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Nagesh Rao, PhD, Chief of Cytogenetics Services at UCLA Dept of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine.

Nagesh Rao, PhD, FACMG
Chief, Cytogenetics

Contact Information

Operating Hours
Monday-Saturday, 08:00-18:00

1000 Veteran Ave, Rm 22-26
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: 310-825-9352
Fax: 310-794-5099

Chief, Cytogenetics
Nagesh Rao, PhD, FACMG
Phone: 310-794-7851  |  Email

Associate Lab Director
Sibel Kantarci, PhD, FACMG
Phone: 310-825-4965 |  Email

Associate Lab Director
Fabiola Quintero-Rivera, PhD, FACMG
Phone: 310-794-9783 | Email

Associate Lab Director
Carlos A. Tirado, PhD, FACMG
Phone:  310-825-0153  |  Email

Lab Manager
Maloney Chester, MS, CCS, CG(ASCP)CM, DLM(ASCP)CM
Phone: 310-206-7559  |  Email

Lab Supervisor
Lori Noravian
Phone: 310-825-9030  |  Email

Lab Supervisor
Lynn Yang
Phone: 310-206-0157  |  Email

The UCLA Cytogenetics laboratory is headed by four ABMG-certified Cytogeneticists and staffed by over 28 California-licensed Clinical Cytogeneticists Scientists (CLS). Our lab performs cytogenetic analysis for both our in-patient population, community based physicians and independently run pathology laboratories, which includes a high volume of hematological cases. State-of the art technologies are employed, including molecular cytogenetic techniques, such as fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and chromosomal microarray analysis (CMA) for a wide range of clinical settings from prenatal and postnatal diagnosis to cancer.


  • Detection of cytogenetic and molecular abnormalities in leukemias, lymphomas and solid tumors by standard and molecular cytogenetics and molecular pathology
  • Prenatal/postnatal diagnosis of microdeletion syndromes and numerical aberrations
  • Chromosomal microarray analysis for detection of copy number variants

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