctor of Philosophy, Oklahoma State University, 1963.


Research assistant agriculture department Hyderabad and Parbhani, 1955-1959. Lecturer Agricultural College, Parbhani, 1956-1957. Assistant professor biology University North Dakota, Grand Forks, 1963-1964.

Faculty and head of chromosome laboratory Johns Hopkins University, 1964-1978, associate professor medicine, 1972-1978, lecturer department environmental health, 1975-1978. Professor biological science, research scientist, director research Genetics Center North Texas State University, Denton, 1978-1980. Director Cytogenetics Laboratory, Christiana Care Health Systems, Newark, 1980—1999.

Visiting scientist Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, 1999—2001. Volunteer research scientist Laboratory Neurogenetics National Institute Aging, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, since 2001. Research professor pediatrics (medical genetics) Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia.

Adjunct professor life and health science University Delaware.


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    • Author: Chromosomal Variation in Man: A Catalog of Chromosomal Variants and Anomalies, 8th edition, 1997. Co-author: Repository of Human Chromosomal Variants and Anomalies: International Registry of Abnormal Karyotypes, 14th Listing, 1993. Editor: (with Bergsma, McKusick, Scott) The First Conference on the Clinical Delineation of Birth Defects, volunteer 5, 1969.(with Bergsma, Shah) Advances in Human Genetics and Their Impact on Society, Birth Defects, 1972 (with Applewhite and Busbee) Genetic Screening and Counseling: A Multidisciplinary Perspective, 1981.


Fellow Indian Society Genetics, American Genetic Association (vice president 1973), Hercules Country Club.


Married Manda Purandare, December 27, 1963. Children: Rajendra, Sonya.

Shankarrao Apparao Borgaonkar

Kumudinibai (Jatar) Borgaonkar

Manda Purandare

Rajendra Borgaonkar

Sonya Borgaonkar