Kamilah Ali, PhD

Associate Professor; Course Director for PharmacologyTouro College of Osteopathic Medicine - Harlem


Kamilah Ali is an Associate Professor at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Harlem. She received her early education at California State University Northridge (Chemistry BS) followed by earning her Master's and Ph.D. in Pharmacology at Yale University. She then completed a lipid metabolism post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Rader. Three years later, she joined the faculty of CUNY-City College as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology. Dr. Ali’s research interest is cardiovascular diseases both at the community level and at the molecular level in the context of atherosclerosis. Her laboratory is investigating the atherosclerotic role of a unique apolipoprotein, apoD. Secondarily, is involved in initiatives to provide programming and solutions to address health care disparities/inequities especially hypertension in underserved communities such as Harlem. A third project, as an Adjunct Associate Professor at New York University Grossman School of Medicine, she is investigating triglyceride metabolism and is part of the NYU team studying the regression of atherosclerosis in type 2 diabetic animal model, an AHA Strategically Focused Research Network Grant. She is a member of the American Heart Association and currently serving on the Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology (ATVB) Women’s Leadership Committee. Dr. Ali is an active member of several TouroCOM committees including Admissions and Community Affairs in leadership roles.


Research Interests: Atherosclerosis; Lipid mediators and apolipoprotein; B-cells adaptive immunity; Medical education; Community-based nutritional intervention for hypertension