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Dr Selwa Alsam

Senior Lecturer
School of Life Sciences
Dr Selwa Alsam
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 873328

  • Location

    3SW.4.12, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    9am - 6pm

Profile

Biography

Following my BSc in Microbiology from Iraq, I moved to the UK. I completed my MSc in Microbiology from the University of Bristol and worked in Medical Microbiology Departments in several hospitals in the UK and abroad. I got my PhD from the University of London and then moved to the University of Bedfordshire in 2008 to teach and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students. In 2010, I joined the School of Biological Sciencesat the University of Essex as a lecturer in Medical Microbiology. I am working enthusiastically to pursue research together in collaboration with several national and international groups. My broad research interests are in all aspects of hospital-related infections. My research has been focused on interaction of microorganisms with the blood brain barrier and pathogenic mechanisms of free living amoeba. I have strong collaboration with several hospitals in the region and beyond to find placements for the Biomedical Science course students. I supervise several PhD students in the areas of wound infections, urinary tract infections, respiratory tract infections and many others. I maintain a broad interest in all aspects of infectious diseases and hospital-related infections. I am an active verifier and assessor of more than 40 registration and specialist portfolios representing the University and the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). I am a reviewer of scientific journals and participate in national and international conferences. Collaborators: Dr Tony Elston - Colchester hospital; Dr Sutherland Maciver - University of Edinburgh; Professor Bob Hider - London; Professor Graham Mitchell - University of Essex; Dr Vincenzo Abbate; Dr Tao Zhuo - Zhejiang Congshang University - China

Qualifications

  • PhD degree, University of London.

  • OCN Oxford, Thames & Chiltern Ltd certificate in training.

  • Chartered Scientist of the Institute of Biomedical Science.

  • Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science.

  • MSc degree, Medical School, University of Bristol.

  • BSc Microbiology, University of Baghdad.

Appointments

University of Essex

  • Biomedical Science Course Director/Professional Lead, Biological Sciences, University of Essex (2/10/2017 - present)

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Hospital-related Infections

Open to supervise

Microorganisms (Bacteria, Fungi and Parasites)

Open to supervise

Cytotoxic effects on Cell Lines

Open to supervise

MRSA, the leading cause of nosocomial infections

Open to supervise

Respiratory Tract Infections including Cystic Fibrosis and Pneumonia

Open to supervise

Blood Brain Barrier

Open to supervise

Pathogenic Mechanisms

Open to supervise

Free-living amoeba (Acanthamoeba), the causative agent of keratitis and encephalitis

Open to supervise

Urinary Tract Infections

Open to supervise

Gastrointestinal Tract Infections and Food Poisoning

Open to supervise

Wound Infections

Open to supervise

Ageing-associated Infections

Open to supervise

Trojan Horse

Open to supervise

Novel Therapeutic Techniques

Open to supervise

Antimicrobial resistance

Open to supervise

Medicinal Plants

Open to supervise

Current research

Investigation of interaction of microorganisms with living cells and their pathogenic mechanisms.

MRSA, the leading cause of nosocomial infections.

Pathogenic mechanisms and microbial cytotoxic effects

Microorganisms associated with cystic fibrosis and pneumonia.

Free-living amoebae (Acanthamoeba), the causative agent of keratitis and encephalitis.

Specific bacteria associated with Urinary Tract Infections.

Wound infections

Infection control

Investigation of novel therapeutic techniques utilized for the treatment of diseases caused by microorganisms under investigation.

Conferences and presentations

Selwa Alsam, Effects of Euginols on intracellular MRSA 9th Saudi Embassy Conference - Imperial College London 2015

London, United Kingdom, 2015

Osamah Al Rugaie, Mu-Song Liu, Xiao-Le Kong, Sinan Battah, Yuan-Yuan Xie, Robert C. Hider, Tao Zhou,The effect of hexdentate hydroxypyridinone chelators as antimicrobial agents against MRSA and P. aeruginosa - 9th Saudi Embassy Conference - Imperial College London 2015

London, United Kingdom, 2015

Bauyrzhan Tashmukhambetov, Graham Mitchell, Selwa Alsam, Investigating effects of antimicrobial peptides on the survival of Acanthamoeba and intracellular bacteria associated with cystic fibrosis MCBG away day University of Essex 2015

Colchester, United Kingdom, 2015

Mihaela Cardas, Graham Mitchell, Selwa Alsam, Staphylococcal interactions with Acanthamoeba and macrophages-like cells XIV international Congress in Canada 2014

Canada, 2014

Saleh Alghamdi, Selwa Alsam, Molecular mechanisms of the interaction of MRSA with Acanthamoeba 8th Saudi Embassy Conference - Edinburgh 2014

Edinburgh, United Kingdom, 2014

Saleh Alghamdi, Selwa Alsam, Photodynamic therapy and MRSA treatment SGM annual conference Liverpool 2014

Liverpool, United Kingdom, 2014

Alsam, S., Battah, S., and Hallaq, H., Role of Acanthamoeba in Urinary Tract Infections. Hamburg, Germany, 2012

Hamburg, Germany, 2012

Cardas, M., Khan, NA. and Alsam, S., Interaction of MRSA with Acanthamoeba and macrophages. SGM, Harrogate, UK, 2011

Harrogate, United Kingdom, 2011

Khan, NA., Mortazavi, P., Alsam, S., Sissons, J., Kim, KS., Goldswarthy, G., Jarroll, EL. Acanthamoeba and blood brain barrier: The breakthrough. 2nd International conference of drug discovery and therapy. Dubai, UAE 2010

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2010

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Microbiology (BS104)

  • Transferable Skills in Life Sciences (BS143)

  • Anatomy and Physiology (BS161)

  • Enterprise and Employability for the Biosciences (BS211)

  • Biomedical Science: Practice and Employability (BS214)

  • Medical Microbiology (BS235)

  • Issues in Biomedical Science (BS306)

  • Research Project in Biomolecular Science (BS831)

  • Research Project in Ecological and Marine Sciences (BS832)

Previous supervision

Alaa Talal Y Qumsani
Alaa Talal Y Qumsani
Thesis title: Role of Extended Spectrum Beta Lactamases Producing E. Coli and Acanthamoeba in Urinary Tract Infections.
Degree subject: Microbiology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 8/4/2019
Aiden Matthew Jayanth
Aiden Matthew Jayanth
Thesis title: Experimental Studies on the Microbiota Associated with Urinary Tract Infections
Degree subject: Molecular Medicine
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 16/8/2017
Bauyrzhan Tashmukhambetov
Bauyrzhan Tashmukhambetov
Thesis title: An Investigation of the Effects of an Antimicrobial Peptide on the Survival of Acanthamoeba and Intracellular Bacteria Associated with Cystic Fibrosis
Degree subject: Molecular Medicine: Medical Microbiology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 5/1/2017
Saleh Bakheet S Alghamdi
Saleh Bakheet S Alghamdi
Thesis title: Mechanisms Associated with Staphylococcus Aureus and Acanthamoeba Interactions, and Therapeutic Applications
Degree subject: Molecular Medicine: Medical Microbiology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 11/8/2016
Osamah Mohammad A Al Rugaie
Osamah Mohammad A Al Rugaie
Thesis title: Presence and Role Acanthamoeba in Wound Infections
Degree subject: Molecular Medicine: Medical Microbiology
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 6/7/2016
Kulwinder Kaur Sidhu
Kulwinder Kaur Sidhu
Thesis title: Effects of Deferiprone and Curcumin on Pathogens Associated with Lower Respiratory Tract Infections - in Vitro Assays
Degree subject: Molecular Medicine
Degree type: Master of Science (by Dissertation)
Awarded date: 30/6/2015
Mihaela Cardas
Mihaela Cardas
Thesis title: Aspects of the Clinical and Environmental Implications of Interactions Between Staphylococci and Acanthamoeba
Degree subject: Molecular Medicine
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 4/7/2014

Publications

Journal articles (6)

Li, J., Olaleye, ED., Kong, X., Zhou, T., Ma, Y., Jurach, J., Al Rugaie, O., Hider, RC., Zhang, G., Alsam, S. and Abbate, V., (2016). Macromolecular iron-chelators via RAFT-polymerization for the inhibition of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus growth. Polymer. 87, 64-72

Zhou, Y., Liu, M., Osamah, AR., Kong, X., Alsam, S., Battah, S., Xie, Y., Hider, RC. and Zhou, T., (2015). Hexadentate 3-hydroxypyridin-4-ones with high iron(III) affinity: Design, synthesis and inhibition on methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas strains. European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. 94, 8-21

Cardas, M., Khan, NA. and Alsam, S., (2012). Staphylococcus aureus exhibit similarities in their interactions with Acanthamoeba and ThP1 macrophage-like cells. Experimental Parasitology. 132 (4), 513-518

Jung, S., Alsam, S., Kim, KS. and Khan, NA., (2008). Pathogen-pathogen interactions: a comparative study of Escherichia coli interactions with the clinical and environmental isolates of Acanthamoeba. World Journal Of Microbiology & Biotechnology. 24 (10), 2339-2348

Alsam, S., Jeong, SR., Dudley, R. and Khan, NA., (2008). Role of human tear fluid in Acanthamoeba interactions with the human corneal epithelial cells.. International Journal of Medical Microbiology. 298 (3-4), 329-336

Dudley, R., Alsam, S. and Khan, NA., (2008). The role of proteases in the differentiation of Acanthamoeba castellanii.. FEMS microbiology letters. 286 (1), 9-15

Contact

salsam@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 873328

Location:

3SW.4.12, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

9am - 6pm