Sham S. Kakar, Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Diabetes, Department of Physiology & Biophysics, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Ambulatory Care Building, 550 South Jackson Street, A3G11 502-852-0812


Dr. Kakar joined the University of Louisville faculty in 2000. He also serves as a senior scientist for the James Graham Brown Cancer Center. He is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Endocrine Society, American Association for Cancer Research, and International Society of Oxygen Transport to Tissues (ISOTT). He is a grant reviewer for internal grants for James Brown Cancer Center, and a special external grant reviewer for British Columbia Research Institute for Children’s & Women’s Health. He is Editor in Chief for the "Journal of Ovarian Research." His research is focused on the molecular analysis of the structure and function of the gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) receptor in tumors and molecular characterization of the tumor transforming gene/PTTG.


Ph.D., Biochemistry,National Dairy Research Institute Karnal, India. Kurukshetra University, 1983
M.S., Biochemistry,National Dairy Research Institute Karnal,India.  Kurukshetra University, 1975.
B.S., Chemistry,Mathematics and Physics with Honor in Mathematics, Punjab University.  Chandigarh, India, 1973.

Research Areas and Projects

Hormones and Cancer
GnRH Receptors in Tumors
Tumor transforming gene/PTTG