Please welcome Dr. Mohammad Arif to the department
Dr. Arif joined Dr. Brenda Schroeder’s lab as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. Dr. Arif has an educational background of Agriculture, Molecular Biology & Biotechnology and Bioinformatics. He has an extensive research experience in microbial forensics, molecular diagnostics and population genetics. He is currently working on the development and validation of a DNA macroarray for detection and risk assessment of fungal and bacterial bulb rot pathogens of onion. Before joining the department, he was worked at the National Institute for Microbial Forensics & Food and Agricultural Biosecurity (NIMFFAB) headed by Dr. Jacqueline Fletcher at Oklahoma State University, OK. In NIMFFAB, he was developing novel detection and discrimination methods for fungi, viruses, bacteria and insects based on Razor Ex BioDetection System, real-time qPCR, end-point PCR and isothermal techniques. He was also conducting research on PCR thermodynamic parameters, direct sequencing of short qPCR fragments, single probe for all targets and multi-target artificial positive control for application in microbial forensics and biosecurity.