Farhad Imam, M.D., Ph.D.


3020 Children's Way
MC 5008
San Diego, CA 92123



Medical Group / IPA

Rady Children's Specialists

Medical School

Stanford University


Harvard Medical School


Harvard Medical School


Harvard Medical School

Board Certifications

Neonatology, Pediatrics




Dr. Farhad Imam is a neonatologist at Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego and an assistant professor of pediatrics at UC San Diego School of Medicine. He is board-certified in pediatrics and neonatal-perinatal medicine and specializes in the care of critically ill premature and term infants.

He attended Stanford University for his undergraduate, medical and scientific training, where he used traditional single-gene methods in concert with genome-wide studies he helped innovate to study large-scale gene regulation during development and organogenesis. After obtaining his doctoral degree in biochemistry, he went on to Harvard Medical School for his residency in pediatrics and fellowship in neonatology.

Dr. Imam's research aims to identify new molecular factors that protect the developing brain against harmful cellular stresses, such as oxygen deprivation. His work has resulted in multiple high-profile scientific publications in journals including Science, Cell, Genetics and Nature. The ultimate goal of this work is to discover novel therapies to help protect high-risk newborns and to minimize their risk of developing cerebral palsy and/or seizure disorders.

In both the laboratory and hospital settings, he is actively involved in mentoring undergraduates, medical students, residents and fellows.

When not in the hospital, he enjoys spending time exploring the coast and hiking in the mountains with his wife and son.


Novel Genes Critical for Hypoxic Preconditioning in Zebrafish Are Regulators of Insulin and Glucose Metabolism.
Manchenkov T, Pasillas MP, Haddad GG, Imam FB

Ossification of sacral vertebral bodies in neonates born 24 to 38 weeks' gestational age and its relevance to spinal ultrasonography.
Cloete E, Battin MR, Imam FB, Teele RL

Chromatin signature of embryonic pluripotency is established during genome activation.
Vastenhouw NL, Zhang Y, Woods IG, Imam F, Regev A, Liu XS, Rinn J, Schier AF

The computational analysis of scientific literature to define and recognize gene expression clusters.
Raychaudhuri S, Chang JT, Imam F, Altman RB

Gene expression during the life cycle of Drosophila melanogaster.
Arbeitman MN, Furlong EE, Imam F, Johnson E, Null BH, Baker BS, Krasnow MA, Scott MP, Davis RW, White KP

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