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Dr.Mohamad Hamad Academic RankAssistant Professor


  • Bacterial genetics and antibiotic resistance, molecular biology

Research Interests:

  • 1- Molecular mechanisms of bacterial pathogenesis, antibiotic resistance and antibiotic tolerance in bacterial pathogens. 2- Outer membrane biogenesis in Gram negative bacteria. 3- Discovery and development of novel Antibiotics. 4- Role of the microbiome in the development, health and disease of humans.


Ph.D. Microbiology & Immunology, 2006, University of North Dakota, ND USA. B.S. Medical Laboratory Technology, American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Laboratory Sciences, University of Sharjah, UAE, Sep. 2017-Present. Assistant Professor, Saint James School of Medicine, Saint Vincent & the Grenadines, Jan . 2017-Aug. 2017. Part time assistant Professor, Department of life Sciences, Lebanese American University, Byblos, Lebanon, Jan 2016- June 2016. Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine. Western University, London, ON, Canada, Nov. 2008-Sep 2013. Postdoctoral Fellow. Department of Microbiology and Immunology, School of Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver, CO, US, Aug 2006-Nov 2008. Graduate Teaching Assistant. University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, USA 2003-2005 Graduate Teaching Assistant. Texas Women’s University, TX, USA 2000-2001.
Fathy Mohamad Y, Hamad M, Ortega XP, Valvano MA. The LpxL acyltransferase is required for normal growth and penta-acylation of lipid A in Burkholderia cenocepacia. Molecular Microbiology. 2017 Jan 13. Di Lorenzo F, Kubik Ł, Oblak A, Lorè NI, Cigana C, Lanzetta R, Parrilli M, Hamad MA, De Soyza A, Silipo A, Jerala R, Bragonzi A, Valvano MA, Martín-Santamaría S, Molinaro A. Activation of Human Toll-like Receptor 4 (TLR4)•Myeloid Differentiation Factor 2 (MD-2) by Hypoacylated Lipopolysaccharide from a Clinical Isolate of Burkholderia cenocepacia. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2015 Aug 28;290(35):21305-21319.Lee TW, Verhey TB, Antiperovitch PA, Atamanyuk D, Desroy N, Oliveira C, Denis A,Gerusz V, Drocourt E, Loutet SA, Hamad MA, Stanetty C, Andres SN,Sugiman- Marangos S, Kosma P, Valvano MA, Moreau F, Junop MS. Structural-functional Studies of B. cenocepacia D-glycero-β-D-manno-heptose 7-phosphate Kinase (HldA) and Characterization of Inhibitors with Antibiotic Adjuvant and Antivirulence Properties. Journal of Medical Chemistry. 2013 Dec 20:1405-1417. Hamad MA, Di Lorenzo F, Molinaro A, Valvano MA. Aminoarabinose is essential for lipopolysaccharide export and intrinsic antimicrobial peptide resistance in Burkholderia cenocepacia.Molecular Microbiology. 2012 Sep;85(5):962-974. Hamad MA, Austin CR, Stewart AL, Higgins M, Vázquez-Torres A, Voskuil MI. Adaptation and antibiotic tolerance of anaerobic Burkholderia pseudomallei.Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 2011 Jul; 55(7):3313-2323. Hamad MA, Skeldon AM, Valvano MA.Construction of aminoglycoside-sensitive Burkholderia cenocepacia strains that are suitable to study intracellular bacteria by the gentamicin protection assay.Applied & Environmental Microbiology. 2010 May;76(10):3170-3176.
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