From Bench to Bedside: Maliha Zahid

May 21, 2019

As a young girl, Maliha Zahid knew what she wanted to do – become a doctor.   Yet, after becoming a doctor Maliha decided she also wanted to become a scientist and began translating discoveries from the lab to the clinic.  And between conducting research and practicing medicine, Maliha finds time for another talent… dancing. 

About Zahid

Maliha Zahid, MD, PhD Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Developmental Biology at the University of Pittsburgh.  Maliha received her Ph.D. in Microbiology & Molecular Genetics from the University of Pittsburgh. She is also a Pitt Innovation Challenge (PInCh) 2016 and 2018 awardee


Key Highlights

  • 1:45 – Moves from Pakistan to Canada at age 16   
  • 4:50 – Becoming the realization of her grandmother’s dreams
  • 7:45 – Applies to medical school in Pakistan after family pressure to come home
  • 9:00 – Falls in love with Pittsburgh at first sight
  • 12:30 – Did Maliha ever envision getting involved in entrepreneurship and business?
  • 14:15 – A snowball effect of opportunities and Maliha decides to roll with it
  • 16:15 – Balancing her career with her role as a mother
  • 18:15 – An experience with her middle school teacher that made a lasting impact
  • 20:50 – One word to describe herself