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  NOVEMBER 21, 2008
Dr. Kamboh Appointed Chair of Human Genetics at Pittsburgh GSPH

kambohDr. M. Ilyas Kamboh has been appointed chair of the department of human genetics at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Kamboh, who has been serving as the interim chair since January 2005, holds a secondary position as a professor of psychiatry in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is a molecular geneticist/genetic epidemiologist and the director of a human genetics molecular laboratory, with more than 20 years of experience working on the genetics of common diseases of public heath importance, including coronary artery disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and lupus.

Dr. 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. He has published more than 230 scientific articles about his research in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Recently, he was awarded an unprecedented 1.0 score on his NIH grant proposal on the genetics of Alzheimer’s disease. Dr. Kamboh has supervised the thesis/dissertation work of more than two dozen master’s and doctoral students and also mentored several postdoctoral fellows in his lab.

Dr. Kamboh received his bachelor’s and master of science degrees from Government College, Lahore, Pakistan, with high distinction, and his doctorate in human genetics from the Australian National University. He began his academic career at the University of Pittsburgh in 1985 as a post-doctoral fellow in the department of human henetics, and then rapidly rose through the academic ranks in the department to become tenured professor in 1997.

Dr. 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 and Disease and Human Biology journals and is currently Associate Editor of the Annals of Human Genetics.

"I am delighted that the department and the school will permanently benefit from his outstanding leadership, research, teaching and mentoring," said Dean Donald S. Burke of the Graduate School of Public Health.