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. Successful postdocs in my lab include Melanie Adler, Ph.D., who won the Colgate Palmolive Postdoctoral Fellowship Award (2012-2014) from SOT, Mariana Cardenas Gonzalez who received 2 postdoctoral fellowship grants from Harvard-Mexico Foundation and from Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT) (2014-2016). Dana Hoffmann, Ph.D., who received the Renal Toxicology Fellowship award (2011), published 5 publications in 2.5 years and is currently working as Expert Toxicologist at Sandoz, Austria.
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.
Education and Training
- Poona College of Pharmacy, Pune, India, BS Pharmacy, 1994-1998.
- University of Louisiana at Monroe, LA, Ph.D. Toxicology, 1998-2003.
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Postdoctoral training, Nephrology, 2003-2005.
- 07/2005 - 09/2009: Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School
- 10/2009 - 12/2014: Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
- 07/2011 - 12/2014: Assistant Professor of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health
- 1/2015 - present Associate Professor of Medicine & Environmental Health, Harvard Medical School, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Hospital or Affiliated Institution Appointments
- 11/2006 - present: Associate Biologist, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital
- 10/2009 - present: Member, Harvard NIEHS Center, Harvard School of Public Health
- 10/2011 - present: Associate Faculty, Center for Environment, Harvard University
- 10/2012 - present: Affiliate Member, Harvard Stem Cell Institute, Harvard University
Major Adminstrative Leadership Positions
- 2011 - 2012: Director, Molecular Signals to Understand Exposure Biology. Graduate-level course, EH 527/BPH 208qc, 2.5 credits, offered every Thursday in Spring with 110-min lectures for 15 weeks at the Harvard School of Public Health
- 2011 - present: Director, Understanding Biomarker Science: From MOlecules to Images. A 4-day course for students, residents, fellows, professional staff, and faculty offered in Spring each year through the Harvard Clinical and Ranslational Science Center
- 2012 - present: Director, Principles of Toxicology (Molecular & Translational Toxicology). Graduate level course, EH 504 / BPH 713 / BPH 215, 5 & 2.5 credits, offered every Monday and Wednesday in Fall with 110-min lectures for 15 week sat the Harvard School of Public Health
- 2013 - present: Head, Systems Toxicology, Harvard Program in Therapeutic Sciences, Harvard Medical School
- 1999: Arthur Furst Award for Student Best Paper, American College of Toxicology.
- 2001 to 2002: Society of Toxicology Graduate Student Fellowship Award sponsored by Novartis.
- 2001: Sigma Xi Grants-in-aid research award.
- 2001: Graduate Student Research Achievement award, The University of Louisiana at Monroe.
- 2002: Best Paper Award (2nd place) from Division of Toxicology, American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), Experimental Biology.
- 2002: Comparative and Veterinary Specialty Section award for best manuscript submitted, Society of Toxicology.
- 2003: Mechanisms Specialty Section's Honorable Mention award for the best manuscript submitted, Society of Toxicology.
- 2003: National Kidney Foundation Post Doctoral Fellowship Award.
- 2005: Risk Assessment Specialty Section best abstract award, Society of Toxicology.
- 2007: Guest Editor, Toxicology, special issue “Biomarkers of Toxicity”, 245 (3), 163-224, 2008.
- 2011: Outstanding New Environmental Scientist Award, NIH/NIEHS.
- 2012: American Scientist of Indian Origin Young Investigator Award, Society of Toxicology.
- 2013: Innovation in Regulatory Science Award, Burroughs Wellcome Fund.
- 2014: Leading Edge in Basic Science Award, Society of Toxicology.
- 2015: Achievement Award, Society of Toxicology
Ad-Hoc Review Activities
- Journals: Toxicology, Toxicology Applied Pharmacology, Toxicological Sciences, Journal of American Society of Nephrology, Kidney International, American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology, etc
- Grant reviewer: National Institutes of Health (USA), European Commission (EU), Medical Research Council (UK), King Adbullah International Medical Research Center (Saudi Arabia)
- Graduate Admissions Committee, Harvard School of Public Health
- Regulatory Science Advisory Group, Harvard Medical School
- Health and Environmental Science Institute (HESI) - Biomarkers of Nephrotoxiciy Committee
- Clinical Research Orientation Program for PhD's (CROPP), Harvard CLinical and Translational Science Center
- 1999 - present: Member, Society of Toxicology.
- 2006-2009: Career resource and development committee, Society of Toxicology
- 2010-2012: Councilor, Northeast Chapter of Society of Toxicology
- 2011-2014: Member, Continuing Education Committee, Society of Toxicology
- 2015 - present: Member, Scientific Program Committee
- 2005 - present: Member, American Society of Nephrology.