Muslihudeen Abdul-Aziz

Mr Muslihudeen Abdul-Aziz

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

PhD Candidate

School of Biological Sciences

Faculty of Sciences


I'm currently a doctoral candidate at the Australian Centre for Ancient DNA.

My project is focused on analyzing oral microbial communities (microbiomes) of ancient hunter-gatherers and early farming communities from the Middle East, Africa and Europe using dental calculus (calcified dental plaque), a calcified biofilm created by the bacteria living in our mouths. Our microbiomes play an essential role in our health, by learning more about how our microbiomes have evolved and changed with us through time, we may be better able to treat the burgeoning incidence of 'diseases of affluence' (obesity, diabetes, asthma etc.) that we see today.

Key areas of research are:
Using ancient microbiomes to better understand the impact of diet on oral diseases.
Determining how the oral microbiome has changed through time, and how these changes relate to the health of the host.
To explore the co-evolution of our microbiomes and the human genome (the totality of genes in the human body).

  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    Arabic Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    German Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    Malay Can read, write, speak and understand spoken
    Yoruba Can speak and understand spoken
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2015 - 2018 University of Adelaide Australia PhD. Genomics and Microbiology
    2012 - 2015 Friedrich Schiller University Jena Germany M.Sc. Microbiology
    2007 - 2011 Universiti Sains Malaysia Malaysia B.Sc (Hons.) Microbiology and Management
  • Postgraduate Training

    Date Title Institution Country
    2015 - 2015 Research Associate Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPG) Germany
    2013 - 2015 Research Assistant Hans Knöll Institute (LG) Germany
  • Research Interests

  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2017 - ongoing Member The Australian Society for Microbiology Australia
    2015 - ongoing Member Society for Molecular Biology and Evolution
    2014 - ongoing Member The German Life sciences Association (VBIO) Germany
  • Position: PhD Candidate
  • Phone: 83138245
  • Email: muslihudeen.abdul-aziz@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4634
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Darling, floor 2
  • Room: 2 05d
  • Org Unit: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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