Shweta Choudhry, PhD
Department of Urology
University of California, USA
Dr. Shweta Choudhry is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Urology at University of California San Francisco. Dr. Choudhry received her Bachelors of Science in Zoology with Honors from the University of Delhi, India. She earned a masters degree in Biotechnology from the University of Pune and a doctorate from the Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, India. As a student Dr. Choudhry was awarded the gold medal in Biotechnology for her Masters thesis. Dr. Choudhry completed her postdoctoral research in the Department of Medicine at UCSF where she conducted human genetics research in asthma. She currently has NIDDK multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research (KURe) award and has previously received the American Thoracic Society Breakthrough Opportunities in Lung Disease award and the Tobacco Related Disease Research Program New Investigator award to support her research. She is a member of the American Society of Human Genetics and serves as a reviewer for several genetics and clinical journals. As a member of the Urology faculty Dr. Choudhry continues her interest in population genetics and mapping of disease susceptibility loci. Her research seeks to identify genetic risk factors for benign urologic disorders including hypospadias, male infertility and urinary incontinence.
Dr. Choudhry’s research focuses on understanding the genetic basis of complex human diseases using genetic epidemiology and molecular genetics approaches. Complex human diseases involve multiple genes and environmental factors. Her research work involves implementation of novel and state-of-the art genetic and biostatistical methods such as those used for whole genome sequencing, genome-wide association, admixture mapping, pathway-based and gene-environment studies to identify susceptibility loci for complex diseases. At University of California San Francisco, she leads the population-based genetics research program called Genetics and Outcomes of Benign Urologic Diseases (GOBUD) with the goal to identify underlying genetic factors that cause benign urologic disorders including hypospadias, male infertility and urinary incontinence. The program focuses on identification of genetic factors and gene-environmental interactions that influence incidence and clinical outcomes of urologic diseases with long term goal of improving our understanding of the pathogenesis of these diseases and eventually leading to improved interventions for prevention and therapy.