Sanjeev Shroff
University of Pittsburgh, USA

Dr. Sanjeev Shroff is the Distinguished Professor of and Gerald E. McGinnis Chair in the Department of Bioengineering, Swanson School of Engineering and Professor of Medicine in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also the Chair of the Department of Bioengineering. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh in April 2000, Dr. Shroff was a faculty member at the University of Chicago in the Department of Medicine (Cardiology Section). Trained as an electrical engineer (B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India and M.Eng., McMaster University, Canada), Dr. Shroff obtained his doctoral degree in Bioengineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Shroff’s research is in the cardiovascular arena, with two main focus areas: (1) Contractile and regulatory proteins and post-translational regulation of cardiac contraction. (2) Role of vascular stiffness in cardiovascular function and potential therapeutic applications of vascular stiffness-modifying drugs and/or hormones (e.g., relaxin). His research efforts have been supported by numerous grants from NIH (continuous funding since 1986), AHA, NSF, and industry partners. He was the recipient of the Established Investigator Award from the AHA (1986-1991) and was elected as a Fellow of the American Physiological Society (1988), Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (1999), and Fellow of Biomedical Engineering Society (2007). Recognized by his colleagues and peers as a consummate teacher and mentor, Dr. Shroff received the Carnegie Science Center Award for Excellence (University Educator) in 2007, the Swanson School of Engineering’s Outstanding Educator Award in 2010, and University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011. He has mentored 37 students (15 post-doctoral and 22 graduate/pre-doctoral), most of whom are pursuing independent research careers in academia or industry. Dr. Shroff has been serving as the Principal Investigator on a NIH-NHLBI pre-doctoral T32 training grant (Cardiovascular Bioengineering Training Program) since 2005 and on the Coulter Translational Research Partnership II grant since 2013. In 2012 Dr. Shroff was named the Distinguished Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, a designation that constitutes the highest honor that the University can accord a member of the professoriate.