Vishakha Sabharwal, MBBS
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Pediatrics
Infectious Diseases

MBBS, Government Medical College, Amritsar

Vishakha Sabharwal, MD is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in Infectious Diseases at the Boston University School of Medicine. She has extensive experience as a researcher and has received funding from the Shereta Seelig Charitable Foundation Trust and the National Institutes of Health. For this work, she has received the Maxwell Finland Award for Excellence in Research from the Massachusetts Infectious Disease Society. In addition to lecturing regularly, Dr. Sabharwal has mentored students who have gone on to become senior research assistants, faculty, fellows, and residents. She is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Pediatrics Infectious Disease Society, the Medical Society of the State of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Infectious Disease Society.

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2007 Massachusetts Infectious Disease Society: Maxwell Finland Award for Excellence in Research
2006 Massachusetts Infectious Disease Society: Edward Kass Award for Clinical Excellence
1992-1998 Government Medical College, India: National Merit Scholarship,

07/14/2017 - 07/14/2019 (PI)
AbbVie Inc.

Prevention Of Non-BPP
03/01/2000 - 06/30/2018 (PI)
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  1. Yang R, Sabharwal V, Okonkwo OS, Shlykova N, Tong R, Lin LY, Wang W, Guo S, Rosowski JJ, Pelton SI, Kohane DS. Treatment of otitis media by transtympanic delivery of antibiotics. Sci Transl Med. 2016 Sep 14; 8(356):356ra120.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27629487; DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.aaf4363;.
  2. Sobota A, Sabharwal V, Fonebi G, Steinberg M. How we prevent and manage infection in sickle cell disease. Br J Haematol. 2015 Sep; 170(6):757-67.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26018640; DOI: 10.1111/bjh.13526;.
  3. Figueira M, Moschioni M, De Angelis G, Barocchi M, Sabharwal V, Masignani V, Pelton SI. Variation of pneumococcal Pilus-1 expression results in vaccine escape during Experimental Otitis Media [EOM]. PLoS One. 2014; 9(1):e83798.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24421906; PMCID: PMC3885439; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0083798;.
  4. Sabharwal V, Stevenson A, Figueira M, Orthopoulos G, Trzcinski K, Pelton SI. Capsular switching as a strategy to increase pneumococcal virulence in experimental otitis media model. Microbes Infect. 2014 Apr; 16(4):292-9.View Related Profiles. PMID: 24361902; DOI: 10.1016/j.micinf.2013.12.002;.
  5. Khoo X, Simons EJ, Chiang HH, Hickey JM, Sabharwal V, Pelton SI, Rosowski JJ, Langer R, Kohane DS. Formulations for trans-tympanic antibiotic delivery. Biomaterials. 2013 Jan; 34(4):1281-8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 23146430; PMCID: PMC3511665; DOI: 10.1016/j.biomaterials.2012.10.025;.
  6. Quinton LJ, Blahna MT, Jones MR, Allen E, Ferrari JD, Hilliard KL, Zhang X, Sabharwal V, Algül H, Akira S, Schmid RM, Pelton SI, Spira A, Mizgerd JP. Hepatocyte-specific mutation of both NF-?B RelA and STAT3 abrogates the acute phase response in mice. J Clin Invest. 2012 May 1; 122(5):1758-63.View Related Profiles. PMID: 22466650; PMCID: PMC3336975; DOI: 10.1172/JCI59408;.
  7. Sabharwal V, Figueira M, Pelton SI, Pettigrew MM. Virulence of Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 6C in experimental otitis media. Microbes Infect. 2012 Aug; 14(9):712-8.View Related Profiles. PMID: 22414497; PMCID: PMC3382049; DOI: 10.1016/j.micinf.2012.02.008;.
  8. Thomas JC, Kong Y, Sabharwal V, Pelton SI, Pettigrew MM. Streptococcus pneumoniae serotype 6C: an intra- and interclonal complex comparison. J Bacteriol. 2011 Jul; 193(13):3409-10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 21551297; PMCID: PMC3133277; DOI: 10.1128/JB.05079-11;.
  9. Xu Q, Kaur R, Casey JR, Sabharwal V, Pelton S, Pichichero ME. Nontypeable Streptococcus pneumoniae as an otopathogen. Diagn Microbiol Infect Dis. 2011 Feb; 69(2):200-4.View Related Profiles. PMID: 21251566; DOI: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2010.09.019;.
  10. Sabharwal V, Ram S, Figueira M, Park IH, Pelton SI. Role of complement in host defense against pneumococcal otitis media. Infect Immun. 2009 Mar; 77(3):1121-7.View Related Profiles. PMID: 19139190; PMCID: PMC2643640; DOI: 10.1128/IAI.01148-08;.
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