Izhar Khan Ph.D.

Research Scientist

My research interests, in the field of Environmental Health, Biodiversity and Bioresources, are to develop rapid and simple state-of-the-art quantitative methods for rapid detection and identification of water- and foodborne human and animal pathogens for identification of sources of fecal pollution in various environmental niches.    

Current research and/or projects

  • Impact of agricultural practices and environmental factors on the distribution and diversity of bacterial waterborne pathogens in agriculture watersheds
  • Development of state-of-art molecular tools for the rapid detection and identification of micro-aerophilic pathogens
  • Quantitative real-time PCR analysis for detection and quantification of human and animal bacterial and viral pathogens from various environmental sources
  • Molecular detection and characterization of emerging waterborne pathogens and microbial water quality indicators in agricultural and urban watersheds
  • Genotypic characterization and of pathogens by DNA sequencing, PFGE, RFLP analyses

Research and/or project statements

1. Strengthening the competitiveness and sustainability of the Canadian agriculture and agri-food sector

2. Promoting innovation and a healthy environment by focusing on following priorities to provide the best scientific information for regulatory and policy decisions:

       i).Enhance environmental performance of the Canadian agricultural system;

       ii). Improve environmental performance and sustainability of swine or dairy production systems;

       iii). Enhance the quality of food and the safety of the food system; iv) Improving the identification and understanding of crop pests and beneficial organisms;

       v) Reducing soil chemical, biological and physical degradation and maintaining soil health by improving farm and manure management practices; 

       vi). Identify the BMPs to mitigate the risk of water, soil and air contamination.

Education and awards

  • Ph.D. Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany
  • M.Sc. Agriculture University Faisalabad, Pakistan
  • D.V.M. Agriculture University Faisalabad, Pakistan

International experience and/or work

Physical Scientist, Environment Canada- Water Science and Technology- Microbiology, Canada Centre for Inland Waters (CCIW), Burlington, ON.  

NSERC Visiting Fellowship in Canadian Government Laboratories, Environment Canada- CCIW, Burlington, ON.                   

Research Consultant, Environment Canada, CCIW, Burlington, ON.

Research Scholar, University of Cincinnati, OH, U.S.A.

Research Assistant, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany.

Veterinary Officer, Livestock and Poultry Dept. Balochistan, Pakistan

Key publications

  1. Liu, L., Cloutier, M., Craiovan, E., Edwards, M., Frey, S.K., Gottschall, N., Lapen, D.R., Sunohara, M., Topp, E., Khan, I.U.H. (2018). Quantitative real-time PCR-based assessment of tile drainage management influences on bacterial pathogens in tile drainage and groundwater, 624 1586-1597. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2017.10.200

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  2. Fernando, D.M., Khan, I.U.H., Patidar, R., Lapen, D.R., Talbot, G., Topp, E., Kumar, A. (2016). Isolation and characterization of acinetobacter baumannii recovered from campylobacter selective medium, 7(NOV), http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2016.01871

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  3. Laprade, N., Cloutier, M., Lapen, D.R., Topp, E., Wilkes, G., Villemur, R., Khan, I.U.H. (2016). Detection of virulence, antibiotic resistance and toxin (VAT) genes in Campylobacter species using newly developed multiplex PCR assays, 124 41-47. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2016.03.009

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  4. Whiteduck-Léveillée, K., Whiteduck-Léveillée, J., Cloutier, M., Tambong, J.T., Xu, R., Topp, E., Arts, M.T., Chao, J., Adam, Z., Lévesque, C.A., Lapen, D.R., Villemur, R., Khan, I.U.H. (2016). Identification, characterization and description of Arcobacter faecis sp. nov., isolated from a human waste septic tank, 39(2), 93-99. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.syapm.2015.12.002

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  5. Whiteduck-Léveillée, J., Cloutier, M., Topp, E., Lapen, D.R., Talbot, G., Villemur, R., Khan, I.U.H. (2016). Development and evaluation of multiplex PCR assays for rapid detection of virulence-associated genes in Arcobacter species, 121 59-65. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.mimet.2015.12.017

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  6. Khan, I.U.H., Cloutier, M., Lapen, D.R., Topp, E., Wilkes, G.A., Jones, T., Brassard, J., Edge, T.A., and Talbot, G. (2015). "Quantitative detection and assessment of occurrence of human and animal viruses in agricultural aquatic environment.", 65th Annual Canadian Society of Microbiologists Annual Conference, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 15-18, 2015, S4-06. (Poster)

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  7. Khan, I.U.H., Cloutier, M., Lapen, D.R., Topp, E., Wilkes, G.A., Jones, T.H., Brassard, J., Edge, T.A., and Talbot, G. (2015). "Quantitative detection and assessment of occurrence of human and animal viruses in agricultural aquatic environment.", 65th Annual Canadian Society of Microbiologists Annual Conference, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 15-18, 2015. (Poster)

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  8. Fernando, E., Khan, I.U.H., Loewen, P., Lapen, D.R., Talbot, G., Topp, E., and Kumar, A. (2015). "Expressions and characterization of Acinetobacter spp. From Canadian Agricultural niches.", 65th Annual Canadian Society of Microbiologists Annual Conference, University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, June 15-18, 2015, AE46PC. (Poster)

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  9. Lévesque, C.A., Chen, W., Hambleton, S., Seifert, K.A., Adam, Z., Bilodeau, G.J., Cullis, J., Demeke, T., Dumonceaux, T.J., Gagnon, M., Graefenhan, T., Kawchuk, L.M., Khan, I.U.H., Lewis, C.T., Li, X., Links, M.G., Mimee, B., Rott, M., Tambong, J.T., Topp, E., Yu, Q., and Yuan, K. (2015). Project CRTI 09-462RD - Next generation sequencing, direct detection and genotyping of fungi, bacteria and nematodes in the agri-food system. DRDC-RDDC-2015-C148. Final Close-Out Report. (Report)

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  10. Lévesque, C.A., Chen, W., Hambleton, S., Seifert, K.A., Adam, Z., Bilodeau, G.J., Cullis, J., Demeke, T., Dumonceaux, T.J., Gagnon, M., Graefenhan, T., Kawchuk, L.M., Khan, I.U.H., Lewis, C.T., Li, X., Links, M.G., Mimee, B., Rott, M., Tambong, J.T., Yu, Q., and Yuan, K. (2015). Project CRTI 09-462RD - Next generation sequencing, direct detection and genotyping of fungi, bacteria and nematodes in the agri-food system. Final Report. 54. http://cradpdf.drdc-rddc.gc.ca/PDFS/unc195/p802330_A1b.pdf. (Report)

    2015 - View publication details

Affiliations

  • Member, American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • Member, Canadian Society of Microbiologists (CSM)
  • Member, Canadian College of Microbiologists (CCM)
  • Member, Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ)

Language

English

Other languages

Urdu, Punjabi, German