Vishwajit L Nimgaonkar, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychiatry and Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh, where he directs the Program in Genetics and Psychoses. He also serves as the Associate Chief of Staff / Vice President of the Behavioral Health Service Line at the Veterans Administration Pittsburgh Health System.
His research is focused on the causation and treatment of severe psychiatric illnesses, including genetic and environmental factors. His group also models the functional effects of identified risk factors using iPSC-based technologies. With funds from the NIH, Dr. Nimgaonkar oversees research projects and research training in the United States and India. Dr. Nimgaonkar’ training includes Medicine (MBBS) from the University of Madras; Ph.D. (DPhil) from the University of Oxford, UK; psychiatric residency training at the Maudsley Hospital, London, UK, and post-doctoral training at the University of London, UK.
He is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology.
Dr. Nimgaonkar has received a Rhodes scholarship, the Sir Dennis Hill Prize from the Institute of Psychiatry, London, the NIMH Independent Scientist Award, the Harry Levin Award for Clinical Excellence from Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic and an Outstanding Mentorship Award from the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has published over 260 peer reviewed publications.