Dr Niyaz Ahmed, Senior Director, icddr,b

Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work – APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India (2002-07)

DSC_0673Niyaz Ahmed (Researcher ID D-2589-2010) is Senior Director at the International Centre for Diarrheal Disease Research Bangladesh (icddr,b) and a Research Professor at the University of Hyderabad, India.  Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), Royal Society of Biology (UK) and the National Academy of Sciences India, as well as the founder Editor -in-Chief of Gut  Pathogens journal, Dr Ahmed is also the recipient of the ‘National  Bioscience Award‘  of India (2013) and the Chancellor’s Award of the University of Hyderabad (2015). Recently, Dr Ahmed was selected for the most prestigious Indian Science Award, the Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for the year 2016 in the area of Medical Sciences.  In 2017, Dr Ahmed was awarded the Microsoft Azure for Research Award in Public Health to work towards genomics of identification of new genes, new proteins and novel pathways underlying the multiple drug resistance phenotypes in bacteria.

Dr Ahmed graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 1995 (Nagpur), and then obtained  a Master’s degree in Animal Biotechnology (NDRI, Karnal) in 1997. He earned a PhD from the Centre for DNA Fingerprinting and Diagnostics (CDFD), Hyderabad, India (Manipal University), in 2008, where he had also been working as a Staff Scientist since 1998 and a Group Leader since 2002.

In December 2008, Dr Ahmed  joined the University of Hyderabad, on technical resignation from CDFD, after accepting the invitation extended by the University to strengthen its newly founded Biotechnology/Bioinformatics Department where he worked and taught and served as its Chair until October 31, 2016.  Dr Ahmed also holds appointment as Adjunct Professor of the Academy of Scientific and Innovative Research, India and is a Corresponding Fellow of the European Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group.

Through his productive and translational work, sustained commitment and dedication to public health microbiology in India, Ahmed made founding and pioneering contributions to the development of Molecular Epidemiology of bacterial pathogens in this country. Ahmed  made seminal contributions to host-pathogen epidemiology of bacterial pathogens such as TB bacilli and Helicobacters (Ahmed et al., 2008, Nature Reviews Microbiol.), and also in unraveling the population genetic structure and virulence mechanisms of major human pathogens: H. pylori,  M. tuberculosis, E. coli and S. enterica.


Dr Ahmed at the social event of the European Helicobacter and Microbiota Study Group workshop with Drs Theodore Rokkas and Guillermo Perez-Perez, Nicosia, Cyprus (September, 2015)

Dr Ahmed’s contributions strengthened molecular basis of survival of pathogens in single patients and in host communities with varied genetic backgrounds (Kumar/Ahmed, 2015 Nucleic Acids Res; Baddam/Ahmed 2014, Scientific Reports). Ahmed authored 132 publications with 4187 citations (H-index 36). In 2015, out of a total of 115 citable articles of Dr Ahmed: 7.8% were cited in Nature journals, 6.9% were cited in PNAS USA, 3.4% were cited in Lancet journals, 1.7% were cited in New England Journal of Medicine. Niyaz Ahmed served as Section Editor (Genomics and Microbiology) of PLoS ONE (from August 2008 to September 2013), published by the Public Library of Science (PLoS), USA. Currently, he is providing editorial oversight to the “PLoS ONE Prokaryotic Genome Collection“. Ahmed also serves as a member of the PLoS International Advisory Group. Ahmed is a member of the International Society for Genomic and Evolutionary Microbiology (Italy) and currently serves as its General Secretary. He is also a member of the Faculty of 1000 Biology.  Ahmed served as an expert evaluator/panelist for the research proposals submitted to European Commission’s Seventh Framework Program.


Dr Ahmed was inspired by the People’s President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

Niyaz Ahmed is on the Editorial Boards of the following international journals: Scientific Reports (Nature), Helicobacter (Wiley), Systems and Synthetic Biology (Elsevier), Infectious Agents and Cancer (Springer),  Microbial Genomics (SGM, UK), Journal of Health & Translational Medicine (University of Malaya Medical Centre), Emerging Microbes and Infections (Nature), PLOS ONE (PLOS journals) and F1000 Research (F1000, UK).

Niyaz Ahmed teaches the following post graduate courses at the University of Hyderabad: Metagenomics, Biosafety & Intellectual Property, Communication Skills, Scientific Writing, Comparative Systems Modeling, Research Ethics & Biostatistics.

Recent, important and noteworthy publications from the laboratory of Dr Ahmed:

(Access here all publications of Dr Ahmed through pubMED)

Shaik S, Ranjan A, Tiwari SK, Hussain A, Nandanwar N, Kumar N, Jadhav S, Semmler T, Baddam R, Islam MA, Alam M, Wieler LH, Watanabe H, Ahmed N. Comparative Genomic Analysis of Globally Dominant ST131 Clone with Other Epidemiologically Successful Extraintestinal Pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) Lineages. MBio. 2017 Oct 24;8(5).

Ranjan A, Shaik S, Nandanwar N, Hussain A, Tiwari SK, Semmler T, Jadhav S, Wieler LH, Alam M, Colwell RR, Ahmed N. Comparative Genomics of Escherichia coli  Isolated from Skin and Soft Tissue and Other Extraintestinal Infections. MBio. 2017 Aug 15;8(4).

Hussain A, Shaik S, Ranjan A, Nandanwar N, Tiwari SK, Majid M, Baddam R, Qureshi IA, Semmler T, Wieler LH, Islam MA, Chakravortty D, Ahmed N. Risk of Transmission of Antimicrobial Resistant Escherichia coli from Commercial Broiler and Free-Range Retail Chicken in India. Front Microbiol. 2017 Nov 13;8:2120

Doddam SN, Peddireddy V, Ahmed N. Mycobacterium tuberculosis DosR Regulon Gene Rv2004c Encodes a Novel Antigen with Pro-inflammatory Functions and Potential Diagnostic Application for Detection of Latent Tuberculosis. Front Immunol. 2017 Jun 24;8:712.

Peddireddy V, Doddam SN, Ahmed N. Mycobacterial Dormancy Systems and Host Responses in Tuberculosis. Front Immunol. 2017 Feb 15;8:84

Qumar S, Majid M, Kumar N, Tiwari SK, Semmler T, Devi S, Baddam R, Hussain A, Shaik S, Ahmed N. Genome dynamics and molecular infection epidemiology of multi-drug resistant Helicobacter pullorum isolates obtained from broiler and country chickens in India. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2016 Dec 15;83 (Press release, media coverage).

Devi S, Ansari SA, Tenguria S, Kumar N, Ahmed N. Multipronged regulatory functions of a novel endonuclease (TieA) from Helicobacter pylori. Nucleic Acids Res. Nov 2;44(19):9393-9412.

Ranjan A, Shaik S, Mondal A, Nandanwar N, Hussain A, Semmler T, Kumar N, Tiwari S, Jadhav S, Wieler LH, Ahmed N. Molecular epidemiology and genome dynamics of New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM) producing extraintestinal pathogenic E. coli (ExPEC) strains from India. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. Oct 21;60(11):6795-6805.

Peddireddy V, Doddam SN, Qureshi IA, Yerra P, Ahmed N. A putative nitroreductase from the DosR regulon of Mycobacterium tuberculosis induces pro-inflammatory cytokine expression via TLR2 signaling pathway. Scientific Rep. 2016, 6:24535 (Open Access)

Devi S, Rajakumara E, Ahmed N. Induction of Mincle by Helicobacter pylori and consequent anti-inflammatory signaling denote a bacterial survival strategy. Scientific Rep. 2015, 5:15049 (Open Access)

Ranjan A, Shaik S, Hussain A, Nandanwar N, Semmler T, Jadhav S, Wieler LH, Ahmed N. Genomic and functional portrait of a highly virulent, CTX-M-15-producing H30-Rx subclone of Escherichia coli sequence type (ST) 131. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2015, 59:6087-95 (Press Report)

Kumar N, Mariappan V, Baddam R, Lankapalli AK, Shaik S, Goh KL, Loke MF, Perkins T, Benghezal M, Hasnain SE, Vadivelu J, Marshall BJ, Ahmed N. Comparative genomic analysis of Helicobacter pylori from Malaysia identifies three distinct lineages suggestive of differential evolution. Nucleic Acids Res. 2015 Jan;43(1):324-35 (Open Access)

Baddam R, Kumar N, Shaik S, Lankapalli AK, Ahmed N. Genome dynamics and evolution of Salmonella Typhi strains from the typhoid-endemic zones. Scientific Rep 2014 Dec 12;4:7457 (Open Access)

Hussain A, Ranjan A, Nandanwar N, Babbar A, Jadhav S, Ahmed N. Genotypic and phenotypic profiles of Escherichia coli isolates belonging to clinical sequence type 131 (ST131), clinical non-ST131, and fecal non-ST131 lineages from India. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2014, 58:7240-9 (Open Access)

Rani PS, Babajan B, Tulsian NK, Begum M, Kumar A, Ahmed N. Mycobacterial Hsp65 potentially cross-reacts with autoantibodies of diabetes sera and also induces (in vitro) cytokine responses relevant to diabetes mellitus.  Mol Biosystems 2013, 9:2932-41.

Hussain A, Ewers C, Nandanwar N, Guenther S, Jadhav S, Wieler LH, Ahmed N. Multiresistant uropathogenic Escherichia coli from a region in India where urinary tract infections are endemic: genotypic and phenotypic characteristics of sequence type 131 isolates of the CTX-M-15 extended-spectrum-β-lactamase-producing lineage. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 2012, 56:6358-65 (Open Access)

Ahmed N, Dobrindt U, Hacker J, Hasnain SE. Genomic fluidity and pathogenic bacteria: applications in diagnostics, epidemiology and intervention. Nat Rev Microbiol. 2008 6:387-94.

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