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Vallabh O. "Raj" Shah Laboratory

Principal Investigator: Vallabh O. "Raj" Shah, PhD

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Nephrology
Director, Zuni Project
Senior Fellow, New Mexico Center for the Advancement of Research, Engagement, & Science on Health Disparities

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Vallabh O. "Raj" Shah

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Shah with Zuni Project participants.

Contact the Laboratory

Lab Physical Address

Biomedical Research Facility, Room 220

Lab Mailing Address

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
MSC08 4670
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: (505) 272-9615
Fax: (505) 272-6587

Research Interests

Shah is actively involved with the Community Engagement and Research Core at the UNM Clinical & Translational Science Center. For more than 24 years Shah has been intimately involved in a productive, well-funded translational clinical research program focused on the molecular epidemiology of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and kidney disease. He recently received PCORI funding to continue innovative, cost-effective and comparatively effective home-based health care at Zuni Pueblo in western New Mexico. He has worked to establish and promote community-partnered research as a way to address health disparity issues in order to deepen the scientific knowledge base in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention and health disparities for chronic diseases affecting Zuni Indians.

Shah received the Sarah Belle Brown Community Service Award in 2011 and was recognized with the Excellence in Research Award for Population Science in 2014.

Recent Research

Shah recently received Clinical &Translational Science Center pilot funding for obesity intervention in Zuni children and a joint institutional pilot project award to promote health literacy in urban Native Americans of Oklahoma and reservation-based Zuni Indians. Shah has always been committed to collaborative, multi-disciplinary population-based clinical research.

  • Zuni Health Initiative – Educational intervention of patient activation in diabetes, NIH (2009 – 2019)
  • PCORI-Reducing Health Disparity in Chronic Kidney Disease in Zuni Indians, PCORI (2013 – 2016)
  • UNMHSC – CTSC Community Engagement Core (NIH)
  • CYP19A1 Gene and Pharmacogenetics of Response (Department of Veterans Affairs)
  • Epigenomic Changes in Progression of Pre-Diabetes to Diabetes (CTSC)
  • Fatalism and Knowledge of Diabetes in Urban and Reservation American Indians (CTSC)
  • Exercise Intervention for Zuni Children (CTSC)