Shumaila Hanif, PhD

Current Roles

Dr. Hanif is an Assistant Professor at Bastyr University California.


  • PhD in Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, Kuwait in 2007
  • MSc in Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Kuwait University, Kuwait in 2002
  • BSc in Microbiology, Faculty of Science, Kuwait University, Kuwait in 1999

Classes Taught

Immunology, Infectious diseases, Integrated Case Studies, Fundamentals in Research Design, General Microbiology Lab and Molecular Techniques Lab.

Past Experience

Dr. Hanif has authored two chapter books, 40 abstracts and 18 papers. She has received several research awards and travel grants. She has professional skills in handling infectious diseases, tissue culture, immunological, molecular techniques and animal work and has taught both undergraduate and graduate level students. She is also a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Mycobacterial Diseases.

Previous to coming to Bastyr, Dr. Hanif was a faculty member in the Department of Molecular Biosciences, University of Texas at Austin, Texas. Dr. Hanif also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Oklahoma Health Science Center where she worked on a NIH-funded research project focused on existing and new drugs for treatment of tuberculosis. Dr. Hanif has also held various research lab and teaching assistant positions at Kuwait University in Kuwait.

Research Interests

Dr. Hanif’s research interest is in developing new diagnostic methods, new drugs and new vaccines for tuberculosis. Tuberculosis remains the most serious global infectious disease caused by a single causative organism, Mycobacterium Tuberculosis (MTB). One third of the world’s population has been infected with MTB. Moreover, the incidence of co-infection with HIV and extensively drug resistant tuberculosis present an imminent thread to global health. There have been no new drugs in over thirty years and no new vaccines in 92 years. Consequently, the search for new drugs, vaccines and therapies in general is an urgent need in global health that Dr. Hanif hopes to impact.


Dr. Hanif believes that teaching is a learning process for both students and faculty members, and that active learning is a powerful tool to retain information for longer periods of time. Dr. Hanif also believes that faculty members should be approachable so the students can discuss their problems easily.

Shumaila Hanif, PhD

Shumaila Hanif, PhD

Shumaila Hanif, PhD
School of Natural Health Arts & Sciences
Department of Basic Sciences