Ayman H. Fanous

Ayman H. Fanous

Chair, Psychiatry
Member of the Graduate Faculty
Professor, Psychiatry
Primary Department
Department Affiliations

Work Summary

Ayman Fanous, MD is Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine-Phoenix. His primary research focus is the identification of genetic risk factors for serious mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. In particular, he is interested in why clinical presentations differ between people with the same diagnoses and whether this might be due to different underlying genetic factors. He is also interested in developing methods of using and individual's genetic code to more effectively tailor treatments them, which are more effective and have fewer side effects.

Research Interest

My primary area of interest is the genomic etiologies of serious mental illnesses, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and others. For more than two decades, I have been engaged in family, twin, genome-wide association, and whole-genome sequencing of both population-based and family samples of these disorders. I have had a particular interest in uncovering the genetic basis of clinical variation within disorders. More recently I have been involved in Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine as applied to antipsychotic and other psychotropic medication utlilization.