Pulivarthi H. Rao, PhD


  • Texas Medical Center

Phone: 832-824-4820
Fax: 832-825-4038

Contact Information

1102 Bates Ave.
Suite 1030.16
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Research Laboratory

Research Area

  • Bone tumors

Associate Director, Cancer Cytogenetics Core Laboratory, Texas Children’s Cancer Center
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Nagarjuna University, India PhD Doctor of Philosophy
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Department of Human Genetics post-doctoral fellow


Organization Name Role
American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS) Member
American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Member
American Society for Human Genetics (ASHG) Member

Research Statement

Dr. Pulivarthi Rao is the Associate Director of the Cancer Cytogenetics Core Laboratory and a principal investigator for the Cancer Genetics and Genomics Program at Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers.  

His research laboratory analyzes the genetic basis of malignant transformations, most notably in osteosarcoma and multiple myeloma. He hopes to develop molecular cytogenetic techniques for the analysis of human cancers (comparative cancer cytogenetics).

His primary research interests are: 1) the genetic basis of deregulation of cellular proliferation, and 2) differentiation associated with malignant transformation.

He is certified with a Clinical Laboratory Cytogenetics Director License by the New York State Department of Health.

Learn more about the Cancer Cytogenetics Core Laboratory.

Selected Publications