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Profile: Jahangir Alam

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M. Jahangir Alam, Ph.D.
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacy Practice and Translational Research
University of Houston College of Pharmacy
Texas Medical Center Campus
1441 Moursund Street, Rm. 119
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 832-842-8319

Education and Post-graduate Training

  • Ph.D. in Biopharmaceutical Sciences/Microbiology, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan (2002)
  • M.Sc. in Microbiology, University of Dhaka, Dhaka-1000, Bangladesh (1989)
  • B.Sc. Hons. in Biology/Biochemistry, University of Dhaka, Bangladesh (1987)

Research Interests

Clinical Microbiology, Applied and environmental microbiology, Diagnostic medicine and pathobiology, Microbial source tracking, Pathogenic microbiology/virology, Vector microbe interaction, Food and water quality/safety microbiology, Drug resistance, Biofilm, Health and hygiene, Disease prevention and control, Pathogen survival and transmission, Microbial ecology, Zoonosis, Nosocomial infections, Method development, etc.

Teaching Experience

  • Clinical Researcher, University of Houston College of Pharmacy, Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX (10/2011-4/14)
  • Senior Laboratory Investigator, Texas A&M Health Science Center (4/2011-9/2011)
  • Microbiologist/Technical Director of Microbiology and Advisor, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), TX (2009-2011)
  • Post-doctoral Researcher, Texas A&M University, USA (2008-2009)
  • Post-doctoral Researcher, Kansas State University, USA (2003-2008)
  • Guest Researcher, Okayama University, Okayama, Japan (2002-2003).
  • Ph.D. Student/Monbusho Scholar, Okayama University, Japan (1999-2002)
  • Monbusho Scholar, Biopharmaceutical Sciences. Okayama University Graduate School of Natural Science and Technology, Okayama, Japan (1997-1999)
  • Senior Research Officer (Research Microbiologist), International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR) (1996-1997)
  • Research Officer (Research Microbiologist), ICDDR (1991-1995)
  • Research fellow (Public Health Microbiology), ICDDR (1988-1991)

Selected Publications

Published >50 research articles in various scientific journals; for complete listing, visit

J Martinson, S Broadaway, E Lohman, C Johnson, MJ Alam, M Khaleduzzaman, KW Garey, J Schlackman, JW Marsh, VB Young, K Santhosh, K Rao, RH Lyons, ST Walk (2015). Evaluation of portability and cost of a fluorescent PCR ribotyping protocol for Clostridium difficile epidemiology. Journal of Clinical Microbiology. 53:1192-1197.

SL Aitken*, MJ Alam*, M Khaleduzzuman, ST Walk, Musick WL, VP Pham, J Christensen, R Atmar, Y Xie, KW Garey (2015). In the endemic setting, Clostridium difficile ribotype 027 is virulent but not hypervirulent. (*co-first authors; submitted).

A Kilic, MJ Alam, NL Tisdel, DN Shah, M Yapar, TM Lasco, KW Garey (2015). Multiplex Real-Time PCR Method for Simultaneous Identification and Toxigenic Type Characterization of Clostridium difficile from Stool Samples. Annals of Laboratory Medicine. 35:3. 306-313.

DM Jacobs, ND Beyda, O Asuphon, MJ Alam, KW Garey (2015). Host Factors and Clinical Outcomes of Candida Colonization in Critically Ill Patients. Mycopathologia. 179:87-93.

H Di, L Shi, H Shen, H Yan, H Meng, L Li, MJ Alam, S Yamasaki, L Ye (2014). Rapid Detection of Genetically Modified Ingredients in Soybean Products by Real-Time Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification. Journal of Food and Nutrition Research 2:7. 363-368.

ND Beyda, J John, A Kilic, MJ Alam, TM Lasco, KW Garey (2014). FKS mutant Candida glabrata; risk factors and outcomes in patients with candidemia. Clinical Infectious Diseases. 59:6.819-825.

MJ Alam, A Anu, ST Walk, KW Garey (2014). Investigation of potentially pathogenic Clostridium difficile contamination in household environs. Anaerobe 27:31-33.

ND Beyda*, MJ Alam*, KW Garey (2013). Comparison of the T2Dx instrument with T2Candida assay and automated blood culture in the detection of Candida species using simulated blood cultures. Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease (*Co-first authors). 77:4.324-6 December.

KL Perez, MJ Alam, A Castillo, TM Taylor (2013). Antibiotic resistance and growth of the emergent pathogen Escherichia albertii on raw ground beef stored under refrigeration, abuse, and physiological temperature. Journal of Food Protection. 76:1.124-128.

N Beyda, SH Chuang, MJ Alam, TM Ng, L McCaskey, D Shah, KW Garey (2013) Treatment of Candida famata bloodstream infections: case series and review of the literature. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 68:2.438-443.

W Wang, B Li, J Liu, L Shi, MJ Alam, S Su, J Wu, L Wang, A Wang (2012). The respiratory burst activity and expression of catalase in white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei, during long-term exposure to pH stress. Ecotoxicology (London, UK). 21:6.1609-1616.

V Singh, V Arora, MJ Alam, KW Garey (2012). Inhibition of biofilm formation by esomeprazole in Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. 56:8.4360-4364.

X Shan, Y Zhang, Z Zhang, M Chen, Y Su, Y Yuan, MJ Alam, H Yan, L Shi (2012). Rapid detection of food-borne Listeria monocytogenes by real-time quantitative loop-mediated isothermal amplification. Food Science and Biotechnology 21: 101-106.

Y Zhang, X Shan, L Shi, X Lu, S Tang, Y Wang, Y Li, MJ Alam, H Yan (2012). Development of a fimY-based loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay for detection of Salmonella in food. Food Research International. 45: 1011-1015.

CC Dodd, DG Renter, X Shi, TG Nagaraja, MJ Alam, MW Sanderson (2011). Prevalence and persistence of Salmonella in cohorts of feedlot cattle. Foodborne Pathogens and Disease. 8:781-789.

Z Xu, L Li, ME Shirtliff, BM Peters, B Li, Y Peng, MJ Alam, S Yamasaki, L Shi (2011). Resistance Class 1 Integron in clinical Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Strains in Southern China, 2001-2006. Clinical Microbiology and Infection. 17:712-724.

Y Ye, B Wang, F Huang, Y Song, H Yan, MJ Alam, S Yamasaki, L Shi (2011). Application of in situ loop-mediated isothermal amplification method for detection of Salmonella in foods. Food Control. 22:438-444.

EV Taylor, X Shi, MJ Alam, G Peterson, SK Narayanan, DG Renter, TG Nagaraja (2011). Genetic Variations in Shiga Toxin-Producing Abilities of Bovine and Human Escherichia coli O157:H7 Zoonoses and Public Health 58:3.185-191.

Recent Research Grants

Community household environmental studies on potentially pathogenic Clostridium difficile
PI: KW Garey and MJ Alam
Funding agency: Texas Department of State Health Service (2014-15)
Grant amount (total costs): $298,938

Professional Memberships and Editorial Appointments


American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

Editorial Appointments

Review Editor, Frontiers in Environmental Health