Dr. Tamara Salloum

Postdoctoral Research Fellow
School of Arts & Sciences – Natural Sciences

Tamara Salloum first joined the Biology program at LAU, Byblos in 2010 after being awarded a Merit Scholarship covering her full tuition. She then pursued a master’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology with an emphasis on Microbiology. She obtained her PhD in Comparative Genomics and Evolutionary Parasitology at the Biosciences Institute in Newcastle University, UK in 2020. She has been awarded the L’OREAL-UNESCO for Women in Science Levant-Regional Fellowship 2019. Her research interests expand from microbial genomics with a focus on the genome characterization of multi-drug resistant clinical pathogens to parasitology with a focus on the pathogenomics of Leishmania tropica parasites, RNA-Seq transcriptomics and assessment of the modulation of the immune response following infections in human macrophages.  With the surge of the COVID-19 pandemic, she has been leading the genome sequencing and comparative analysis of SARS-CoV-2 Lebanese strains at LAU using the Nanopore Sequencing technology. Her scientific contributions comprise to date 23 publications in high impact journals (including Scientific Reports by Nature, mBIO, PLOS NTDs etc.) and include participation in various national and international conferences and workshops including the US, UK, Spain, France and Tunisia.

Publications

  1. Salloum, T., Moussa, R., Rahy, R., Al Deek, J., Khalifeh, I., El Hajj, R., Hall, N., Hirt, R.P. and Tokajian, S., 2020. Expanded genome-wide comparisons give novel insights into population structure and genetic heterogeneity of Leishmania tropica complex. PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, 14(9), e0008684.
  2. Salloum, T., Panossian, B., Bitar, I., Hrabak, J., Araj, G., & Tokajian, S. First report of plasmid-mediated colistin resistance mcr-8.1 gene from a Clinical Klebsiella pneumoniae Isolate from Lebanon. Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection Control, 2020, 9, 94.
  3. Arabaghian, H., Salloum, T., Alousi, A., Panossian, P., Araj, G., and Tokajian, S. Molecular Characterization of Carbapenem Resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae and Klebsiella quasipneumoniae Isolated from Lebanon. Scientific reports, 2019, 9(1), 531.