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Dr. Shameema Sarker, Chair, University of Phoenix, Discovery Channel - "Curiosity"

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Uploaded on Aug 21, 2011

Shameema Sarker, PhD
Molecular Biologist and University of Phoenix College of Natural Sciences Lead Faculty

Shameema has a doctoral degree in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from Wesleyan University, CT, and has done her post-doctoral research at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, CO. She has taught Biology and Chemistry at the University of Arizona and several Community colleges, and has been involved in research for the past 18 years. She has been teaching at the University of Phoenix since 2006, and is a Lead Faculty for the College of Natural Sciences and also a Faculty Council Member at the University of Phoenix. Currently, she is a Senior Research Scientist with the Biodesign Institute at the Arizona State University, and a member of the American Society for Microbiology.

Shameema has been involved in wide-ranging projects, from national defense-related ones that employ hand-held bio-terrorism detection kits, to infectious diseases involving pathogens like Norovirus, Hepatitis B virus, Salmonella, to cancer and HIV-related researches. Her more recent research involves developing 3-D organotypic cell culture models (e.g., large and small intestine, lung, bladder, neuronal) including complex 3-D immunocompetent co-culture models for studying host pathogen interactions, as well as investigating the molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases. A major aspect of her research involves understanding the effects of spaceflight on microbial physiology and cellular response.

She collaborates with NASA on spaceflight research and is currently working on the experimental payload that just returned from the International Space Station aboard the very last Space Shuttle, Atlantis. Previously, she had worked on other spaceflight samples that flew on the Discovery Space Shuttle in April 2010, and the Endeavor Space Shuttle in March 2008. She has conducted ground control simulation studies on these at NASA's Kennedy Space Center. Recently, she co-authored a review paper in Nature and a research paper in Cell Microbiology.

Her areas of expertise include the biological sciences, molecular and cellular biology, chemistry, astronomy, spaceflight research, environmental science, tissue engineering, and infectious diseases.

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