Assistant Professor
Emory University

Emory Vaccine Center

1462 Clifton Road, Room 440B

Atlanta, GA 30322


(404) 712-2814

Mohamed S. Abdel-Hakeem obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacy from Cairo University. He completed his MSc and PhD in Microbiology and Immunology at the Université de Montréal, under the supervision of Dr. Naglaa Shoukry. Dr. Abdel-Hakeem then pursued his Postdoctoral training at the Penn Institute for Immunology at the University of Pennsylvania in the laboratory of Dr. E John Wherry.

Dr. Abdel-Hakeem joined Emory University in 2021 as an Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, where he is affiliated to the Pathology Advanced Translational Research Unit (PATRU) headed by Dr. Rafick-Pierre Sékaly, and the Emory Vaccine Center (EVC) headed by Dr. Rafi Ahmed. Dr. Abdel-Hakeem is also an Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University.

Dr. Abdel-Hakeem’s primary Research focus is studying adaptive immune responses against chronic viruses and cancer, and to harness the potential of T lymphocytes for immunotherapeutic and protective interventions. His research articles have been published in several leading scientific journals including Nature Immunology, Annual Review in Immunology, Plos Pathogens, Frontiers in Immunology, and Gastroenterology. Hakeem Lab research program aims to continue dissecting the factors shaping the epigenetic landscape of exhausted T cells (Tex), as well as factors affecting epigenetic recovery of Tex. In parallel, Hakeem Lab will study potential mechanisms to enhance Tex functionality and durability.