Sameer B. Shah

Sameer B. Shah

Credentials:

  • Ph. D. (Bioengineering, UCSD, 2002)

  • M.S. (Bioengineering, UCSD, 1999)

  • S.B. (Mechanical Engineering, MIT, 1997, Minor in Biomedical Engineering)

Current Position(s): 

  • Research Health Scientist, VA

  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering, UCSD

Personal Statement: 

Dr. Shah directs the Neuromuscular Bioengineering Laboratory, a cross-disciplinary research group consisting of orthopaedic surgery residents, basic science postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates from the biological sciences and engineering. His multidisciplinary research program synthesizes his previous experience in mechanical engineering, physiology and biomechanics, and neurobiology. Multidisciplinary aspects of Dr. Shah's program converge in the context of neuronal development, disease, and repair. In particular, hiswork has implications for orthopaedic surgery, neuromuscular repair, and understanding cascades of neurodegeneration, including those associated with peripheral neuropathy.  Spurred by a desire to translate Dr. Shah lab's research in fundamental bioengineering and biology into a clinical context, he transferred from Maryland to San Diego, where Dr. Shah has developed strong collaborations with colleagues at VA San Diego, UCSD and in the broader San Diego area. These interactions will benefit from Dr. Shah's existing experience in quantitative biology, biomechanics, and bioengineering as well as Dr. Shah's evolving lab emphasis and expertise on translational research.

Professional History:

  • 1997-2002        Graduate Student, Department of Bioengineering, University of California-San Diego (UCSD),                                           La Jolla, CA

  • 2002-2006        Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine, University of California-                                          San Diego, La Jolla CA

  • 2006-2011         Assistant Professor, Fischell Department of Bioengineering, University of Maryland,                                                            College Park, MD

  • 2006-2011        Assistant Professor, Neuroscience and Cognitive Science Graduate Program,                                                                       University of Maryland, College Park, MD

  • 2011-2016        Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering, University of California-San                                               Diego (UCSD), La Jolla, CA

  • 2013- present       Biomedical Engineer, VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA (GS-13)

  • 2016-present        Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering, University of California-San                                                Diego (UCSD), La Jolla, CA

  • 2018-present        Research Health Scientist, VA San Diego Healthcare System, San Diego, CA (GS-14)

Education:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology    S.B.    1997    Mechanical Engineering

  • University of California-San Diego    M.S.    1999    Bioengineering

  • University of California-San Diego    Ph.D.    2002    Bioengineering

  • University of California-San Diego    Postdoc.    2002-2006    Neurobiology

Honors/Awards:

  • 1996-1997        Pi Tau Sigma Honor Society for Mechanical Engineering

  • 1998-2001        National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Student Fellowship

  • 2000        UCSD Bioengineering Excellent Teaching Assistant of the Year

  • 2004-2006        NIH Kirschstein-NRSA Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • 2012        University of Maryland Gemstone Program Outstanding Mentor

  • 2013        Selected to UCSD National Council for Leadership in Academic Medicine Program

  • 2015        Research Highlighted by Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program

  • 2020        Research selected for inclusion in Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine
                     (AFIRM3)

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MISSION

Those who courageously serve in our nation's military deserve exceptional care. The Veterans Medical Research Foundation's mission is to enhance the health of veterans of all generations through research and education.

GENERAL INFORMATION

​Phone:

(858) 642-3080

ADDRESS

3350 La Jolla Village Drive (151A)

Building 13

San Diego, CA 92161