Malak A. Esseili Assistant Professor Center for Food Safety
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Mailing Address Griffin, CAES Campus UGA-Melton Building, 350 Woodroof Drive, Griffin, GA 30223

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Esseili Laboratory for Food Virology

Description of Research Interests

Understanding the molecular ecology of human noroviruses and emerging viral pathogens. 


(2019 - present)

Esseili MA. 2022. Great escape: how infectious SARS-CoV-2 avoids inactivation by gastric acidity and intestinal bile. Gut. gutjnl-2021-326624. doi: 10.1136/gutjnl-2021-326624. 

Esseili, MA, Mann A, Narwankar R, Kassem II, Diez-Gonzalez F, Hogan J. 2022. SARS-CoV-2 remains infectious for at least a month on artificially-contaminated frozen berries. Food Microbiol. 107:104084. doi: 10.1016/ 

Hassan J, Esseili MA, Mann D, Osman M, Li S, Deng X, Kassem II. 2022. Draft genome sequences of antibiotic-resistant Serratia sp. strains isolated from raw sewage and sediment sludge in Georgia, USA. Microbiol Resour Announc.11(12):e0096522. doi: 10.1128/mra.00965-22. Epub 2022 Nov 16. PMID: 36383023; PMCID: PMC9753650. 

Kassem II, Hassan J, Esseili MA, Mann D, Osman M, Li S, Deng X. 2022. Draft genome sequences of multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli isolated from river water. Microbiol Resour Announc. e0082722. doi: 10.1128/mra.00827-22. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 36222705. 

Esseili MA, Gao X, Boley P, Hou Y, Saif LJ, Brewer-Jensen P, Lindesmith LC, Baric RS, Atmar RL, Wang Q. 2019.   Human Norovirus histo-blood group antigen (HBGA) binding sites mediate the virus specific interactions with lettuce carbohydrates. Viruses. 11(9). pii: E833. doi: 10.3390/v11090833