Dr. Malak A. Esseili


Malak A. Esseili, MS, PhD.

Research Scientist, Ohio State University
OARDC Food Animal Health Research Program
1680 Madison Ave. Wooster, OH 44691
330-202-3576 Office | 330-263-3677 Fax
esseili.1 at osu.edu

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/esseilima/

Pubmed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=Esseili+M

ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Malak_Esseili

Biographical Information

2016 – Present: Research Scientist with principle investigator status at the Ohio State University, Food Animal Health Research Program, Ohio.

2010 – 2015: Post-doctoral Research Associate at the Ohio State University, Food Animal Health Research Program, Ohio.

2009:  Ph.D.  University of Toledo, Department of Environmental Sciences, Ohio

Research Area

Food Safety Virologist and Environmental Microbiologist

Human Norovirus: mechanism of attachment and internalization in leafy greens.

Water Quality: Fecal contamination of beaches and agricultural water

Land applied Biosolids

Molecular fingerprinting for Bacterial Source Tracking

Medicinal plants: anti-inflammatory properties


  1. Gao X, Esseili MA, Lu Z. Saif LJ, Wang Q. Recognizing HBGA-like carbohydrates in lettuce by human GII.4 norovirus. 2016 May 2;82(10):2966-74
  2. Esseili MA, Gao X, Tegtmeier S, Saif LJ, Wang Q. 2015. Abiotic stress and Phyllosphere Bacteria Influence the Survival of Human Norovirus and its surrogates on Preharvest Leafy Greens. Appl Environ Microbiol. 82:352-363.
  3. Liu X, Lin CM, Annamalai T, Gao X, Lu Z, Esseili MA, Jung K, El-Tholoth M, Saif LJ, Wang Q. 2015. Determination of the infectious titer and virulence of an original US porcine epidemic diarrhea virus PC22A strain. Vet Res 46:109
  4. Esseili MA, Chin A, Saif L, Miller SA, Qu F, Lewis Ivey ML, Wang Q. 2015. Postharvest Survival of Porcine Sapovirus, a Human Norovirus Surrogate, on Phytopathogen-Infected Leafy Greens. J Food Prot 78:1472-1480.
  5. Esseili MA, Saif LJ, Farkas T, Wang Q. 2015. Feline Calicivirus, Murine Norovirus, Porcine Sapovirus, and Tulane Virus Survival on Postharvest Lettuce. Appl Environ Microbiol 81:5085-5092.
  6. Lin CM, Gao X, Oka T, Vlasova AN, Esseili MA, Wang Q, Saif LJ. 2015. Antigenic relationships among porcine epidemic diarrhea virus and transmissible gastroenteritis virus strains. J Virol 89:3332-3342.
  7. Esseili MA, Kassem, II, Lis J, Sigler V. 2014. Application of denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis (DGGE) for assessing fecal pollution sources at a recreational beach. J Water Health 12:846-857.
  8. Oka T, Saif LJ, Marthaler D, Esseili MA, Meulia T, Lin CM, Vlasova AN, Jung K, Zhang Y, Wang Q. 2014. Cell culture isolation and sequence analysis of genetically diverse US porcine epidemic diarrhea virus strains including a novel strain with a large deletion in the spike gene. Vet Microbiol 173:258-269.
  9. Kumar A, Vlasova AN, Liu Z, Chattha KS, Kandasamy S, Esseili M, Zhang X, Rajashekara G, Saif LJ. 2014. In vivo gut transcriptome responses to Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG and Lactobacillus acidophilus in neonatal gnotobiotic piglets. Gut Microbes 5:152-164.
  10. Vlasova AN, Chattha KS, Kandasamy S, Liu Z, Esseili M, Shao L, Rajashekara G, Saif LJ. 2013. Lactobacilli and bifidobacteria promote immune homeostasis by modulating innate immune responses to human rotavirus in neonatal gnotobiotic pigs. PLoS One 8:e76962.
  11. Chattha KS, Vlasova AN, Kandasamy S, Esseili MA, Siegismund C, Rajashekara G, Saif LJ. 2013. Probiotics and colostrum/milk differentially affect neonatal humoral immune responses to oral rotavirus vaccine. Vaccine 31:1916-1923.
  12. Kassem, II, Khatri M, Esseili MA, Sanad YM, Saif YM, Olson JW, Rajashekara G. 2012. Respiratory proteins contribute differentially to Campylobacter jejuni’s survival and in vitro interaction with hosts’ intestinal cells. BMC Microbiol 12:258.
  13. Esseili MA, Kassem, II, Sigler V, Czajkowski K, Ames A. 2012. Genetic evidence for the offsite transport of E. coli associated with land application of Class B biosolids on agricultural fields. Sci Total Environ 433:273-280.
  14. Esseili MA, Wang Q, Zhang Z, Saif LJ. 2012. Internalization of sapovirus, a surrogate for norovirus, in romaine lettuce and the effect of lettuce latex on virus infectivity. Appl Environ Microbiol 78:6271-6279.
  15. Esseili MA, Wang Q, Saif LJ. 2012. Binding of human GII.4 norovirus virus-like particles to carbohydrates of romaine lettuce leaf cell wall materials. Appl Environ Microbiol 78:786-794.
  16. Kassem, II, Esseili MA, Sigler V. 2011. Detection and differentiation of staphylococcal contamination of clinical surfaces using denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis. J Hosp Infect 78:187-193.
  17. Talhouk RS, Esseili MA, Kogan J, Attallah MR, Talhouk SN, Homaidan fT. 2009. Inhibition of Endotoxin-induced pro-inflammatory markers by water extracts of Onopordum cynarocephalum and Achillea damascene. . Journal of medicinal plant research 3:686-698.
  18. Kassem, II, Esseili MA, Sigler V. 2008. Occurrence of mecA in nonstaphylococcal pathogens in surface waters. J Clin Microbiol 46:3868-3869.
  19. Esseili MA, Kassem, II, Sigler V. 2008. Optimization of DGGE community fingerprinting for characterizing Escherichia coli communities associated with fecal pollution. Water Res 42:4467-4476.
  20. Kassem, II, Sigler V, Esseili MA. 2007. Public computer surfaces are reservoirs for methicillin-resistant staphylococci. ISME J 1:265-268.
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