Philip Lah has worked in a variety of areas of astronomy from variable stars, the evolution of the atomic hydrogen gas in galaxies, the ages and metallicities of the stellar population of galaxies, the gas phase metallicity in galaxies, and the radio continuum emission of quasars. Currently, his research interests have expanded to include the interaction of active galactic nuclei with their host galaxies and the neutral atomic hydrogen gas properties of low surface brightness galaxies.
Previous to his position at NYUAD, Lah was a Visiting Fellow at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, Australian National University. Before that, he had a Postdoctoral Fellowship that was a joint appointment between the Australian National University and the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Pune, India. He completed a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Doctorate in Philosophy, both at the Australian National University. Philip was awarded a grant from the Australian Indian Strategic Research Fund.