Pratik Shah

Principal Investigator and Research Scientist

Dr. Pratik Shah’s research program at The MIT Media Lab creates novel intersections between engineering, medical imaging, machine learning and microbiology, to develop scalable and low-cost diagnostics and therapeutics. Dr. Shah’s graduate and postdoctoral research contributed to the discovery of a vaccine component to prevent pneumococcal (Streptococcus pneumoniae) diseases, identification of new pathways, technologies and metabolites as antimicrobials to target gastrointestinal infections, and a nonprofit to deploy a low-cost water quality test for the developing world.
Past recognition includes the American Society for Microbiology’s Raymond W. Sarber national award, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospitals ECOR Fund for Medical Discovery postdoctoral fellowship, coverage by leading national and international news media outlets, and a TED talk.

Ongoing research areas at MIT: 1) artificial intelligence methods for detection of cancer biomarkers using standard photographs vs. expensive medical images; 2) unorthodox artificial intelligence algorithms to design optimal and faster clinical trials to reduce adverse effects on patients; 3) low-cost and open source imaging devices, paper diagnostics, algorithms, and mobile phones to improve public health. Clinical studies with Dr. Shah’s medical technologies have revealed “Missing sick” patients, who otherwise remain undiagnosed in conventional healthcare settings.
Pratik has been an invited discussion leader at Gordon Research Seminars; a speaker at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, Gordon Research Conferences and IEEE bioengineering conferences; and a peer reviewer for leading scientific publications and funding agencies. Pratik has a BS, MS, and a PhD in Microbiology and completed fellowship training at The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.