Mikhail G. Shapiro, PhD, is an assistant professor of
chemical engineering and a Heritage Principal Investigator at the California
Institute of Technology. Previously, he was a Miller Research Fellow in
Bioengineering and Molecular & Cell Biology at the University of California
at Berkeley. His research is focused on the development of biomolecular
technologies for non-invasive imaging and control of cellular function in the
body using ultrasound and magnetic fields. Dr. Shapiro received his PhD in
biological engineering as a Hertz and Soros fellow at the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology with co-advisers Robert Langer and Alan Jasanoff and
his BSc in neuroscience from Brown University. He conducted post-doctoral
research in biophysics at the University of Chicago with Francisco Bezanilla.
Among his research accomplishments, Dr. Shapiro developed
the first genetically engineered functional sensors for magnetic resonance
imaging of the brain, discovered fundamental mechanisms by which infrared light
stimulates neurons, and introduced the first genetically encoded molecular
imaging agents for ultrasound. In addition to his research, Dr. Shapiro has
been a co-founder of several life science start-up companies and served as a
venture principal at Third Rock Ventures.
Dr. Shapiro was awarded a Hertz Foundation Thesis prize in
2009. He has received the Burroughs Wellcome Career Award at the Scientific
Interface, the DARPA Young Faculty Award and Director’s Fellowship, the Pew
Scholars Award, the Sontag Foundation Distinguished Scientist Award, the
Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering and the Technology Review TR35
award for top innovators under age 35.
More information about the Shapiro Lab can be found at shapirolab.caltech.edu.