Biography

I obtained my PhD in 2015 from Nottingham Trent University. It was primarily focused on studying the genomes of the emergent bacterial pathogen Cronobacter sakazakii, linked with fatal cases of neonatal meningitis, and survival in the powdered infant formula. My PhD work contributed significantly towards advancements in Cronobacter research and also made its in Nottingham Trent University winning the prestigious Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education (2015). My research work on Cronobacter led to several publications in peer reviewed scientific journals and was presented in various respected international conferences in the UK, USA, Germany and Republic of Ireland.

After my PhD, I also worked as a Postdoctoral scientist at Nottingham Trent University on an interdisciplinary research project, to test the efficacy of antimicrobial agents in tubular vascular access grafts used by people with end stage renal failure.  This project developed I’s interest in the development of antimicrobial nanofibrous structures for clinical applications, and this is the area where he is currently research active.

I was appointed a Lecturer in Molecular Biosciences at Nottingham Trent University in October 2016 where I served until July 2019 before joining Keele university in August 2019.

Research and scholarship

My key area of interest is studying the pathogenesis of emerging bacterial pathogen Cronobacter sakazakii.

In terms of Education and Scholarship, I am interested in the application of novel teaching technologies to make the teaching more inclusive and engaging in large cohorts.  

External activity

  • Reviewer of the De Gruyter journal, Main Group Metal Chemistry.
  • Member of the American Society for Microbiology.

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Harman Technology limited, Cheshire, UK.
  • ESP technology limited, UK.
  • Princess Noora University Riyadh, KSA.

Teaching

I am a lecturer in Biosciences with specialisation in Microbiology and Microbial Genomics. Prior to joining Keele university in August 2019, I worked as a Lecturer in Molecular Biosciences at Nottingham Trent University for two and half years.

I teach on various bioscience modules at all levels, and provide research supervision for the master’s and undergraduate research projects.

Currently I teach on the following modules:

  • Introduction to Human Biology (Module manager)
  • Medical Microbiology (master’s)
  • People and Pathogens
  • Population and environment
  • Animal adaptations
  • Case based learning (level 4, 5)

My additional responsibilities include Foundation Year link person, and the marketing liaison person for the School of Life Sciences, Keele University.

Selected Publications

  • Alkeskas A, Ogrodzki P, Saad M, Masood N, Rhoma NR, Moore K, Farbos A, Paszkiewicz K, Forsythe S. 2015. The molecular characterisation of Escherichia coli K1 isolated from neonatal nasogastric feeding tubes. BMC Infectious Diseases, Article 449, vol. 15(1). doi> full text>
  • Masood N, Moore K, Farbos A, Paszkiewicz K, Dickins B, McNally A, Forsythe S. 2015. Genomic dissection of the 1994 Cronobacter sakazakii outbreak in a French neonatal intensive care unit. BMC Genomics, Article 750, vol. 16(1). doi> full text>
  • Jackson EE, Masood N, Ibrahim K, Urvoy N, Hariri S, Forsythe SJ. 2015. Description of Siccibacter colletis sp. nov., a novel species isolated from plant material, and emended description of Siccibacter turicensis. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 1335-1341, vol. 65(Pt_4). doi> full text>
  • Jackson EE, Sonbol H, Masood N, Forsythe SJ. 2014. Genotypic and phenotypic characteristics of Cronobacter species, with particular attention to the newly reclassified species Cronobacter helveticus, Cronobacter pulveris, and Cronobacter zurichensis. Food Microbiology, 226-235, vol. 44. doi> full text>
  • Masood N, Jackson E, Moore K, Farbos A, Paszkiewicz K, Dickins B, McNally A, Forsythe S. 2014. Draft Genome Sequence of “ Candidatus Cronobacter colletis” NCTC 14934 T , a New Species in the Genus Cronobacter. Genome Announcements, vol. 2(3). doi> full text>

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Journal Articles

  • Alkeskas A, Ogrodzki P, Saad M, Masood N, Rhoma NR, Moore K, Farbos A, Paszkiewicz K, Forsythe S. 2015. The molecular characterisation of Escherichia coli K1 isolated from neonatal nasogastric feeding tubes. BMC Infectious Diseases, Article 449, vol. 15(1). doi> full text>
  • Masood N, Moore K, Farbos A, Paszkiewicz K, Dickins B, McNally A, Forsythe S. 2015. Genomic dissection of the 1994 Cronobacter sakazakii outbreak in a French neonatal intensive care unit. BMC Genomics, Article 750, vol. 16(1). doi> full text>
  • Jackson EE, Masood N, Ibrahim K, Urvoy N, Hariri S, Forsythe SJ. 2015. Description of Siccibacter colletis sp. nov., a novel species isolated from plant material, and emended description of Siccibacter turicensis. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 1335-1341, vol. 65(Pt_4). doi> full text>
  • Jackson EE, Sonbol H, Masood N, Forsythe SJ. 2014. Genotypic and phenotypic characteristics of Cronobacter species, with particular attention to the newly reclassified species Cronobacter helveticus, Cronobacter pulveris, and Cronobacter zurichensis. Food Microbiology, 226-235, vol. 44. doi> full text>
  • Masood N, Jackson E, Moore K, Farbos A, Paszkiewicz K, Dickins B, McNally A, Forsythe S. 2014. Draft Genome Sequence of “ Candidatus Cronobacter colletis” NCTC 14934 T , a New Species in the Genus Cronobacter. Genome Announcements, vol. 2(3). doi> full text>
  • Masood N, Moore K, Farbos A, Hariri S, Block C, Paszkiewicz K, Dickins B, McNally A, Forsythe S. 2013. Draft Genome Sequence of a Meningitic Isolate of Cronobacter sakazakii Clonal Complex 4, Strain 8399. Genome Announcements, vol. 1(5). doi> full text>
  • Masood N, Moore K, Farbos A, Hariri S, Paszkiewicz K, Dickins B, McNally A, Forsythe S. 2013. Draft Genome Sequence of the Earliest Cronobacter sakazakii Sequence Type 4 Strain, NCIMB 8272. Genome Announcements, vol. 1(5). doi> full text>
  • Masood N, Moore K, Farbos A, Hariri S, Paszkiewicz K, Dickins B, McNally A, Forsythe S. 2013. Draft Genome Sequences of Three Newly Identified Species in the Genus Cronobacter , C. helveticus LMG23732 T , C. pulveris LMG24059, and C . zurichensis LMG23730 T. Genome Announcements, vol. 1(5). doi> full text>
  • Joseph S, Hariri S, Masood N, Forsythe S. 2013. Sialic acid utilization by Cronobacter sakazakii. Microbial Informatics and Experimentation, 3, vol. 3(1). doi> full text>
  • Joseph S, Desai P, Ji Y, Cummings CA, Shih R, Degoricija L, Rico A, Brzoska P, Hamby SE, Masood N, Hariri S, Sonbol H, Chuzhanova N, McClelland M, Furtado MR, Forsythe SJ. Comparative Analysis of Genome Sequences Covering the Seven Cronobacter Species. PLoS ONE, e49455, vol. 7(11). doi> full text>