Hashim Shams

Hashim Shams was born in Herat, Afghanistan. After finishing school, he immigrated to Germany in 1973. He studied Physics and Medicine at Ruhr-University Bochum and University Essen in Germany. He received his M.D. degree in 1982 and was appointed as research fellow at the department of Pulmonary Physiology, Ruhr University Bochum. In 1986 he continued his research as Postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, USA. Returning from UCSD to Ruhr University, he defended his Dissertation in Physiology and was awarded with the top Dissertation (Summa cum laude) of the year 1986 from Ruhr University. He was then employed by Ruhr University as a lecturer and researcher. He was promoted to professor of physiology upon receiving both “Habilitation” and “VENIA LEGENDI” in 1996, which is necessary for promotion to the position of professor. He was also approved by the state as a specialist for physiology. In 1998 he was invited as a Guest Professor by the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio for cooperation in a joint research project. He published numerous papers in international per reviewed journals in the following areas of physiology:

• Control of breathing: Central chemosensitivity

• Gas Exchange (Alveolar; Blood gas transport; Tissue respiration)

• Comparative Physiology (Models for vertebrate gas exchange, Hypoxia tolerance)

• Mechanical Ventilation (Inspiratory pressure support ventilation)

In January 2008 he was appointed as professor of Physiology at Ross University and in September 2008 he became the chair of the department of Physiology at Ross University.