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Mohamed Elasri

Dr. Mohamed Elasri

Full Professor


I received my B.S. and Ph.D. degrees in microbiology from Oklahoma State University. I have done my postdoctoral training at NIH and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in infectious diseases. The focus of my research program has been global gene regulation of virulence Staphylococcus aureus. S. aureus is a great organism to study global regulation because of its complex network of regulators. My work led to the identification and characterization of the msaABCR operon. We have shown that this operon is involved in biofilm development, virulence regulation, and antibiotic resistance. The ultimate goal of my research program is to study the mechanism used by the msaABCR operon to regulate its gene targets.

  • PHD - Oklahoma State University (1998)
  • BS - Oklahoma State University (1993)
  • recA-luxCDABE Fusion as Indicator of Environmental Stress, Environmnetal Biotechnology, 1997
  • Bacterial Response to Solar Ultraviolet Light, ASM News (renamed Microbe), 1999
  • Response of a Pseudomonas aeruginosa Biofilm Community to DNA-Damaging Chemical Agents, FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 2000
  • Investigation of the Impact of Latex Components on the Survival of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. , Journal of Coatings Technology Research, 2005
  • Synthesis and antibacterial activities of new quaternary ammonium monomers, Designed Monomers and Polymers, 2005,
  • Phage-Bacterium War on Polymeric Surfaces: Can Surface-Anchored Bacteriophages Eliminate Microbial Infections?, BIOMACROMOLECULES, 2013, 10.1021/bm400290u
  • Antimicrobial peptide mimicking primary amine and guanidine containing methacrylamide copolymers prepared by raft polymerization, Biomacromolecules, 2015, 10.1021/acs.biomac.5b01162
  • Broad spectrum antimicrobial effectiveness for synthetic mimic of antimicrobial peptides, ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 2015
  • Effects of copolymer structure and solution properties on antimicrobial activity of RAFT synthesized peptide mimics, ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 2016
  • Control of sRNAs by CodY expands its regulon in the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus., Molecular Microbiology, 2019
  • American Society for Microbiology
  • Sigma Xi
  • Mississippi Academy of Science
  • American Chemical Society
  • The American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • English (Native or Bilingual)
  • Arabic (Native or Bilingual)
  • French (Native or Bilingual)

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Areas of Expertise

Infectious Diseases, Molecular Biology, Microbiology; Biochemistry; Cell and Molecular Biology; biomedical sciences