Mikhail Shapiro, PhD

2004 Hertz Fellow
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Mikhail Shapiro is the Max Delbrück Professor of Chemical Engineering and Medical Engineering, an HHMI Investigator, and Director of the Center for Molecular and Cellular Medicine at Caltech.

The Shapiro laboratory develops biomolecular technologies allowing cells to be imaged and controlled inside the body using sound waves and magnetic fields. These technologies enable the study of biological function in vivo and the development of cell-based diagnostic and therapeutic agents.

Mikhail received his PhD in Biological Engineering from MIT and his BSc in Neuroscience from Brown. He conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley, where he was a Miller Fellow.

Mikhail’s awards include the NIH Pioneer Award, the Packard Fellowship, the Pew Scholarship, the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise, the Sontag Foundation Distinguished Scientist Award, the Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award, the Carl Hellmuth Hertz Ultrasonics Award and the Roger Tsien Award for Excellence in Chemical Biology. More information about the Shapiro Lab can be found online at shapirolab.caltech.edu.

Graduate Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Genetically Engineered Sensors for Non-Invasive Molecular Imaging using MRI

Undergraduate Studies

Brown University


2020, Science News 10: Scientists to Watch, Science News Magazine
2019, Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science, Vilcek Foundation
2016, Packard Fellow, David & Lucile Packard Foundation
2010, TR35, MIT Technology Review
2009, Hertz Thesis Prize, Fannie & John Hertz Foundation
2004, Soros Fellow, Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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