Maansi Shah, BA

Clinical Student Intern 

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (415) 502-8039

Maansi joined Sherr lab in March of 2016 as a Student Intern and has been providing research support to the Brain Development Research Program. Born in Mumbai, but having spent roughly half her life in India and half in the US, Maansi is a true Mumbai-California hybrid who loves all things epigenetics, prenatal and Berkeley. She received her BA from UC Berkeley with a double major in Molecular and Cell Biology (focusing on Genetics, Genomics and Development) and Psychology. Her past experiences include working as a Maternal and Child Health Advocate reducing prenatal substance abuse in Mendocino County;  an Advocacy and Health Policy Intern at Genetic Alliance developing educational materials for their newborn screening program; and most recently, a social services innovation project leader building preventative social work systems for United Way of the Bay Area. Her previous wet lab experiences include studying the relationship between HPV and cervical cancer as a Research Assistant at UCSF, and also, a two-year long project discovering div-L associated genes involved in cell-cycle regulation of a microorganism, Caulobacter crescentus, in Ryan Lab at UCB. Last Fall, Maansi decided to go back to school to pursue a masters degree. Currently, Maansi is enrolled in the MPH/MSW dual degree program at UC Berkeley focusing on Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and Direct Practice in Health Services. Within MCH, Maansi is particularly interested in psychosocial factors that influence prenatal health and affect both fetal development and birth outcomes.  In her spare time, Maansi loves to bike, listen to live jazz and create figure drawings.