Dr. Baktiar Karim

Baktiar KarimVeterinary Pathologist, Animal Research Support Leader

Center for Advanced Preclinical Research, Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research (NCI)

Dr. Baktiar Karim is the director of CAPR Pathology Department. He assists investigators with tissue histopathology for experimental animal research. He interacts with CAPR’s leadership and other scientists to provide assistance in preclinical model development/optimization, study design, develop strategies to elucidate phenotypes and interpretation of the results.

Dr. Karim earned his Veterinary degree from University of Baghdad. He received his Ph.D. in Toxicological Sciences from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and completed his fellowship training in Comparative Pathology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.


  • Pathology of genetically engineered mice and other models
  • Cytopathologic evaluation of fine needle aspirate and smears
  • Extensive knowledge of basic and translational research
  • Molecular pathology (IHC, IF, ISH) development and optimization
  • Digital scanning and quantification
  • Laser capture microscopy
  • Expert in developing different in vivo models for evaluation of efficacy in therapeutic such as toxicology, oncology and infectious diseases

Prior Experience

  • Independent Investigator, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
    Dr. Baktiar Karim was an independent researcher and pathologist in the Department of Molecular and Comparative Pathobiology. His research focused on colorectal cancer (CRC) formation and inhibition and advancements in modeling CRC in mice.