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Vallabh O. 'Raj' Shah, PhD

Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology

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Contact Information

Phone: (505) 272-9615

Academic Career

Shah received an MSc in reproductive physiology and endocrinology from the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, in 1979, and a PhD in preclinical science (parasitology/microbiology) from GAU University, Anand, India, in 1984. He worked in the private sector in Albuquerque before joining the UNM faculty in 1990.

Research Interests

Shah conducts a translational clinical research program focused on the molecular epidemiology of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and kidney disease.

Zuni Project: Shah uses community-partnered research to address health disparity issues, with the goal of deepening the scientific base of knowledge about health promotion, disease prevention and health disparities for chronic diseases affecting Zuni Indians.

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Nephrology
  • International Society of Nephrology
  • American Diabetes Association


UNM HSC faculty honored for research achievements
(HSCNewsBeat; Nov. 4, 2014) ─ Four UNM Health Sciences Center faculty members have been recognized by their peers for their research achievements. Robin Ohls, MD, Vallebh Shah, PhD, Laurie Hudson, PhD and Ellen Beswick, PhD, all received the Excellence in Clinical Science Research Award, handed out Oct. 31 during the HSC's annual Research Day.

Zuni Health Initiative Fitness Center Opens
(HSCNewsBeat; Dec. 8, 2010) ─ For 14 years, UNM professors Raj Shah and Philip Zager have been working together on the Zuni Kidney Project, gathering volumes of genetic, health and environmental data to combat the pueblo’s soaring rate of kidney disease.