Ajay Chawla, MD, PhD
Dr. Chawla received his B.Sc. from Johns Hopkins University in Biomedical Engineering in 1989, and his M.D., Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. He completed his graduate work in the laboratory of Dr. Mitch Lazar, and joined the laboratory of Dr. Ronald Evans at the Salk Institute for his postdoctoral studies. He became an Assistant Professor in 2003 at Stanford University, and is currently Professor of Physiology and Medicine in Cardiovascular Research Institute of the University of California San Francisco. His laboratory focuses on innate mechanisms of tissue homeostasis. Work form his laboratory has contributed to our understanding of how innate immune cells and signals mitigate dietary and environmental stress to maintain metabolic homeostasis. His laboratory has also contributed to our understanding of how innate immunity orchestrates tissue regeneration after injury. His awards include: NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, AHA Innovative Science Award, NIDDK Young Investigator Award, Rita Allen Scholar, and Culpepper Medical Sciences Scholar. He is a member of American Society of Clinical Investigation and Association of American Physicians.