November 1, 200811/1/08 0 commentsSamina Akbar, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the microbiology and immunology department specializing in bacterial pathogenesis.
Dr. Akbar was introduced to microbiology by her father who thought she might enjoy it. She started her undergraduate studies in microbiology at Karachi University and fell in love with the subject. When she was finishing up her masters in microbiology at Karachi University she decided that she would get a Ph.D. degree in the U.S. However, she had no financial support to pursue this ambition so she started applying for scholarships and was one of 100 students from all over Pakistan selected to receive the Government of Pakistan Science and Technology scholarship to study microbiology at UC Davis, California.
Facts about Dr. Akbar:
- My hometown is Karachi, the biggest and most metropolitan city of Pakistan.
- Education: I received a bachelor of science and master of science degree in microbiology from Karachi University, Pakistan. I received a Ph.D. in microbiology from University of California, Davis.
- My hobbies are reading, watching movies (when not tired) and talking on the phone with friends and family.
- My favorite things to eat are a few simple Pakistani dishes like Daal with boiled rice and cooked ground beef with potatoes and all sorts of desserts (my biggest undoing).
- If I weren’t doing this job, I would be getting a masters in global health at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.
- My favorite aspect of teaching/doing research: For teaching it is the challenge of getting better at it. For research it is when students realize that research is fun even when you don’t get the expected results.
Current research projects:
- Collaborating with Dr. Jeff Gray in a project to understand the molecular evolution of multidrug resistance plasmids in Salmonella enterica.
- Regulation of Type III secretion gene expression and their role in Salmonella Typhimurium virulence.