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Shahid Karim

Dr. Shahid Karim

Full Professor


Dr. Karim conducts fundamental and applied research focused on decoding the salivary armamentarium of tick vectors using molecular, physiological, biochemical, pharmacological, and computational tools. The overall goal of ongoing research in Dr. Karim's laboratory is to dissect the tripartite interactions between vectors, their pathobiome (pathogens + microbiome), and pathogens they transmit to their mammalian hosts.

Please click on the link for the list of published work:

  • 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)
BSC497- Senior Capstone

  • Discovery of Alpha-Gal-Containing Antigens in North American Tick Species Believed to Induce Red Meat Allergy., Frontiers in immunology, 2019, 10.3389/fimmu.2019.01056
  • Repurposing of Glycine-Rich Proteins in Abiotic and Biotic Stresses in the Lone-Star Tick (Amblyomma americanum)., Frontiers in physiology, 2019, 10.3389/fphys.2019.00744
  • Is selenoprotein K required for Borrelia burgdorferi infection within the tick vector Ixodes scapularis?, Parasites & vectors, 2019, 10.1186/s13071-019-3548-y
  • RNA-seq reveals disruption in honey bee gene regulation when caged and deprived of hive conditions., The Journal of experimental biology, 2019, 10.1242/jeb.207761
  • Interplay between Selenium, selenoprotein genes, and oxidative stress in honey bee Apis mellifera L., Journal of insect physiology, 2019, 10.1016/j.jinsphys.2019.103891
  • Vector Tick Transmission Model of Spotted Fever Rickettsiosis., The American journal of pathology, 2019, 10.1016/j.ajpath.2018.09.005
  • The tick endosymbiont Candidatus Midichloria mitochondrii and selenoproteins are essential for the growth of Rickettsia parkeri in the Gulf Coast tick vector., Microbiome, 2018, 10.1186/s40168-018-0524-2
  • Effects of coumaphos and imidacloprid on honey bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae) lifespan and antioxidant gene regulations in laboratory experiments., Scientific reports, 2018, 10.1038/s41598-018-33348-4
  • Amblyomma maculatum SECIS binding protein 2 and putative selenoprotein P are indispensable for pathogen replication and tick fecundity., Insect biochemistry and molecular biology, 2017, 10.1016/j.ibmb.2017.07.006
  • Entomological Socociety of America
  • American Heart Association
  • The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
  • English (Full Professional)
  • Urdu (Native or Bilingual)
  • Punjabi (Native or Bilingual)

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Areas of Expertise

Vector Biology, Functional Genomics, Bioinformatics, Microbiome, Infectious Diseases, Biomedical Sciences