Sohail Naushad

Canadian Food Inspection Agency

Feb2018 – Present - Research Scientist, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, ON, Canada. Metagenomics and micro-biomics research. Development of mobile device for field detection of microbial (Bacteria, virus and Parasites) threats in Canadian food chains and environments, sequencing platforms including MinION, MiSeq, Ion Torrent Ion S5. 2015-2018 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary, Canada. Completed a Postdoc fellowship (with support from Eyes High postdoctoral fellowship and NSERC CREATE in Milk Quality postdoctoral award). Discovered a new bacterial species, Staphylococcus debuckii. Developed algorithms, statistical methods, datasets and pipelines for the analyses of whole Genome Sequencing data to understand phylogeny, virulence and antimicrobial resistance of bovine pathogens. 2009-2015 PhD Biochemistry, McMaster University, Canada. Identified molecular markers for different pathogens, including food borne pathogens of humans (Enterobacteriales), animals (Pasteurellales) and plants (Xanthomodadales).