About

Dr. Farah Sheikh is a Professor in the Department of Medicine (Cardiovascular Medicine Division) at the University of California-San Diego in La Jolla, California, USA. She received her PhD in Cardiovascular Physiology from the University of Manitoba in 2001, which was focused on developing and testing multiple strategies to increase both cardiac muscle cell protection and regeneration through the regulation of the fibroblast growth factor-2 axis. For this work, she was awarded the 2001 E.L. Drewry Award (Faculty of Medicine) and 2001-2002 Distinguished PhD Dissertation Award in Health Sciences from the University of Manitoba. Her strong interests in understanding the genetic basis of human heart disease, led her to be recruited as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California-San Diego (UCSD) in labs renown for exploiting genetic mouse models to understand human heart disease. She successfully obtained Canadian and US postdoctoral fellowship awards from the Canadian Institute of Health Research/Heart and Stroke Foundation and American Heart Association (AHA) to pursue her postdoctoral training. Her work exploited genetic mouse models to uncover novel central signaling effectors and components within the cytoskeleton and sarcomere that were critical towards the pathogenesis of dilated cardiomyopathy and heart failure progression. The impact of her studies led to several high impact publications and honors including the AHA Laverna Titus Young Investigator Awards, UCSD Schulman Award for Outstanding Cardiovascular Research, Badge of recognition by Faculty 1000 and being selected as a finalist for the prestigious AHA Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Research Prize. Based on her significant and creative contributions to research, she was recruited as faculty to the Department of Medicine at UCSD in 2009. Her specific research focus lies in identifying the pathways underlying biomechanical stress responses in the heart, which play a central role in the pathophysiology of cardiac disease and arrhythmias. 

Farah Sheikh, PhD, FCVS, FAHA

Professor of Medicine
University of California-San Diego, School of Medicine
Department of Medicine (Cardiology Division)
Biomedical Research Facility 2, Office 2A19
Office: (858)-246-0754
Lab: (858)-822-5563 
Fax: (858)-822-3027

Education

Institution

Degree

Field

McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada                      Bachelor's                                     Biology                                                   
 

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada                 Master's                                        Physiology (Cardiovascular)                  
 

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada                 PhD                                               Physiology (Cardiovascular)                  
 

University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA             Postdoctoral Scholar                   Molecular Cardiology                           
 

Selected Awards & Honors

2001-2004     Canadian Institutes of Health/Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Postdoctoral fellowship

 

2004-2006     American Heart Association (AHA) Postdoctoral Fellowship

 

2006 & 2007  Laverna Titus Young Investigator Award (AHA Western States Affiliate)

 

2006 & 2011  UCSD Schulman Award for Outstanding Cardiovascular Research

 

2007-2011     AHA National Scientist Development Grant

 

2010              AHA Louis N. and Arnold M. Katz Basic Research Science Prize Finalist

 

2013              Elected Fellow of the American Physiological Society- Cardiovascular Section

2013              Elected Fellow of the American Heart Association- Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Council

Experience

7/2020-present     Professor, University of California-San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, La Jolla, CA, USA 

7/2014-6/2020      Associate Professor, University of California-San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, La Jolla, CA, USA 

2/2009-6/2014      Assistant Professor, University of California-San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, La Jolla, CA, USA 

1/2007-1/2009     Assistant Project Scientist, University of California-San Diego, School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, La Jolla, CA, USA