Sharmila Majumdar, PhD

Chair, Academic Senate

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Sharmila Majumdar, PhD, is the Margaret Hart Surbeck Distinguished Professor in Advanced Imaging and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, with joint appointments in the Departments of Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences and Orthopedic Surgery. She obtained her PhD from Yale University in Engineering and Applied Sciences. After a short stay at Yale as a postdoctoral researcher and assistant professor, she joined UCSF as an assistant professor in 1989.

Dr. Majumdar’s research work on imaging, particularly magnetic resonance and development of image processing and analysis tools, has been focused in the areas of osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, orthopedic imaging, and lower back pain. Her more recent focus has been on artificial intelligence applied to biomedical imaging. Her research is supported by grants from the NIH and corporate entities, and is diverse, ranging from technical development to clinical trials. 

Dr. Majumdar was selected as a fellow of both the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers in 2004 and the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM) in 2008. In 2007, the UCSF Haile T. Debas Academy of Medical Educators awarded her the “Excellence in Direct Teaching and/or Excellence in Mentoring and Advising Award.” She was awarded the ISMRM Gold Medal Award in 2016. She has published extensively in highly regarded journals and serves as a reviewer and on the editorial board of multiple scientific journals. 

Defined by UC Regents Standing Order 105, the Academic Senate is an independent liaison body that serves to represent faculty concerns and interests to both campus administration and the UC Office of the President. Prior to becoming chair in September 2019, Dr. Majumdar served as a member, vice chair, and chair for several Academic Senate committees including Academic Freedom, Faculty Welfare, and Academic Planning and Budget. Her particular interest is in the academic planning and budget area, for which she has served as chair twice. She was the vice chair of the UCSF Division of the Academic Senate from 2017 to 2019.