Dr. Attiq R Muhammad,Ph.D

Molecular biologist: Microbiome & Antibiotic Resistance

Molecular Epidemiology of Antimicrobial resistance and development of alternatives to antibiotics in poultry (Genomic Research and development initiative on AMR (GRDI-AMR).

Current research and/or projects

Genomic Research and development initiative on AMR (GRDI-AMR).

Research and/or project statements

  • Initiated, planed, organized and executed research activities under established guidelines.
  • Designed, conducted, and analyzed results of in vitro and in vivo experimental trials
  • Coordinated a collaborative and multidisciplinary research project (GRDI-AMR)
  • Discovered a new fosfomycin resistance gene fosA7
  • Wrote research manuscripts and reports approved by colleagues
  • Participated in the training of students and research staffs

Professional activities / interests

Molecular microbiology, Pathogen subtyping and genomic epidemiology of foodborne pathogens, bioinformatics, Next generation sequencing (NGS), Bacterial genomics and Metagenomics, Microbial pathogenesis, host-pathogen interactions, Antimicrobial resistance, Microbial phylogenetic and evolution, Genotype-Phenotype correlations and machine learning

Education and awards

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) Molecular Biology and Genetics

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph Ontario Canada


  1. 1st place winner of the 2015 Poster Competition of 13th Annual Food Safety Research Forum, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs Guelph Ontario Canada
  2. 1st place winner of the 2014 Poster Competition of 12th Annual Food Safety Research Forum, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food & Rural Affairs Guelph Ontario Canada
  3. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) postdoctoral fellowship 2012
  4. National Institutes of Health (NIH) USA, Fellows Award for Research Excellence, 2011
  5. Program in Cellular Regulation and Metabolism NICHD Group meeting best participation award, 2011
  6. National Institutes of Health (NIH) USA, Intramural postdoctoral Research Fellowship 2009
  7. Dual Travel Award recipient of American yeast Genetics Society, 2008, 2010
  8. Dual recipient of Ontario Graduate Scholarship in Science and Technology, 2006, 2008
  9. Richard and Sophia Hungerford Research Travel award, University of Guelph 2007
  10. University of Guelph Graduate Scholarship 2006, 2007, 2008
  11. Wood-Whelen International Research fellowship for Japan 2006
  12. Student Mini-symposium speaker at University of Guelph, 2006
  13. National Agricultural Biotechnology Conference Fellowship 2004
  14. UNESCO Short-term training Fellowship 2003
  15. United Nations University Japan Fellowship 2002
  16. DR. J. H. Orbison Gold Medal for distinction in M.Sc., University of the Punjab, Lahore 1996

International experience and/or work

  1. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health (NIH) Maryland, USA.
  2. Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK 
  3. Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Medical Sciences Japan

Key publications

  1. Shay et al (2020) Bait-capture metagenomics for detection of antimicrobial resistance genes and plasmid markers in livestock and a mock community. International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology Ottawa - Virtual 2020/07/13

    2020 - View publication details

Research facility

93 Stone Road West
Guelph, ON N1G 5C9


Guelph Research and Development Centre

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada