I graduated from the college of Veterinary Medicine, University of Baghdad, Iraq in 1993. After that I worked as a veterinarian in the surgery department of the Veterinary Medicine, Baghdad, Iraq. I went on to do a master’s degree in internal and preventive medicine in Veterinary college, University, Baghdad Iraq. I later moved to the medical institute as a lecturer in Kirkuk, Iraq. In 2013 I obtained a scholarship to study PhD in Nottingham University. In 2014, I joined an English Language Course in the Centre for English Language Education (CELE)/ The University of Nottingham. In October 2014 I began my PhD course in the Department of Infection and Immunity/ School of Veterinary Medicine and Science in the University of Nottingham.
PhD, due for completion in October 2018
School Research Theme:
Animal Infection and Immunity
Understanding the role of membrane biophysical properties of influenza viruses in virus infectivity.
Summary of Research:
The establishment of an influenza virus infection is influenced by a number of host cell factors, including host cell lipids; these lipids have been shown to play an important role during the virus life cycle. The main purpose of this study was to investigate the molecular and biophysical importance of these lipids in terms of infectivity. These lipids make up the bilayer membranes for both virus particles and host cells. Our research has focused on the infectivity of LPAI H2N3 treated with lipids such as 1, 2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phospho-L-serine (DPPS) and 1, 2-dipalmitoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphocholin (DPPC). The presence of these lipids had no significant impact on H2N3 infectivity. However, the presence of 1, 2-dipalmitoyl-Sn-glycero-3-phospho-(1'-rac-glycerol) (DPPG) had a significant impact on H2N3 infectivity. Overall, our research on H2N3 influenza virus envelope has reinforced the importance of host lipids in the virus’s ability to complete its life cycle. Altering the lipid composition of the virus could be a potential therapeutic treatment for influenza infection.
Dr Cyril Rauch and Dr Steve Dunham, School of Veterinary Medicine & Science, University of Nottingham, UK.
Primary Funding Source:
Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Publications:
- L.M. Ahmed. Medical and surgical management of canine Otitis external Iraqi J. Vet. Sci. Mosul Univ. 13(2), 2000
- L.M. Ahmed. Geographical distribution of hydatid cyst in cattle and sheep In Kirkuk city. Scientific Symposium 11 for centre of revival of Arabian science heritage11 symposium, 27/10/2010.
- L. M. Ahmed. Isolation of some zoonotic bacteria from native Awassi sheep Al-anbar J. Vet. Sci. 3(2), 2010
- L. M. Ahmed, F. A. Al-Obaidi and Sh. M. Al- Shadeedi. Prevalence of some zoonotic bacteria in wild birds in Kirkuk city Al-anbar J. Vet. Sci. 4(1), 2011.
- Al Dalawi, L.M. Prevalence of hearing loss in Kirkuk city for the period from 2001 To 2006 Al-Taqani J. 24(7), 2011.
- Al-Dalawi, L.M. Prevalence of injuries and the bacteria in skin of ruminants in Kirkuk, IraqRes. Opin. Anim. Vet. Sci. (Roavs) 2 (3), 2012.
- Al-Dalawi, L.M. Prevalence of major disease of cattle and sheep on Kirkuk abattoirs. Scientific Symposium 11 For center of revival of Arabian science heritage 2-3/4/2012.