Hany Anany, Ph.D.

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Research Scientist

Development of novel bacteriophage-based techniques to detect and control various bacterial food borne pathogens to enhance food safety

Current research and/or projects

Dr. Anany’s research program will be based on developing strategies that exploit the use of bacteriophages (bacterial viruses) for rapid detection and biocontrol of food borne pathogens. This is perfectly aligned with the fourth strategic objective of S&T Branch, which is addressing threats to the agriculture and agri-food value chain to ensure food safety in agricultural production systems as well as processed and pre-packaged foods. Bacteriophage is a very promising clean technology to enhance food safety from farm to fork. Being able to understand bacteriophage biology and its interaction with bacterial hosts will aid in broaden its application to enhance food safety and provide AAFC with the leadership in this particular area of research.

Research and/or project statements

  • Fungal and bacterial biosystematics: bridging taxonomy and “omics” technology in agricultural research and regulation
  • Development and stabilization of bacteriophage-mediated biopesticide for control of fire blight in apple orchards
  • Chemical-Free food safety approach to mitigate Listeria monocytogenes in food processing environment
  • Bacteriophage intervention during poultry carcass chilling and packaging to control Campylobacter and Salmonella contamination
  • Understanding biofilm community dynamics in food processing environments; an essential requirement for reducing food losses caused by microbial contaminants

Professional activities / interests

  • Isolation, characterization and genome analysis of bacteriophages and their interaction with their bacterial hosts using multiomics approaches
  • Developing novel bacteriophage-based techniques to detect and control various bacterial foodborne pathogens to enhance food safety
  • Bacteriophage immobilization and development of phage-based bioactive materials
  • Phagome analysis of food production and processing environments

Education and awards

Ph.D. Food Science, University of Guelph, 2010

Key publications

  1. Svircev, A.M., Anany , H., Wang, Q. and Castle, A.J. Successful control of fire blight: Can bacteriophages do the job? Fourth International Symposium on Biological Control of Bacterial Plant Diseases, Biocontrol 2019, July 9-11, Viterbo, IT , FAO pp 34-38 http://www.fao.org/3/ca5311en/ca5311en.pdf

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  2. El-Dougdoug, N.K., Cucic, S., Abdelhamid, A.G., Brovko, L., Kropinski, A.M., Griffiths, M.W., Anany, H. (2019). Control of Salmonella Newport on cherry tomato using a cocktail of lytic bacteriophages, 293 60-71. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2019.01.003

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  3. Leung, V., Szewczyk, A., Chau, J., Hosseinidoust, Z., Groves, L., Hawsawi, H., Anany, H., Griffiths, M.W., Monsur Ali, M., Filipe, C.D.M. (2018). Long-Term Preservation of Bacteriophage Antimicrobials Using Sugar Glasses, 4(11), 3802-3808. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsbiomaterials.7b00468

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  4. Anany, H., Brovko, L., El Dougdoug, N.K., Sohar, J., Fenn, H., Alasiri, N., Jabrane, T., Mangin, P., Monsur Ali, M., Kannan, B., Filipe, C.D.M., Griffiths, M.W. (2018). Print to detect: a rapid and ultrasensitive phage-based dipstick assay for foodborne pathogens, 410(4), 1217-1230. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00216-017-0597-y

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  5. Wang, J., Niu, Y.D., Chen, J., Anany, H., Ackermann, H.W., Johnson, R.P., Ateba, C.N., Stanford, K., McAllister, T.A. (2015). Feces of feedlot cattle contain a diversity of bacteriophages that lyse non-o157 shiga toxin-producing escherichia coli, 61(7), 467-475. http://dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjm-2015-0163

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  6. Viazis, S., Akhtar, M., Feirtag, J., Brabban, A.D., Diez-Gonzalez, F. (2011). Isolation and characterization of lytic bacteriophages against enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli, 110(5), 1323-1331. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2672.2011.04989.x

    2011 - View publication details

Research facility

93 Stone Road West
Guelph, ON N1G 5C9


  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Guelph
  • Graduate Faculty, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, University of Guelph
  • Graduate Faculty, Department of Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University
  • Member of: Canadian Society of Microbiologists, International Association for Food Protection, International Society of Virus of Microbes



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