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Dr. Pratik Shah’s research program at MIT creates novel and unorthodox intersections between engineering, biomarker imaging, machine learning, and medicine to invent low-cost diagnostics and therapeutics.
Dr. Shah’s graduate and postdoctoral research has contributed to the discovery of a vaccine component to prevent pneumococcal (Streptococcus pneumoniae) diseases; the identification of new pathways, technologies, and metabolites as antimicrobials to target gastrointestinal infections; and a non-profit organization to deploy a low-cost water quality test for the developing world. Past acknowledgments include the American Society for Microbiology’s Raymond W. Sarber National Award, a 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 to appear as a discussion leader at Gordon Research Seminars; as a speaker at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Gordon Research Conferences, and IEEE bioengineering conferences; and as a peer reviewer for leading scientific publications and funding agencies. Pratik has a BS, MS, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and completed his fellowship training at The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard Medical School.
Watch Dr. Shah's TED talk on biomarker prediction from low-cost images using machine learning here.