The Doctoral Program in Microbiology provides advanced training and education for students with the desire and ability to thrive in a stimulating, research-oriented graduate program leading to careers in science in the academic, governmental, or private sectors.
Haider Manzer, PhD student, Doran Lab
Haider Manzer is a fourth-year doctoral candidate in Dr. Kelly Doran’s lab. The Doran lab studies the mechanisms by which Group B Streptococcus (GBS) colonizes the female reproductive tract and then crosses the Blood Brain Barrier to cause meningitis after transmission to neonates. Haider’s project specifically focuses on the molecular interactions between a GBS surface adhesin and its host receptors that promote GBS colonization of the female reproductive tract as well as adherence to the Blood Brain Barrier, with the goal of identifying therapeutics that can block the interactions to prevent colonization and disease.
Haider has presented at numerous conferences including the Wind River Conference on Prokaryotic Biology and the ASM World Microbe Forum, and received awards for his recent presentations at the University of Colorado Research and Creative Arts Symposium (RaCAS) and the Rocky Mountain Branch American Society for Microbiology (RMB-ASM) meeting. He was a recipient of the 2020 Molecular Pathogenesis of Infectious Diseases T32 training grant and was recently awarded a NRSA F31 grant. In addition to collaborative publications, he has recently published a review on streptococcal adhesins.
Haider has volunteered as a peer mentor for six students within the Microbiology program, as a reviewer for the Journal of Emerging Investigators, and as a co-director for “Think Like a Scientist,” which aims to educate and inspire children from underprivileged and underrepresented backgrounds in the local community. His interests beyond the lab include hiking, drawing, and board games. The best piece of advice he would give to an incoming graduate student would be to choose a lab that you are truly passionate about.