(Oct. 8, 2020) … Sanjeev Shroff, Distinguished
Professor and Gerald E. McGinnis Chair of Bioengineering at the University of
Pittsburgh, was elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Medical and
Biological Engineering (IAMBE). The virtual induction ceremony was held in
conjunction with the Carnegie Mellon Forum on Biomedical Engineering on Sept.
This competitive election is in recognition of
distinguished contributions to and leadership in the field of medical and
biological engineering on an international level. Presently, there are only
around 200 living Fellows of the Academy throughout the world.
Shroff was selected for his significant research
contributions to cardiovascular engineering and bioengineering education. His
research in Pitt’s Swanson School of Engineering has two focus areas: (1)
regulation of cardiac muscle contraction by changes in cardiac proteins and
their chemical modifications and (2) the role of vascular stiffness in
cardiovascular function and potential therapeutic applications of vascular
stiffness-modifying drugs and/or hormones.
His research efforts have been continuously
funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1986, with additional support
from other funding agencies such as American Heart Association, National
Science Foundation, and industry.
“Elucidating the links between the overall
cardiovascular mechanical function and underlying cellular and molecular
processes has been the focus of my research, and I am honored that this work
has been recognized by IAMBE,” said Shroff. “I have had the good fortune to
collaborate with and learn from talented biomedical scientists and clinicians
and I would like to share this honor with them.”
In addition to his leadership in research, Shroff also
has a strong record in teaching and mentorship. He has mentored 37 pre- and
post-doctoral students and led the effort to establish the department’s
Cardiovascular Bioengineering Training Program, which has been supported by an
NIH training grant (T32) since its launch in 2005.
Sanjeev G. Shroff
Trained as an electrical engineer (B.Tech.,
Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India and M.Eng., McMaster University,
Canada), Shroff obtained his doctoral degree in Bioengineering from the University
of Pennsylvania.. Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh in April 2000,
Shroff was a faculty member at the University of Chicago for 17 years in the
Department of Medicine (Cardiology Section).
Shroff 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, he 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. He 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 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.
Contact: Leah Russell