Saeed El-Ashram

Foshan University

Saeed El-Ashram (BSc, MSc, PhD Vet. Med.), Professor at School of Life Sciences and Engineering, Foshan University (Xianxi Campus), Shishan Town, Naihai district of Foshan City, Guangdong Province, China. The primary focus of his research is to understand how the animal immune system recognizes and responds to parasitic infections with and/or without microbial community, because some of them are the causative agents of major diseases of humans, such as toxoplasmosis, cryptosporidiosis, alveolar echinococcosis and fasciolosis. Others are a huge financial burden to food producers because of the effects these parasites have on domestic animals, for example, coccidiosis and cryptosporidiosis (livestock and poultry), and fasciolosis and haemonchosis (livestock). Another area of research in Dr. El-Ashram laboratory investigates the inter-species dynamics in mixed parasitic-bacterial, fungal, or viral infections particularly those with clinical and therapeutic implications. The overall target of his research is to provide information that will aid in the design of novel therapeutic strategies aimed at the prevention and/or treatment of these complicated infections. To achieve this objective, they are utilizing new technology, including Proteomics, Immunoproteomics, Mass Spectrometry, Next Generation Sequencing, Tetramers, Real-time PCR, Immunohistochemistry and Bioinformatic and Flow Cytometry Analyses to dissect the host-pathogen interactions in single or combined infections. Dr. El-Ashram's laboratory deciphers the formation and evolution of host specialization in the foodborne illnesses, such as Salmonella spp., Clostridium perfringens, Campylobacter jejuni and Bacillus cereus by building a genome-based phylogeny and studying the Whole genome sequencing (WGS) as an effective and rapid surveillance tool of foodborne disease.