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Shahid Karim

Dr. Shahid Karim



Dr. Karim conducts fundamental multidisciplinary research focused on decoding the tripartite interactions between tick vectors, their pathobiome (pathogens + microbiome), and the rickettsial pathogens they transmit to their mammalian host using multidisciplinary biochemical, pharmacological, molecular, physiological, and computational biology approaches.

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  • Molecular Entomology (PHD) - University of the Punjab (1999)
  • MS - University of the Punjab (1990)
  • BS - University of the Punjab (1986)

BSC410/510/L - Human Parasitology with Lab
BSC412/512/L - Medical Entomology with Lab
BSC453/553 - Invertebrate Physiology
BSC491/591/L - Introduction to Bioinformatics
BSC476- Molecular Biology
BSC478/578/L - Molecular Biology Lab (Now Methods in Biotechnology)
BSC776- Topics in Gene Regulation
BSC497- Senior Capstone

  • Rickettsia parkeri Hijacks Tick Hemocytes to Manipulate Cellular and Humoral Transcriptional Responses, Frontiers in Immunology, 2023, doi: 10.3389/fimmu.2023.1094326
  • A draft of the genome of the Gulf Coast tick, Amblyomma maculatum., Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases, 2023,
  • Interference with LTβR signaling by tick saliva for effective transmission of Lyme spirochetes, Proceedings National Academy of Sciences, 2022,
  • Rickettsia parkeri infection modulates the sialome and ovariome of the Gulf coast tick, Amblyomma maculatum, Frontiers in Microbiology, 2022,
  • An Insight Into the microRNA Profile of the Ectoparasitic Mite Varroa destructor (Acari: Varroidae), the Primary Vector of Honey Bee Deformed Wing Virus, Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 2022, 10.3389/fcimb.2022.847000
  • Hematophagy and tick-borne rickettsial pathogen shape the microbial community structure and predicted functions within the tick vector, Amblyomma maculatum, Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 2022,
  • Identification of microRNAs in the Lyme Disease Vector Ixodes scapularis, INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MOLECULAR SCIENCES, 2022, 10.3390/ijms23105565
  • An Exploratory Study on the Microbiome of Northern and Southern Populations of Ixodes scapularis Ticks Predicts Changes and Unique Bacterial Interactions, Pathogens, 2022, 10.3390/pathogens11020130
  • Recently Evolved Francisella-Like Endosymbiont Outcompetes an Ancient and Evolutionarily Associated Coxiella-Like Endosymbiont in the Lone Star Tick ( Amblyomma americanum) Linked to the Alpha-Gal Syndrome, Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 2022, 10.3389/fcimb.2022.787209
  • Entomological Socociety of America
  • American Heart Association
  • Acarological Society of America
  • English (Full Professional)
  • Urdu (Native or Bilingual)
  • Punjabi (Native or Bilingual)

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Areas of Expertise

Vector Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Genomics, Functional Genomics, Microbiome, Bioinformatics, Infectious Diseases,