Dr. Hegde is an Associate Professor/ Scientific Director at Emory Genetics Laboratory in the Department of Human Genetics. She received a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. from the University of Bombay, India, and a Ph.D. from the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She performed post doctoral studies at Baylor College of Medicine and is board certified in Clinical Molecular Genetics. The primary focus of her clinical work is the development of high-throughput sequencing strategies for rare disorders using sequence capture technologies, robotics, next generation sequencing, oligonucleotide array platforms, robotics and predictive analysis tools. Her research is focused on functional analysis of sequence variants in disease associated genes specifically for muscular dystrophies, with an ultimate goal of creating an algorithm for clinical interpretation of novel sequence variants. She is also involved in identifying novel disease genes using next-generation tools and a laboratory developed bridged whole exome sequencing approach.