Shahzada is interested in understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms of host immune responses that determine the outcome of a host-pathogen interaction. He received his PhD in biomedical sciences from Kumamoto University, Japan and MS in microbiology from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. His focus in Sanjabi lab is to investigate the role of immune-suppressive cytokines during antiviral (LCMV and HIV) CD8 T cell responses utilizing various knockout and humanized mouse-models. He enjoys photography, movies, long-distance driving and science.


2007     Japanese Government (MEXT) Scholarship for PhD program.

2008     MEXT Good Practice Program (Kumamoto University) research grant for prospective graduate students.

2012     Excellent poster awards (two posters), 85th Conference of Japanese Society for Bacteriology.


Khan S, Okamoto T, Enomoto K, Sakashita N, Oyama K, Fujii S, Sawa T, Takeya M, Ogawa H, Yamabe H, Akaike T. Potential association of Helicobacter cinaedi with atrial arrhythmias and atherosclerosis. Microbiol Immunol.56:145-154, 2012. (Cover article)

Oyama K*, Khan S*, Okamoto T, Fujii S, Ono K, Matsunaga T, Yoshitake J, Sawa T, Tomida J, Kawamura Y, Akaike T. Identification of and screening for human Helicobacter cinaedi infections and carriers via nested PCR. J Clin Microbiol. 50:3893-3900, 2012. * Equal contribution.

Khan S*, Rahman MA*, Okamoto T*, Matsunaga T, Fujiwara Y, Sawa T, Yoshitake J, Ono K, Ahmed KA, Rahman MM, Oyama K, Takeya M, Ida T, Kawamura Y, Fujii S and Akaike T. Promotion of atherosclerosis by Helicobacter cinaedi infection that involves macrophage-driven proinflammatory responses. Sci Rep. (under revision) *equal contribution.

Rahman MM, Sawa T, Ahtesham AK, Khan S, Inoue H, Irie A, Fuji S, Akaike T. S-guanylation proteomics for redox-based mitochondrial signaling. Antioxidant & Redox Signal. 2012 Sep 16.

Okamoto T, Khan S, Oyama K, Fujii S, Sawa T, and Akaike T. A new paradigm for antimicrobial host defense mediated by a nitrated cyclic nucleotide. J Clin Biochem Nutr. 46: 14-19, 2010.

Zaki MH, Fujii S, Okamoto T, Islam S, Khan S, Ahmed KA, Sawa T, and Akaike T. Cytoprotective function of heme oxygenase-1 induced by a nitrated cyclic nucleotide formed during murine salmonellosis. J Immunol. 182: 3746-3756, 2009.