M. Khalid Ijaz

Reckitt Benckiser

Dr. M. Khalid Ijaz is currently a Senior Research Fellow and Director of Scientific Affairs at Global Research & Development for Lysol and Dettol, Reckitt Benckiser LLC (RB). He obtained his DVM and MSc (Honors) from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan, and his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology (Environmental Virology) from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He did post-doctoral work in immunobiology/vaccinology with Dr. Lorne A. Babiuk at the Vaccines and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), University of Saskatchewan, Canada. His research focuses over the years have included aerobiology studies on enteric and respiratory viruses (human coronavirus, rhinovirus, rotavirus, and polioviruses), and interruption of the chain of infection of human pathogens via the environment and hands through targeted use of surface and hand hygiene agents. More recently, Dr. Ijaz’s research interests have included the efficacy of microbicidal actives for inactivating World Health Organization priority list viruses, including human coronaviruses (SARS-CoV, MERS-CoV, and SARS-CoV-2), the filovirus Ebola virus, the arenavirus Lassa virus, and the paramyxovirus Nipah virus.

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