I received my BS in Biology-Neurobiology and my BA in French from the University of Iowa in 2012. While pursing my undergraduate degree, I worked in the laboratory of Dr. Marlan Hansen investigating the role of the gene, Merlin, on vestibular schwannomas. After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I received the Post-baccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award from the NIH to work in the lab of Dr. Bechara Kachar. In the Kachar lab, I investigated the molecular function and localization of the protein, Clarin 1, in the development and regulation of stereocilia of the inner ear, and its role in causing Usher Syndrome 3A. Now, I am in the graduate partnership program with the NIH and NACS, working with Dr. Catherine Carr (UMD) and Dr. Richard Youle (NIH). I am currently investigating the role(s) of mitochondrial-anchored E3 ubiquitin ligases in mitochondrial quality control pathways.


  • BS
  • BA
    French Language
  • Cert
    International Business Certificate
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hvshah [at] umd.edu