Dr. Allayee is Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biochemistry & Molecular Medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. His research program is focused on using multi-disciplinary genetics/genomics approaches to understand complex disorders, with an emphasis on cardiovascular, metabolic, and inflammatory diseases. In particular, his laboratory employs systems genetics strategies to dissect the architecture of complex diseases where a variety of intermediate phenotypes at the molecular, proteomic, and metabolomic levels are integrated into the genetic analyses. Current projects involve large-scale population studies in humans, gene-environment interactions, functional experiments using molecular genetics techniques, and the generation and characterization of mouse models. Dr. Allayee received his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in 1999 from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining USC, Dr. Allayee completed NIH Postdoctoral Fellowships at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the David Geffen School of Medicine UCLA.