Genomics and Molecular Diagnostics


We endeavor to exploit the exponentially growing data from microbial genomic projects and other high through-put technologies to understand diversity, virulence and host-microbe interactions that is involved in disease caused by these pathogens. We also attempt to utilize genomic resources and bioinformatics tools to design diagnostic tools and novel vaccines against these microbes. As models, we focus on zoonotic pathogens such as Brucella and Salmonella.

GROUP LEADER: Dr. Yaqoub Ashhab


  • Ms. Asma Tamimi - Research Assistant
  • Ms. Yasmin Hisham - MS Student
  • Ms. Bessan Al-janazrah - MS Student
  • Ms. Assalla Abu shamsyeh - MS Student
  • Mr. Abdelhalim Abuawad - MS Student
  • Ms. Marwa Sultan - MS Student


  • Molecular characterization of antimicrobial susceptibility for Brucella 
  • Characterization of IS711 element in Brucella species
  • Outer membrane vesicles production from genetically modified Gram negative bacterial models 
  • Identification of novel Brucella antigens candidates by Reverse vaccinology approach
  • Screening for novel anti-Brucella aptamers
  • Dr. Hashem Tamimi
    Faculty of Information Technology, Palestine Polytechnic University.
  • Prof. Dr. Heinrich Neubauer
    Institute for Bacterial Infections and Zoonoses, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), Jena, Germany
  • Prof. Hans-Joachim Krause
    Institute of Complex Systems, Bioelectronics (ICS-8), ForschungszentrumJülich, Germany.
  • Prof. Xavier de Bolle
    The Research Unit in Biology of Microorganisms, Université de Namur, Belgium