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Kent Lai, Ph.D.

Languages spoken: English

Academic Information

Departments: Pediatrics - Professor, Nutrition and Integrative Physiology - Adjunct Professor

Divisions: Pediatric Genetics

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A native of Hong Kong, Dr. Kent Lai earned his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences from University of Bradford (U.K.) and his Ph.D. from University of Maryland (U.S.). He was also awarded his M.B.A. and M.H.A. from Georgia State University (U.S.). After receiving his Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology; he went on for his Post-doctoral Research Fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine (U.S.). Dr. Kent Lai's career as a researcher and educator began in 2002 at University of Miami School of Medicine, where, within 6 years, he rose from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Pediatrics. In March, 2009, Dr. Lai joined the Division of Medical Genetics (Pediatrics) at University of Utah as Associate Professor and was promoted to Full Professor in 2014. He has also held Adjunct Professorship at the Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology since 2017. Dr. Lai’s research focuses on the development of novel therapeutics for rare and common diseases, which include Classic Galactosemia, Phosphoglucomutase Deficiency, and cancers. He has been the Principal Investigator for numerous research grants awarded by the National Institutes of Health and American Heart Association. Dr. Lai is currently a member for the American Heart Association and NIH SBIR/STTR Study Sections. He also serves as Associate Editor of BMC Medical Genetics and Editorial Board Member of Heliyon (Elsevier).

Education History

Graduate Training Georgia State University
Business/ Health Administration
Postdoctoral Training Emory University School of Medicine
Biochemical Genetics
Postdoctoral Training
Doctoral Training University of Maryland
Molecular & Cell Biology
Undergraduate University of Bradford
Biomedical Sciences (Major in Medical Microbiology)
Diploma Hong Kong Polytechnic
Medical Laboratory Sci., Diploma was awarded by British Technical and Education Council

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