Shobha Ghosh, Ph.D.
Associate Chair of Research
Shobha Ghosh, Ph.D., is the Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Internal Medicine at the VCU Medical Center. She received her MS degree in Clinical Biochemistry from Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (Chandigarh, India) before obtaining her PhD degree in Biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science (Bangalore, India). After completing her first Post-Doctoral training at the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada) and her second Post-doctoral training at the Department of Biochemistry at the VCU Medical Center, she was appointed as an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine in 1999 where she is now a Professor of Medicine. She is also a Professor of Physiology since 2008.
Dr. Ghosh’s research efforts are focused on cholesterol homeostasis as it relates to metabolic diseases such as atherosclerosis and diabetes. Notable contributions of her laboratory are the identification, characterization and cloning of the key enzyme required to reduce cholesterol accumulation in macrophages, demonstration of reduction in diet induced atherosclerosis in transgenic mice expressing the gene for this human enzyme and establishing the causal link between macrophage cholesterol homeostasis and diabetes as well as hepatic steatosis. Her research is continually funded by the American Heart Association and NIH. She has published 48 papers originating from the research performed directly in her laboratory and presented her work at National and International conferences. She has also published several invited review articles and book chapters. In recognition of her research endeavors, she received the DOIM Faculty Award for Distinguished Research in 2004.
Dr. Ghosh has served on the American Heart Association’s (AHA) grant review committee since 2005 and was the vice chair of this committee from 2007-2009. In recognition of her service to the AHA and her contributions to the field of cardiovascular sciences, she was inducted as the Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) in 2006. She currently serves on the AHA Task Force on Science Classification. Ghosh also served as a permanent member of the Atherosclerosis and Inflammation of Cardiovascular System (AICS) study section of NIH from 2007 to 2011. She currently serves on the VA MERIT Review panel for Cardiovascular Studies (CARA). Her expertise is routinely sought by several Journals as a peer reviewer and by AHA to grade abstract for the annual Scientific Sessions.
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