Project Description

Nevada Center for Biomedical Research, ME/CFS, MECFS, ME CFS, myalgic encephalomyelitis, ME, CFS, Fibromyalgia, MS, Autism, GWI, NVCBR

Senior Research Associate

Shanti Rawat, M.S., brings her extensive experience in microbiology to the NVCBR research team. She holds a bachelor’s degree in biology along with a master’s degree in zoology from Lucknow University. Shanti went on to receive a second master’s degree in microbiology from the University of North Dakota. She worked at the University of Nevada, Reno for 23 years in the research laboratories of Dr. Ellen Baker, Dr. Jeff Seamen, Dr. W.T. Gerthoffer, and Dr. Cherie Singer. During her tenure at the university, Shanti supervised graduate and undergraduate students, using her knowledge of molecular biology techniques. She also managed the invitrogen and promega onsite freezers and refrigerators for the entire university.   Shanti’s expertise in cell culture, molecular biology, and Western blot techniques has been instrumental to NVCBR’s research projects.


  • Lucknow University, Lucknow India
    Degree: Bachelor of Science, Biology, 1974; Masters of Science, Zoology, 1976
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
    Degree: Master of Science, Microbiology, 1987


  • Cell Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology


July 2011 – Present Senior Research Associate, Nevada Center for Biomedical Research, Reno, NV
1998 – 2011 Research Associate, Department of Pharmacology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
1996 – 1998 Lab Technician, Department of Biochemistry, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
1988 – 1996 Lab Technician, Department of Biology, University of Nevada, Reno, NV


  • Recognition Award for 20 Years of Service, June 2010 – University of Nevada, Reno 


  1. Xiong D, Heyman NS, Airey J, Zhang M, Singer CA, Rawat S, Ye L, Evans R, Burkin DJ, Tian H, McCloskey DT, Valencik M, Britton FC, Duan D, Hume JR. Cardiac-specific, inducible ClC-3 gene deletion eliminates native volume-sensitive chloride channels and produces myocardial hypertrophy in adult mice. J Mol Cell Cardiol. 2010  jan;48(1):211-9. doi: 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2009.07.003. Epub 2009 Jul 15.  PMID: 19615374 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]
  2. Xiong D, Wang GX, Burkin DJ, Yamboliev IA, Singer CA, Rawat S, Scowen P, Evans R, Ye L, Hatton WJ, Tian H, Keller PS, McCloskey DT, Duan D, Hume JR.  Cardiac-specific overexpression of the human short CLC-3 chloride channel isoform in mice.    Clin Exp Pharmacol Physiol. 2009 Apr;36(4):386-93. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1681.2008.05069.x. Epub 2008 Oct 15.  PMID: 18986326 [PubMed – indexed for MEDLINE]