Shafi Sahibzada  from Murdoch University in Perth Australia.

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    Dr Shafi Sahibzada
    PhD, M.Phil, BSc (Hons), DVM


    About me

    Dr Shafi Sahibzada has twelve years’ experience in the academia where he has worked as a researcher and lecturer. He has completed a PhD in Epidemiology and public health from Charles Sturt University in 2018 and he has received M.Phil in Animal Sciences from the same University in 2012. He graduated with a Bachelor of Animal Sciences and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. He has worked with several national and international organisations in international agricultural research and development. Shafi has outstanding experience in a One Health approach, survey design to investigate population diseases, statistical analysis, and epigenomic data analysis. Presently he is a lecturer in Public Health and Epidemiology. Shafi’s primary interest is in the epidemiology of infectious diseases of zoonotic and anthroponotic importance, emerging infectious diseases, antimicrobial resistance, risk analysis, and diseases modelling.

    Teaching area

    I teach Public Health and Epidemiology

    Research areas

    My main interest areas are:

    • The epidemiology of infectious diseases of zoonotic and anthropozoonotic importance in developed and developing countries
    • Antimicrobial resistance in zoonotic pathogens including Staphylococcus spp., Salmonella spp., Enterococcus spp., Campylobacter spp., and E. coli
    • Microbial whole genome sequencing
    • Diseases outbreak investigation
    • Infectious diseases control and preventions
    • Simulation modelling and risk analysis for infectious diseases
    • Defining the cost of zoonotic and anthropozoonotic diseases

    Awards and grants

    2020: UniMelb DAWR Emergency Animal Disease Training Packages.   

    M Bruce, S Sahibzada

    2020: Khalifa University of Science & Technology, Abu Dhabi, UAE: The identification of conserved binding groves in the host receptor ACE2 that bind and facilitate coronaviruses (CoV) entry into mammalian cells.

    H Al Safar, W Osman, S Feng, H Jelinek, K Amiri, J Byrd, D Bu, P Magni, S Sahibzada, G Tay

    2019: Australian Egg Corporation Ltd (AECL): Estimate the susceptibility profiles against specific antimicrobials in E. coli and Enterococcus spp. in the Australian chicken egg industry

    S Abraham, R Abraham, O’Dea M, S Sahibzada

    2019: Australian Pork Ltd (APL): Clarifying the origin and ecological reservoir of unusual forms of critically important antimicrobial resistant E. coli in Australian pigs

    S Abraham, O’Dea M, J Pluske, S Sahibzada, D Turpin                 

    2015:   Australian Pork Limited: “MRSA in pig production in Australia”

    J Heller, M Hernandez-Jover, S Sahibzada


    Events and speaking engagements

    2019: Antimicrobial resistance and usage, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, Perth (Invited speaker)

    2018: The international biomedical conference, Peshawar, Pakistan (Keynote speaker)

    2018: Australian Pig Veterinarian Annual conference, Cairns (Invited speaker)

    2018: Recent Advances in Emergency Animal Diseases Annual Symposium, Geelong (Invited speaker)

    2017: Food Security through Entrepreneurship and Biorisk Management, Konya, Turkey (Keynote speaker)

    Doctoral and masters supervisions

    PhD candidate: Hamid Sodagari

    Thesis title: Monitoring and Risk Profiling of Salmonella and E.coli in chicken layer farms and retail table eggs.

    PhD candidate: Tanya Laird

    Thesis title:  Novel approaches for reducing antimicrobial resistant and pathogenic Gram-negative bacteria in the porcine gut


    Sodagari, H. R., Wang, P., Robertson, I., Abraham, S., Sahibzada, S., & Habib, I. (2021). Antimicrobial resistance and genomic characterisation of Escherichia coli isolated from caged and non-caged retail table eggs in Western Australia. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 340, 109054. doi:10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2021.109054

    Sahibzada, S., Pang, S., Hernández‐Jover, M., Jordan, D., Abraham, S., O’Dea, M., & Heller, J. (2020). Prevalence and antimicrobial resistance of MRSA across different pig age groups in an intensive pig production system in Australia. Zoonoses and Public Health, n/a(n/a). doi:10.1111/zph.12721

    Sodagari, H. R., Wang, P., Robertson, I., Habib, I., & Sahibzada, S. (2020). Non-Typhoidal Salmonella at the Human-Food-of-Animal-Origin Interface in Australia. Animals, 10(7), 1192.

    Ghorashi, S. A., Heller, J., Zhang, Q., & Sahibzada, S. (2020). Differentiation of community-associated and livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolates and identification of spa types using PCR and high-resolution melt curve analysis. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, JCM.02088-02019. doi:10.1128/JCM.02088-19

    O’Dea, M., Abraham, R. J., Sahibzada, S., Lee, T., Jordan, D., Laird, T., . . . Abraham, S. (2020). Antimicrobial resistance and genomic insights into bovine mastitis-associated Staphylococcus aureus in Australia. Veterinary Microbiology, 250, 108850. doi:10.1016/j.vetmic.2020.108850

    Abraham, S., Sahibzada, S., Hewson, K., Laird, T., Abraham, R., Pavic, A., . . . Jordan, D. (2020). Emergence of fluoroquinolone resistant Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli among Australian chickens in the absence of fluoroquinolone use. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. doi:10.1128/AEM.02765-19

    Lee, T., Pang, S., Stegger, M., Sahibzada, S., Abraham, S., Daley, D., . . . on behalf of the Australian Group on Antimicrobial, R. (2020). A three-year whole genome sequencing perspective of Enterococcus faecium sepsis in Australia. Plos One, 15(2), e0228781. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0228781

    Abraham, S., O’Dea, M., Sahibzada, S., Hewson, K., Pavic, A., Veltman, T., Abraham, R., Harris, T., Trott, D. J. & Jordan, D. (2019). Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp. isolated from Australian meat chickens remain susceptible to critically important antimicrobial agents. Plos One, 14(10), e0224281. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0224281

    O’Dea,M., Sahibzada, S., Jordan, D., Laird,T,. Lee,T., Hewson, K., Pang,S., Abraham,R., Coombs,G., Harris,T., Pavic,A., Abraham S., (2019). Genomic, antimicrobial resistance and public health insights into Enterococcus spp. from Australian chickens. Journal of Clinical Microbiology.

    Sterndale, S. O., Evans, D. J., Mansfield, J. P., Clarke, J., Sahibzada, S., Abraham, S., O’Dea, M., Miller, D. W., Kim, J. C. & Pluske, J. R. (2019). Effect of mucin 4 allele on susceptibility to experimental infection with enterotoxigenic F4 Escherichia coli in pigs fed experimental diets. Journal of Animal Science and Biotechnology, 10(1), 56. 

    Sahibzada, S., Hernández-Jover, M., Jordan, D., Thomson, P. C., & Heller, J. (2018). Emergence of highly prevalent CA-MRSA ST93 as an occupational risk in people working on a pig farm in Australia. Plos One, 13(5), e0195510. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0195510. 

    Sahibzada, S., Abraham, S., Coombs, G. W., Pang, S., Hernández-Jover, M., Jordan, D., & Heller, J. (2017). Transmission of highly virulent community-associated MRSA ST93 and livestock-associated MRSA ST398 between humans and pigs in Australia. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 5273. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-04789-0. 

    Sahibzada, S., Hernández-Jover, M., & Heller, J. (2017). The emergence of community associated MRSA (ST93) in piggery workers and associated risk factors. Animal Production Science, 57(12), 2492-2492. doi:10.1071/ANv57n12Ab140.