Manisha Balwani

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, USA

Dr. Manisha Balwani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics and Genomic Sciences and Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her clinical interests include Lysosomal Storage Diseases and the Porphyrias. She is the Director of the Lysosomal Disease Program and the Comprehensive Porphyria Diagnostic and Treatment Center at Mount Sinai.

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 and Genomic Sciences at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in 2006.

Her initial research efforts were focused on the natural history of and genotype-phenotype correlations Gaucher disease. She was the 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.

She is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Lysosomal Acid Lipase registry and International Collaborative Gaucher Group.