Muhammad Morshed, Ph.D., SCCM

Program Head, Zoonotic Diseases & Emerging Pathogens
BCCDC Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory
Provincial Health Services Authority
Clinical Professor
Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
University of British Columbia
655 West 12th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 4R4


Research Interests:
Dr. Muhammad Morshed is a Clinical Microbiologist and Program Head of Zoonotic Diseases and Emerging Pathogens Section of BCCDC Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory, Provincial Health Services Authority. 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 BC. For Toxoplasma, his specific interests include:
  1. Work on molecular diagnosis and fingerprinting of Toxoplasma isolates from different sources (human and wild and domestic mammals, etc.).
  2. Sero-surveillance in human and wild and domestic mammals across Canada.
  3. Study on congenital toxoplasmosis in Canada.
  4. Develop and evaluate new tests to confirm acute infection in human (prenatal).