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

  • Host-pathogen interaction
  • Biophysics properties of C. albicans cell wall
  • Switching and pathogenesis of C. albicans
  • C. auris biofilm formation

Recent Publications

  •  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. Under review.
  • 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. doi: 10.1016/j.bbamem.2019.05.009.
  • 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. doi: 10.4155/fmc-2018-0465.
  • 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. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00815-17.
  • 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). doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.00219.
  • S. Hasim, E.N. Vaughn, D. Donohoe, D.M. Gordon, S. Pfiffner, and T.B. Reynolds. (2017) Influence of phosphatidylserine and phosphatidylethanolamine on farnesol tolerance in Candida albicans. Yeast. doi: 10.1002/yea.3297.
  • J. A. Aufrecht, J. M. Ryan, S. Hasim, D. P. Allison, A. Nebenführ, M. J. Doktycz, S. T. Retterer. (2017) Imaging the Root Hair Morphology of Arabidopsis Seedlings in a Two layer Microfluidic Platform. J. Vis. Exp. (126), e55971, doi:10.3791/55971.
  • N. Ahmad Hussin, R.U. Pathirana, S. Hasim, S. Tati, J. A. Scheib-Owens, and K. W. Nickerson. (2016) Biotin Auxotrophy and Biotin Enhanced Germ Tube Formation in Candida albicans. Microorganisms. doi: 10.3390/microorganisms4030037.
  • S. Hasim, D. P. Allison, S. T. R., Alex Hopke, R. T. Wheeler, M. J. Doktycz, and T. B. Reynolds. (2016) ß-glucan unmasking in some Candida albicans mutants correlates with increases in cell wall surface roughness and decreases in cell wall elasticity. Infect Immun. doi: 10.1128/IAI.00601-16. Article was spotlighted in this issue.

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

Contact Dr. Sahar Hasim

(478) 301-2048
Godsey Science Center 324