Faizal Careem

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Faizal is now an Assisstant Professor of Virology at the University of Calgary.  Congratulations and all the best!!!




My broad area of interest is host-virus interactions. Though I have obtained extensive background in studying host-virus interactions relevant to agricultural animals, the aim of my post-doctoral work is to study innate immune responses at the mucosal surfaces to human viruses such as influenza A (H1N1) and herpes simplex virus-2, with a view of developing more effective control strategies against these human pathogens. Influenza A work has been directed to study the role of interleukin-15 and natural killer cells against this zoonotic pathogen in a mouse model. I am also working to see whether bacterial components could be used as innate immune stimulants against influenza A virus and herpes simplex virus-2 infections.

Selected Publications

Abdul-Careem, M.F., K. Haq, Shanmuganthan, S., L. R. Read, N. Schat K.A., Heidari, M., Sharif, S.  (2009) Induction of innate host responses in lungs of chickens following infection with a very virulent strain of Marek’s disease virus. Virology 393(2):250-7.

Abdul-Careem, M.F., L. R. Read, P. Parvizi, H.R. Haghighi, N. Thanthrige-Don, S. Sharif (2009) Marek’s disease virus replication and expression of cytokine genes in feathers of genetically susceptible and resistant chickens. Developmental and Comparative Immunology 33: 618-623.

Abdul-Careem, M.F., Hunter, B.D., Lee, L.F., Fairbrother, J.H., Haghighi, H.R., Read, L., Heidari, M., Parvizi, P., Sharif S. (2008) Host responses in the bursa of Fabricius of chickens infected with virulent Marek’s disease virus. Virology 379:256-65.

, M.F., D.B. Hunter, M. D. Lambourne, L. R. Read, P. Parvizi,  S. Sharif (2008) Expression of cytokine genes following pre- and post-hatch immunization with herpesvirus of turkeys. Vaccine 26:2369-77.

Abdul-Careem, M.F., Hunter, D.B.,  Sarson, A.J., Parvizi, P., Haghighi, H.R., Read, L.R., Heidari, M., Sharif S. (2008) Host responses are induced in feathers of chickens infected with Marek’s disease virus. Virology 370: 323-332.

Abdul-Careem, M.F., Hunter, B.D., Parvizi, P., Haghighi, H.R., Thanthrige-Don, N., Sharif S. (2007) Cytokine gene expression patterns associated with immunization against Marek’s disease in chickens. Vaccine 25(3):424-32.

Selected Academic Awards

2008-2010       Health Professional Awards-post doctoral Fellowship, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)

2006-2008       Canada Graduate Scholarship, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

2006-2008       CPRC Scholarship Supplement, Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC)

2008                Soren Rosendal Memorial Research Prize (Ontario Veterinary College); University of Guelph

2007                Korean-Canadian Dr. F. Schofield Memorial Scholarship, Dr. F. Schofield Scholarship Foundation, Canada

2007                Reed Ramsey Award, American Association of Avian Pathologists, USA