Speaker & Honorary Degree Recipient
Parisha P. Shah '01, Ph.D.
Senior Research Investigator in the Departments of Medicine and Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA
Parisha P. Shah '01, Ph.D. will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree and deliver the commencement address at Juniata’s 144th commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 14, on campus. Shah is a Senior Research Investigator in the Departments of Medicine and Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. Her research is focused on studying how DNA is organized in cells and how this organization impacts cellular memory. Shah holds a B.S. in Molecular Biology and Communication from Juniata College and a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. Prior to doctoral study, Shah was a post-baccalaureate research fellow at the National Cancer Institute, in Bethesda, MD. Shah completed post-doctoral training at the University of Pennsylvania Epigenetics Institute.
Shah is an advocate for advancing public science literacy, improving science education access, and increasing science and engineering opportunities for women and underserved student communities. She is actively involved in public speaking and writing workshops for scientists and is a consultant for building professional connections and improving workplace inclusion. Shah considers her time at Juniata to be one of the most formative periods of her life, where she was instilled with the passion for lifelong learning. Her Juniata education and experience have continued as a Juniata volunteer, former member of the Alumni Council, and current member of the Juniata College Board of Trustees.