Kumar Kothapalli, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Ph.D., Human Genetics
Osmania University, India
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Genetics and Genomics
Kumar Kothapalli, Ph.D., is associate professor of pediatrics with a focus on basic research into the medical genetic basis of disease. He is co-discoverer of a genetic polymorphism that controls the body’s synthesis of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) and showed it to be related to ancestral diet, thus defining dietary requirements. He has also co-discovered biochemical pathways for the synthesis of normal LCPUFA and defects in cancers cells that lead to the synthesis of unusual PUFA. His previous work focused on large scale genetic studies of trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome), recurrent pregnancy loss, Sry-negative XX sex reversal and other genetic-based variations that induce special nutritional requirements. Kothapalli trains physicians and postgraduate genetics students to detect and identify human genetic disorders using cytogenetic, biochemical and molecular tools in India. He relocated to Dell Medical School in 2017 after more than 14 years on the faculty of Cornell University.
The American Society of Human Genetics
The International Society For The Study Of Fatty Acids And Lipids
American Society for Nutrition
Young Investigator award, 2006
ISSFAL Conference Committee, Cairns, Australia
Marquis Who's Who in America, 2012
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