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Mostafa Ghanem

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Maryland, College Park

Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, Maryland Campus

Veterinary Medicine 8075 Greenmead Drive, Room 1413 College Park, MD 20742-3711


  • PhD- The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • MVSC- Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt
  • BVSC- Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt

Professional Experience:

  • 2019 Assistant Professor- University of Maryland and Virginia-Maryland School of Veterinary Medicine, College Park, MD
  • 2018 Associate director of infectious diseases molecular epidemiology laboratory, Research coordinator for Global One Health initiative at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.
  • 2017 Postdoctoral researcher at Avian Mycoplasma Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • 2013-2017 GRA at Avian Mycoplasma Laboratory, College of Veterinary Medicine,Columbus, Ohio, USA
  • 2007-2012 GTA at Alexandria University and poultry consultant

Professional memberships:

  • 2014 Member of American Association for Avian pathologists
  • 2014 World Veterinary Poultry Association (WVPA)
  • 2017 The AAAP epidemiology committee
  • 2019 Member of American society for tropical medicine and hygiene

Molecular Epidemiology Laboratory

We are interested in the development of advanced molecular diagnostics and typing schemes using next-generation sequencing for molecular typing and epidemiological investigation of infectious diseases of economic (Avian Mycoplasma) and public health significance (foodborne pathogens). Our laboratory aims to harness the use and application of advanced molecular diagnostic and genotyping techniques in surveillance, prevention, and control of infectious diseases to improve the health and wellbeing of animals and humans. We look to work closely with state diagnostic laboratories, federal agencies, and academic and private industry partners to achieve this common goal.


Research and extension program focus:

  1. Developing novel diagnostic approaches for rapid identification and characterization of bacterial pathogens.
  2. Establishing advanced strain typing schemes for outbreak investigation and routine surveillance.
  3. Applying new tools and approaches to improve the current understanding of different risk factors controlling the emergence, evolution, spread and persistence of different pathogens within animal production systems and different environments.
  4. Development and assessment of different intervention strategies for mitigating the negative impacts of infectious diseases
  5. Communicating research findings to poultry growers and stakeholders and policymakers for implementation and field application.
  6. Developing and updating curricula for educating and training of veterinary, animal and food science students
  7. Developing and conducting continuing education opportunities for veterinary practitioners and technical service teams working with the poultry industry.
  8. Offering advanced molecular typing services for Avian Mycoplasma species. (Available now, contact us for more details)

Molecular typing resources:

Links to Multi-locus sequence typing (MLST) databases that we developed:

  1. Mycoplasma synoviae
  2. Mycoplasma iowae
  3. Mycoplasma gallisepticum MLST
  4. Mycoplasma gallisepticum core genome MLST

Awards & Recognition:

2017    The Reed Rumsey Award in the basic research category, The American Association of Avian Pathologists Meeting, Indianapolis, IN, USA.

Invention reports:

  • Ghanem, Mostafa and El-Gazzar, Mohamed, 2017 “T2017-359-Development of core genome multilocus sequence typing scheme (cgMLST) as a new, standardized approach for Mycoplasma gallisepticum typing for outbreak investigation” USA, 3/21/2017, Reference #: IDF-036332.
  • Ghanem, Mostafa and El-Gazzar, Mohamed, 2017 “T2017-361-Development of core genome multilocus sequence typing scheme (cgMLST) as a new, standardized approach for Mycoplasma synoviae typing for outbreak investigation” USA,3/21/2017, Reference #: IDF-036339

Selected peer-reviewed publications:

  1. Ghanem, M. and El-Gazzar, M. (2019). Development of Multilocus sequence typing (MLST) for Mycoplasma gallisepticum (accepted at Avian Diseases)
  2. Ghanem, M. and El-Gazzar, M. (2018). Development of Mycoplasma synoviae (MS) core genome multilocus sequence typing (cgMLST) scheme. Veterinary microbiology, 218, 84-89.
  3.  Ghanem, M., Wang, L., Zhang, Y., Edwards, S., Lu, A., Ley, D., El-Gazzar, M., (2017). Core Genome Multilocus Sequence Typing (cgMLST): A Standardized Approach for Molecular Typing of Mycoplasma gallisepticum. J. Clin. Microbiol. doi:10.1128/JCM.01145-17
  4. Ghanem, M., & El-Gazzar, M. (2016). Development of multilocus sequence typing (MLST) assay for Mycoplasma iowae. Veterinary Microbiology, 195, 2-8. 
  5. El-Gazzar, M., Ghanem, M., McDonald, K., Ferguson-Noel, N., Raviv, Z., & Slemons, R. D. (2016). Development of Multilocus Sequence Typing (MLST) for Mycoplasma synoviae. Avian Diseases, 61(1), 25-32. (P.P. Levine Award for best paper published in Avian Diseases in 2017)

Announcement:  Any graduate and undergraduate students (including pre-vet students) that are interested in furthering their education or training in Molecular Biology, Bacteriology, Molecular Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases can contact me directly at  Or read more at the VetMed graduate program website at