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Kumar Kothapalli, Ph.D.

Education

Ph.D., Human Genetics
Osmania University, India

Residency/Fellowship

Postdoctoral Fellowship, Genetics and Genomics
Cornell University

About

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.

Professional Affiliations
  • The American Society of Human Genetics
  • The International Society For The Study Of Fatty Acids And Lipids
  • American Society for Nutrition
Awards & Honors
  • Young Investigator award, 2006
    ISSFAL Conference Committee, Cairns, Australia
  • Marquis Who's Who in America, 2012
    Marquis Who's Who