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Dr. Seleem was featured on the Newsweek's Top Story

Dr. Seleem was featured on the Newsweek's Top Story

Dr. Seleem was featured on the Newsweek Top Story (We’re Running Out of Effective Drugs to Fight Off an Army of Superbugs) Purdue University’s Mohamed Seleem is developing a bug-killing laser.
https://www.newsweek.com/2019/05/31/death-antibiotics-running-out-effective-drugs-fight-superbug-army-1423712.html Read More
Dr. Seleem interviewed by The Exponent

Dr. Seleem interviewed by The Exponent

Dr. Seleem was interviewed by the exponent last week and the interview was published 4/22/2019. Read More

Dr. Seleem was featured on Purdue University News front page article

Dr. Seleem was featured on Purdue University News front page article (Blue light could treat superbug infections) 

https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2019/Q2/blue-light-could-treat-superbug-infections.html

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Dr. Seleem interviewed on BBC

Dr. Seleem was interviewed by BBC Radio (The Newsroom) minute 11:44

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w172wygdcpk53fx

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Our research was featured on Futurity’s newsletter

Our research was featured on Futurity’s newsletter. They only feature 25 stories each week, so it’s definitely something to be proud of.

https://www.futurity.org/mrsa-blue-light-2025572-2/

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USAID Funds our five-year $30 million cooperative project with Egypt

Guided by the ambitious goals of Egypt’s strategic plan for development, Egypt Vision 2030, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Tuesday (April 2) launched a five-year, $30 million cooperative project with Cairo University and four U.S. land-grant universities to create a Center of Excellence for Agriculture in the Faculty of Agriculture at Cairo University. The Center of Excellence for Agriculture (COEA) aims to work with Egyptian universities to build higher education program that will equip Egyptian agriculture faculty and students with the tools to make an immediate impact in Egyptian agriculture as research scientists, employees, policy-makers or innovators.

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Graduate student receives research award!

Congratulations to Hassan for winning 1st place in Phi Zeta Poster Awards PVM Research Day April 8, 2019 (Basic Research)

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Our research on the News!

Dr. Seleem is featured in the recently released Executive Vice President for Research and Partnerships 2017-2019 Annual Report “This Is Us” in the Health & Longevity article titled “Tackling Superbugs,” page 12.

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Graduate student receives research award!

Congratulations to Hassan and Nader for winning 2019 Sigma Xi Poster Competition in Life and Agricultural Sciences category

Graduate student receives research award!

Congratulations to Nader (first place) Rusha (second place) and Deepansh (third place)  in The Health and Disease: Science, Technology, Culture and Policy on February 28, 2019.

New NIH Grant Helps Pursue Faster Method for Diagnosing Blood Infections

Dr. Mohamed Seleem, professor of microbiology in the Purdue Veterinary Medicine Department of Comparative Pathobiology, and his collaborator at Boston University have received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for their research to develop a faster means of diagnosing often lethal bloodstream infections. Read More

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funds our microsecond antibiotic susceptibility testing of bloodstream infections research

November 2018 – in collaboration with Dr. Ji-Xin Cheng, Boston University, we were awarded a grant from the NIAID (NIH) to develop a microsecond-scale stimulated Raman spectroscopic imaging platform to enable in situ detection of a single bacterium in complex environment at sub-micron resolution and early determination of its response to an antimicrobial drug.

Dr. Ahmad Athamneh joins our Lab

October 2018 - Dr. Ahmad Athamneh is pleased to joins our Lab as a Research Associate. With a diverse background in engineering, chemometrics, and cell biology, Dr. Athamneh is an expert in applying Raman Spectroscopy to analyze biological samples. Dr. Athamneh 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 where he published numerus article in top scientific journals. His research interests include drug discovery, diagnostic medical devices, technology commercialization, and business development.

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Graduate student receives research award!

September 2018  - Congratulations to Nader Shawky Abutaleb who won First Place for his poster presentation “A Potential New Antibiotic Class Against Multidrug Resistant Bacteria” in the 5th Annual Drug Discovery Symposium held by the Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery on September 28, 2018.

Our research on the News!

October 2018- PVM Professor Collaborates on Research Team Developing Alternative Treatment for MRSA Infections

https://vet.purdue.edu/news/pvm-professor-collaborates-on-research-team-developing-alternative-treatment-for-mrsa-infections.php

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funds our Cell-penetrating antimicrobial therapeutics for treatment of complicated skin and soft tissue infections.

July 2018- in collaboration with Dr. Chmielewski group we were awarded a grant from the NIAID (NIH) to develop Cell-penetrating antimicrobial therapeutics for treatment of complicated skin and soft tissue infections.

Our research on the News!

June 2018- Our research  was discussed in the Purdue News article “New compound shown to be as effective as FDA-approved drugs against life-threatening infections; tests indicate it is less susceptible to resistance,” https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2018/Q2/new-compound-shown-to-be-as-effective-as-fda-approved-drugs-against-life-threatening-infections-tests-indicate-it-is-less-susceptible-to-resistance.html

 

Dr. Seleem’s Promotion!

Dr. Seleem was promoted to the rank of Full Professor and honored in college promotion reception https://vet.purdue.edu/news/promotions-reception-honors-seven-pvm-faculty.php

 

Postdoc receives Graduate Instructional Development Certificate!

April 2018- Dr. Haroon Mohammed, Post Doc in Dr. Seleem’s lab, won the Graduate Instructional Development Certificate.

 

Graduate student receives research award!

April 2018 - Congratulations to Ahmed Hassan who won First Place in the Life Sciences category

at the 2018 Spring BME-IBSc-PI4D Research Symposium held April 6, 2018 at Martin Jischke Biomedical Engineering.

 

Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute funds our collaborative project with Dr. Brian Sloan to test a novel device for irrigating open traumatic wounds

March 2018- In collaboration with Dr. Brian Sloan of the Purdue ….., Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) funds our collaborative project to test his novel device used to irrigate open traumatic wounds.

 

Our research on the News!

March 2018-A research method developed by our lab in collaboration with Dr. Ji-Xin Cheng (Boston University) was highlighted in the Chemical & Engineering News “Raman Imaging Identifies Which Bacteria are Susceptible to Antibiotics,” by Celia Henry Arnaud, https://cen.acs.org/articles/96/i12/Raman-imaging-identifies-bacteria-susceptible.html

 

Graduate student receives research award!

March 2018  - Congratulations to Ahmed Hassan for winning First Place at the Inflammation, Immunology & Infectious Diseases Poster Session competition at the Health and Disease: Science, Technology, Culture and Policy symposium, held 3/1/2018 in ….. . Hi poster was titled “Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors Curb Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci Gut Colonization Through a Unique Target”

 

Postdoc receives research award!

Feb 2018  - Dr. Haroon Mohammad’s poster titled “Discovery of a Novel Dibromoquinoline Compound with Potent Antifungal and Antivirulence Activity that Targets Metal ion Homeostasis”  won First Place (Gold) at the Purdue University Chapter of Sigma Xi Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Fellow Research Awards Competition held 2/21/2018. Congratulations!

 

Our research on the News!

August 2017- Our lab was quoted in the Purdue Re­search Foundation News article “Purdue Scientist Receives $1.6 Million Grant on Repurposed Drugs as Treatment,” by Tom Coyne, 8/21/2017.

https://indianapublicmedia.org/news/purdue-researcher-receives-16m-grant-repurposing-drugs-126777/

 

Our research on NPR!

August 2017- Dr. Mohammed Seleem was quoted in the Inside Indiana Business article “Purdue Research Looks at ‘Repurpos­ing’ Drugs,” by Andy Ober, 8/21/2017.

http://www.insideindianabusiness.com/story/36181547/purdue-research-looks-at-repurposing-drugs

 

Graduate student receives research award!

October 2017  - Congratulations to Ahmed Hassan for wining First Place at the 4th annual Drug Discovery Symposium, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, October 11, 2017.

 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funds our repurposing research!
May 2017 –we were awarded a grant (How much?) from the NIAID (NIH) to study whether two FDA-approved drugs can be repurposed to treat life-threatening drug-resistant bacteria.

 

Recent Ph.D. graduate Starts Tenure Track Assistant Professor at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine!

August 2017 - Congratulations to Shankar Thangamani, who was the first Graduate Student  to earn a Ph.D from our group in 2016, for starting his own independent Lab as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Population Medicine Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine.

 

Postdoc receives research award!

April 2017  - Congratulations to Dr. Haroon Mohammad for receiving PVM Graduate Student Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, April 10, 2017

 

Graduate student receives research award!

April 2017 - Congratulations to Ahmed Hassan who won second place at the Indiana Branch of the American Society of Microbiology Conference (IBASM), Marshall, IN, April 1st 2017, IN, USA.

 

Graduate student receives research award!

April 2017 - Congratulations to Hassan Eldesouky for wining First place at the Indiana Branch of the American Society of Microbiology Conference (IBASM), Marshall, IN, April 1st 2017, IN, USA.

 

Graduate student receives research award!

March 2017  - Congratulations to Ahmed Hassan who won second place (Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Division) at the Purdue Health & Disease Research Symposium, Purdue University. March 23, 2017, West Lafayette, IN, USA.

 

Graduate student receives research award!

April 2017 - Congratulations to Hassan Eldesouky who won First place Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Division), at the Purdue Health & Disease Research Symposium, Purdue University. March 23, 2017, West Lafayette, IN, USA. 

 

Seleem Recognized for Commercialization Activities

February 2017- Our lab was recognized for accomplishments related to discoveries that have resulted, or may soon result, in commercial applications with significant societal benefits.

https://vet.purdue.edu/newsroom/2017/170217-pvm-faculty-recognized-for-commercialization-activities.php

 

Mohamed F. Mohamed successfully defends his dissertation!
December 2016 - Congratulations to Mohamed who successfully defended his dissertation entitled, "Targeting multi-drug resistant pathogens with novel antimicrobial peptides." Mohamed co-authored  nine manuscripts including six as first author.

 

Graduate student receives first Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery Post-Doctoral Fellowship!

November 2016 - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad for being awarded the first Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery prestigious Post-Doctoral Fellowship on November 14, 2016.

https://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/drug-discovery/news/index.php?view=135

 

Haroon Mohammad successfully defends his dissertation!
November 2016 - Congratulations to Haroon who successfully defended his dissertation entitled, " Antimicrobial Characterization and Therapeutic Applications of Novel Synthetic Thiazole Compounds against Multi-drug-Resistant Staphylococci and Enterococci." During his Phd program, Haroon co-authored 20 manuscripts including nine as first authors and was awarded the first Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery prestigious Post-Doctoral Fellowship to continue his work within our group.

 

Children’s Book Series Spotlights our lab

September 2016- our lab was featured in a new children’s book entitled “Macaws Need Medicines, Too!” published as part of a Purdue Veterinary Medicine led program supported by the Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) program of the National Institutes of Health.  Called This is How We “Role”, the PVM-led program aims to increase elementary school students’ awareness of the vital role veterinarian-scientists play in keeping people healthy.

https://vet.purdue.edu/newsroom/2016/pvm-scholar-repurposes-drugs-as-antimicrobial-agents-for-infections.php

 

Shankar Thangamani successfully defends his dissertation!
August 2016 - Congratulations to Shankar who successfully defended his dissertation entitled, "REPURPOSING NON-ANTIMICROBIAL DRUGS TO TREAT MULTI-DRUG RESISTANT BACTERIAL AND FUNGAL INFECTIONS." Shankar published 17 manuscripts including 13 first authors and accepted a postdoc position in University of California San Diego!

 

National Academy of Sciences (NAS) funds our next generation arythiazoles for combating methicillin and vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus research!
July 2016 –We were awarded a grant from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) to develop a next generation arythiazoles for combating methicillin and vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

 

Graduate student receives Travel Award!

June 2016 - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad for receiving ASM Microbe Travel Award to attend 2016 ASM conference. 

 

Our research on the News!

May 2016- our lab Repurposes Drugs as Antimicrobial Agents for Infections

https://vet.purdue.edu/newsroom/2016/052016-cpb-faculty-member-repurposes-drugs-as-antimicrobial-agents-for-infections.php

 

Seleem became Purdue University Faculty Scholar

April 2016- The University Faculty Scholars Program recognizes outstanding faculty members who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction.

 

Graduate student receives research award!

April 2016 - Congratulations to Shankar Thangamani who won at The 29th Annual Phi Zeta Research Day”, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, April 11, 2016.

 

Graduate student receives Travel Award!

April 2016 - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad for receiving Purdue Graduate Student Government Travel Grant to attend 2016 ASM conference. 

 

Graduate student receives research award!

April 2016  - Congratulations to Mohamad F. Mohamed who won Second-place, Indiana Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Annual Meeting 2016, April 2, 2016, Fort Wayne, IN, USA.

 

Graduate student receives research award!

April 2016  - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad who won Second-place, Indiana Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Annual Meeting 2016, April 2, 2016, Fort Wayne, IN, USA.

 

Graduate student receives research award!

April 2016 - Congratulations to Shankar Thangamani who won First-place, Indiana Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Annual Meeting 2016, April 2, 2016, Fort Wayne, IN, USA.

 

Seleem Lab won all awards in Indiana Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Annual Meeting 2016

April 2016- Congratulations to Shankar Thangamani, Haroon Mohammad, and Mohamad F. Mohamed for winning all spots in Indiana Branch of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Annual Meeting 2016.

 

Graduate student receives research award!

March 2016 - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad who won First-place (Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Division), Purdue Health &Disease Research Symposium, Purdue University. March 2016, West Lafayette, IN, USA.

 

Our research on the News!

March 2016- Purdue innovation uses faster, less-expensive method to discover two drugs that repurposed, could better treat bacterial, fungal infections

https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2016/Q1/purdue-innovation-uses-faster,-less-expensive-method-to-discover-two-drugs-that-repurposed,-could-better-treat-bacterial,-fungal-infections.html

 

Graduate student receives research award!

March 2016 - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad who won First-place (Life Sciences Division), 2016 Sigma Xi Graduate Student Research Poster Award Competition, March 2, West Lafayette, IN, USA.

 

Graduate student receives research award!

December 2015 - Congratulations to Mohamed F. Mohamed who won First Place Award for Best Poster Presentation at Annual Conference of Research Worker in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) meeting. December 2–4, 2015, Chicago, IL, USA.

 

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases funds our repurposing research!
August 2015 –we were awarded a grant from the NIAID (NIH) to repurposing auranofin as antimicrobial to treat staphylococcal infections.

 

Seleem receives Zoetis Excellence in Research Award

April 2015- The purpose of the award is to foster innovative research on which the scientific advancement of the profession depends, by recognizing outstanding research effort and productivity.

https://www.avma.org/News/JAVMANews/Pages/160101q.aspx

 

Graduate student receives Thesis Competition award!

April 2015 - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad who won Purdue Graduate School 3-Minute Thesis Competition, Audience Choice Award.

 

Graduate student receives research award!

April 2015 - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad who won First-place (Basic Research), Phi Zeta (Omicron Chapter) Poster Competition, Purdue University. April 2015, West Lafayette, IN, USA.

 

Graduate student receives research award!

April 2015 - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad who won Purdue Office of Interdisciplinary Graduate Programs (OIGP) Most Outstanding Interdisciplinary Graduate Project Award (April 2015), West Lafayette, IN, USA.

 

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funds our Peptides-loaded Nanoparticles research!
March 2015 –we were awarded a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to study the ability of Peptides-loaded Nanoparticles to prevent zoonotic diseases transmitted by food contamination.

 

Graduate student receives award!

January 2015 - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad who won 2015 Golden Key International Honor Society Inductee Award.

 

Graduate student receives Travel Award!

October 2014- Congratulations to Shankar Thangamani for receiving American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) travel Award to attend 57th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, Kansas City, MO. October 16-24. 

 

National Science Foundation (NSF) funds our Targeted delivery of antimicrobial to intracellular bacterial infection research!
August 2014 – In collaboration with Dr. Yeo lab we were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a pH-sensitive delivery system (semi-nanoparticles) to promote intracellular release of antimicrobial peptides and killing of intracellular pathogens (Brucella, Listeria, MRSA and Salmonella).

 

National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) funds our Staphylococcus aureus bovine mastitis research!
August 2014 –we were awarded a grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to study the ability Target Staphylococcus aureus causing bovine mastitis.

 

National Science Foundation (NSF) funds our targeting intracellular pathogenic bacteria with synthetic peptides!
July 2014 – In collaboration with Dr. Chmielewski lab we were awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support our research on targeted delivery of antimicrobial peptides to kill intracellular pathogens.

 

Seleem receives Zoetis Distinguished Veterinary Teacher Award

April 2014- The award is given to educators in recognition of their character and leadership qualities as well as their outstanding teaching abilities.

https://vet.purdue.edu/newsroom/2014/white-coats-and-awards-celebrate-student-and-faculty-accomplishments.php

 

Graduate student receives research award!

April 2014 - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad who won Graduate Student Excellence Award, Purdue University. April 9th, 2014 West Lafayette, IN, USA. 

 

Undergrad student receives international research award!

December 2012 - Congratulations to Muhammad Soofi who won First Place Award for Best Poster Presentation at Annual Conference of Research Worker in Animal Diseases (CRWAD) meeting. December 2–4, 2012, Chicago, IL, USA.

 

Undergrad student receives research award!

April 2012 - Congratulations to Muhammad Soofi who won First Place Award for Best Poster Presentation at Purdue University Undergraduate Research Symposium. April 10, 2012, West Lafayette,

IN, USA.

 

Showalter Research Trust funds our antimicrobial drug discovery research!
July 2012 –we were awarded a grant from Showalter Research Trust funds to develop novel antimicrobial compounds against multidrug resistant bacterial pathogens, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

 

Undergrad Student Publishes First Author paper in AAC!

September 2012- Congratulations to our undergrad student Muhammad Soofi who published his First author paper in antimicrobial agents and Chemotherapy.   

 

Undergrad student receives research award!

October 2011 - Congratulations to Muhammad Soofi who won Third Place Award for Best oral Presentation at Biomaterials Day Symposium, Purdue University. October 29, 2011, West Lafayette, IN, USA. 

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