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Nikhil Munshi, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a member of its Division of Cardiology, where he serves as Assistant Director of the Physician-Scientist Training Program. He also serves as Associate Director of the Harry S. Moss Heart Center.

Originally from Palo Alto, California, Dr. Munshi holds bachelor's degrees in biomedical engineering and molecular biology from the University of California-San Diego, where he graduated summa cum laude. He earned his medical degree and his doctorate in biochemistry at Columbia University in New York. He completed internal medicine residency training and advanced training through a fellowship in cardiology at UT Southwestern. He then completed additional advanced training through postdoctoral fellowships in molecular cardiology and developmental biology at Columbia and UT Southwestern.

Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in cardiology, Dr. Munshi joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2011. 

Dr. Munshi’s research focuses on cardiac rhythms in health and disease and has led to frequent publication in peer-reviewed journals, as well as editorials, reviews, and book chapters. He is also a frequent speaker both regionally and nationally. 

Dr. Munshi is a member of many professional societies, including the American College of Cardiology, the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, the Dallas County Medical Society, and the Texas Medical Association.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Munshi is on the Steering Committee for the Genes, Development, and Disease Graduate Program, as well as the Lab Website Advisory Committee and the Internal Medicine Physician-Scientist Development Committee.

During his fellowship at UT Southwestern, he received the Joanne McWhorter Award for Excellence in Clinical Cardiology. He was named a Disease Oriented Clinical Scholar in 2011.


Graduate School
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (2001), Biochemistry
Medical School
Columbia University Medical Center (2003)
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2005), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2006), Internal Medicine
UT Southwestern Medical Center (2011), Cardiology

Research Interest

  • Cardiac Development
  • Cardiac Dysrhythmia
  • Regeneration
  • Reprogramming
  • Single-cell genomics
  • Transcriptional Regulation


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Development of the Cardiac Conduction System.
Bhattacharyya S, Munshi NV, Cold Spring Harb Perspect Biol 2020 Jan
pouC Regulates Expression of bmp4 During Atrioventricular Canal Formation in Zebrafish.
Bhakta M, Padanad MS, Harris JP, Lubczyk C, Amatruda JF, Munshi NV Dev. Dyn. 2019 Feb 248 2 173-188
PAN-INTACT enables direct isolation of lineage-specific nuclei from fibrous tissues.
Bhattacharyya S, Sathe AA, Bhakta M, Xing C, Munshi NV, PLoS ONE 2019 14 4 e0214677
Functional cargo delivery into mouse and human fibroblasts using a versatile microfluidic device.
Lam KH, Fernandez-Perez A, Schmidtke DW, Munshi NV Biomed Microdevices 2018 Jun 20 3 52
High content analysis identifies unique morphological features of reprogrammed cardiomyocytes.
Sutcliffe MD, Tan PM, Fernandez-Perez A, Nam YJ, Munshi NV, Saucerman JJ Sci Rep 2018 Jan 8 1 1258

Honors & Awards

  • Career Award for Medical Scientists (CAMS) - Burroughs Wellcome Foundation
  • Disease Oriented Clinical Scholar (DOCS) Award
  • Jo Ann McWhorter Award for Clinical Cardiology
  • Young Investigator Award for Basic Science - American Association of Indian Cardiologists
  • Fellows Basic Science Winner - Northwestern Cardiovascular Young Investigators’ Forum

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha (2006)
  • American College of Cardiology (2006)
  • American Heart Association (2011)
  • American Medical Association (2004)
  • Dallas County Medical Society (2011)
  • Texas Medical Association (2011)