Thrilled to share a proud moment as a PI — Dr. Shankar Thangamani, my first PhD student, has achieved a significant milestone with his first R01 grant! Congratulations on this remarkable achievement!
Our lab has been featured in multiple news articles, highlighting our recent achievements and collaborations with Nectagen:
I am delighted to extend a warm welcome to our new PhD student, Brice Stolz. Brice holds a Bachelor of Science in Cellular, Molecular, and Physiological Biology, with a minor in Communication Studies, earned from Christopher Newport University in 2023. During his undergraduate studies, he demonstrated a keen interest in anti-cancer drug design through his research efforts.
Aside from his academic achievements, Brice is also an Eagle Scout, embracing various adventurous activities such as camping, hiking, backpacking, and cycling. We are thrilled to have him as a valued member of Seleem's group, and we look forward to the valuable contributions he will bring to our research endeavors. Please join me in welcoming Brice to our team!
Our lab was featured in several news articles detailing the potential use of atazanavir, an HIV protease inhibitor drug, as a new avenue to improving the effectiveness of existing antifungals for those with a Candida auris infection. The study was led by two very talented scientists from our group, Yehia Elgammal and Ehab Salama.
Congratulations Hsin-Wen Liang (Cindy), for accepting the offer of admission to her top choice Ph.D. program after getting multiple Ph.D. offers from prestigious programs. Congratulations Cindy!!!
Congratulations to Hsin-Wen Liang (Cindy) who finished her Master's thesis with us! A job well done.
Congratulations Hsin-Wen Liang (Cindy) for winning the best poster presentation award at 39th Annual GPSS Research Symposium 2023 at VT. Well done Cindy!
Congratulations Ehab Salama for winning the best poster presentation award at 39th Annual GPSS Research Symposium 2023 at VT. Well done Ehab!
Congratulations to Hsin-Wen Liang (Cindy) who just won the best oral presentation Award at the 32nd Annual Graduate Research Symposium at Virginia Tech. Well done Cindy!
Dr. Mohamed F. Mohamed. Mohamed finished his PhD at the College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University at Seleem’s lab. Then, he joined Rush University Medical Center at Chicago as a postdoctoral fellow under the direction of Professor Sasha Shafikhani working on bacterial pathogenesis and innate and translational immunity. He is an exceptional scientist and bacteriologist with immense experience in antimicrobial drug discovery. He has an extensive publication record including Nature communications, eLife, JACS, and Journal of Controlled Release. We are excited to welcome Mohamed again back to our team !!
Congratulations to Dr. Haroon Mohammad, our former PhD student and postdoc who made it to the Stanford University’s top 2% of scientists list that includes the most-cited, influential, and distinguished scientists around the world.
Adam obtained his baccalaureate in Biomedical Sciences (BMS) with a concentration in Drug Design and minor in Nanoscience in 2018 from the University of Science and Technology, Zewail City, Egypt. Then, he finished his Master degree from the same University at El-Shibiny's lab working on bacteriophage and nanoparticles. Adam started his PhD in Seleem's lab with a focus on novel approaches targeting multidrug resistant-pathogens.
We’ll miss you dearly but cannot wait to see your work in print!!
Rusha accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Fellow at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center which is affiliated to the prestigious Harvard Medical School, Harvard University. She will be working in Dr. Ciaron Kelly and Dr. Xinhua Chen’s lab studying the epithelial and vascular barrier function in gut infections, particularly Clostridium difficile infection. Dr. Kelly and Dr. Chen established the Clostridium difficile animal model that is currently being used all over the world. Their group, one of the leading groups in the world, is working on gut microbiome and C. difficile infections. Congratulations, Rusha!
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Congratulations to Rusha Pal for winning Best Poster Award at the 2022 CeZAP Infectious Diseases Symposium at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA. October 2022.
Seleem Lab celebrating NIH R01 Award at Cabo Fish Taco. Nice food, amazing group!
Dr. Hassan Eldesouky accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the prestigious Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine, University of Washington. He will be working in Dr. David Sherman’s lab studying the molecular genetics, systems biology, pathogenesis, and drug discovery of M. tuberculosis. Dr. Sherman played a lead role in the discovery and early development of the anti-TB agent pretomanid. In addition, his laboratory defined the mutation responsible for attenuation of the world’s most widely used vaccine, BCG. Congratulations, Hassan!
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Congratulations to Dr. Nader Abutaleb on successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis with a record number of publications (41) !! We wish him success in all his future endeavors !!
New drug could stop deadly superbug, save tens of thousands of lives.
Team of innovators from Purdue University has developed a wearable solution that allows a patient to receive treatment without leaving home. https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2020/Q3/wearable,-portable-invention-offers-options-for-treating-antibiotic-resistant-infections,-wounds.html
Seleem, who will lead the veterinary college’s efforts in building infectious disease research capacity, arrives from Purdue University, where he developed a distinguished research program that achieved national and international recognition.
Our International multi-institutional collaborative work (The value of antimicrobial peptides in the age of resistance) was published recently in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. The Lancet Infectious Diseases ranks first among infectious diseases journals, so it’s definitely something to be proud of.
A new crowdfunding campaign aims to raise funds to ensure a safe environment for students, faculty and staff as planning continues for their return to Purdue’s West Lafayette campus.
Congratulations to our lab member Nader Shawky Abutaleb for winning the PVM Graduate Student Award 2020 !!
Congratulations to Ahmed Hassan (on the left) and Nader Abutaleb (on the right) for winning The first and second prizes for the “Inflammation, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases conference.
Congratulations to both our group members for winning first place at the Sigma Xi poster session!
Haroon Mohamed (on the left) won first place for his poster “Pressure's Up: Can Auranofin Treat Infected Diabetic Pressure Ulcers (PUs)?”
Nader Abutaleb (on the right) won first place for his poster “Novel drugs for superbugs: acetazolamide analogs combating vancomycin-resistant enterococci lethal infections”
Purdue highlighted a few scientists who focus on the Giant Leaps themes and our lab was featured among 30 labs at Purdue with Giant Leaps Research.https://www.purdue.edu/newsroom/releases/2019/Q4/the-world-is-running-out-of-antibiotics.-this-researcher-is-working-on-finding-a-solution..html
On the latest episode of Full Steam Ahead: A Podcast About Purdue, FOX59’s Adam Bartels talks with Dr. Seleem about his continued research, the progress that’s been made, the need to find solutions sooner, rather than later and more.
Dr. Seleem, advisor of the Egyptian Student Association At Purdue (ESA-P) and ESA-P, hosted Dr. Essam Sharaf, former prime minster of Egypt, for dinner during his visit to Purdue University in March 2019.
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
Dr. Seleem was interviewed by the exponent last week and the interview was published 4/22/2019.
Dr. Seleem was featured on Purdue University News front page article (Blue light could treat superbug infections)
Dr. Seleem was interviewed by BBC Radio (The Newsroom) minute 11:44
Our research was featured on Futurity’s newsletter. They only feature 25 stories each week, so it’s definitely something to be proud of.
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.
Congratulations to Hassan Eldesouky, for winning 1st place in Phi Zeta Poster Awards PVM Research Day April 8, 2019 (Basic Research)
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.
Congratulations to Hassan and Nader for winning 2019 Sigma Xi Poster Competition in Life and Agricultural Sciences category
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.
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.
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.
October 2018 - Our research was discussed in Purdue News article (Purdue researchers hope deadly MRSA superbugs take the bait)
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.
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.
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,”
April 2018- Dr. Haroon Mohammed, Post Doc in Dr. Seleem’s lab, won the Graduate Instructional Development Certificate
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.
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.
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,
March 2018 - Congratulations to Ahmed Hassan who won First Place Inflammation, Immunology & Infectious Diseases Title: “Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors Curb Vancomycin-Resistant Enterococci Gut Colonization Through a Unique Target” at the Health and Disease: Science, Technology, Culture and Policy symposium Poster Session competition, held 3/1/2018.
Feb 2018 - Congratulations to Dr. Haroon Mohammad who won First Place (Gold) Title: “Discovery of a Novel Dibromoquinoline Compound with Potent Antifungal and Antivirulence Activity that Targets Metal ion Homeostasis” at the Purdue University Chapter of Sigma Xi Graduate Student and Post-Doctoral Fellow Research Awards Competition held 2/21/2018
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.
August 2017- Dr. Mohammed Seleem is quoted in the Inside Indiana Business article “Purdue Research Looks at ‘Repurposing’ Drugs,” by Andy Ober, 8/21/2017.
October 2017 - Congratulations to Ahmed Hassan who won First 4th annual Drug Discovery Symposium, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, October 11, 2017.
May 2017 –we were awarded a grant from the NIAID (NIH) to study whether two FDA-approved drugs can be repurposed to treat life-threatening drug-resistant bacteria.
August 2017 - Congratulations to Shankar Thangamani, who was the first Graduate Student to earn a Ph.D from our group in 2016, for beginning in dependent lab as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Population Medicine Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine.
April 2017 - Congratulations to Dr. Haroon Mohammad who received PVM Graduate Student Award, College of Veterinary Medicine, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, April 10, 2017
April 2017 - Congratulations to Ahmed Hassan who won Second place Indiana Branch of the American Society of Microbiology Conference (IBASM), Marshall, IN, April 1st 2017, IN, USA.
April 2017 - Congratulations to Hassan Eldesouky who won First place Indiana Branch of the American Society of Microbiology Conference (IBASM), Marshall, IN, April 1st 2017, IN, USA.
March 2017 - Congratulations to Ahmed Hassan who won Second place (Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Division), Purdue Health &Disease Research Symposium, Purdue University. March 23, 2017, West Lafayette, IN, USA.
April 2017 - Congratulations to Hassan Eldesouky who won First place Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Division), Purdue Health &Disease Research Symposium, Purdue University. March 23, 2017, West Lafayette, IN, USA.
February 2017- Our lab was recognized recently for accomplishments related to commercializing discoveries that have resulted, or may soon result, in commercial applications to benefit society.
December 2016 - Congratulations to Mohamed who successfully defended his dissertation entitled, "TARGETING MULTI-DRUG RESISTANT PATHOGENS WITH NOVEL ANTIMICROBIAL PEPTIDES." Mohamed published 9 manuscripts including 6 first authors.
November 2016 - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad who was Awarded the first Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery prestigious Post-Doctoral Fellowship on November 14, 2016.
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." Haroon published 20 manuscripts including 9 first authors and was awarded the first Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery prestigious Post-Doctoral Fellowship to continue his work in our group.
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
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!
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.
June 2016 - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad for receiving ASM Microbe Travel Award to attend 2016 ASM conference.
May 2016- our lab Repurposes Drugs as Antimicrobial Agents for Infections
April 2016- The University Faculty Scholars Program recognizes outstanding faculty members who are on an accelerated path for academic distinction.
April 2016 - Congratulations to Shankar Thangamani who won at The 29th Annual Phi Zeta Research Day”, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, April 11, 2016.
April 2016 - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad for receiving Purdue Graduate Student Government Travel Grant to attend 2016 ASM conference.
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.
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.
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
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.
March 2016- Purdue innovation uses faster, less-expensive method to discover two drugs that repurposed, could better treat bacterial, fungal infections
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.
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.
August 2015 –we were awarded a grant from the NIAID (NIH) to repurposing auranofin as antimicrobial to treat staphylococcal infections.
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.
April 2015 - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad who won Purdue Graduate School 3-Minute Thesis Competition, Audience Choice 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.
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.
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.
January 2015 - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad who won 2015 Golden Key International Honor Society Inductee 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.
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).
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.
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.
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
April 2014 - Congratulations to Haroon Mohammad who won Graduate Student Excellence Award, Purdue University. April 9th, 2014 West Lafayette, IN, USA.
September 2013 - Dr. Seleem, faculty advisor of Egyptian Student Association at Purdue (ESA-P) hosts Dr. Mostafa El-Sayed, for event Visit Egypt.
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.
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,
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).
September 2012- Congratulations to our undergrad student Muhammad Soofi who published his First author paper in antimicrobial agents and Chemotherapy.
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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