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Adil E. Shamoo, PhD

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Primary Appointment:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Secondary Appointment(s):

Epidemiology & Public Health


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Education and Training

  • 1962: B.Sc. - (Physics) University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq.
  • 1966: M.S. - (Physics) University of Louisville, Louisville, KY.
  • 1970: Ph.D. - (Biophysics)  Ph.D. Program in Biology of the City University of New York, New York, N.Y.


  • 1991: Molecular Biology Techniques, Medical Biotechnology Center, University of Maryland at Baltimore.
  • 1992: Certificate, "Regulatory Issues in Biotechnology", Office of Continuing Education, University of Maryland Baltimore County.
  • 1998: Certificate of Attendance, Patent Review Course, Patent Resources Group, Inc.
  • 2001: Certificate of IRB Professional (CIP) by Council for Certification of IRB Professionals


Dr. Shamoo is a professor and former chair at University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.  Shamoo was a Clinton appointee member of the National Human Research Protections Advisory Committee (NHRPAC). He served on the Defense Health Board (DHB) as Bush and Obama appointee, and currently serving a four-year term appointment by Secretary Hagel as the chair of the Medical Ethics Subcommittee of the DHB. In 1988, he founded and is the Editor-in-Chief of the journal, Accountability in Research and served on the editorial board of many other journals.

Writing often in newspapers and websites on ethics and public policy, Dr. Shamoo’s commentaries have frequently appeared in The Baltimore Sun and in Foreign Policy in Focus among many others. He is a blogger for the Huffington Post. Dr. Shamoo has been cited and has appeared many times in the media.

Shamoo was a Clinton appointee member of the National Human Research Protections Advisory Committee (NHRPAC). He has chaired twelve international conferences on ethical issues and testified before Congressional Committees and the National Bioethics Advisory Commission. Since 1994, Shamoo has been teaching a graduate course on, “Responsible Conduct of Research”. He chaired the Ethics and Regulatory Forum of the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). In 1995, he co-founded the human rights organization, Citizens for Responsible Care and Research (CIRCARE). He served on 2006 on Maryland Governor O’Malley’s Task Force on Higher Education.

Dr. Shamoo has lectured over 300 times worldwide on topics ranging from issues in ethics, science and public policy. He has held visiting professorships at notable institutions, including Sarah Lawrence College and the Institute for Political Studies in Paris, France and L'Aquila University, Italy.

Dr. Shamoo has written over 300 articles and has authored, co-authored, or edited seventeen books, including his textbook , Responsible Conduct of Research (with David Resnik, 2003, 2009, and 2015); Ethics of the Use of Human Subjects in Research (with Felix Gyi, 2002). His most recent book (2012) is entitled: Equal Worth – When Humanity Will Have Peace.
Dr. Shamoo has held full-time faculty appointments at NIH, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, Max-Planck Institute for Biophysics, Frankfort, West Germany, Mount Sinai School of Medicine of the City University of New York, and University of Louisville.

Highlighted Publications

Borenstein, J., and Shamoo, A. E., 2015. Rethinking Authorship in the Era of Collaborative Research, Accountability in Research, 22:267-283, 2015.

Shamoo, A. E., 2013. Data Audit as a Way to Prevent/Contain Misconduct, Accountability in Research, 20:369-379, 2013.

Shamoo, A. E., and Ayyub, Bilal, M., 2011. Benefit/Risk Estimates in Clinical Trials, Drug Information Journal, 45, 669-685, 2011.

Shamoo, A. E., and Resnik, D. B., (2006), Ethical Issues for Clinical Research Managers, Drug Information Journal, 40: 371-383.

Shamoo, A. E. (2005), The Need for Better Reporting of Adverse Events for Human Subjects in Research, DIA Today, April 2005, Volume 5, Issue 2, p. 18, 20.

Additional Publication Citations

Resnik, D. B. and Shamoo, A. E., (2005) “ Bioterrrorism and the Responsible Conduct of Research”, Commentary, Drug Development Research, 63:121-133.

Shamoo, A. E. and Cole, J. (2004), “Ethics of Genetic Modification of Behaviour”, Accountability in Research, 11:201-214

Shamoo, A.E., and Tauer, C.A. (2002), “Ethically Questionable Research with Children:  The Fenfluramine Study,” Accountability in Research, 9:143-166,2002.

Resnik, D., and Shamoo, A.E., 2002.  Conflict of Interest and the university, Accountability in Research, 9: 45- 64.

Shamoo, A.E. (2002), “Ethically Questionable Research with Children.  The Kennedy Krieger Lead Abatement Study,” Accountability in Research, 9:167-175, 2002.

Shamoo, A.E. (2001), “Adverse Events Reporting – The Tip of an Iceberg,” Accountability in Research, 8:197-218.

Shamoo, A.E. (1999).  “Unregulated Research with Human Subjects,” Accountability in Research 6:205-214.

Shamoo, A.E., Irving, D.N., and Langenberg, P. (1997).  “A Review of Patient Outcomes in Pharmacological Studies from the Psychiatric Literature, 1966-1993,” Science and Engineering Ethics, 3:395-406.

Shamoo, A.E. (1997).  “Brain Disorders -- Scientific Facts, Media, and Public Perception”, Accountability in Research 5:161-174.

Shamoo, A.E. and Keay, T. (1996).  "Ethical Concerns about Relapse Studies" -  Cambridge Quarterly of Health Care Ethics, 5:373-386.

Dunigan and Shamoo, A.E. (1996).  “Identification of the Major Transport Pathway for the Parkinsonism Inducing Neurotoxin 1-Methyl-4-Phenylpyridinium” Neuroscience, 1996, 75:37-41.

Eshleman, C. Dunigan, A. Shamoo, and M. Elderfrawi  (1995).  “ATP Enhances Catecholamine Uptake into PC12 Cells” Life Science, 56:1613-1621.

D. Dunigan, and Shamoo, A.E. (1994).  " Li+ Stimulates ATP-Regulated Dopamine Uptake in PC12 Cells"  Neuroscience, 65:1-4.

Irving, D.N. and Shamoo, A.E. (1993).  "Which Ethics for Science and Public”, Accountability in Research, 3:77-100.

Lockwich, T., Dunigan, C.D. and Shamoo, A.E. (1993).  "Uncoupling of  Occlusion from ATP Hydrolysis Activity in Sarcoplasmic Reticulum."  Membrane Biochemistry, 10:191-201, 1993.75.

Cao, C.J., Lockwich, T., Scott, T.L., Blumenthal, R., and Shamoo, A.E. (1991). "Uncoupling of Ca2+-Transport from ATP Hydrolysis Activity of Sarcoplasmic Reticulum (Ca2+ + Mg2+)-ATPase.  Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, 103:97-111.

Lockwich, T.P. and Shamoo, A.E.  (1990).  "Identification of a spectroscopic  Marker for the Ca2+-Binding Site of (Ca2+ + Mg2+)-ATPase of Sarcoplasmic Reticulum in the Occluded State."  Membrane Biochemistry 9:61-67.

Shamoo, A.E., Lockwich, T., and Cao, C. (1990).  "Tertiary Structure and Energy Coupling in Ca2+-pump System."  Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 99:67-74.

Joshi, N.B. and A.E. Shamoo (1988). Distances between functional sites in cardiac sarcoplasmic reticulum (Ca2+ + Mg2+)-ATPase.  Interlanthanide energy transfer, Eur. J. of Biochemistry 178: 483-487.

Herrmann, T.R. and A.E. Shamoo (1988).  "Estimation of Inter-binding-site Distances in Sarcoplasmic Reticulum (Ca2+ + Mg2+)-ATPase Under Occluded and Non-occluded Conditions", Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry 8: 55-58.

Professional Activity

  • Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Food Science, University of California, Davis, California, 1947 – 1978
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (NSF), Department of Biochemistry, University of Nice, France, 1978 – 1979
  • Postdoctoral Fellow (USPHS), Department of Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1979 – 1980
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1980 – 1986
  • Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1986 – 1991
  • Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1991 – present
  • Director, MD/PhD Program, Office of the Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 1996 – 2012
  • Adjunct Professor, Medical Biotechnology Center, University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute, Rockville, Maryland, 2002 – 2009
  • Executive Director, Office of Research Affairs, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 2014 – present
  • Assistant Dean for Research Affairs, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 2015 – present