Publications 2020

Peer-reviewed Publications

1.       Alhaj Sulaiman AA, Kassem II. 2020. First report of the plasmid-borne colistin resistance gene (mcr-1) in Proteus mirabilis isolated from domestic and sewer waters in Syrian refugee camps. Travel Med Infect Dis. 33:101482. doi: 10.1016/j.tmaid.2019.101482.

2.      Burnett J, Wu ST, den Bakker HC, Cook PW, Veenhuizen DR, Hammons SR, Singh M, Olivera HF. 2020. Listeria monocytogenes is prevalent in retail produce environments but Salmonella enterica is rare. Food Cont

3.      Cho Y, Kim H, Beuchat LR, Ryu J-H. 2020. Synergistic activities of gaseous oregano and thyme thymol essential oils against Listeria monocytogenes on surfaces of a laboratory medium and radish sprouts. Food Microbiol. 86:

4.      Dev Kumar G., Mis Solval K, Mishra A, Macarisin, D. 2020. Antimicrobial efficacy of pelargonic acid micelles against Salmonella varies by surfactant, serotype and stress response. Sci Rep 10, 10287 (2020).

5.      Dev Kumar G, Mishra A, Dunn L, Townsend A, Oguadinma IC, Bright KR, Gerba CP. 2020. Biocides and novel antimicrobial agents for the mitigation of coronaviruses. Frontiers Microbiol.

6.      Forghani F, Li S, Zhang S, Mann DA, Deng X, den Bakker M, Diez-Gonzalez F. 2020. Salmonella enterica and Escherichia coli in wheat flour: detection and serotyping by a quasimetagenomic approach assisted by magnetic capture, multiple-displacement amplification, and real-time sequencing. Appl Environ Microbiol. 86(13):e00097-20. doi: 10.1128/AEM.00097-20.

7.      Gadotti C, Forghani F, Diez-Gonzalez F. 2020. Evaluation of single and combined antimicrobial treatments to inhibit Salmonella in queso fresco. Food Microbiol. 85: 103286

8.      Hassan J, Eddine RZ, Mann D, Li S, Deng X, Saoud IP, Kassem II. 2020. The mobile colistin resistance gene, mcr-1.1, is carried on IncX4 plasmids in multidrug resistant E. coli isolated from rainbow trout aquaculture. Microorganisms. 8(11):E1636. doi: 10.3390/microorganisms8111636.

9.      Hassan J, Kassem II. 2020. Audacious Hitchhikers: The role of travel and the international food trade in the global dissemination of mobile colistin-resistance (mcr) genes. Antibiotics 9, 370;

10.  Helmy YA, Kassem II, Rajashekara G. 2020. Immuno-modulatory effect of probiotic E. coli Nissle 1917 in polarized human colonic cells against Campylobacter jejuni infection. Gut Microbes. 13:1-16. doi: 10.1080/19490976.2020.1857514.

11.  He Y, Zhou X, Chen Z, Deng X, Gehring A, Ou H, Zhang L, Shi X. 2020. PRAP: Pan resistome analysis pipeline. BMC Bioinformatics 21:20.

12.  Hwang D, Rothrock Jr MJ, Pang H, Kumar GD, Mishra A. 2020. Farm management practices that affect the prevalence of Salmonella in pastured poultry farms. LWT, 109423.

13.  Jiang N, Dev Kumar G, Chen J, Mishra A, Mis Solval K. 2020. Comparison of concurrent and mixed-flow spray drying on viability, growth kinetics and biofilm formation of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG microencapsulated with fish gelatin and maltodextrin. LWT - Food Sci Tech 124; 109200.

14.  Kassem II. 2020. Refugees besieged: The lurking threat of COVID-19 in Syrian war refugee camps. Travel Med Infect Dis. 2020 May 5:101736. doi: 10.1016/j.tmaid.2020.101736.

15.  Kassem II, Nasser NA, Salibi J Prevalence and loads of fecal pollution indicators and the antibiotic resistance phenotypes of Escherichia coli in raw minced beef in Lebanon. Foods. 9:E1543. doi: 10.3390/foods9111543.

16.  Kassem II, Jaafar H. 2020. The potential impact of water quality on the spread and control of COVID-19 in Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon. Water Intl.

17.  Karroubi S, Nasser NA, El-Harakeh MD, Sulaiman AA, Kassem II. 2020. First nation-wide analysis of food safety and acceptability data in Lebanon. Foods 9:1717;

18.  Kumar GD, Patel J, Ravishankar S. 2020. Contamination of spinach at germination: A route to persistence and environmental reintroduction by Salmonella. Int J Food Microbiol. 326:108646. doi: 10.1016/j.ijfoodmicro.2020.108646.

19.  Lamm KW, Randall NL, Diez-Gonzalez F. 2020. Critical food safety issues facing the food industry: A Delphi analysis. J Food Prot. doi: 10.4315/JFP-20-37.

20.  Lee S, Kim H, Beuchat LR, Kim Y, Ryu JH. 2020. Synergistic antimicrobial activity of oregano and thyme thymol essential oils against Leuconostoc citreum in a laboratory medium and tomato juice. Food Microbiol. 90:103489. doi: 10.1016/

21.  Li S, Mann DA, Zhang S, Qi Y, Meinersmann RJ, Deng X. 2020. Microbiome-informed food safety and quality: longitudinal consistency and cross-sectional distinctiveness of retail chicken breast microbiomes. mSystems. 5(5):e00589-20. doi: 10.1128/mSystems.00589-20.

22.  Li S, Zhang S, Deng X. 2020. GC content-associated bias caused by library preparation method may infrequently affect Salmonella serotype prediction using SeqSero2. Applied and Environmental Microbiology DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00614-20.

23.  Liu, F., P. Jin, Z. Sun, L. Du, D. Wang, T. Zhao, and M. P. Doyle. 2020. Carvacrol oil inhibits biofilm formation and exopolysaccharide production of Enterobacter cloacae. Food Control 119 (2021)107473. 

24.  Qi Y, He Y, Beuchat LR, Zhang W, Deng X. 2020. Glove-mediated transfer of Listeria monocytogenes on fresh-cut cantaloupe. Food Microbiol 88(103396) DOI: 10.1016/

25.  Shin, HJ, Kim H, Beuchat LR, Ryu JH.  2020. Antimicrobial activities of organic acid vapors against Acidovorax citrulli, Salmonella enterica, Escherichia coli O157:H7, and Listeria monocytogenes on Cucurbitaceae seeds. Food Microbiol 92:

26.  Sourenian T, Mann D, Li S, Deng X, Jaafar H, Kassem II. 2020. Dissemination of multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli harboring the mobile colistin resistance gene mcr-1.1 on transmissible plasmids in the Mediterranean Sea. J Glob Antimicrob Resist. 22:84-86. doi: 10.1016/j.jgar.2020.05.007.

27.  Townsend A, Li S, Mann DA, Deng X. 2020. A quasimetagenomics method for concerted detection and subtyping of Salmonella enterica and E. coli O157:H7 from romaine lettuce. Food Microbiology DOI: 10.1016/

28.  Xu F, Ge C, Luo H, Li S, Wiedmann M, Deng X, Zhang G, Stevenson A, Baker RC, Tang S. 2020. Evaluation of real-time nanopore sequencing for Salmonella serotype prediction. Food Microbiol. 89:103452

29.  Zhao T, Ji P, Dev Kumar G. 2020.  Pre-harvest treatment for reduction of foodborne pathogens and microbial load on tomatoes. Food Control 119.