About Naman Shah

NAMAN SHAH is now a third-year candidate for the MD and PhD degrees in the Medical Scientist Training Program at University of North Carolina.

Naman was born in Charlotte, NC to parents who had emigrated from India.

Naman graduated with highest honors and distinction in public service from the University of North Carolina (UNC), where he majored in environmental health in the School of Public Health. He is now pursuing his MD/Ph.D. also at UNC.

Naman was a North Carolina Leadership Fellow and an IBM Watson fellow. Naman developed and helped introduce in Cambodia a test that identifies drug resistance in malarial parasites.

Following graduation Naman worked in polio case surveillance and related immunization activities in a rural district in India. His meta-analysis of research on malaria drug resistance provided an evidence base for Indian officials to modify their malaria drug policy.

Naman's recent projects include entrepreneurial ventures such as the introduction of a new, low-cost water purifier into emerging rural markets.


  • MD in Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • PhD in Epidemiology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • BS in Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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