Samiullah Khan

Dr Samiullah Khan

Postdoctoral Fellow

School of Animal and Veterinary Science

Faculty of Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.


Dr Khan’s research targets certain aspects of food safety and poultry production through the application of molecular tools for understanding host-pathogen interactions. Dr Khan works as a postdoctoral fellow in A/P Kapil Chousalkar Research Lab at the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, The University of Adelaide. Dr Khan uses molecular microbiology tools to understand the role of zoonotic pathogens in food safety.   

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  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2017 Postdoctoral Fellow University of Adelaide
  • Awards and Achievements

    Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount
    2019 Award The University of Adelaide Travelling Award The University of Adelaide Australia 1000
    2017 Award The Houghton Trust Travel Grant 2017 Houghton Trust United Kingdom
    2017 Award World Poultry Science Association Travel Grant 2017 World Poultry Science Association Netherlands
    2017 Award World Poultry Science Association Travel Grant 2018 World Poultry Science Association Netherlands 1500
    2017 Award Poultry Science Association (USA) Graduate Student Travel Award 2017 Poultry Science Association United States 2000
    2016 Award World Poultry Congress 2016 Youth Program World Poultry Congress, China China
    2016 Research Award British Poultry Science Travelling Award 2016 British Poultry Science United Kingdom
    2014 Scholarship Keith & Dorothy Mackay Postgraduate Travelling Scholarship 2014 University of New England Australia
    2013 Scholarship International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (IPRS) University of New England Australia
    2013 Research Award British Poultry Science Travelling Award 2013 British Poultry Science United Kingdom
  • Language Competencies

    Language Competency
    English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Panjabi; Punjabi Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Pushto; Pashto Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
    Urdu Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2014 - 2017 University of New England Australia PhD (Molecular Biology)
    2010 - 2012 University of New England Australia Master of Rural Science (Poultry Science)
    2003 - 2008 Sindh Agriculture University Tandojam Pakistan DVM
  • Research Interests

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  • Journals

    Year Citation
    2020 Khan, S., Roberts, J., & Wu, S. -B. (2020). Regulation of Immunity-Related Genes by Infectious Bronchitis Virus Challenge in Spleen of Laying Chickens. VIRAL IMMUNOLOGY, 33(5), 413-420.
    DOI WoS1 Europe PMC1
    2020 Khan, S., & Chousalkar, K. K. (2020). Salmonella Typhimurium infection disrupts but continuous feeding of Bacillus based probiotic restores gut microbiota in infected hens.. Journal of animal science and biotechnology, 11(1), 29.
    DOI Scopus1 WoS1
    2020 Khan, S., Moore, R. J., Stanley, D., & Chousalkar, K. K. (2020). Gut microbiota of laying hens and its manipulation with prebiotics and probiotics to enhance gut health and food safety.. Applied and environmental microbiology, 86(13), 18 pages.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1
    2020 Khan, S., & Chousalkar, K. K. (2020). Transcriptome profiling analysis of caeca in chicks challenged with Salmonella Typhimurium reveals differential expression of genes involved in host mucosal immune response.. Applied microbiology and biotechnology, 104(21), 9327-9342.
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    2020 Zhang, J., Khan, S., & Chousalkar, K. K. (2020). Development of PMAxx<sup>TM</sup>-Based qPCR for the Quantification of Viable and Non-viable Load of Salmonella From Poultry Environment. Frontiers in Microbiology, 11, 581201.
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    2020 Chousalkar, K. K., Khan, S., & McWhorter, A. R. (2020). Microbial quality, safety and storage of eggs. Current Opinion in Food Science.
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    2020 Khan, S., & Chousalkar, K. K. (2020). Short-term feeding of probiotics and synbiotics modulates caecal microbiota during Salmonella Typhimurium infection but does not reduce shedding and invasion in chickens.. Appl Microbiol Biotechnol, 104(1), 319-334.
    DOI Scopus4 WoS2
    2019 Chousalkar, K., Sims, S., McWhorter, A., Khan, S., & Sexton, M. (2019). The Effect of Sanitizers on Microbial Levels of Chicken Meat Collected from Commercial Processing Plants.. International journal of environmental research and public health, 16(23), 11 pages.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1
    2019 Khan, S., Wu, S., & Roberts, J. (2019). RNA-sequencing analysis of shell gland shows differences in gene expression profile at two time-points of eggshell formation in laying chickens. BMC Genomics, 20(1), 20 pages.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS5 Europe PMC3
    2019 Khan, S., Roberts, J., & Wu, S. B. (2019). Genes involved in mitochondrial biogenesis and function may not show synchronised responses to mitochondria in shell gland of laying chickens under infectious bronchitis virus challenge. BMC Molecular and Cell Biology, 20(1), 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS2
    2017 Samiullah, S., Roberts, J., & Wu, S. (2017). Downregulation of ALAS1 by nicarbazin treatment underlies the reduced synthesis of protoporphyrin IX in shell gland of laying hens. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 13 pages.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS4 Europe PMC3
    2017 Khan, S., Roberts, J., & Wu, S. (2017). Reference gene selection for gene expression study in shell gland and spleen of laying hens challenged with infectious bronchitis virus. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 12 pages.
    DOI Scopus6 WoS6 Europe PMC3
    2017 Samiullah, S., Omar, A. S., Roberts, J., & Chousalkar, K. (2017). Effect of production system and flock age on eggshell and egg internal quality measurements. POULTRY SCIENCE, 96(1), 246-258.
    DOI Scopus19 WoS18 Europe PMC4
    2017 Samiullah, S., Roberts, J., & Wu, S. (2017). Reference gene selection for the shell gland of laying hens in response to time-points of eggshell formation and nicarbazin. PLoS ONE, 12(7), 20 pages.
    DOI Scopus5 WoS4 Europe PMC1
    2016 Samiullah, S., Roberts, J., & Chousalkar, K. (2016). Infectious bronchitis virus and brown shell colour: Australian strains of infectious bronchitis virus affect brown eggshell colour in commercial laying hens differently. Avian Pathology, 45(5), 552-558.
    DOI Scopus2 WoS1
    2016 Samiullah, S., Roberts, J., & Chousalkar, K. (2016). Oviposition time, flock age, and egg position in clutch in relation to brown eggshell color in laying hens. Poultry Science, 95(9), 2052-2057.
    DOI Scopus11 WoS10 Europe PMC4
    2015 Samiullah, S., Roberts, J., & Chousalkar, K. (2015). Eggshell color in brown-egg laying hens - a review. Poultry Science, 94(10), 2566-2575.
    DOI Scopus30 WoS30 Europe PMC11
    2014 Samiullah., Roberts, J., & Chousalkar, K. (2014). Effect of production system and flock age on egg quality and total bacterial load in commercial laying hens. Journal of Applied Poultry Research, 23(1), 59-70.
    DOI Scopus27 WoS25
    2014 Samiullah, S., & Roberts, J. (2014). The eggshell cuticle of the laying hen. World's Poultry Science Journal, 70(4), 693-708.
    DOI Scopus8 WoS9
    2013 Samiullah, S. (2013). Contagious caprine pleuropneumonia and its current picture in Pakistan: a review. Veterinarni Medicina, 58(8), 389-398.
    DOI Scopus10 WoS10
    2013 Samiullah, S., & Roberts, J. (2013). The location of protoporphyrin in the eggshell of brown-shelled eggs. Poultry Science, 92(10), 2783-2788.
    DOI Scopus28 WoS31 Europe PMC16
    2013 Samiullah, S. (2013). Salmonella infantis, a potential human pathogen has an association with table eggs. International Journal of Poultry Science, 12(3), 185-191.
    DOI Scopus4
    2013 Roberts, J., Chousalkar, K., & Samiullah, S. (2013). Egg quality and age of laying hens: Implications for product safety. Animal Production Science, 53(12), 1291-1297.
    DOI Scopus26 WoS25
    2013 Samiullah, S., Chousalkar, K., Roberts, J., Sexton, M., May, D., & Kiermeier, A. (2013). Effects of egg shell quality and washing on Salmonella Infantis penetration. International Journal of Food Microbiology, 165(2), 77-83.
    DOI Scopus21 WoS18 Europe PMC9
  • Conference Papers

    Year Citation
    2019 Khan, S., Chousalkar, K., & McWhorter, A. (2019). Salmonella interventions and their limitations. In Australian Veterinary Poultry Association Scientific Meeting. Sydney.
    2018 Khan, S., Wu, S. -B., Roberts, J., & Chousalkar, K. (2018). Mitochondrial count in oviduct of laying hens challenged with infectious bronchitis virus. In Asian Poultry Pacific Conference. Thailand.
    2018 Khan, S., & Chousalkar, K. (2018). Cecal luminal microbial diversity profiling of laying chicks is manipulated by probiotics supplementation and Salmonella Typhimurium challenge.. In Australian Society of Microbiology. Adelaide.
    2017 Khan, S., Wu, S. -B., & Roberts, J. (2017). RNA Sequencing analysis of the shell gland region of oviduct in laying hens challenged with infectious bronchitis virus. In Poultry Science Association. USA.
    2017 Samiullah, S., Wu, S. -B., & Robert, J. (2017). RNA-Seq analysis of the shell gland region of oviduct in laying hens challenged with T strain of infectious bronchitis virus. In Australian Veterinary Poultry Association, Scientific Meeting. Sydney.
    2017 Samiullah, S., Wu, S. -B., & Roberts, J. (2017). Quantification of mitochondrial count and protoporphyrin ix associated gene expression in relation to different stages of eggshell formation and nicarbazin challenge in the shell gland of laying hen. In Proceedings of Australian Poultry Science Symposium. Sydney.
    2016 Samiullah, K., Omar, A., Roberts, J., & Chousalkar, K. (2016). Effect of production system and flock age on egg quality. In Proceedings of Australian Poultry Science Symposium. Sydney.
    2015 Samiullah, S., Roberts, J., & Chousalkar, K. (2015). Effect of infectious bronchitis virus strains (N1/88, T) on eggshell colour in unvaccinated brown egg laying hens. In XVI European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products. France.
    2015 Samiullah, K., Roberts, J., & Chousalkar, K. (2015). Quantification of protoporphyrin ix from eggshell of brown egg laying hens challenged with vaccine and wild strains of infectious bronchitis virus. In Proceedings of Australian Poultry Science Symposium. Sydney.
    2014 Samiullah, K., Roberts, J., & Chousalkar, K. (2014). Effect of infectious bronchitis virus strains on eggshell pigment in vaccinated and unvaccinated brown egg laying hens. In 10th Asian Pacific Poultry Conference. South Korea.
    2014 Roberts, J., Scott, P., Samiullah, S., Fernando, N., & Anwar, A. M. (2014). Factors affecting egg shell colour. In 10th Asian Pacific Poultry Conference. Thailand.
    2014 Samiullah, S., Roberts, J., & Chousalkar, K. (2014). Protoporphyrin quantification from eggshells of laying hens challenged with infectious bronchitis virus strains (N1/88 and T Strains). In Proceedings of Australian Poultry Science Symposium. Sydney.
    2014 Roberts, J., Scott, P., Samiullah, S., Fernando, N., & Anwar, A. M. (2014). Maintenance of shell colour in free range laying hens. In Proceedings of Australian Poultry Science Symposium. Sydney.
    2013 Samiullah, S., & Roberts, J. (2013). Protoporphyrin IX in shell and cuticle of brown shelled eggs. In Proceedings of Australian Poultry Science Symposium. Sydney.
    2013 Samiullah, S., Roberts, J., & Chousalkar, K. (2013). Study of penetration of washed and unwashed table eggs with Salmonella enterica serovar Infantis. In XV European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products. Italy.
    2013 Roberts, J., & Samiullah, S. (2013). Maintenance of shell colour in laying hens in free range production. In XV European Symposium on the Quality of Eggs and Egg Products. Italy.
    2012 Samiullah, S., Roberts, J., & Chousalkar, K. (2012). Egg quality and food safety of table eggs: Egg quality and age of flock – A longitudinal study. In Proceedings of Australian Poultry Science Symposium. Sydney.
    2012 Samiullah, S., Roberts, J., & Chousalkar, K. (2012). Egg quality and food safety of table eggs- A longitudinal study. In 24th World Poultry Congress. Brazil.
  • Conference Items

    Year Citation
    2016 Samiullah, S., Wu, S. -B., & Roberts, J. (2016). Mitochondrial quantification and expression of genes associated with protoporphyrin IX synthesis in the shell gland of laying hens in response to nicarbazin. Poster session presented at the meeting of World Poultry Congress. China.

Year

Funder

Amount (AUD)

Project

2012-15

Australian Egg Corporation

Limited

357187

Understanding the physiology of shell pigmentation and colour deterioration in laying hens (with Juliet Roberts UNE and Peter Scott Scolexia)

2017-20

Australian Eggs

413,522

Optimisation of use of probiotics for

control of Salmonella (with Kapil Chousalkar)

2018

The University of Adelaide

4000

Investigating the effect of probiotics on short chain fatty acids production in Salmonella

challenged laying hens

2020-2023

ARC-Linkage

540000

Salmonella in Poultry: improving vaccine efficacy (With Kapil Chousalkar, Andrea McWhorter, Robert Moore, Gregory Underwood, Dan Andrews and Richard Gast)

From Jan 2018- Dec 2018: Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology

From Jan 2019- Dec 2019: Poultry Production

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 Co-Supervisor iPhD with Bioproperties Pty Ltd: Improving the efficacy of Salmonella Typhimurium vaccination Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Siyuan Jia
    2019 Co-Supervisor Study of Food Borne Pathogens in Poultry Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Gayani Kuriyawe Muhandiramlage
  • Other Supervision Activities

    Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Use of alternative diluents to increase the efficacy of a live, attenuated Salmonella Typhimurium vaccine The University of Adelaide Master of Biotechnology Master Full Time Boyang Xu
    2020 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Quorum Sensing and Shikimate molecules as microbial stimulants for a live-attenuated Salmonella Typhimurium vaccine The University of Adelaide Master of Biotechlology Master Full Time Trairong Chokwassanasakulkit
    2020 - ongoing Co-Supervisor Virulence study of Salmonella Enteritidis The University of Adelaide Master of Biotechnology Master Full Time Vishnu Tikku
    2020 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Optimisation of decontamination protocol for poultry farms in Australia The University of Adelaide Honours Full Time Shruti Vijay Kumar
    2019 - 2020 Principal Supervisor Development of qPCR for quantification of viable and total load of Salmonella from poultry environment The University of Adelaide Master of Biotechnology Master Full Time Jiawei Zhang
    2019 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Growth and gene expression of Salmonella Hessarek and Salmonella Typhimurium in eggs The University of Adelaide Master of Biotechnology Master Full Time Qixing Lin
    2019 - 2020 Co-Supervisor Study of Salmonella Typhimurium vaccine The University of Adelaide Master of Biotechnology Master Full Time Siyuan Jia
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  • Memberships

    Date Role Membership Country
    2019 - 2020 Member Australian Society of Microbiology Australia
    2013 - 2017 Member Poultry Science Association United States
    2013 - 2017 Member American Association of Microbiology United States
    2012 - ongoing Member World Poultry Science Association Australia
    2008 - ongoing Member Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council Pakistan
  • Position: Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Phone: 83130081
  • Email: samiullah.khan@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: Roseworthy
  • Building: Corridor Block, floor 1
  • Room: 1 01
  • Org Unit: School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences

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