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Shah, Vallabh "Raj" Director- Zuni Project


Dr Raj Shah is Professor in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Internal Medicine, School of Medicine, UNMHSC. Dr Shah is actively involved with the Community Engagement and Research Core of Clinical & Translational Science center (CTSC) at UNMHSC. For more than 24 years Dr Shah has been intimately involved in a productive, well-funded, translational clinical research program focused on the molecular epidemiology of diabetes, CVD and kidney disease. He recently received PCORI funding to continue innovative cost effective and comparative effective home based health care in Zuni. He has worked toward establishing / promoting the community-partnered research as a way to address many of the health disparity issues in order to deepen the scientific base of knowledge in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention, and health disparities for chronic diseases affecting Zuni Indians and received “Sarah Belle Brown Community Service Award” in 2011 and “Excellence in Research Award for Population Science in 2014”

Dr Shah recently received funding from UNMHSC CTSC pilot project about obesity intervention in Zuni children and UNMHSC CTSC joint institutional pilot project award about health literacy in urban Native Americans of Oklahoma and reservation based Zuni Indians. Dr Shah has participated in Graduate/ undergraduate teaching in Biochemistry of disease class, tutoring in CVPR and GI block and as PIE circuit rider. He is currently mentoring 3 undergraduate student and 6 medical students in research. Dr Shah’s commitment has always been to a collaborative, multi-disciplinary population based clinical research as evidenced from three projects in which he has played major roles.