Kenneth Ramos

Research Focus Group Membership: 
Research Focus Group 3
  • PhD: Biochemical Pharmacology, University of Texas 
  • MD: University of Louisville Health Sciences Center
  • BS: Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chemistry, University of Puerto Rico
College Affiliations: 

College of Pharmacy
College of Medicine

Research Interests: 

Dr. Ramos is recognized as a leading expert in the study of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions and genomic medicine. His research program integrates diverse approaches, ranging from molecular genetics to population-based public health studies in efforts to understand the genetic and genomic basis of human disease and to advance the goals of precision medicine. Ongoing basic science studies in his laboratory focus on repetitive genetic elements in the mammalian genome and their role in genome plasticity and disease, while his clinical work focuses on the characterization of diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers for chronic disease and cancer.

Environmental Health Research & Expertise: 

Kenneth S. Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB, is associate vice president for precision health sciences at the University of Arizona Health Sciences (UAHS), where he is responsible for developing precision-health strategies and approaches to health outcomes and health-care delivery. He also was appointed interim dean of the UA College of Medicine – Phoenix in 2016.

Dr. Ramos provides senior leadership in the development of personal diagnostics and therapeutics for complex diseases, including cancer, cardiopulmonary disorders and diabetes. He works in collaboration with the deans of the five UAHS colleges, clinical department heads, institute and center directors, Banner - University Medicine, and external stakeholders to develop and implement novel, high-impact programs and initiatives in precision health.

Dr. Ramos also is a professor of medicine, at the UA College of Medicine – Tucson in the Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Sleep and Critical Care Medicine, where he directs his highly competitive and innovative research program in translational and clinical genetics and genomics and collaborates with numerous research groups across the UA campus.