Dr. Devendra K. Agrawal earned M.Sc. (Chemistry) in 1973 and Ph.D. (Biochemistry) in 1978 from Lucknow University, India. Following his tenure as a Clinical Biochemist at King George's Medical College, Lucknow, India, Dr. Agrawal moved to Canada and earned Ph.D. (Medical Sciences) in 1984 from McMaster University, Canada followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. In 1985, he was recruited as an Assistant Professor at Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, Nebraska, USA where he rose to the rank of Full Professor in 1997. Dr. Agrawal also earned MBA in 2004 and MS (ITM) in 2005 from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, USA. In 2009, Dr. Agrawal founded the Center for Clinical & Translational Research at Creighton University, which later developed into an independent Department. Dr. Agrawal was the Founding Chairman of this Department. In addition, Dr. Agrawal served as the Senior Associate Dean of Clinical & Translational Sciences at Creighton. In July 2019, Dr. Agrawal moved to California where he took the position of Senior Vice President for Research and Professor of Translational Research at the Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona, CA, USA.
Dr. Agrawal has been elected to the membership of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, Fellow of the American Heart Association, Fellow of the American Physiological Society, and Fellow of the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences. Creighton University recognized and honored Dr. Agrawal with many awards, including Young Investigator Award, Distinguished Research Career Award, Distinguished Professor Award, Distinguished Faculty Service Award, University Research Award and Distinguished Mentor Award at Creighton. In May 2017, Dr. Agrawal was honored with the highest teaching award at Creighton University, the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Award for Teaching Achievement. In 2001 and again in 2017, the Midwest Chapter of American Association of Physicians of India recognized and honored Dr. Agrawal for his contributions as a teaching professor, researcher, and mentor. The India Association of Nebraska recognized him with the Man of the Year award in 2000 and Award of Excellence in appreciation of outstanding service and contribution to Nebraska Community at large in 2013. In 2015 and 2016, the International Academy of Cardiovascular Sciences recognized Dr. Agrawal with the Professor Bohuslav Ostadal Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Sciences, Distinguished Leadership Award, and Ricardo Gelpi Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Sciences. Dr. Agrawal has been an invited speaker to many prestigious national and international scientific meetings.
Dr. Agrawal has served on many grant review panels, including VA Merit Review, NIH-CSR, DoD, NIH-NIAID, NIH-NHLBI, MRC-UK and US-Israel BSF Grant Review Committees, Science Foundation Ireland, Austrian Science Fund, British Lung Foundation, Swiss NSF, and Asthma Research Foundation of Western Australia. Dr. Agrawal has served/is serving on editorial board of several journals, including J. Immunology, American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology. Dr. Agrawal has authored/co-authored of more than 410 original research articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters. He has co-edited three books in the area of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. His major research interests have been in the area of cellular, molecular and immunobiology of diabetes, renal diseases, pulmonary and vascular diseases, arthritis and shoulder rotator cuff injuries. NIH funds his research projects. In collaboration with clinical scientists, Dr. Agrawal has developed active and productive research projects in many fields, including maturation failure of arteriovenous fistula, carotid and coronary artery diseases, vein-graft failure, plaque instability, shoulder rotator cuff injury, gene and stem cell therapy, bariatric surgery, and esophageal diseases. He has trained about 64 postdoctoral fellows and 72 MD-PhD/PhD/M.S. students in cellular, molecular, and immunobiology of clinical diseases. At Western University of Health Sciences, Dr. Agrawal is developing research projects with multidisciplinary approaches and new perspectives in the advancement of Clinical & Translational Science, bringing the expertise of various health science colleges, including osteopathic medicine, dentistry, podiatry, pharmacy, optometry, veterinary medicine, and mentoring and training new generation of translational researchers.