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Dr Muhammad G Morshed is a clinical microbiologist and program head of Zoonotic Diseases and Emerging Pathogens at the BC Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory, Provincial Health Services Authority Laboratories. He is also a clinical professor in the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UBC.
Dr Morshed received his PhD from the Yamguchi University School of Medicine, Japan in 1994. He completed his specialty training at the Research Institute of Tuberculosis in Tokyo, Japan and from the College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley. His laboratory is responsible for specialized serology testing, molecular testing and microbial fingerprinting, program evaluation and research. His research focuses on surveillance of zoonotic and emerging pathogens. Organisms of interest are Borrelia burgdorferi, Treponema pallidum, Cryptococcus gattii, Toxoplasma gondii, Helicobacter pylori, and West Nile virus.
His laboratory is also involved with field studies on zoonotic and vector-borne disease (mice, ticks, and mosquitoes) across British Columbia. Dr. Morshed is also recognized by the national and international research community for his expertise on Lyme disease and syphilis. He is also member of many provincial, national, and international working groups and networks in the area of zoonotic and emerging pathogens.
Dr Morshed holds memberships in the American Society for Microbiology, Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association and is a registered member of the Canadian College of Microbiologists (CCM). He is also serving on the CCM Executive Board as Treasurer since 2012.