Associate Professor Mohammad Katouli

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Associate Professor Mohammad Katouli

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Teaching areas

  • Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases
  • Microbial Pathogenesis
  • Food Microbiology

Research areas

  • molecular pathogenesis of septicaemic and uropathogenic E.coli and the host response to infection
  • the impact of probiotics on bacterial translocation
  • prevalence and persistence of antibiotic resistance genes in hospital, sewage and surface waters
  • microbial source tracking and the impact of faecal pollution of surface waters on human health
  • population structure of gut E.coli and their role in causing urinary tract infection

Associate Professor Mohammad Katouli has years of teaching and research experience in the area of medical microbiology, infectious disease and pathogenesis of bacteria both nationally and internationally. Following his PhD in 1980 and post-doc experience in UK, he worked for three years at the Research and Development Department of the D.P Pharmaceuticals. In 1985, he took the position of the Head of Microbiology Department at the Pasteur Institute in Tehran where he conducted a number of national research projects on the aetiology of diarrheal diseases and the prevalence of antibiotic resistance genes in hospitals and the community.

From 1988, A/professor Katouli started working at the Microbiology and Tumorbiology Centre of the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden as a senior research fellow where he worked with many European scientists on several projects including “Pathogenesis of E.coli sepsis and bacterial translocation”, “Changes in the intestinal flora of sarcoma patients undergoing cytostatic therapy”, “Characterization of the gut microbiota after inflammation of the intestinal reservoir in paucities patients” and “Virulence properties of E. coli strains associated with ulcerative colitis”. He was also involved in the development of a microplate-based automated biochemical fingerprinting method for epidemiological and ecological investigation of pathogenic bacteria in communities, hospital settings and surface waters.

In 1998, Professor Katouli took up a teaching and research position at the University of the Sunshine Coast and established the Microbiology and Biotechnology program as well as courses in Medical Microbiology, Communicable diseases and epidemiology, Microbial Pathogenesis and Food Microbiology and Fermentation.

He has also been working as the deputy Program leader of the Smart Water Research Centre and has conducted a number of researches on microbial source tracking and microbial water quality.

A/Professor Katouli has been collaborating with many national and international scientists and research institutes and has supervised more than 39 Honours and 33 PhD and Master Students to completion during his scientific career. His work entitled “Bulking fibre prevents translocation to mesenteric lymph nodes of an efficiently translocating E. coli strain in rats” published in "Clinical Nutrition" received the 1st prize for the best original article published in clinical nutrition at the 21st Congress of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition.

A/Professor Katouli has more than 140 peer-reviewed journal articles, reviews, book chapters and 77 conference refereed proceedings in the areas of epidemiology of infectious diseases and pathogenesis of bacteria as related to humans, animals and environmental health as well as microbial source tracking.

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