Dr. Hashim Raza
Assistant Professor
Dole Human Development Center, Room 3044

Professional background

I am currently an assistant professor of human genetics in the department of Child Language Doctoral Program at the University of Kansas. I received my bachelor, master and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Before I enrolled in my Ph.D., I served for several years as a forensic DNA analyst at the National Center of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), Pakistan. Forensic DNA facility in CEMB was the first of its kind we established in Pakistan during 2003 that provided services and training to the law and enforcement agencies. During my career in forensic DNA testing, I developed my interest to study the genetics of stuttering. I earned a Ph.D. fellowship from the Higher Education of Pakistan and enrolled in a Ph.D. program at the University of Punjab, Lahore. During this time, I got a fellowship at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda to study the genetics of stuttering with Dennis Drayna. I completed my pre-doctoral as well as post-doctoral trainings at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health. During my training at NIH, I identified several stuttering loci in Pakistani as well as African families and discovered a 2nd gene AP4E1 responsible for stuttering. The product of this gene participates in intracellular trafficking pathways. Previously identified stuttering genes (GNPTAB, GNPTG, and NAGPA) encode proteins that participate in a similar cellular function, and thus evidence is now accumulating that stuttering can be fundamentally caused by disorders of intracellular pathway.

  Teaching interests 

I am currently involved in teaching graduate level courses in human genetics. Courses in genetics will particularly focus on the basic knowledge in Human Genetics, advancements in genetics and molecular tools to study genetic disorders. Students from diverse academic background enroll into these courses. By taking these courses, students can build their career in human genetics or design a project to study genetics in their graduate research. I am also interested to teach courses in clinical molecular genetics, genomics and precision medicine.

CLP964 Spring 2016: Concepts in Human Molecular Genetics

CLP880 Fall 2016: Concepts in Human Molecular Genetics

CLP964 Fall 2016: Principles of Genetic Studies in Human Genetic Disorders

  Lab expertise and equipment 


  • Genetic mapping of human phenotypes
  • Pedigree analysis
  • Linkage analysis/gene mapping
  • The study of copy number variations
  • Microarray
  • Sanger sequencing equipment
  • Next generation sequencing



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