Meet Our Staff

Mohamed Seleem, PhD

Mohamed Seleem, PhD

Professor of Microbiology, Section Head of Microbiology and Immunology, University Faculty Scholar, Graduate Studies Committee Chair

Dr. Seleem’s research is focused on developing new antimicrobials and on improved delivery of drugs for the treatment of infectious diseases that affect both humans and animals. The group also is developing an early detection and identification of a single bacterium/fungus in a complex environment. This development will shift the paradigm of diagnosis from a time-consuming, cultivation-dependent procedure to a culture-independent, in situ approach. Dr. Seleem is the section head of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics at Purdue Veterinary Medicine. In addition to his research, Dr. Seleem has a longstanding commitment to teaching, training, and mentorship at all levels, including graduate and DVM students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty. Many of whom have gone on to highly successful academic careers in related areas.


Ahmad Athamneh

Ahmad Athamneh

aathamne@purdue.edu

Research Associate

Dr. Ahmad Athamneh joined Dr. Seleem’ s Lab in Fall 2018. Ahmad is an expert in Raman spectroscopy with specific interest in biomedical applications. He received a B.S. degree in Biosystems Engineering from Jordan University of Science and Technology in Jordan, M.A. in Politics and Social Policy from the University of Nottingham in the UK, and both an M.S. and PhD in Biological Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech. Prior to joining Dr. Seleem’ s Lab, Ahmad did postdoctoral training at Virginia Tech and Purdue University. His research interests include drug discovery, diagnostic medical devices, technology commercialization, and business development.


Haroon Mohammad

Haroon Mohammad

htmohamm@purdue.edu

Postdoctoral Research Associate

A life-long Boilermaker, Haroon completed dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Agricultural and Biological Engineering and Pharmaceutical Sciences from Purdue University in 2008. His interest in scientific research was piqued by a three-year stint as an undergraduate researcher working on renewable energy. To combine his passion for scientific research and medicine, Haroon joined the Seleem lab in August 2011 to pursue his PhD in antimicrobial drug discovery. His PhD dissertation focused on the investigation of synthetic phenylthiazole small molecules as novel antibacterial agents to treat drug-resistant staphylococcal and enterococcal infections. After successfully obtaining his PhD in 2016, Haroon was awarded the inaugural Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery Postdoctoral Fellowship. This competitive fellowship provided Haroon the opportunity to pursue projects repurposing FDA-approved drugs and investigating synthetic small molecules as novel antifungal agents. Presently, Haroon is working to develop novel animal models of bacterial and fungal infections to evaluate promising molecules with antimicrobial activity.


Ahmed AbdelKhalek Hassan

Ahmed AbdelKhalek Hassan

hassan23@purdue.edu

4th Year Ph.D. Student

Before starting his PhD program in 2015, Ahmed worked as a teaching assistant in the school of Pharmacy, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in pharmaceutical sciences from the same school and worked as a community and hospital pharmacist. His research is focused on discovery of antibacterial agents targeting gastrointestinal pathogens namely, Clostridium difficile and vancomycin-resistant enterococci.


Hassan Eldesouky

Hassan Eldesouky

heldesou@purdue.edu

3rd Year Ph.D. Student

Hassan began his PhD in Dr. Seleem’s Lab in Jan of 2016. He earned his Bachelor of pharmaceutical science at Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt. Prior to joining Dr. Seleem’s lab, he conducted research on targeting biofilm forming pathogenic bacteria. Currently, Hassan’s research is focusing on targeting azole resistant fungal pathogens.


Nader Shawky Abutaleb

Nader Shawky Abutaleb

nabutale@purdue.edu

2nd Year Ph.D. Student

Nader began his PhD in Dr. Seleem’s lab in February 2017. earned his Bachelor of pharmaceutical science (May, 2007) from the College of Pharmacy, Zagazig University, Zagazig, Egypt with Excellent degree with honor. After graduation he was appointed as a teaching assistant in the Microbiology and Immunology Department, at the same university. He received his Master degree in the same department in 2014. Nader was awarded a very competitive scholarship by the Egyptian Government to pursue his PhD in Dr. Seleem’s lab. His research focuses on repurposing of drugs for treatment of gut-associated pathogen; mainly Clostridium difficile and vancomycin-resistant enterococci.


Rusha Pal

Rusha Pal

pal9@purdue.edu

2nd Year Ph.D. Student

Rusha did her Bachelor’s and Master’s in Microbiology from University of Calcutta, India. Following her Master’s, Rusha worked on projects in National Central University, Taiwan and Dr. B. C Guha Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, India and eventually moved to New Jersey where she obtained another Master’s from Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey. Currently, she is a second year Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Dr. Mohamed Seleem and aims to investigate into the possibility of developing new biologics-based therapeutics for combating bacterial pathogens in humans.


Deepansh Mody

Deepansh Mody

dmody@purdue.edu

1st year Ph.D. Student

Deepansh began his PhD in the Seleem lab in February of 2018. He earned his Bachelors of Technology in Biotechnology at NIIT University in India. Prior to joining the Seleem lab, he had research experiences the R&D Department of his previous university, working to develop a novel expression vector; at CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology, testing efficacy of anti-cancer drugs; and University of Delhi, studying a pigment produced during metabolism of Sphingobium indicum B90A. Currently, Deepansh is investigating antimicrobial potential of natural products against Clostridioides difficile Infection, with research interests in molecular biology and microbiology.


Ahmed ElKashif

Ahmed ElKashif

aelkashi@purdue.edu

1st Year Ph.D. Student

Ahmed ElKashif graduated from the University of Science and Technology at Zewail City, Cairo, Egypt in 2017 cum laude and earned his Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences with a concentration in molecular and cell biology. During his bachelor’s thesis he worked in the Molecular Virology lab at Zewail city, his work was in gene regulation and expression in Baculovirus expression systems. He was appointed to work as a teaching assistant in the biomedical sciences department in the University of science and technology in September 2017. Ahmed has come to Purdue as a PhD student to work in Dr. Seleem’s lab on developing new generations of antimicrobial agents against Neisseria gonorrhoeae.


Marwa Alhashimi

Marwa Alhashimi

alhashim@purdue.edu

1st Year Master Student

Marwa joined Dr. Seleem's lab in Fall 2018 as a Masters students. She earned her Bachelors of Science degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from United Arab Emiratis University (UAEU). Prior to joining Dr. Seleem's Lab, she worked as a research assistant in New York University Abu Dhabi, where she investigated the biological potential of magnetic nanoparticles and metal complexes in drug delivery and cancer therapy. In May 2017, Marwa was awarded a Teaching Assistant Scholarship in the Biology Department at UAEU. Currently, Marwa's research interest focuses on studying antibiotic resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae and testing novel compounds to find a new therapeutic option for this emerging threat.


Daoyi Li

Daoyi Li

li3221@purdue.edu

1st Year Ph.D. Student

In 2018, Daoyi Li join Dr. Seleem’s lab at Purdue University. His research field mainly focus on discovering novel antibiotic drugs for the multidrug resistant (MDR) organism, such as MRSA, Clostridium Difficile. Daoyi receive his bachelor's degree of science in biological science at Shandong University in China and Uppsala university in Sweden. Before joining Dr. Seleem’s lab, he has three lab experiments. The first is to analyze the expression pattern of some vegetative-pole gene in zebrafish early embryo development, the second experience focusing on decreasing the affinity of the cellulase to the lignin, the third experience is on building animal model for Parkinson disease in the crayfish and researching on the linkage between the immune system and neurogenesis.


Noel Seong

Noel Seong

yseong@purdue.edu

1st Year Ph.D. Student

Noel began his Ph.D. at Dr. Seleem’s lab in September 2018. He is working on developing and repurposing currently available drugs in the market to treat various bacterial and fungal infections. Before joining Dr. Seleem’s lab, he graduated from the University of Southern California with a Master’s degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. While there, he worked on the identification and characterization of orbital lymphatic vessels using a lymphatic-specific reporter mouse and rat model.


Ehab Ali Salama

Ehab Ali Salama

esalama@purdue.edu

Visiting Scholar

Ehab joined Dr. Seleem’s lab in June 2018 as a visiting scholar. He earned his Bachelor of pharmaceutical science (2006) and master’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology (2012) from faculty of Pharmacy Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt. His research focuses on repurposing of drugs as antimicrobial agents with interest in its impact on different virulence factors of fungal pathogens.



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Khalifa Elmagarmid

19-192@qadoha.org

Visiting Scholar

Khalifa currently studies in Qatar Academy Doha and will graduate in the class of 2019. During the past two summers, Khalifa collaborated in research focusing on drug repurposing for both Vancomycin-resistant enterococci (VRE) and Neisseria gonorrhea. His recent research is published in Nature scientific reports (AbdelKhalek et al, 2018).


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