Paul Shapshak, PhD

Research Professor, Division of Infectious Disease & International Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine
University of South Florida College of Medicine
Contact Information

BA, Harvard College, Cambridge, MA (Biochemistry)
New York University Medical Center, NY, NY (Biochemistry)
PhD, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ (Biochemistry)
Fellowship, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (Molecular Virology)
Staff Fellow, NIH (NICHD), Bethesda, MD (Molecular Biology)

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Paul Shapshak received his BA from Harvard College (Biochemical Sciences), his PhD from Princeton University (Biochemical Sciences), and completed a one-year Fellowship at the University of Wisconsin (Moleculary Virology) and a two-year Fellowship at NIH ([NICHD] Molecular Biology). He joined the faculty at the University of South Florida in 2007 after spending 17 years at University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

His areas of research include laboratory methods development, molecular virology, bioinformatics, NeuroAIDS, drug abuse, HIV evolution in the brain, HCV, and dementia. He received and participated in grants from NIH including NIDA, NIMH, NINDS, and NIGMS. He has international scientific interests and has had researchers at his laboratory from the USA, India, Japan, China, Venezuela, Columbia, Brazil, Cuba, Nicaragua, Russia, Czechoslovakia, and Sweden.

Dr. Shapshak served on NIDA and other NIH study sections (1989-2005). He is on the Editorial Boards of several journals including AIDS, and Bioinformation. He is a founding member of several scientific organizations including the College of Problems in Drug Dependence and American Society for Virology.

Areas of Expertise

  • Infectious Diseases and International Medicine
  • Drug abuse, HIV and HCV risk, and AIDS progression
  • Prevention of spread of viruses and AIDS
  • Gene expression in neuropsychiatric disease: NeuroAIDS, Alzheimer’s disease
  • siRNA and vectors in Biology and Medicine
  • Nanotechnology in Biology and Medicine
  • Bioinformatics, development of databases, and network analyses of Gene Expression in disease
  • Laboratory measures of virus infections, NeuroAIDS, Alzheimer’s disease
  • Transmission model and inactivation of HIV-1 and HCV
  • HIV-1 and HCV replication and evolution
  • The use of appropriate levels of Biohazard containment in laboratory procedures for infectious diseases  


Search Google Scholar for publications by Dr. Shapshak

Dr. Shapshak's CV