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Dr. Pratik Shah’s research program at MIT creates novel and unorthodox intersections between engineering, biomarker imaging, machine learning and microbiology to invent low-cost diagnostics and therapeutics.
Dr. Shah’s graduate and postdoctoral research contributed to the discovery of a vaccine component to prevent pneumococcal (Streptococcus pneumoniae) diseases, identification of new pathways, technologies and metabolites as antimicrobials to target gastrointestinal infections, and a non-profit to deploy a low-cost water quality test for the developing world. Past recognitions include, American Society for Microbiology’s Raymond W. Sarber national award, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospitals ECOR Fund for Medical Discovery postdoctoral fellowship, coverage by leading national and international news media outlets and a TED talk. Dr. Shah has been invited as discussion leader at Gordon Research Seminars, speaker at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Gordon Research Conferences and IEEE bioengineering conferences and a peer reviewer for leading scientific publications and funding agencies. Pratik has a BS, MS and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and completed fellowship training at The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.