Dr. Careem completed his BVSc (Hons) degree at the Peradeniya University, Sri Lanka in 1991 and MVM degree from the University of Glasgow Veterinary School, UK in 1995. He obtained his PhD degree, in the field of host-viral interactions relevant to Marek’s disease virus infection, at the Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph in 2008. Following the PhD degree, he was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship to conduct post-doctoral research on innate immune responses generated against mucosal viral infections at the Center for Gene Therapeutics of the McMaster University, Hamilton. Dr. Careem is a diplomate of American College of Poultry Veterinarians and American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (virology). Currently, he is an Assistant Professor (virology) at the newly build University of Calgary of Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.
With a view of economic and public health importance of respiratory viral infections in poultry, Dr. Careem’s research program focuses on: (a) studying molecular mechanisms of mucosal innate immune responses to respiratory viral infections; (b) identifying key molecular and cellular immunological mediators involved in innate immune responses elicited at respiratory mucosa; and (c) designing control strategies based on immune modulators to prevent respiratory viral infections. His work is supported by funding from various federal, provincial, industry and internal sources such as NSERC- discovery, NSERC-research tools and instruments (RTI), Alberta Livestock and Meat Agency (ALMA), Canadian Poultry Research Council (CPRC) and Margaret Gunn Endowment for Animal Research (MGEAR).