Professor Padma Tirunilai has been actively engaged in teaching and research in the field of Human and Medical genetics over four decades. Her master’s and doctoral degrees in Genetics are conferred by Osmania University, India. She served the university in various academic and administrative capacities and also The Indian Society of Human Genetics as life member and secretary. She conducted several research projects, workshops and was mentor of students working for Ph.D. degree in Human Genetics. Her academic contributions are related to gene mapping and genetic analysis of Mendelian and complex disorders like Cataracts, Essential hypertension, Lipidemias, Hearing Impairment, Glaucoma and Epilepsy. She has authored reviews and chapters for books and articles that were published in several reputed journals.