Mohammed Al-Ahdal received a B.A. degree in pharmacy from King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 1975, and a Ph.D. degree in microbiology and immunology from the State University of New York, Buffalo, NY, USA, in 1985. Since then, Al-Ahdal has worked in various areas of science including microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, biotechnology, and pharmacy. Viral immunology is his favorite specialty. Currently, he is Head of the Department of Infection and Immunity at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. In addition to Al-Ahdal and colleagues' research on the molecular epidemiology of microbes, they study immune response to infection, identify antimicrobial resistance genes and virulence factors, perform microbial functional genomics, and screen for antimicrobial activities. They are affiliated with various institutes worldwide. In conjunction with Saudi and British Universities, many graduate students obtained their M.S. and Ph.D. degrees under their supervision. Recently, they described novel mutations associated with drug resistance in hepatitis B virus and determined the subtypes of hepatitis C virus in isolates from Saudi Arabia.
Biography Updated on 7 February 2012