Shamim Sarkar, DVM, MPH, Ph.D.

Dr. Shamim Sarkar


Shamim Sarkar, DVM, MPH, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Associate

Principal Investigator: Dr. Jaymie Meliker


PHONE: 631-216-9073

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Dr. Sarkar graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 2023 with a Ph.D. in Comparative Medicine and Experimental Medicine with a concentration in Epidemiology and a minor in Statistics and Data Science. His dissertation examined the effects of the U.S. Veterinary Feed Directive Final Rule on the Prevalence of Violative Antibiotic Residues and Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria in Animal Products. He is a quantitative epidemiologist and public health research with a passion for using applied epidemiological approaches and statistical methods to improve health outcomes and provide information to guide health planning and policy decisions.


Ph.D., Epidemiology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville (2023)

MSc, Vet. Epidemiology & Public Health, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK (2020)

MPH, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (2010)

DVM, Veterinary Medicine, Sylhet Agricultural University, Sylhet, Bangladesh (2009)

Honors, Awards, and Affiliations:

Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, received from Royal Veterinary College, University of London, UK to study MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology and Public Health, 2018

Professional Experience:

  • Post-Doctoral Associate, Program in Public Health, Stony Brook Medicine, 2023-present
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Comparative and Experimental Medicine (Epidemiology), University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2020-2023
  • Assistant Scientist, Infectious Disease Division, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), 2017-2020
  • Research Investigator, Communicable Disease Division, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), 2012-2016
  • Research Fellow, Communicable Disease Division, International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (icddr,b), 2010-2012

Research Interests:

Infectious disease epidemiology; Food safety epidemiology including antimicrobial resistance; Environmental epidemiology; Spatial epidemiology; Outbreak investigation and response focusing on emerging and zoonotic diseases; One Health approach; Advanced Statistical Analysis.

Select Publications:

Sarkar S, Okafor C. Effect of veterinary feed directive rule changes on tetracycline-resistant and erythromycin-resistant bacteria (Salmonella, Escherichia, and Campylobacter) in retail meats in the United States. PLoS One. 2023;18(8):e0289208.

Sarkar S, Haider N, Islam A, et al. Occurrence of tuberculosis among people exposed to cattle in Bangladesh. Vet Med Sci. 2023;9(4):1923-1933.

Sarkar S, Souza MJ, Martin-Jimenez T, Abouelkhair MA, Kania SA, Okafor CC. Tetracycline, Sulfonamide, and Erythromycin Residues in Beef, Eggs, and Honey Sold as "Antibiotic-Free" Products in East Tennessee (USA) Farmers' Markets. Vet Sci. 2023;10(4):243.

Sarkar S, Okafor CC. Effect of Changes in Veterinary Feed Directive Regulations on Violative Antibiotic Residues in the Tissue of Food Animals from the Inspector-Generated Sampling in the United States. Microorganisms. 2022;10(10):2031.