Academic Rank:
Clinical Professor, UBC
Clinical Microbiologist, BCCDC
Short Bio:

Dr Muhammad G Morshed is a clinical microbiologist and program head of Zoonotic Diseases and Emerging Pathogens at the BC Public Health Microbiology and Reference Laboratory, Provincial Health Services Authority Laboratories. He is also a clinical professor in the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, UBC.

Dr Morshed received his PhD from the Yamguchi University School of Medicine, Japan in 1994. He completed his specialty training at the Research Institute of Tuberculosis in Tokyo, Japan and from the College of Natural Resources, University of California, Berkeley. His laboratory is responsible for specialized serology testing, molecular testing and microbial fingerprinting, program evaluation and research. His research focuses on surveillance of zoonotic and emerging pathogens. Organisms of interest are Borrelia burgdorferi, Treponema pallidum, Cryptococcus gattii, Toxoplasma gondii, Helicobacter pylori, and West Nile virus.

His laboratory is also involved with field studies on zoonotic and vector-borne disease (mice, ticks, and mosquitoes) across British Columbia. Dr. Morshed is also recognized by the national and international research community for his expertise on Lyme disease and syphilis.  He is also member of many provincial, national, and international working groups and networks in the area of zoonotic and emerging pathogens.

Dr Morshed holds memberships in the American Society for Microbiology, Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Japan Anti-Tuberculosis Association and is a registered member of the Canadian College of Microbiologists (CCM). He is also serving on the CCM Executive Board as Treasurer since 2012.

Academic background

  • Canadian College of Microbiologists, Specialist Microbiologist Certification.  1998
  • PhD, Yamaguchi University, Japan, Medical Microbiology. 1994
  • MSc, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, First Class in Microbiology. 1979
  • BSc (Honours), Dhaka Univ., Bangladesh, First Class in Botany. 1978


  • Baranova E, Solov Ev P, Panfertsev E, Baranova A, Feduykina G, Kolombet L, Morshed MG, Biketov S. Rational design of antigens to improve the serodiagnosis of tick-borne borreliosis in central regions of Russia. 2014. Adv Exp Med. 807:9-21.
  • Morshed MG. Current trend on syphilis diagnosis: issues and challenges. 2014. Adv Exp Med Biol. 808: 51-64.
  • Somily AM, Adam MH, Gad El Rab MO, Morshed MG, Shakoor Z. Detection of Salmonella typhi agglutinins in sera of patients with other febrile illnesses and healthy individuals. Ann Afr Med. 2011 Jan-Mar;10(1):41-4.
  • Morshed M, Tang P, Petric M, Krajden M, Roth D, Henry B, Isaac-Renton J; the BCCDC West Nile Virus Team. West Nile Virus Finally Debuts in British Columbia 10 Years After Its Introduction to North America. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2010 Oct 28. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Roth D, Henry B, Mak S, Fraser M, Taylor M, Li M, Cooper K, Furnell A, Wong Q, Morshed M; Members of the British Columbia West Nile Virus Surveillance Team. West Nile virus range expansion into British Columbia. Emerg Infect Dis. 2010 Aug;16(8):1251-8.
  • Scott JD, Lee MK, Fernando K, Durden LA, Jorgensen DR, Mak S, Morshed MG. Detection of Lyme disease spirochete, Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, including three novel genotypes in ticks (Acari: Ixodidae) collected from songbirds (Passeriformes) across Canada. J Vector Ecol. 2010 Jun;35(1):124-39.
  • Rotstein DS, West K, Levine G, Lockhart SR, Raverty S, Morshed MG, Rowles T. Cryptococcus gattiivgi in a spinner dolphin (Stenella longirostris) from Hawaii. J Zoo Wildl Med. 2010 Mar;41(1):181-3.
  • Mak S, Morshed M, Henry B. Ecological niche modeling of lyme disease in British Columbia, Canada. J Med Entomol. 2010 Jan;47(1):99-105.
  • Galanis E, Macdougall L, Kidd S, Morshed M, and the BC Cryptococcus gattii working group. Epidemiology of Cryptococcus gattii, British Columbia, Canada, 1999–2007. Emerging Infectious Diseases 16(2):251-257, 2010.
  • Datta K, Bartlett KH, Baer R, Byrnes E, Galanis E, Heitman J, Hoang L, Leslie MJ, MacDougall L, Magill SS, Morshed MG, Marr KA; Cryptococcus gattii Working Group of the Pacific Northwest. Spread of Cryptococcus gattii into Pacific Northwest region of the United States. Emerg Infect Dis. 2009 Aug;15(8):1185-91. Review.

Research Interest

  • Zoonotic and Spirochaetal Diseases
  • His research includes the molecular epidemiology of zoonotic and emerging pathogens. The organisms of interest are: Borrelia burgdorferi, Treponema pallidum, and Helicobacter pylori. Dr. Morshed is leader of the BCCDC Bioterrorism Response Group and West Nile virus laboratory diagnosis and surveillance. Currently his team is working on determining the role of migratory birds for disseminating ticks and tick associated pathogens.