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Naqash Masood

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Science & Technology

Staff Group(s)
Bioscience

Role

Dr Naqash Masood is a lecturer in Molecular Biosciences with specialisation in Microbiology and Microbial Genomics. Dr Masood teaches on various modules at all degree levels, and provides research project supervision for the Master’s and undergraduate research projects. Dr Masood teaches on the following modules at the undergraduate and postgraduate level:

  • Clinical and Public Health Microbiology
  • Advanced Bioinformatics
  • Molecular Biology and Protein Structure
  • Molecular Genetics of Humana Diseases
  • Genetics and Immunology
  • Special Topics in Biotechnology
  • Microbial Diagnostics
  • Techniques in Macro-Molecular Analyses

Career overview

Dr Masood obtained his PhD in 2015 from Nottingham Trent University. His PhD was primarily focused on studying the genomes of the emergent bacterial pathogen Cronobacter sakazakii, linked with fatal cases of neonatal meningitis, and survival in the powdered infant formula. His PhD work contributed significantly towards advancements in Cronobacter research and also made its in Nottingham Trent University winning the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education (2015) – the highest national honour for a UK University. Dr Masood’s research work on Cronobacter led to several publications in peer reviewed scientific journals. His research work was also presented in various respected international conferences in the UK, USA, Germany and Republic of Ireland.

After his PhD, Dr Masood also worked as a Postdoctoral scientist at Nottingham Trent University on an interdisciplinary research project, to test the efficacy of antimicrobial agents in tubular vascular access grafts used by people with end stage renal failure.  This project developed Dr Masood’s interest in the development of antimicrobial nanofibrous structures for clinical applications, and this is the area where he is currently research active.

Dr Masood also worked as an Associate Lecturer in Natural Sciences at University of Derby.

Research areas

Dr Masood’s research focusses on the development of antimicrobial nanofibrous structures applications in the health sector. His current research is aimed at the development of the novel antimicrobial nanofibrous structures for the dura-mater regeneration in brain surgery. In this regard he is working closely with the Innovations in Surfaces, Materials and Related Technologies (iSMART) department of NTU and external industrial partner Harman technology limited.

Dr Masood is also involved in research on the identification of biomarkers in the emergent bacterial pathogen, Cronobacter sakazakii.

External activity

  • Reviewer of the De Gruyter journal, Main Group Metal Chemistry.
  • Member of the American Society for Microbiology.

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Harman Technology limited, Cheshire, UK.
  • ESP technology limited, UK.
  • University of Aberdeen, UK.
  • Princess Noora University Riyadh, KSA.

Publications

Masood, N., Forsythe, S. & Bob, S. (2018). Investigation of the antimicrobial efficacy of the silver citrate impregnated vascular access grafts. Biomaterials (in preparation).

Masood, N., Moore, K., Farbos, A., Hariri, S., Block, C., Paszkiewicz, K., Dickins, B., McNally, A. & Forsythe, S. (2015). Genomic dissection of the Cronobacter sakazakii outbreak in a French neonatal intensive care unit 1994, using Single Nucleotide Polymorphism. BMC Genomics, 16:750 doi 10.1186/s12864-015-1961-y.

Jackson, E., Masood, N., Ibrahim, K., Urvoy, N., Hariri, S., & Forsythe, S. (2015). Siccibacter colletis sp. nov., a new Siccibacter species isolated from plant material. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 65:1335-1341.

Alkeskas, A. Odrodzki, P., Saad, M., Masood, N., Rhouma, N., Moore, K., Farbos, A., Paszkiewicz, K. & Forsythe, S. (2015). Colonisation of neonatal nasogastric feeding tubes by Escherichia coli K1". BMC Infectious Diseases,15:449.

Jackson, E., Sonbol, H., Masood, N., & Forsythe, S. (2014). Genotypic and phenotypic characteristics of Cronobacter species, with particular attention to the newly reclassified species C. helveticusC. pulveris, and C. zurichensis. Food Microbiology, 44:226-235.

Joseph, S., Desai, P., Ji, Y., Hamby, S. E., Masood, N., Hariri, S., Sonbol, H., Cumming, C. A., Rico, A., Shih, S. M., Degoricja, L., Brzoska, P., Chuzhanova, N., McClelland, M., Furtado, M. R., & Forsythe, S. (2012). Comparative analysis of genome sequences covering the seven Cronobacter species PLOS ONE, 7: e49455. 10.1128/JCM.00905-12.

Joseph, S., Hariri, S., Masood, N., & Forsythe, S. (2013). Sialic acid utilization by Cronobacter sakazakii.  Microbial Informatics and Experimentation, 3:3.

Masood, N., Jackson, E., Moore, K., Farbos, A., Paszkiewicz, K., Dickins, B., McNally, A., & Forsythe, S. (2014). Draft genome sequence of "Candidatus Cronobacter colletis" NCTC 14934T, a new species in the genus CronobacterASM Genome Announcements,2(3) e00585-14.

Masood, N., Moore, K., Farbos, A., Hariri, S., Block, C., Paszkiewicz, K., Dickins, B., McNally, A., & Forsythe, S. (2013). Draft genome sequence of a meningitic isolate of Cronobacter sakazakii Clonal Complex 4, strain 8399. ASM Genome Announcements, 1(5) doi:pii: e00833-13. 10.1128/genomeA.00833-13.

Masood, N., Moore, K., Farbos, A., Hariri, S., Paszkiewicz, K., Dickins, B., McNally, A., & Forsythe, S. (2013). Draft genome sequences of Cronobacter helveticus LMG23732T, Cronobacter pulveris LMG24059 and Cronobacter zurichensis LMG23730T: three newly identified species in the genus Cronobacter. ASM Genome Announcements, 1(5). doi:pii: e00783-13. 10.1128/genomeA.00783-13.

Masood, N., Moore, K., Farbos, A., Hariri, S., Paszkiewicz, K., Dickins, B., McNally, A., & Forsythe, S. (2013). Draft genome sequence of the earliest Cronobacter sakazakii sequence type 4 strain NCIMB 8272. ASM Genome Announcements, 1(5). doi:pii: e00782-13. 10.1128/genomeA.00782-13.

Conference Presentations

Masood, N., Al- Madani, F., Albastaki, A., Biomarker Traits Exclusive to Neonatal Meningitic Cronobacter sakazakii Clonal Complex 4. ASM Microbe (2018), Atlanta, USA.

Masood, N., Moore, K., Farbos, A., Hariri, S., Block, C., Paszkiewicz, K., Dickins, B., McNally, A., & Forsythe, S. The genomic analysis of the 1994 French outbreak of C. sakazakii revealed Powdered Infant Formula (PIF) to be the potential source of outbreak. ASM New Orleans (2015), USA.

Jackson, E., Sonbol, H., Masood, N., & Forsythe, S. Genotypic and phenotypic characteristics of Cronobacter species, with particular attention to the newly reclassified species C. helveticusC. pulveris, and C. zurichensis. ASM Boston (2014), USA.

Masood, N., Moore, K., Farbos, A., Hariri, S., Block, C., Paszkiewicz, K., McNally, A., & Forsythe, S. Whole genome comparative analysis revealed clustering of neonatal meningitic C. sakazakii ST4 strains. FEMS, Leipzig (2013), Germany.

Masood, N & Forsythe, S. Single Nucleotide Polymorphism revealed a clonal signature for the neonatal meningitic Cronobacter sakazakii ST4.5th Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory/Wellcome Trust Scientific conference on infectious Disease Genomics and Global Health, Cambridge (2012), UK.

Masood, N & Forsythe, S. Expanding the multilocus sequence typing of Cronobacter sakazakii to include virulence relatedness. ASM, San Francisco (2012), USA.

Masood, N & Forsythe, S. multilocus sequence typing of Cronobacter sakazakii: ST4 and variation in ompA and recN sequences. SGM, Dublin (2012), Republic of Ireland.

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Course(s) I teach on

  • Student putting specimen trays onto shelves
    Postgraduate taught / Professional | Full-time / Part-time / Sandwich | 2019

    https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/science-technology/pg/2019-20/biomedical-science

  • Student using scientific equipment
    Postgraduate taught / Professional | Full-time / Part-time / Sandwich | 2019

    https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/science-technology/pg/2019-20/biotechnology

  • Student taking photo of science experiment with tablet
    Undergraduate | Full-time / Sandwich | 2019

    https://www.ntu.ac.uk/study-and-courses/courses/find-your-course/science-technology/ug/2019-20/bsc-microbiology