Dr. Shah earned her B.Sc. and M.Sc in Biological Sciences in the UK and her Ph.D. in diagnostic immunology from Nairobi University, Kenya. She then joined the International Laboratory for Research on Animal Diseases (ILRAD) as a post-doctoral scientist where she started the first DNA sequencing laboratory in East Africa. On completion of her fellowship, she joined Harvard University, Department of Tropical Medicine, as a research fellow and continued work on the development of molecular tools for diagnosis of parasitic diseases. Presently she is the President&CEO of Igenex Inc., Palo Alto, CA, USA.