Salika M. Shakir, PhD, Pending


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Pathology - Assistant Professor (Clinical)
  • Divisions: Clinical Pathology

Board Certification

  • American Board of Medical Microbiology

Academic Office Information

  • ARUP
    500 Chipeta Way
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108


Academic Bio

Salika M. Shakir, PhD, D(ABMM) is the Medical Director of the Microbial Amplified Detection Laboratory and Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Utah, School of Medicine. After receiving a doctoral degree in Microbiology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), she went on to pursue a research fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at OUHSC. She completed a fellowship training in Medical and Public Health Microbiology through the University of Utah and ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT and is a diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology. Her research and academic interests focus on the implementation of novel molecular assays for pathogen detection into the clinical laboratory and effective utilization of these new diagnostic tests. She has also successfully conducted several industry-sponsored clinical research projects for diagnostic assays/devices seeking FDA approval.

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Shakir SM, Goldbeck JM, Robison D, Eckerd AM, Chavez-Bueno S (2014). Genotypic and phenotypic characterization of invasive neonatal Escherichia coli clinical isolates. Am J Perinatol, 31(11), 975-82.
  2. Larabee JL, Shakir SM, Barua S, Ballard JD (2013). Increased cAMP in monocytes augments Notch signaling mechanisms by elevating RBP-J and transducin-like enhancer of Split (TLE). J Biol Chem, 288(30), 21526-36.
  3. Larabee JL, Maldonado-Arocho FJ, Pacheco S, France B, DeGiusti K, Shakir SM, Bradley KA, Ballard JD (2011). Glycogen synthase kinase 3 activation is important for anthrax edema toxin-induced dendritic cell maturation and anthrax toxin receptor 2 expression in macrophages. Infect Immun, 79(8), 3302-8.
  4. Larabee JL, Shakir SM, Hightower L, Ballard JD (2011). Adenomatous polyposis coli protein associates with C/EBP beta and increases Bacillus anthracis edema toxin-stimulated gene expression in macrophages. J Biol Chem, 286(22), 19364-72.
  5. Bryant-Hudson KM, Shakir SM, Ballard JD (2011). Autoregulatory characteristics of a Bacillus anthracis serine/threonine kinase. J Bacteriol, 193(8), 1833-42.
  6. Shakir SM, Bryant KM, Larabee JL, Hamm EE, Lovchik J, Lyons CR, Ballard JD (2009). Regulatory interactions of a virulence-associated serine/threonine phosphatase-kinase pair in Bacillus anthracis. J Bacteriol, 192(2), 400-9.
  7. Barua S, McKevitt M, DeGiusti K, Hamm EE, Larabee J, Shakir S, Bryant K, Koehler TM, Blanke SR, Dyer D, Gillaspy A, Ballard JD (2008). The mechanism of Bacillus anthracis intracellular germination requires multiple and highly diverse genetic loci. Infect Immun, 77(1), 23-31.
  8. McKevitt MT, Bryant KM, Shakir SM, Larabee JL, Blanke SR, Lovchik J, Lyons CR, Ballard JD (2007). Effects of endogenous D-alanine synthesis and autoinhibition of Bacillus anthracis germination on in vitro and in vivo infections. Infect Immun, 75(12), 5726-34.

Case Report

  1. Shakir SM, Powers-Fletcher MV, Slechta ES, Fisher MA (2017). Helicobacter canis bacteraemia and cellulitis in a patient with end-stage renal disease. JMM Case Rep, 4(11), e005126.