Curriculum Vitae



As an Associate professor at Harvard, Vishal has faculty appointments at Brigham and Women’s Hospital where he Directs the Laboratory of Kidney Toxicology and Regeneration; at Harvard Medical School where he heads the Systems Toxicology program within the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Sciences; at Harvard School of Public Health where he directs a 5-credit graduate level course on Principles of Toxicology-Molecular and Translational Toxicology every fall; and at the Harvard Clinical and Translational Science Center where he directs the course “Understanding Biomarker Science: From Molecules to Images” every spring.

Vishal’s work, supported by NIH/NIEHS Pathway to Independence grant, in collaboration with the Predictive Safety Testing Consortium, led to the first kidney toxicity biomarker (Kidney Injury Molecule-1) qualified by the US-FDA and the European Medicines Agency in 2008. In 2011, Vishal won the NIH/NIEHS Outstanding New Environmental Scientist (ONES) award and in 2013 he was selected as one of six North American scientists to win the Innovation in Regulatory Science Award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Vishal has delivered more than 50 seminars as invited speaker and written more than 60 peer-reviewed publications, with ~ 5000 citations (h-index of 36). Vishal’s laboratory uses cellular systems, mouse models as well as human biospecimens, and applies methodologies at the interface of cell and molecular biology, systems pharmacology, and translational science in understanding kidney disease. Vishal was awarded the Leading Edge in Basic Science Award in 2014 by Society of Toxicology (SOT) and is the recipient of 2015 Achievement Award by SOT.

Vishal is very passionate about mentoring and teaching. Postdoctoral scientists in his laboratory have won several awards and fellowships in national and international competitions like the Colgate Palmolive Postdoctoral Fellowship Award, Harvard-Mexico Foundation fellowship, Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) fellowship, DFG fellowship, etc. 

Vishal acquired his Ph.D. degree from University of Louisiana in 2003 and completed his fellowship in nephrology from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in 2007. He was awarded the Novartis Graduate Student Fellowship award from SOT and the National Kidney Foundation grant for his work during the graduate and postdoctoral training respectively. Vishal is also an Associate Faculty at the Harvard University’s Center for Environment and an Affiliate Member of Harvard Stem Cell Institute, member of SOT, ASN and Harvard School of Public Health’s NIEHS center.


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