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Hemal Bhasin, PhD


What a science mindset means to me:
Engaging each inquiry with absolute integrity and openness, welcoming the evolution of our understanding through new evidence that challenges our preconceptions, thereby fostering a culture of continuous learning and growth. ​

Since joining Shift Health as a Consultant, Hemal has acquired experience in collaborating with clients across both private and public sectors to facilitate the development of health policy strategies, assess organizational effectiveness and impact, and compile essential market insights for competitive intelligence.

Hemal completed a PhD in Molecular Genetics in Cologne, Germany. Her research focused on unraveling the complexities of plant cellular stress pathways. This passion for plant biology led her to a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Tübingen, Germany, where she explored legume-microbe interactions. In 2019, she wrote an independent research proposal, for which she secured a fellowship award from the German Research Foundation for further postdoctoral research studies at the University of Toronto, focusing on the role of non-coding RNAs in plant cellular pathways.

During her research studies, Hemal had the opportunity to mentor over 20 graduate students and secure more than $300K in independent research funding. She has authored 6 publications and received a gold medal in her MSc for research and academic excellence. Her experiences have taught her the value of collaboration, perseverance, and the importance of fostering a supportive environment. Prior to joining Shift Health, Hemal acquired valuable experience at a management consulting firm, where she worked on a government grant application project. Additionally, she has volunteered with the University Consulting Group, a pro-bono consulting services firm, offering students the chance to engage in consulting projects for non-profit organizations.