Md Zakiul Hassan
DPhil Student in Clinical Medicine
Hassan is designing a clinical development plan for Nipah virus therapeutics under the supervision of Professor Piero Olliaro and Professor Sir Peter Horby. He is a University of Oxford Clarendon scholar and the first Oxford-MoH Foundation DPhil Scholar. The Reuben Foundation and the NDM studentship also fund his DPhil.
Hassan is a medical doctor by training and did an MSc in International Health and Tropical Medicine from the University of Oxford as a Chevening scholar. Before joining the University of Oxford, he completed a two-year infectious disease research fellowship funded by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and worked for several years at the Emerging Infections programme of icddr,b (International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh). Hassan’s work focused on emerging infectious disease surveillance and outbreak investigation. During his time at icddr,b, he led the implementation of epidemiological and clinical studies on influenza and other respiratory viruses, the Nipah virus, and COVID-19. His research interest lies in the early detection and control of emerging infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC). He is a fierce advocate for developing clinical research capacities in LMICs.