Hasan Zaki, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology, studies gastrointestinal inflammation and cancer. His research interests include host-pathogen interaction, the role of pathogen sensors in intestinal inflammation and cancer, pathogenic mechanisms of inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer, and identifying immune checkpoints of gastrointestinal disorders that could be targeted for therapeutic intervention and drug development.

Dr. Zaki earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in microbiology at the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He then joined the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh, where he studied immune responses against enteric pathogens. He did his doctoral research in the Department of Microbiology at Kumamoto University School of Medicine, Kumamoto, Japan, where he investigated the molecular mechanisms of host defense function of nitric oxide during gastrointestinal infection caused by Salmonella Typhimurium.

Dr. Zaki did postdoctoral research at Kumamoto University and later in the laboratory of Thirumala-Devi Kanneganti, Ph.D., at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tenn. There, his research focused on the role of NOD-like receptors (NLRs) in inflammatory bowel diseases and colorectal cancer. He demonstrated how NLR family members, particularly NLRP3 and NLRP12, suppress intestinal inflammation and cancer and maintain intestinal homeostasis.


Graduate School
Kumamoto University - Japan (2007), Microbiology

Research Interest

  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Host Pathogen Interaction
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • NOD-Like Receptors


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

The NLRP12 Sensor Negatively Regulates Autoinflammatory Disease by Modulating Interleukin-4 Production in T Cells.
Lukens JR, Gurung P, Shaw PJ, Barr MJ, Zaki MH, Brown SA, Vogel P, Chi H, Kanneganti TD. Immunity 2015
Drak2 is not required for tumor surveillance and suppression.
Edwards BA, Harris TL, Floersh H, Lukens JR, Zaki MH, Vogel P, Kanneganti TD, Bui JD, McGargill MA. 2015
Role of inflammasomes in host defense against Citrobacter rodentium infection.
Liu Z, Zaki MH, Vogel P, Gurung P, Finlay BB, Deng W, Lamkanfi M, Kanneganti TD J. Biol. Chem. 2012 May 287 20 16955-64
Inflammasome is a central player in the induction of obesity and insulin resistance.
Stienstra R, van Diepen JA, Tack CJ, Zaki MH, van de Veerdonk FL, Perera D, Neale GA, Hooiveld GJ, Hijmans A, Vroegrijk I, van den Berg S, Romijn J, Rensen PC, Joosten LA, Netea MG, Kanneganti TD Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2011 Sep 108 37 15324-9

Honors & Awards

  • Career Development Award, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (2012)
  • MEXT Scholarship (2002)
  • Trainee Award, American Association for Immunologists (2011)
  • Travel Award, Keystone Meeting (2012)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association for Advancement of Schience (2012)
  • American Association of Immunologists (2012)
  • Chron's and Colitis Foundation of America (2012)