Sanjay Bidichandani, MBBS, PhD

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Sanjay Bidichandani, MBBS, PhD
Section Head of Genetics
Director, Genetics Research Laboratory
CMRI Claire Gordon Duncan Chair in Genetics
Professor of Pediatrics (tenured)
Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

phone: 405.271.1358
 Cirriculum Vitae


Dr. Bidichandani is a skilled medical researcher and academician who brings years of experience and leadership in the area of pediatric medical genetics to Children's Hospital.

Dr. Bidichandani earned his M.B.B.S. (M.D. equivalent) from the University of Pune, India and his Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K. His experience includes being a Professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Pediatrics at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center as well as serving as Vice-President for Research at the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


University of Poona, India


Medicine (M.D.)

University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.


Medical Genetics

University of Glasgow, Scotland, U.K.  



Medical Genetics

Baylor College of Medicine,
Houston, TX




Previous Appointments

2008-2010   Course Director, Molecular & Cellular Systems (MS1), OU College of Medicine
2009-2010   Assistant Dean (Preclinical Curriculum), OU College of Medicine
2011-2012   Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, OUHSC 
2011-2012   Vice President for Research, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Tucson, AZ

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

1999-2000   Master Teacher Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

2008-2009   Treasurer, National Association of Medical Biochemistry Course Directors
2008-2013   Member of Medical Advisory Committee, Muscular Dystrophy Association
2008-Pres    Editorial Board Member of Mutation Research 
2013             Leadership Development for Physicians in Academic Health Centers, 
                     Harvard University School of Public Health
2014-Pres    Board of Directors, Friedreich Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA)

Honors & Awards

1995-1997   Muscular Dystrophy Association Postdoctoral Fellowship
2000-2003   American Heart Association Scientist Development Award
2004            Aesculapian Award for Excellence in Teaching [OU College of Medicine]
2005            Panos Ioannou Mem Prize, Ataxia Symposium, Neurology Congress [Australia]
2006            Aesculapian Award for Excellence in Teaching [OU College of Medicine]
2006            William Koller Memorial Award, Movement Disorder Society [Japan]
2010            University of Oklahoma Board of Regents Award for Superior Teaching
2011            Aesculapian Award for Excellence in Teaching [OU College of Medicine]
2013            Henry Turner Lectureship, Internal Medicine, OU College of Medicine
2014            Inducted to the Academy of Teaching Scholars, OU College of Medicine

Bidichandani Genetics Research Lab

R01 NS072418; Bidichandani (PI); 2010 - 2015  
Title: RNA-induced transcriptional gene silencing in Friedreich ataxia
Goal: To investigate the mechanism of epigenetic silencing of the FXN gene seen in patients with Friedreich ataxia.