Souhaila Al Khodor, PhD

Director – Maternal and Child Health Program
Principal Investigator – Associate Level
Microbiome and Host-Microbes Interactions Laboratory

Email: salkhodor (@)

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS(equal contribution, *corresponding):

  • Mattei V, Murugesan S, Al Hashmi M, Mathew R, James N, Singh P, Kumar M, Lakshmanan AP, Terranegra A, Souhaila Al Khodor*, Tomei S*: Evaluation of Methods for the Extraction of Microbial DNA From Vaginal Swabs Used for Microbiome Studies. Front Cell Infect Microbiol (2019) 6;9:197.
  • Parul Singh, Manoj Kumar and Souhaila Al Khodor*. Vitamin D Deficiency in the Gulf Cooperation Council: Exploring the Triad of Genetic Predisposition, the Gut Microbiome and the Immune System. Front Immunol (2019) 10:1042.
  • Souhaila Al Khodor, Reichert B, Shatat IF. The Microbiome and Blood Pressure: Can Microbes Regulate Our Blood Pressure? Front Pediatr (2017) 19;5:138.
  • Souhaila Al Khodor* and Ibrahim F. Shatat*. Gut microbiome and kidney disease: A bidirectional relationship. Pediatr Nephrol (2016) (6):921-931.
  • Souhaila Al Khodor, Marshall-Batty K, Nair V, Ding L, Greenberg DE, Fraser ID. Burkholderia cenocepacia J2315 escapes to the cytosol and actively subverts autophagy in human macrophages. Cell Microbiol (2014) 16(3):378-95.
  • Souhaila Al Khodor and Kwaik, Y. A. Triggering of Ras signaling by intracellular Francisella tularensis through recruitment of PKCalpha and beta1 to the SOS2/GrBr complex is essential for bacterial proliferation in the cytosol. Cell Microbiol (2010) 12: 16040-1621.
  • Souhaila Al Khodor, Al-Quadan, T., and Kwaik, Y. A. Temporal and differential regulation of the eukaryotic-like ankyrin effectors of L. pneumophila. Environ Microbiol Rep (2010)2: 677-684.
  • Akimana, C., Souhaila Al Khodor, and Kwaik, Y. A.Arthropod and mammalian host factors required for intracellular proliferation of Francisella tularensis. PloS ONE(2010) 5: e11025.
  • Price, C. T., Souhaila Al Khodor, Al-Quadan, T., Habyarimana, F., and Kwaik, Y. A. Molecular mimicry by an F-box effector of Legionella pneumophila hijacks a conserved polyubiquitination machinery within macrophages and protozoa. PLoS Pathog (2009) 5: e1000704.
  • Souhaila Al Khodor, Kalachikov, S., Morozova, I., Price, C. T., and Kwaik. Y. A. The PmrA/B two component system of Legionella pneumophila is a global regulator required for intracellular replication within macrophages and protozoa. Infect Immun (2009) 77: 374-386.