Research Group Team

Zana Hameed Mahmood

Principal Investigator and Group Leader [PhD in Infection and Global Health]

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Mariwan Kadir Rasheed Mohammed

Assistant Lecturer and lab supervisor [MSc. Molecular Biology]

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Salih Ahmed Hama Hama Ali

Dean, College of Health Sciences. [PhD in Immunology & Virology]

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Group Projects

Emerging and High Consequence Infectious Pathogens (EHCIP)

College of Health Sciences, University of Human Development, Sulaymaniyah, Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

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No one is safe until everyone is safe, investigating infections originally, applying Innovative, original research and team-working.


    Detection, characterization, and analytical studies of Human and Veterinary pathogens.


1. Establish this research group as a scientific reference for Kurdistan and to sustain infectious disease investigation skills. This will help triage patients and implement quarantine and control measures for new illnesses.

2. Perform fast sequencing analysis for contact tracing and gain a better understanding of the nature of the epidemic in the region.

3. Establish the laboratory as analysing centre for Kurdistan, both in the near term for seasonal illnesses and in the long term to cope with the region's Risks of High Consequence Infectious Diseases (HCIDs).

4. Taking preventive measures, and surveillance, will minimize infectious challenges, economic losses, and the possibility of a pandemic control.

Our Work

1.      Outbreak Investigation through:

·     Pathogen Determination using epidemiological and different Laboratory techniques.

·     Discover the source of outbreaks [Environmental, Animal, and Human-associated infections].

·     Study progress in disease transmission to identify outbreaks during early stages [control and prevention].

·     Scientific contribution for emergency response and preparation.

2.        Identifying uncommon pathogens [infectious diseases] through:

·     Laboratory investigation of sick or deceased human or animal specimens from unknown or unusual causes

·     Identifying, aetiological and epidemiological study of new and novel infectious agents.

3.      Monitoring high consequence infectious diseases through:

·     Managing major surveillance networks and systems in addition to the test development.

·     Tracking the diseases including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome- Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2), Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCHF), Influenzae, Rabies, Mycobacterium, Vibrio cholera and other high consequence Microbial infections.

·     Serving as international collaborating centre for certain microbial infections in the region.

4.      Improve diagnostic, prevention, and treatment capabilities through:

·       Conducting human papillomavirus (HPV) laboratory investigations to minimize the incidence of HPV-related malignancies.

·       Regularly providing laboratory diagnostic support and training to local health agencies and other partners.

5.      Host-Pathogen interaction studies trough:

·       Carrying out laboratory studies to comprehend how diseases progress.

·       Monitoring infection consequences progression and conduct post-infection research