The Open Microbiology Journal




ISSN: 1874-2858 ― Volume 14, 2020

Note: Average publication time of 18 days between final acceptance of revised manuscript and its publication

Editor-in-Chief:

Irina V. Kiseleva (Biography
Irina V. Kiseleva

Dr. Kiseleva obtained her MS in Microbiology from St Petersburg (SPb) State University, RF, PhD in Virology from Institute of Influenza, SPb, RF and DSci in Virology in Institute of Experimental Medicine (IEM), SPb, RF. She holds a position of Section Chief in IEM. She is also a Professor of SPb University, RF. She published over 280 publications including 40 RF patents. Currently she is the Editor-in-Chief of TOMICROJ, published by Bentham Science Publishers.

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Department of Virology
Institute of Experimental Medicine
St. Petersburg
Russia



Associate Editor:

Carlo Torti (Biography
Carlo Torti

Prof. Carlo Torti completed his graduation in medicine (in 1994) from University of Pavia, Italy. Later on, he obtained his specialty in Infectious Diseases (in 2000) from the University of Brescia, Italy. Prof. Torti is currently Director of the Infectious Diseases Unit at University “Magna Graecia”, Catanzaro, Italy. His skills and expertise mainly lie in the subject areas/fields of Sequencing, Infection, Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Immunology of Infectious Diseases, HIV, Immunology, Epidemiology, Immunity, Infectious Diseases, Liver Diseases, Viral Infection, Clinical Epidemiology, Clinical Pharmacokinetics, etc. Prof. Torti, as an author/co-author, has published more than 220 articles in various journals, having a significant number of total citations, i.e. over 5,565.

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Unit of Infectious Diseases
University 'Magna Graecia
Catanzaro
Italy


Editorial Board Members:

C. Agyare (Biography
C. Agyare

Prof. Agyare obtained his doctorate from University of Muenster, Germany and an alumnus of German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). He obtained his Bachelor o Pharmacy (BPharm) and Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) degrees from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana. He has been a post-doctoral fellow at University of California San Francisco, California and the Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research, Boston, USA. He was appointed a Lecturer at KNUST in 2003 and promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2011 and to Associate Professor in 2016. He research areas are search for antimicrobial, wound healing and anti-inflammatory agents from medicinal plants and natural products. He also researches on antibiotic resistance in animals and humans.

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Department of Pharmaceutics
Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology
Kumasi
Ghana

Y. Belyi (Biography
Y. Belyi

Yury Belyi obtained his doctorate degrees (PhD and Doctor of Science) in 1987 and 1999 respectively in the field of Microbiology at the Gamaleya research Institute, Moscow, Russia. He studied virulence factors of human pathogens with special interest in bacterial toxins and effectors of Type 4 secretion system. Currently Dr. Belyi holds a position of a Head of the Department of Bacterial infections at the Gamaleya Research Center for Epidemiology and Microbiology in Moscow, Russia. He has prepared more than 50 scientific papers and has written a monograph “Intracellular parasitism of microorganisms” published in 1996 by Landes Bioscience, Austin, TX.

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Deptartment of Bacterial Infections
Gamaleya Research Centre
Moscow
Russian Federation

A. Cara (Biography
A. Cara

Dr. Andrea Cara, Ph.D., is a Researcher at Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy, and holds a Research Scholar position in the Department of Medicine at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA. During his career, he spent 7 years at the National Institute of Health in Bethesda, MD, USA, and 3 years at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York City, NY, USA. Dr. Cara, as an author/co-author, has published more than 75 articles in various journals, having a significant number of total citations, i.e. over 3,330.

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Department of Drug Research and Evaluation
Higher Institute of Health
Roma
Italy

M. H. Dehghani (Biography
M. H. Dehghani

Professor Dr. Mohammad Hadi Dehghani (PhD) is a Full Professor at the Tehran University of Medical Sciences (TUMS), School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health Engineering, Tehran, IRAN. His scientific research interests include the Environmental Health Science, Microbiology of Water and Wastewater. He is the author of various research studies published at national and international journals, conference proceedings and Head of several research project at the TUMS. He has authored 8 books and more than 170 full papers published in peer- reviewed journals. He is an editorial board member and reviewer in many internal and international journals and is member of several international science committees around the world. He has supervisor and advisor PhD and MSc theses at the TUMS. He is currently also member of the Iranian Association of Environmental Health (IAEH) and member of the Institute for Environmental Research (IER) at the TUMS.

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Department of Environmental Health Engineering
Tehran University of Medical Sciences
Tehran
Iran

S.A. Ghorashi (Biography
S.A. Ghorashi

Dr. Ghorashi is a Senior Lecturer, School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Animal production Group, Charles Sturt University. He is the Editor-in-chief, SciFed Virology Research Journal. He has done a PhD in Microbiology from the James Cook University, Australia. He has more than 65 publications and 4 patents. His areas of research arev Intensive animal production, Population Medicine, Farm Animals, Animal Biotechnology and Introduction to Animal Production. He has performed molecular diagnosis for FMD and AIV in the Veterinary Reference Laboratory. He is also a member of Australian Institute of Medical Scientists.

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School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences
Charles Sturt University
Wagga Wagga
Australia

A. Kumar (Biography
A. Kumar

Presently, Dr. Ashwani Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany, School of Biological Sciences at Dr. Harisingh Gour Central University, Sagar India. He obtained his Ph.D. in Biomass and Bioenergy at Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, India. His research dealt with plant microbe interaction, plant abiotic stress, bio-energy production, and metagenomics. He has been awarded several National and International Fellowship such as Commonwealth Fellowship, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, Claude Leon Foundation & National Research Foundation Fellowship-South Africa, Durban University of Technology and Rhodes University Postdoctoral Fellowship, Shastri Mobility Program fellowship for Canada (2018-19). He is associated with several journals as Editorial Board member and as a reviewer. He is life member of National Institute of Ecology, Biotech Research Society of India, and International Society of Environmental Botanists, and Affiliate member of Microbiology Society and CEM, IUCN. He has published more than 45 Peer reviewed articles in high impact journals with Google scholar citation of 2518, 15 Book chapters and presented his research in 35 Conferences.

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Department of Botany
School of Biological Sciences at. Dr. Harisingh Gour University
Sagar
India

E. Martinez-Romero (Biography
E. Martinez-Romero

Dr. Martinez got PhD in 1885. She has presently been serving as a Professor and Researcher at the Genomic Science Center, National University of Mexico. She has been recognized with many awards and honors such as Prize of Science from the Mexican Academy of Sciences in 1996, Award to Young Scientists from the National University of Mexico in 1996, Award from the National Research Council as “The Best Student of Mexico” and Woman of the Year for Mexico by the American Biogeographical Institute in 2008. She has contributed more than 300 publications, having citations around 10,367.

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Genomic Science Center
National University of Mexico
Mexico City
Mexico

A. Shehabi (Biography
A. Shehabi

Dr. Asem Shehabi is a Professor of Medical Microbiology and Consultant in Diagnostic Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Jordan, Amman, Jordan. Dr. Shehabi graduated from the University of Kiel, Germany in 1972 with a Doctorate degree in Medical Sciences/ Medical Microbiology. Dr. Shehabi has published 97 research papers in peer-reviewed journals up till now, 2 Microbiology Books in Arabic, more than 300 articles and studies in both Arabic and English; covering all aspects of medical microbiology and human infectious diseases especially antimicrobial resistance. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of The International Arabic Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, iMedPub.org.

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Department of Pathology Microbiology and Forensic Medicine, Faculty of Medicine
University of Jordan
Amman
Jordon

M. Zibaei (Biography
M. Zibaei

Prof. Mohammad Zibaei has completed his Ph.D at the Shiraz University of Medical Sciences in Medical Parasitology and Research Fellowship Course in the Kobe University Graduate School of Health Sciences in Immunoparasitology (2006-2007), Kobe, Japan. He is currently as professor of parasitology in the Department of Parasitology and Mycology at Alborz University of Medical Sciences, and a member of the American Society for Parasitoloy, and Iranian Society for Microbiology and Parasitology. He has published more than 90 papers in reputed journals and has been serving as an Ad-Hoc reviewer reputed journal.

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Department of Parasitology and Mycology
Alborz University of Medical Sciences
Karaj
Iran

D. Harrich (Biography
D. Harrich

Dr. David Harrich obtained his Ph.D. degree in Experimental Pathology from University of California, Los Angeles, CA, USA, and undertook postdoctoral training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre, Dallas, TX, USA. Dr. Harrich is Group Leader of HIV and Molecular Virology at QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Brisbane, Australia, where he is a Senior Research Fellow. He has published over 70 papers, most of them on HIV-1 molecular biology and virus replication.

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Division of Infectious Diseases
Queensland Institute of Medical Research Royal Brisbane Hospital
Brisbane
Australia

A. Battistoni (Biography
A. Battistoni

Dr. Andrea Battistoni is a stable member of the Department of Biology, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy, since 1993.Dr. Battistoni received his Ph.D. degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology in 1991 from the University of Rome Tor Vergata. He is a co-author of over 100 papers published in international journals indexed by Pub-Med. He is a member of the Editorial Board of various journals, and also is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the International Biometals Society, the Italian Biochemical Society and the Italian Society for the Study of Cystic Fibrosis.

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Department of Biology
University of Rome Tor Vergata
Rome
Italy

M. Cabello (Biography
M. Cabello

Alfonso Martín Cabello-Vílchez was born in Lima on 07 July 1975. Dr. Alfonso Martín Cabello-Vílchez received his Medical Technologist education in the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH), Instituto de Medicina Topical Alexander von Humboldt (IMT-AvH), Lima-Peru in 2003.He is currently Professor of Medical Parasitology and He has 15 publications in Journal of Microbiology and Parasitology since 2010. He is currently head of the Lab of protists and human pathogenic endosymbionts of IMT-AvH. My research focuses on free-living amoebae and endosymbiotic processes that cause disease in humans. His group is currently interested in developing diagnostic methods for Leprosy and Buruli in South America.

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Laboratory of Protozoa and Pathogen Endosymbionts (LPEP)
Institute of Tropical Medicine "Alexander von Humboldt"
Cayetano Heredia Peruvian University
Lima
Peru

K. Chlichlia (Biography
K. Chlichlia

Dr. Katerina Chlichlia is Associate Professor of Molecular Immunobiology at the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics, Democritus University of Thrace in Alexandroupolis, Greece. She received her PhD from the German Cancer Research Center and Faculty of Pharmacy in Heidelberg (1994) and continued for Post-Doctoral studies in Germany. She has long experience in the fields of molecular biology, microbiology and immunology. She received fellowships from DAAD, UICC and DFG. She has published more than 40 articles in peer-reviewed journals, has served as an evaluator in many national and international grant applications and as a reviewer in scientific journals.

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Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics
Democritus University of Thrace
Alexandroupolis
Greece

A. Dmitriev (Biography
A. Dmitriev

Alexander V. Dmitriev obtained PhD degree (1997) and DrSc degree (2004) in Microbiology and Biochemistry at the Institute of Experimental Medicine, Saint-Petersburg, Russia. He is currently Deputy Director of the Institute of Experimental Medicine and Professor at Saint-Petersburg State University and Saint-Petersburg State Technological Institute. He was working in different laboratories in USA, Slovakia, China, Vietnam and Portugal. He has published more than 180 publications. He was awarded by numerous grants and awards including international.

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Department of Molecular Microbiology
Institute of Experimental Medicine
St. Petersburg
Russian Federation

Y. Ji (Biography
Y. Ji

Yinduo Ji obtained his Ph.D. from the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine (current Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention) in Beijing. He did his postdoctoral training in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Minnesota. Currently Dr. Ji is a Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Minnesota. He has more than 70 scientific publications and serves as Editor-in-Chief, Associate Editor, or Editorial Board Member for multiple peer-reviewed journals. His research focuses on the molecular and cellular pathogenesis of S. aureus, functional genomics, and antibacterial drug discovery.

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Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN
USA

B. Lei (Biography
B. Lei

Dr. Benfang Lei obtained a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Biochemistry from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas. Currently Dr. Lei is an Associate Professor at Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana. He has published more than 70 scientific publications. He has been on the Editorial Board of this journal since 2007.

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Department of Veterinary Molecular Biology
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT
USA

J.R.G.G Mesquita (Biography
J.R.G.G Mesquita

João R. Mesquita (Mesquita JR) obtained his DVM in 2006 (University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro) and his PhD in 2012 (University of Porto). He has been teaching at the Agrarian Superior School of Viseu (ESAV), Polytechnic Institute of Viseu (IPV) for the past 10 years, mainly on the topics of Infectious Diseases. He currently holds the position of Adjunct Professor and has published more than 40 articles in virology.

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Abel Salazar Biomedical Sciences Institute
University of Porto
Porto
Portugal

M. Taherikalani (Biography
M. Taherikalani

Morovat Taherikalani is a Professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Razi Herbal Medicines Research Center at Lorestan University of Medical Sciences, where he has been since 2015. From 2008 to 2018, he served as Department Chair of Medical Microbiology at Ilam University of Medical Sciences. He received a B.S. in Laboratory Sciences in 2001 form Tabriz University, and an M.S. and PhD in Medical Microbiology from the Tehran University of Medical Sciences in 2004 and 2008 respectively.

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Department of Medical Microbiology
Lorestan University of Medical Sciences
Khorramabad
Iran

G. Bonfiglio (Biography
G. Bonfiglio

Dr. Giovanni Bonfiglio, received his Medical Doctor degree in 1987 at the University of Catania Italy. He received his doctorate (Ph.D) in Medical Microbiology at the University of Milan (Italy) in 1992 and in 1999 he did specialization in Medical Microbiology at the University of Catania. From 1990 to 1993 he worked as a researcher at The London Hospital Medical College in London (UK), and from 1993 to 2006 at the University of Catania (Italy). Currently, Dr. Bonfiglio is Director of the Clinical and Functional Research Laboratory at the GB Morgagni Clinic in Catania, Italy. He has published more than 100 scientific publications in the field of Medical Microbiology.

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Department of Microbiological Sciences
University of Catania
Catania
Italy


Associate Editorial Board Members:

M. Das (Biography
M. Das

Dr. Mayukh Das received his PhD degree from Jadavpur University in association with Department of Bacteriology, National Institute of Cholera & Enteric Diseases, India. His doctoral research was focused on medical microbiology, enteric diseases and phage biology. He developed a phage-based biopesticide to control Pierce’s Disease of grapevine during his research as Postdoctoral Research Associate in Texas A&M University. He has obtained several publications, book chapter, patents, award and media releases. He gained extensive experience in microbiology, bacteriology, genomics, phage biology and phage therapy.

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Department of Microbial Pathogenesis and Immunology
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
USA

C. Genovese (Biography
C. Genovese

Carlo Genovese currently is Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Drug Sciences, University of Catania (Italy). From 2016 to 2018, he was Research Collaborator at IRCCS San Raffaele Pisana, BioBIM – Interinstitutional Multidisciplinary BioBank, Rome (Italy). From 2012 to 2015, he was Research Fellow at Department of Public Health and Infectious Diseases - University of Rome “Sapienza” (Italy). In 2011, he received his Ph.D. degree in Microbiology at the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery and in 2007 he completed Undergraduate studies in Chemistry and Pharmaceutical Technologies (University of Catania). He is Member of the American Society for Microbiology since 2009.

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Department of Biomedical and Biotechnological Sciences
University of Catania
Catania
Italy

M. Shaaban (Biography
M. Shaaban

Dr. Mona Shaaban is an associate professor at the department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Mansoura University, Mansoura, Egypt. She obtained Ph.D. at Mansoura University, Egypt through joint scholarship with University of Wisconsin Madison, USA. Dr. Mona has published research and review articles in international reputed journals. Invited reviewer, and editorial board member in international journals. Most of the research focus is on inhibition of quorum sensing as anti-pathogenic approach to eliminate bacterial virulence and toxins, mechanisms of microbial resistance and development of nanoparticles to compete bacterial resistance and virulence.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Faculty of Pharmacy
Mansoura University
Mansoura
Egypt

R. Taherkhani (Biography
R. Taherkhani

Reza Taherkhani is an assistant professor at Medical Faculty of Bushehr University of Medical Sciences. In addition to his teaching position, Taherkhani served as a researcher at Persian Gulf Tropical Medicine Research Center. Reza Taherkhani’s main area of research is DNA vaccine development against hepatitis E virus. Reza Taherkhani was born and raised in Tehran, capital of Iran. He obtained his Bachelor of Laboratory Science in Urmia University in 2003, M.Sc. in Medical Virology in 2006 from Razi Vaccine and Serum Research Institute, and Ph.D. in Medical Virology in 2014 from Ahvaz Jondishpoor University of Medical Sciences.

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Department of Microbiology and Parasitology
Bushehr University of Medical Sciences
Bushehr
Iran

F. Firoozeh (Biography
F. Firoozeh

Dr. Farzaneh Firoozeh is Associate Professor of Microbiology at the Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine, Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Karaj, Iran. She received her Ph.D from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at University of Tehran and Research Fellow in Japan. She has long experience in the fields of molecular bacteriology, microbiology. She has published more than 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, has served as an evaluator in many national and international grant applications and as a reviewer in scientific journals.

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Department of Microbiology
Alborz University of Medical Sciences
Karaj
Iran

S. Kaur (Biography
S. Kaur

Dr. Sandeep Kaur received her graduation and post-graduation in Microbiology (Hons. School) from Panjab University, Chandigarh. After completion of her MSc., she served at the post of Research Associate (anti-infective area) at Panacea Biotec Ltd. (Drug Discovery) for 5.6 years. She was awarded the CSIR- Senior Research Fellowship and completed her Ph.D with specialization in Medical Microbiology from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India. She is presently serving as Assistant Professor, MCM DAV College for Women, Chandigarh. Dr. Kaur’s research work has been focused on studying the anti-infective potential of phage therapy against treatment of bacterial infections caused by resistant strains. She has been involved in developing novel phage based solutions, cocktails and formulations to treat skin and wound infections, diabetic foot ulcers, implant infections followed by their testing in murine models. Her work has been acknowledged in leading newspaper “The Hindu (Sci-Tech)”. She has till date published a total of 13 publications and one book chapter. Besides teaching, she is actively involved in promoting and supervising undergraduate research on topics of societal and health relevance.

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Department of Food Science
MCM DAV College for Women
Chandigarh
India

M. Stukova (Biography
M. Stukova

Marina Stukova, MD, PhD is a head of the laboratory of vectored vaccines in Saint Petersburg Research Institute of Influenza, Russian Ministry of Health. Dr. Stukova is focusing her research, now, in developing and studying influenza vectored vaccines against bacterial and viral diseases including TB and RSV with different routes of vaccine delivery. Dr. Stukova coordinated clinical trials of new influenza vaccines including the LAIV Vaccine Projects, funded by PATH Vaccine Solutions and WHO aimed at establishing a collection of pre-pandemic influenza vaccines which could be used as a basis for vaccine manufacturing in a pandemic situation.

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Laboratory of vectored vaccines
Research Institute of Influenza
St. Petersburg
Russia

I. Wiwatanaratanabutr (Biography
I. Wiwatanaratanabutr

Dr. Itsanun Wiwatanaratanabutr obtained his Ph.D. degree (in 2006) in Biology (International Program) from the Faculty of Science, Mahidol University, Thailand. Dr. Wiwatanaratanabutr is currently employed as an Assistant Professor, in the Department of Plant Production Technology (Faculty of Agricultural Technology), at King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang, Bangkok, Thailand. His research expertise lies in the subject areas/fields of Molecular Biology, Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Entomology, and Vector and Pest Control. Dr. Wiwatanaratanabutr, as an author/co-author, has published a number of articles in various journals of international repute.

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Department of Plant Production Technology
Faculty of Agricultural Technology
King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Ladkrabang
Bangkok
Thailand












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