Dr. Sahar Hasim

Assistant Professor of Biology

Sahar HasimDr. Sahar Hasim received her Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular biology and her B.S. in biology, both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Before joining Mercer University, she was a lecturer in biology at Columbus State University. She also has held postdoctoral research associate positions at Auburn University and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville/Oak Ridge National Laboratory. She joined Mercer’s Biology Department in 2020.


  • Ph.D., Microbiology and Molecular Biology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • B.S., Biological Sciences, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Microbiology and Immunology

Professional Interests

  • Exploring the growth behavior of fungal pathogen Candida albicans and biofilm formation on various nanomaterials coatings
  • Investigating 2D materials-based biosensor for fungal detection
  • Inhabiting the cell to cell communication, future antifungal agents to combat Candida auris resistance strains
  • Studying the potential ß-(1,3)-glucan unmasking genes for drug targeting in Candida albicans to promote detection by innate immune cells.

Recent Publications

  • Jheel Patel, Victoria Gomez , Lauryn McGahee, Benjamin Parisi, Dorina Mihut, and Sahar Hasim. (2022) Mechanical Engineering – Biology Collaborative Independent Study for Students for Research on Controlling the Biofilm Formation, American Society for Engineering Education, Southeastern Section (ASEE).
  • Fathi-Hafshejani, Parvin ; Azam, Nurul; Wang, Lu; Kuroda, Marcelo; Hamilton, Michael; Hasim, Sahar, Mahjouri-Samani, Masoud. (2021) 2D-Material Based Field-Effect Transistor Biosensor for Detecting COVID-19 Virus (SARS-CoV-2). ACS Nano.
  • K. S. Bonifer, X. Wen, S. Hasim, E. K. Phillips, E. R. Gann, J. M. DeBruyn and T. B. Reynolds. (2019) An environmental isolate of Bacillus pumilus alters degradation of polylactic acid films in response to changing nutrient conditions. Frontiers in Microbiology.
  • S. Vijaya-Kumar, G. Taylor, S. Hasim, D. P. Allison, S. T. Retterer, C. P. Collier, A. N. Webb, M. J. Doktycz, J. Morrell-Falvey. (2019) Deletion of carotenoids from membranes of Pantoea sp. YR343 results in altered lipid composition and changes in membrane biophysical properties. Biochim Biophys Acta Biomembr.
  • S. Hasim and J. J. Coleman. (2019) Targeting the fungal cell wall: current therapies and implications for development of alternative antifungal agents. Future Medicinal Chemistry.
  • S.E. Davis, R.N. Tams, N. Solis, A.S. Wagner, T. Chen, J.W. Jackson, S. Hasim, A.E. Montedonico, J. Dinsmore, T.E. Sparer, S.G. Filler, T.B. Reynolds. (2018) Candida albicans cannot acquire sufficient ethanolamine from the host to support virulence in the absence of de novo phosphatidylethanolamine synthesis. Infect Immun.
  • S. Hasim, D. Allison, B. Mendez, A. Farmer, D.A. Pelletier, S. Retterer, S. Campagna, T.B. Reynolds, and M.J. Doktycz. (2018) Elucidating duramycin’s bacterial selectivity and mode of action on the bacterial cell envelope. Frontiers in Microbiology.9 (219).

For access to Dr. Hasim’s self-archived articles, please see her Research Gate page.

Contact Dr. Sahar Hasim

(478) 301-2048
Godsey Science Center, Room 324