Osama Mahdi

Position: Research Assistant, MICR 202L Teaching Assistant
Lab Location: Southern Research institute. Frederick. Maryland
Office: Van Es 193
Program: Molecular Pathogenesis PhD
Advisor: Dr. Fisher

Graduate Student Profile

BS in Veterinary Medical Sciences from Baghdad University, Iraq
MSc. in Zoonotic Diseases from Baghdad University, Iraq

Research Focus:
Our lab focuses on studying the bacteria Paenibacillus larvae, the causative agent of American foulbrood(AFB) in honey bees. AFB is the most widespread and destructive bacterial disease of bees.

Paenibacillus larvae is a gram positive spore forming bacterium. Spores of P. larvae are highly resistant in the environment and to disinfectants. Spores are the infectious agent for AFB, but it is the vegetative cells that cause disease once a beekeeping operation is contaminated. Unfortunately the P. larvae spores are not easily removed as the spores are highly resistant to environmental conditions. Our research focus on finding new germinants for the spores to facilitate the treatment and control of AFB.

Selected Publications/Notable Achievements:
Mahdi O, Eklund B, Fisher N 2014. Laboratory Culture and Maintenance of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia. Curr. Protoc. Microbiol.32:6F.1.1-6.

Notable Achievements:

  • Frank Bain Graduate Student Scholarship, Department of Veterinary and Microbiological Sciences, North Dakota State University 2013.

Contact Information

Email: osama.mahdi@ndsu.edu