- BS, Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley, 2004
- Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate, Foster Business School, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 2011
- PhD, Bioengineering and Nanotechnology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA,
“Multidisciplinary research, and programs like M+Visión, are important to attacking complex problems because you need a lot of different perspectives…because you’re not trying to improve things just slightly, you want to get a new view on a hard problem. Getting that new view means thinking of solutions that you can publish papers with, but that will also have a tangible impact on society. That’s our hope as M+Visión Fellows.”
Shivang R. Dave (pronounced dah-VEY), a native of California, earned his BS in Bioengineering with a minor in chemistry from Berkeley in 2004. His undergraduate research in the development of a low-cost wireless bio-monitoring device and synthesis of small molecule PET probes for breast cancer imaging were conducted in the laboratory of Professor Thomas F. Budinger at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs.
Upon graduation, he worked at Celera Genomics (South San Francisco) as a synthetic chemist before joining the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Washington, Seattle in 2005. As the first PhD student advised by Professor Xiaohu Gao, he focused on the development of nanoparticle-based probes for the multiplexed and ultrasensitive detection of cancer biomarkers from solution. During this time, he was awarded a NSF Graduate Fellowship and College of Engineering Dean’s Award. Ever curious, he completed the Program in Technology Commercialization (Department of Bioengineering) and Technology Entrepreneurship Certificate (Foster Business School, Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship) and was later awarded Best Innovation and Finalist Prizes at various business plan competitions.
In 2011, he joined the inaugural class of the M+Visión Fellowship immediately after concluding his PhD in Bioengineering & Nanotechnology. Interested in the interface between chemistry, nanotechnology and bioengineering, he is passionate about engineering technologies to address unmet biomedical problems.
Dave brought a different experience and set of skills to the Fellowship than many of his colleagues. But regardless of background, he says there are certain traits that are crucial to the Fellowship: “Flexibility—not being so rigid in your own past research, being open to new ideas; the ability to be independent—to blaze your own trail and find your own resources, the ability to communicate with people. And the third attribute would be to not fear the unknown, to be able to step out of your comfort zone and try new things, try to get new perspectives.”