Dr. Andy Alhassan is an Associate Professor in the School Veterinary Medicine, Pathobiology. He teaches bacteriology & mycology and a molecular biology course to graduate-level students. In addition, he is director for the Bacteriology/Mycology and Molecular Biology Diagnostic Services. 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’s research interests are focused on 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 (agent of river blindness in humans), 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. 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 has authored several scientific papers in peer review journals and a book chapter.