In the past nine years we’ve seen seven Australian Prime Ministers but at the Graham Centre there’s only been one Shafi.
Dr Shafi Sahibzada has brightened the Centre with his warm personality and can-do attitude. He’s been a mentor for other students, taking on leadership roles to provide professional development and social opportunities.
Shafi was awarded his PhD on Tuesday 11 December for his research into the antibiotic-resistant bacteria MRSA, providing important information for the pig industry and public health authorities.
He worked initially as a veterinary officer and as a lecturer at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, before moving to Australia in 2009.
He completed a Master of Philosophy in Animal Sciences from Charles Sturt University (CSU) in 2012.
“It's a pleasure and a privilege to be a part of the Graham Centre for the last nine years which provided me great opportunities for networking, collaboration and learning. I'll always remember the family-like environment that made it easy for me to feel at home,” said Dr Sahibzada.
"With so much to be grateful for – outstanding colleagues, friendly environment, and of course the weekly morning tea, and I will genuinely miss this all. However, I will continue to work closely with the Centre.”
Dr Sahibzada is now working as a research fellow at Murdoch University in Perth. His main interest is in the epidemiology of infectious diseases of zoonotic and anthroponotic