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Einstein Researchers Sarita Shah and Neel Gandhi Each Receive Clinical Scientist Development Awards from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation

(BRONX, NY) - Drs. Sarita Shah and Neel Gandhi, who are both assistant professors of medicine and epidemiology & population health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, are each recipients of a 2007 Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award, presented by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The awards, which were established by the Foundation in recognition of Ms. Duke''s interest in the education and training of young people and in relieving humanity''s suffering from disease, will provide approximately $135,000 per year for three years, to support independent research projects of the two Einstein researchers.

Dr. Shah''s research focuses on the rapid diagnosis of drug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa using a new culture technology termed the Microscopic Observation Drug Susceptibility (MODS) assay, while Dr. Gandhi''s research seeks to determine clinical risk factors to aid in the early identification of drug-resistant tuberculosis in South Africa. Both researchers also are co-investigators on a multi-institutional project, "Combating MDR and XDR TB and HIV in Rural South Africa," which received an Operations Research on AIDS Care & Treatment in Africa grant from the Foundation earlier this year.

Both Dr. Shah and Dr. Gandhi, who are married to each other, joined the Einstein faculty in 2006, moving to New York from Atlanta, where Dr. Shah served as an epidemic intelligence service officer in the division of tuberculosis elimination at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Dr. Gandhi was a fellow in the division of infectious diseases at Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Shah received both her bachelor''s and medical degrees from Johns Hopkins University and a master''s in public health from Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Gandhi received his bachelor''s degree from Williams College and his medical degree from Brown University. The couple resides in Manhattan with their 20-month-old son, Sahil.