Shah, Pratik

Dr. Pratik Shah is at the infectious Disease Initiative at Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Department of Molecular Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Shah applies high-throughput Omics and nanotechnology to identify new pathways to design diagnostics, therapeutics and prophylactics against a variety of debilitating clinical conditions related to gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases. He discovered a new vaccine component to protect against bacterial pneumonia, novel pathways and metabolites associated with gastrointestinal infections and a rapid and low-cost water quality test. Dr. Shah is a honorary visiting scientist at the MIT Media Lab, where he instructs a course on prototyping low-cost and portable heath-tech solutions such as automatic stethoscopes, rapid otoscopes and non-invasive blood diagnostic sensors. He is also a cofounder of clean-water initiative based in Ghana, Tanzania and Nigeria that utilizes mobile technologies to connect large urban communities to safe drinking water.