Dr. Shavit's research project focuses on better understanding the genetic and molecular pathways that modify or regulate hemostasis through the use of a zebrafish model. Specifically, he will utilize zebrafish genetics to potentially identify the modifier genes that result in reduced or absent bleeding. This innovative proposal may lead to improved therapeutic approaches, especially with regard to screening or potentially tailoring treatments to specific patients.
Dr. Shavit received his undergraduate degree in cell and molecular biology from the University of Michigan and both his MD and PhD from Northwestern University. Prior to his appointment as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Communicable Diseases at the University of Michigan in 2009, he spent four years as a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Michigan under the mentorship of Dr. David Ginsburg. Dr. Shavit is also a former NHF-Baxter Clinical Fellow, having received the award in 2006-2008.
The funding for this award is made possible thanks to a generous grant from Novo Nordisk to NHF's Research Catalyst Fund.