UHealth - University of Miami Health System

Nagi Ayad, Ph.D.

General Information

Nagi  Ayad, Ph.D.


  • .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


  • English


  • Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences



Dr. Nagi G. Ayad is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.  Dr. Ayad will also serve as a member of the Center for Therapeutic Innovation at the John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics.  Dr. Ayad is a cell biologist by training and has worked on enzymatic regulation of mitotic cell divisions in neuronal precursors. Dr. Ayad received his Ph.D. degree from Yale Medical School in 1998 and completed his postdoctoral training from Harvard Medical School in 2004. He served as an assistant professor at the Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter, Florida prior to joining us. Dr. Ayad is studying the biochemical regulation of genes involved in cell cycle transitions in the developing nervous system. These genes encode kinases and ubiquitin ligases, which are targets in cancer and Alzheimer's disease. Dr. Ayad is using a multi-disciplinary approach that utilizes whole genome siRNA, cDNA, and small molecule cell-based screens to develop therapies directed against cancer and Alzheimer's disease.