M. Ilyas Kamboh

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M. llyas Kamboh
Born Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Residence Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality Pakistani and American (dual citizenship)
Fields molecular human genetics and psychiatry
Institutions University of Pittsburgh
Alma mater University of the Punjab, Pakistan
Australian National University, Australia

M. Ilyas Kamboh is a Pakistani-American professor and chair of the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. He holds a secondary position as a professor of psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


Kamboh received his Bachelor of Science in 1976 and Master of Science in 1979 from Government College, Lahore, University of the Punjab, Pakistan with high distinction. He obtained his doctorate (PhD) in human genetics in 1984 from Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, in 1984.

At Pittsburgh[edit]

After finishing his doctoral work at Australian National University, Kamboh moved to the US. He began his academic career at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1985 as a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Human Genetics, and then rapidly rose through the academic ranks in the department to become a tenured professor in 1997.

Research interests and activities[edit]

Kamboh is a molecular geneticist/genetic epidemiologist and the director of a human genetics molecular laboratory. He has more than 20 years of experience working on the genetics of common diseases of public health importance, including coronary artery disease, Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and lupus. Over the past several years, Kamboh has been especially instrumental in identifying and characterizing Alzheimer’s disease candidate genes. He has also assembled one of the largest and most powerful Alzheimer’s disease samples for use in population-based studies of genetics.

Kamboh's research has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1991 and thus far he has received grant awards worth more than $20 million. Kamboh is world-renowned scientist and has published more than 230 scientific articles about his research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Recently, he was awarded an unprecedented 1.0 (perfect) score on an NIH grant proposal on the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease. Kamboh has supervised the thesis or dissertation work of more than two dozen master's and doctoral students and also mentored several postdoctoral fellows in his lab.

Fellowships and memberships[edit]

Kamboh is a fellow of the American Heart Association and a founding member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Alzheimer’s CURE Foundation. He is also a member of the Delta Omega public health honor society, Omicron Chapter. He has served on and led a number of National Institutes of Health study sections, including serving as a charter member on the Cardiovascular and Sleep Epidemiology (formerly Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases) Study Section. He has served on the editorial boards of Ethnicity & Disease and Human Biology journals and is currently associate editor of the Annals of Human Genetics.

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