M. Jahangir Alam
Alam Jahangir, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice and Translational Research

University of Houston College of Pharmacy


  • 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)


Dr. M. Jahangir Alam is a Research Microbiologist / Public Health Biomedical Researcher! Education / Research: Post-doctorate_Texas A&M (Texas AgriLife Research), Kansas State (Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology at College of Veterinary Medicine / Entomology) and Okayama Universities (Pharmaceutical Sciences); PhD_Okayama University, Japan; MS / BS Honours_University of Dhaka / ICDDR, B.


Research Interest

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.


Professional Activities:

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


Honors and Awards


  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. MJ Alam, A Anu, ST Walk, KW Garey (2014). Investigation of potentially pathogenic Clostridium difficile contamination in household environs. Anaerobe 27:31-33.
  8. 2013
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.



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