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Meet the Principal Investigator

Hasan Zaki, Ph.D.

Hasan Zaki, Ph.D.

Hasan Zaki, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology, studies gastrointestinal inflammation and cancer. His research interests include host-pathogen interactions, role of pathogen recognition receptors in gut homeostasis, molecular mechanisms of inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer, signaling pathways of gastrointestinal disorders that could be targeted for therapeutic intervention and drug development.

Lab Members

Nadezdha (Nadia) Dzhanbekova, B.S.

Lab Manager

Nadia joined Zaki Lab in May 2021 after completing her undergraduate from the University of California Davis. In addition to laboratory management, she is involved in research focusing on the role of NOD-like receptors in intestinal inflammatory disorders.


Abhijit Maji, Ph.D.

Assistant Instructor

Abhijit graduated in Biotechnology form the CSIR-Institute of Integrative Biology, Delhi, India. Following postdoctoral training at the University of South Dakota, he joined Zaki Lab in September 2021 to study the impact of diet and gut microbiome on gut-brain axis and neuroinflammation.

Abhijit Maji, Ph.D.

Shahanshah Khan, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Shahanshah studied at Jamia Millia Islamia, Delhi, India for his Ph.D. He has been working in Zaki Lab since 2017 and made major contributions in understanding of the role of Western diet in intestinal inflammatory disorders, mechanism of SARS-CoV2-induced inflammation, and the role of NOD-like receptors in colitis and colorectal cancer.

Shahanshah Khan, Ph.D.

Hilal Ahmed Parry, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Hilal obtained his M.S. from the University of Kashmir, India, and his Ph.D. from the Daegu University, South Korea. Before joining Zaki Lab, he worked at Niigata National University, Japan and Translational Health Science and Technology University, India. He is interested in exploring the link between innate immune pathways, diet, and metabolic disorders.

Hilal Ahmed Parry, Ph.D.

Lab Alumni

Nashir Udden, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Rajalakshymy Ramachandran, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Jia-Liang Gan, MD, Ph.D. 
Visiting Scholar

Rayan Harmouch 
Student Intern

Shuiqing Hu, Ph.D. 
Postdoctoral Fellow

Youn-Tae Kwak, Ph.D.
Research Associate

Kristen Montgomery, B.S.
Research Assistant

Lydia Ademuwagun
STARS Summer student

Javier Sigala
STARS Summer Student

Alexia Victoria 
SURF Summer Student

Sumyya Waliullah, Ph.D. 
Postdoctoral Researcher

Melanie Harris, M.S.
Research Assistant/Lab Manager