Dr. Shazia Tabassum Hakim, PhDUoK, SCCM (MLS) CCM, CRCCiti-USA, MLT/ACSMLS & MLPAO, TOCQM is a clinical microbiologist/ virologist, currently serving as a Professor of Microbiology, School of STEM, Diné College, AZ. She holds a Ph.D. from “Univ. of Karachi”, Pakistan, Pdf from “SC Center for Biotechnology”, Claflin Univ., trained in “Dr. Raj Karim’s Lab.” at UMN-Duluth, and “Dr. Rob Striker’s Lab.” at UW-Madison. “Specialist Microbiologist” from Cand. Coll. of Microbiologists, researched HCV antivirals using Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus as a surrogate model, along with genotyping and gene sequencing of HBV and HCV viruses, primate microRNAs in lentiviruses, retroelements, and human endogenous retroviruses. Before joining Diné College, was “Program Director”; Allied Health Sciences, Canadian Academy of Health Professionals, “Health Science Instructor”; Oxford College, Scarborough, ON, Canada and “Microbiology Professor, Chairperson and Dean of Sciences & Research”; Jinnah University for Women, Karachi, Pakistan. Received multiple awards and honors including; ASM-UNESCO research grant (PI), BEP-USA strategic support grant (PI), UoA-Fairbanks BLaST/NIH equipment grant (PI), ASM Conference grant (PI), PMRC- Pakistan research grant (PI), KECK-Foundation Grant (Co-Investigator), USDA-NIFA-TCRGP grant (PI) and most recently NSF-TEA Center grant “Water is Life” (Co-Investigator). Since 2003, interest centered on the study of vector-borne viruses; their seroprevalence, transmission, prevention, waterborne infections, drug design, and evaluation of vaccines. With well over 75 research papers and 95 abstracts, Dr. Hakim has presented research data at multiple international meetings of the American Society for Microbiology from 2003 to 2021, at IVI-Korea, the 25th CVS in 2009, 2011 ABSA conference, at the 2017 CACMID Conference, and 66th water conference New Mexico 2021. Played an instrumental role in developing the “Certificate in Medical Assistant Program” and BS in “Biomedical Science” program at Diné College to address the dire need for the locally trained indigenous allied healthcare workforce. Dr. Hakim has experience & qualifications that blend working in both advanced and resource-limited settings. Member ASM since 1995 first as a student, then outreach member, and now a premium member. Joined ASM- AZ-NV chapter in 2018.
Dr. Hakim’s research interests include environmental health (water contamination/ waterborne infections), Search for new antibiotics (soil bacteria), drug design, and discovery for the treatment of infections caused by MDROs (multidrug-resistant organisms) using the latest available models including microRNAs replacement technology, and application of quantitative analytic methods towards innovative approaches for the improvement of human health.