Research Labs

Microbiology Research Lab

Dr. Dina Al-Bitar / Director

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About us

The microbiology research laboratory has been established in November 2012 in Al-Abrage Building on the sixth floor by a German fund.

The main focus of the research team is on the ecology and virulence of Legionella species. The bacterium Legionella has been discovered after a breakout of pneumonia in 1976 among the attendees of the American Legion Convention in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, till this date it poses a health hazard especially to immunocompromized individuals. It is a ubiquitous organism which survives in biofilms of natural and manmade aquatic systems.

  • The laboratory is fully equipped to do microbiological and molecular biology research.
  • We do regular testing of several water sources to identify Legionella species. We are also doing molecular identification of Legionella species in clinical specimens taken from pneumonia patients.
  • The following paper is in progress of being submitted for publication:
  • The molecular identification of Legionella species from water samples in West Bank, Palestine
  • Ashraf R. Zayeda, Alaa H. Salaha, Marina Pecellinb, Rene Lesnikb, Ingrid Brettarb, Manfred G. Höfleb, and Dina M. Bitara
  • Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Al-Quds University, Jerusalema, Palestine, and Dept. of Vaccinology and Applied Microbiology, Helmholtz-Centre for Infection Research, Braunschweig, Germanyb

Conferences attended 2013/2014:

  1. International Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 2013, Denver, Colorado
  2. The 8th International Confefrence on Legionella 2013, Melbourne Australia
  3. The international Conference on Infectious Diseases 2014, in Capetown South Africa

List of Equipment in the Microbiology Research Laboratory in Al-Abrage Building (January 2015)

  1. Refrigerated Centrifuge (1)
  2. Water distillatory (1)
  3. Ice machine (1)
  4. Gel Electrophoresis systems (2 sets)
  5. Power supply (2 sets)
  6. Gel documentation system (1)
  7. Autoclave (1)
  8. Laminar flow Hood (1)
  9. Incubator (1)
  10. Carbon dioxide incubator (1)
  11. Incubator shaker (1)
  12. Deep Freezer (-80°C)
  13. Vortex (3 pieces)
  14. Water bath (22 liter)
  15. Heat plates with magnetic stirrer (2 pieces)
  16. Ependorf pipetting sets (4 sets)
  17. Thermal cycler (PCR machine) (1)
  18. Hot plate for ependorf tubes (1)               
  19. InoLab pH/ION meter 750 from WTW (1)                                            
  20. Conductivity meter (1)
  21. Water filtration system incl. vacuum pump (1)
  22. Real-time PCR machine (1)
  23. Liquid nitrogen tank (1)
  24. Elisa reader (1)
  25. Compound microscope (1)
  26. Nanodrop (1)
  27. UV illuminator (1)
  28. Refrigerator (2)
  29. Balance (1)
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