Manisha Balwani

Manisha Balwani, MD, MS

  • PROFESSOR | Genetics and Genomic Sciences
  • PROFESSOR | Medicine, General Internal Medicine


Genetics and Genomics

Dr. Manisha Balwani is a Professor in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Department of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Chief of the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomics. Her clinical interests include Lysosomal Storage Diseases and the Porphyrias. She is the Director of the Lysosomal Disease Program and a faculty member of the Icahn Genomics Institute.

Dr. Balwani completed her medical training at the University of Bombay, followed by a Master’s in Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her training in Internal Medicine followed by a fellowship in Medical Genetics and Clinical Biochemical Genetics. She joined the faculty of the Department of Genetics at the Icahn School of Medicine in 2006.

Her initial research efforts were focused on the natural history and genotype-phenotype correlations of Gaucher disease. She served as Principal Investigator for therapeutic clinical trials for new therapies for Gaucher disease and Lysosomal Acid Lipase deficiency. Her recent research efforts have been focused on the acute and cutaneous porphyrias. She is an investigator for the NIH supported Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network’s Porphyrias Consortium.

As an experienced physician scientist, she has been the PI of investigator-initiated and industry sponsored studies and clinical trials. 


Clinical Genetics

Clinical Focus


MBBS, Topiwala National Medical College

Master of Science, University of Pittsburgh - Graduate School of Public Health

Residency, Internal Medicine, Long Island Jewish Forest Hills

Fellowship, Medical Genetics, The Mount Sinai Hospital

Fellowship, Biochemical Genetics, The Mount Sinai Hospital

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