Aram Rafiq, Lab Assistant | The American University of Iraq Sulaimani

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Aram Rafiq, Lab Assistant

Department of Medical & Health Sciences (MHS)
Email: aram.rafiq [at]
Office: D-G-11
Aram has a B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Sulaimani, with three years of experience as an undergraduate researcher in the area of molecular microbiology. He joined the Medical and Health Sciences Department at AUIS in January 2021. Since then, he has worked as a laboratory teaching assistant being mainly responsible for the biological lab courses.
After graduation and parallel to his academic work, Aram continued with his ambition to work toward becoming a scientist. He is the 2023 Young Scientist Program alumnus, organized by the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science for research on space and astrobiology. Nowadays, he is a Visiting Scholar with DasSarma Group from University of Maryland working on ancient microbes that are hypothesized to be able to survive on Mars. 


1. Barawi S, H Hamzah, R Hamasalih, A Mohammed, B Abdalrahman, S Abdalaziz (2021). "Antibacterial mode of action of grapefruit seed extract against local isolates of beta-lactamases-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae and its potential application. Intl J Agric Biol 26:499‒508. DOI: 10.17957/IJAB/15.1861

2. Aram Mohammed et al. (2019) Antimicrobial mode of action of grapefruit seed extract on virulence plasmids found in local isolates of Klebsiella pneumoniae. 2nd World Congress on Undergraduate Research, University of Oldenburg, Germany. Abstract book.