Mamdowh Alkurashi graduated from college of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine in 1997. In 1998, he worked as a researcher in food quality control at Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO). In 1999 he worked as a full time veterinarian in dairy farm in Saudi which called National Agricultural Development Company (NADEC) for two years. In 2000 he joined the Department of Animal Production, King Saud University as a teaching assistant. During his work there, he earned his Master’s degree (M.SC.) in farm animals, the subject titled “A Serological Study of Brucellosis in Camels in the Riyadh Region of Saudi Arabia”. In 2009 Mamdowh was granted a PhD scholarship from King Saud University to do a PhD at The vet School, University of Nottingham.
M.Sc., Department of Animal Production, Farm animal, College of Food and Agricultural Sciences, King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2006.
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.), College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, ALQassim University, Buraidah, Saudi Arabia, 1997.
First year MPhil student progressing onto a full PhD
School Research Theme:
Animal Infection and Immunity
Mechanism of neuropathogensis in Neospora caninum infection
Summary of Research:
Little is known regarding the molecular events required to shape a tolerant host cell environment for development and endurance of Neospora caninum in the brain. My project complements the supervisor’s research programme. A better understanding of the process of host-parasite interaction at the blood brain barrier (BBB) interface using in vitro model of brain microvascular endothelium and non-vertebrate model will guide our efforts toward effective prevention or control of neosporisois. The project will use novel techniques to gain a greater understanding of the molecular changes that occur as N. caninum crosses a BBB cell model. Identifying changes in metabolic profiles of the cell model will aid in the understanding of how the organism overcomes the BBB. The information gained from this project will provide a foundation for a greater understanding of the organism’s mechanisms for infection. Consequently targeting and development of treatment, and prevention strategies can be improved, with the long term goal of eventually improving disease prognosis in animals.
Dr. Hany Elsheikha
Primary Funding Source:
Saudi Higher Education Ministry, King Saud University
Alshaikh, M. A., A. Al-Haidary, R. S. Aljumaah, O. Mohammed, M. Alkurashi, Omer,A. Sawsan, A. R. Gar Elnabi, and M. F. Hussein (2007) First Detection of Brucella abortus in Camel Serum in Saudi Arabia Using The Polymerase Chain Reaction. J. Appl. Anim. Res. 31(2); 149-152.
Alshaikh, M. A., A. Al-Haidary, R. S. Aljumaah, O. Mohammed, M. Alkurashi, A. R. Gar Elnabi, and M. F. Hussein (2007) Camel Brucellosis in Riyadh Region, Saudi Arabia. J. Camel Res., 14(2), 113-117.