Andy Alhassan, DVM, PhD
Dr. Andy Alhassan’s research interests are focused around vector-borne diseases. He has worked on several pathogens of veterinary and medical importance, including the tick-borne protozoal pathogens Babesia and Theileria sp.; Filarial parasite, Onchocerca volvulus (onchocerciasis), Rickettsia sp. Anaplasma sp., and Borrelia sp., as well as Trypanosoma spp. Dr. Andy Alhassan is interested in developing and improving diagnostic assays for the identification and characterization of animal, zoonotic and foodborne pathogens using molecular-based methods, including the loop-mediated isothermal DNA amplification (LAMP) method to lower the cost and to reduce turnaround time. He is interested in promoting research, training, and capacity building. He has strong interest in collaborative research, nationally and internationally, and appreciate the value of cross-disciplinary research and one-health approach to addressing the impact and threat of infectious diseases globally.
Dr. Andy Alhassan teaches bacteriology & mycology and a molecular biology course to graduate-level students. Prior to joining SGU, Dr. Andy Alhassan worked as a research associate scientist with Dr Roman Ganta at the Center of Excellence for Vector-Borne Diseases (CEVBD), Kansas State University (KSU) and a recipient of the Postdoctoral Scholars Program (PSP) fellowship offered by the School of Veterinary Medicine, SGU. He also worked as a postdoctoral scientist at the New England Biolabs (NEB), Massachusetts where he focused on the development and evaluation of diagnostic assays for neglected tropical diseases.
Dr. Andy Alhassan has authored several scientific papers in peer review journals and a book chapter.