Hamida Nusrat, Ph.D., PHM (CDPH)
San Francisco State University
I have always been inspired by biomedical sciences and their relevance in the day to day life. Curiosity of the unique host-parasite relationship in various infectious diseases led me to pursue a M.S./Ph.D. degree in Clinical Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Karachi, Pakistan in 2006. The focus of my Master’s thesis was comparative study of temperatures on growth, hemolytic activity and heat-shock proteins of Listeria ivanovii. My doctoral thesis was on disease-specific protein antigens of Brucella species as potential vaccine candidate, and provoking immune response in human brucellosis. Currently, I hold dual faculty positions in the Post-Baccalaureate Program at UC Berkeley, as well as in the CLS Program at San Francisco State University. I also hold a certification in Public Health Microbiology from the California Department of Public Health. In this important and strategic role, I act as a liaison with County and State departments and agencies, and function as LabAspire Program Coordinator of the state-wide PH lab network to sustain laboratory and personnel regulatory requirements for certifying PH Lab Directors. In short, I am always passionate about training students in various disciplines of clinical and public health microbiology on new methodologies of innovative diagnostic assays.