Shiraz Shah – University of Copenhagen

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Shiraz Shah

Shiraz Shah has worked with archaeal CRISPR bioinformatics since 2007 when he started his Ph. D. at the DAC under Professor Roger Garrett. After a post doc he now manages the department's bioinformatics core.

Contact information

Department of Biology
University of Copenhagen
Ole Maaløes Vej 5
DK-2200 Copenhagen N
+45 353 22011
+45 2617 1650
sashah @
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Education & Career

  • 2000 - 2006: Bachelor and Master of Science and Engineering in Biotechnology at Technical University og Denmark
  • 2007 - 2011: PhD at University of Copenhagen
  • 2011 - 2013: Postdoctoral researcher at University of Copenhagen
  • 2014 - now: Biocomputing core facility manager at University of Copenhagen

Selected publications

  • Shah SA, Hansen NR, Garrett RA. The distributions of CRISPR spacer matches in viruses and plasmids of crenarchaeal acidothermophiles and implications for their inhibitory mechanism. Biochem Soc Trans 2009 Feb; 37(1):23-28
  • Garrett RA, Vestergaard G, Shah SA. Archaeal CRISPR-based immune systems: exchangeable functional modules. Trends Microbiol. 2011 Nov;19(11):549-56
  • Shah SA, Erdmann S, Mojica FJ, Garrett RA. Protospacer recognition motifs: mixed identities and functional diversity. RNA Biol., 10(5):891-9, May 2013
  • Vestergaard GA, Garrett RA, Shah SA. CRISPR adaptive immune systems of the Archaea. RNA Biol., 11(2):156-67, Feb 2014
  • Makarova KS, Wolf YI, Alkhnbashi O, Costa F, Shah SA, Saunders SJ, Barrangou R, Brouns SJJ, Charpentier E, Haft DH, Horvath P, Moineau S, Mojica FJM, Terns RM, Terns MA, White MF, Yakunin AF, Garrett RA, van der Oost J, Backofen R,, Koonin EV. Evolutionary classification of CRISPR-Cas systems. Nature Reviews Microbiology. In Press.

Skills & Expertise

  • Strong background in comparative genomics and sequence analysis
  • Extensive experience with Unix systems administration
  • Skilled in graphical design, photography, videography, production and composition


  • May. 2014: Speaker CRISPR 2014 meeting in Berlin