Ajay Shah is the Director of Research Informatics Division at City of Hope National Medical Center, where he directs Clinical Research Informatics Core and Translational Research Informatics Core. His team of forty research informatics professionals is also responsible for providing solutions for pre-clinical research.

Prior to COH, Ajay was Director of Research Informatics at Elan Pharmaceuticals in South San Francisco His group was responsible for developing research informatics software and implementing commercial software for Cheminformatics, Bioinformatics, Assay Management, Compound Management, LIMS, etc.  The highlight of his work is the unique integrated research informatics platform (RISe)

Before joining Elan, Ajay was Associate Director of Chemistry Informatics and head of Compound Design CoE at Pfizer.   Prior to that he held Manager, Rational Drug Design and ChemInformatics support position at Accelrys after starting his career as software developer for small molecule modeling applications.

Ajay was the co-founder and served as CEO of HinduNet Inc. HinduNet was the very first website on Hindu dharma and eventually expanded to a family of twenty India and Hindu related websites.  These websites garnered reference in The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Times of India and several other prominent publications. HinduNet was successful in obtaining early stage venture funding.

Ajay's work on religion on Internet was featured in the book, The Soul of Cyberspace: How New Technology Is Changing Our Spiritual Lives by Jeffrey Zaleski.

Ajay received his undergraduate degree in Chemistry from University of Bombay, MA in Chemistry from University of Scranton and PhD in Chemistry from University of Mississippi followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona. Ajay has an Executive MBA from the University of Arizona.

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