Dr. Zhabiz Golkar is an Assistant Professor of Biology and currently serves as Interim Chair of the Division of School of Health and Natural Science at Voorhees College. She joined the Voorhees faculty in 2014.
Dr. Golkar earned a PhD in molecular biology and a Master degree in clinical microbiology, both at Karachi University (Pakistan), and a BSc in microbiology at Azad University (Iran). During doctoral studies, Dr. Golkar gained extensive experience by training at International Centers for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Italy, South Africa, Turkey and Brazil. She started post-doctoral fellowships in cancer biology at Dow Medical University (Pakistan) and completed research after joining the Claflin University faculty. Her post-doctoral research efforts contributed to a patent that was awarded to Claflin University in 2014.
Research conducted by Dr. Golkar focuses on emergence of pathogenic drug resistant microorganisms, which have become a critical problem in modern medicine, particularly because of the concomitant increase in immunocompromised patients due to transplantation, autoimmune disorders and various viral/bacterial infections.
Dr. Golkar believes that “through education we learn to develop our values and social responsibilities, and there is no greater way of educating a generation than becoming a role model. It is my responsibility now to give back, and there is no greater way to give back than shaping the minds of future generations through teaching and to prepare students for the challenges and changes of the 21st century”.