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Dr. Pratik Shah, Scientist, Entrepreneur and Innovator

Dr. Pratik Shah contributes to The Infectious Disease Initiative at The 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. 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.


Pratik 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 that is undergoing clinical trials, identified several novel pathways and metabolites associated with gastrointestinal infections and developed a rapid, low-cost water quality test for the developing world.


Pratik  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,

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