Ibrahim Abbasi


Associate professor


Al-Quds University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of biology / Jerusalem / Palestine


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Academic qualifications & career:

2012-current:  Associate professor, Al-Quds University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of biology / Jerusalem / Palestine.

2004-2012: Assistant professor, Al-Quds University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of biology / Jerusalem / Palestine.

2000-2004: Postdoc. The Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, Jerusalem.

2000: PhD. (Parasitology) / Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Thesis title:  “Characterization of molecular markers of infection in lymphatic filariasis caused by Wuchereriabancrofti”.

1990:  M.Sc.(Parasitology) / Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan, Thesis title: “Unilocularhydatidosis in Jordan: Strain and immunological characterization by in vivo methods”.

1988: B.Sc. (Biology) / Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan.

Research and Teaching interests

Research: Molecular monitoring and diagnosis of parasitic diseases (Leishmaniasis, Schistosomaisis, Echinococcosis, and Filariasis). DNA-barcoding of plant and animal species.

Courses: General Parasitology, Immunology, Diagnostic Parasitology, Molecular Biology, Methods in Biotechnology, Tissue Culture.

Work Experience

  • 2004 - Currently: Associate Professor at Al-Quds University, Faculty of Sciences and  Technology, Department of biology / Jerusalem / Palestine.
  • Sep. 2007 – Sep. 2009: Biology department chairman, Al-Quds University, Faculty of Sciences and Technology.
  • Dec. 1999 – Dec 2003: Postdoctoral Research Fellow / Hebrew University, Hadassah Medical School / Department of Parasitology.
  • 1991 – 1996: Part-time teacher: Parasitology, Cell Biology and Immunology, Al-Quds University, Faculty of Medicine / Jerusalem / Palestine.
  • 1988- 1990: Teacher’s Assistant in Parasitology and Invertebrate Zoology, Yarmouk University / Irbid, Jordan.

International Courses

  • “Molecular Biology and Tropical Diseases”,  Aug 8-21, 1993Smith College / Northampton, Massachusetts.
  • “First International Training Course on Echinococcosis”, Nov 2-4, 1995 Limassol, Cyprus Held by The International Association of Hydatidology.


  • The VIII International Congress of Parasitology, Oct 10-14, 1994, Izmir, Turkey
  • The XVII International Congress of Hydatidology, Nov 10-14, 1995, Limassol, Cyprus
  • The UNESCO_HUJISMBM Second International Symposiom,Nov29-Dec 2, 1999, Jerusalem,
  • The XI International Congress of Parasitology, August 6-12, 2006, Scotland, UK
  • Inter-Country meeting on stratifies to eliminate Schistosomiaisis in low endemic countries of the     EMR. (Organized by World health Organization) 6-8 November 2007, Muscat, Oman
  • Informal Consultation on the elimination of schistosomiasis from low transmission areas.     Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, 18- 19 August 2008.
  • Biotechnology Research and Application in Palestine. Bethlahem, Palestine. 3- 4 April 2009.
  • Bacterial, Waterborne and Emerging Infectious Diseases in North Africa and the Middle East:     Opportunities for Collaboration Nicosia, Cyprus (January 31- February 3, 2011).
  • The Scientific Day for Epidemiological and Biological Research Hebron University 25/5/2011.
  • Meeting on diagnostic tools for schistosomiasis control 5-6 February 2015 - Geneva, Switzerland.


  1. Abbasi I, Githora J, Ochela JJ, Agure R, Koech DK, Ramzy RM, Williams SA, Hamburger J.  (1999) Diagnosis ofWuchereriabancrofti by the polymerase chain reaction patients’ sputum.Parasitol. Res. 85 (10):844-849.

  2. Abbasi I, Hamburger J, Githora J, Ochela JJ, Agure R, Ramzy R, Gad A, Williams S.  (1996) Detection of Wuchereriabancrofti DNA in patients’ sputum by the polymerase chain reaction.Trans. R. Soc. Med. Hyg. 90:4331-432.

  3. Hamburger J, He-Na, Abbasi I, Ramzy RM, Jourdane J, Ruppel A. (2001) Polymerase chain reaction assay based on a highly repeated sequence of Schistosomahaematobium: a potential tool for monitoring schistosoma-infected water. Am J Trop Med Hyg 65 (6):907-911.

  4. Abbasi I, Branzburg A, Campos-Ponce M, Abdel Hafez SK, Raoul F, Craig P, and Hamburger J (2003) copro-Diagnosis of Echinococcusgranulosus infection in dogs by amplification of A newly identified repeated DNA sequence. Am J Trop Med Hyg.69: 324-330.

  5. MutazAkkawi, Ibrahim Abbasi, Abraham Hochberg, Ofer Gofrit, Hassan Dweik, ImadMatouk (2006) The Human VG5Q Gene Transcript is Over Expressed in Colorectal and Bladder Carcinomas. Gene TherMolBiol 10: 173-178

  6. Abbasi I, King C, Sturock R, Karuki C, Muchiri E, Hamburger J. (2007) Differentiation of Schistosoma haematobium from related schistosomes by PCR amplifying an inter-repeat sequence. Am J Trop Med Hyg.76: 950-955.

  7. Abbasi I, Cunio R, Warburg A. (2009) Identification of Blood Meals Imbibed by Phlebotomine Sand Flies Using Cytochrome b PCR and Reverse Line Blotting. Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2008 Oct 30.

  8. Matouk IJ, Abbasi I, Hochberg A, Galun E, Dweik H, Akkawi M. (2009) Highly upregulated in liver cancer noncoding RNA is overexpressed in hepatic colorectal metastasis. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 21(6):688-92.

  9. Abbasi I, King CH, Muchiri EM, Hamburger J. (2010) Detection of Schistosoma mansoni and Schistosomahaematobium DNA by loop-mediated isothermal amplification: identification of infected snails from early prepatency.Am J Trop Med Hyg.83(2):427-32.

  10. Rhajaoui M, Sebti F, Fellah H,  Alam M. Z, Nasereddin A, Abbasi I and Schonian G. (2012) Cutaneous leishmaniasis in Chichaoua province, Morocco:Clinico-epidemiologic profile and causative pathogen. Parasite 19 (81-84).

  11. Garlapati RB, Abbasi I, Warburg A, Poché D, Poché R. (2012) Identification of blood meals in wild caught blood fed Phlebotomus argentipes (Diptera: Psychodidae) using cytochrome b PCR and reverse line blotting in Bihar, India. J Med Entomol. 49(3):515-21.

  12. Salant H, Abbasi I, Hamburger J. (2012) The development of a loop-mediated isothermal amplification method (LAMP) for Echinococcusgranulosiscoprodetection.Am J Trop Med Hyg.87(5):883-7

  13. Abbasi I, Hamburger J, Kariuki C, Mungai PL, Muchiri EM, King CH. (2012) Differentiating Schistosoma haematobium from Related Animal Schistosomes by PCR Amplifying Inter-Repeat Sequences Flanking Newly Selected Repeated Sequences. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 87(6):1059-64.

  14. Hamburger J, Abbasi I, Kariuki C, Wanjala A, Mzungu E, Mungai P, Muchiri E, King CH. (2013) Evaluation of Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification Suitable for Molecular Monitoring of Schistosome-Infected Snails in Field Laboratories. Am J Trop Med Hyg.88(2):344-51.

  15. Faiman R, Abbasi I, Jaffe C, Motro Y, Nasereddin A, Schnur LF, Torem M, Pratlong F, Dedet JP, Warburg A. (2013) A Newly Emerged Cutaneous Leishmaniasis Focus in Northern Israel and Two New Reservoir Hosts of Leishmania major.PLoSNegl Trop Dis. 7(2):e2058.

  16. Abbasi I, Aramin S, Hailu A, Shiferaw W, Kassahun A, Belay S, Jaffe C, Warburg A. (2013) Evaluation of PCR procedures for detecting and quantifying Leishmaniadonovani DNA in large numbers of dried human blood samples from a visceral leishmaniasis focus in Northern Ethiopia.BMC Infectious Diseases.13(1):153.

  17. Amarir F, Sebti F, Abbasi I, Sadak A, Fellah H, Nhammi H, Ameur B, El Idrissi AL, Rhajaoui M.(2014) Schistosoma haematobium detection in snails by DraI PCR and Sh110/Sm-Sl PCR: further evidence of the interruption of schistosomiasis transmission in Morocco. Parasit Vectors. 2014 Jun 24;7(1):288. 

  18. Akkawi M, Abbasi I, Jaber S, Aburemeleh Q, Naseredin A. and Lutgen P. (2014) Investigation of Traditional Palestinian Medicinal Plant Inulaviscosa as Potential Anti-malarial Agent. British Journal of Pharmacology and Toxicology 5(5): 156-162, 2014

  19. Wossenseged Lemma, HabteTekie, Ibrahim Abassi, MesheshaBalkew, Teshome Gebre-Michael, Alon Warburg, and AsratHailu. (2014) Nocturnal activities and host preferences of Phlebotomus orientalis in extra-domestic habitats of Kafta-Humera lowlands, Kala-azar endemic, Northwest Ethiopia. Parasites & Vectors 2014, 7:594

  20. Abbasi Ibrahim, Al-Shareef Abdel-Kareem, MatoukImad, Akkawi Muataz (2015). Development of a PCR/RLB Test for Meat Source Authentication in Processed Meat and Meat Product. Turkish Journal of Agriculture - Food Science and Technology, 3(4): 216-220.

  21. Gebresilassie A, Abbasi I, Aklilu E, Yared S, Kirstein OD, Moncaz A, Tekie H,  Balkew M, Warburg A, Hailu A, Gebre-Michael T. (2015). Host-feeding preference of Phlebotomus orientalis (Diptera: Psychodidae) in an endemic focus of visceral leishmaniasis in northern Ethiopia. Parasit Vectors. May 13;8:270.

  22. Ezer Miller, Amit Huppert, Ilya Novikov, Alon Warburg, Asrat Hailu, Ibrahim Abbasi and Laurence S. Freedman. (2015). Estimation of infection prevalence and sensitivity in a stratified two-stage sampling design employing highly specific diagnostic tests when there is no gold standard. Stat Med. 2015 May 31. doi: 10.1002/sim.6545

  23. SebtiFaiza, Hmamouch Asmae, Amarir Fatima, Fahmi Afafe, Delouane Bouchra, Abbasi Ibrahim, Sadak Abderrahim Habbari Khalid, Rhajaoui Mohamed, Fellah Hajiba (2015) Molecular Epidemiological Study of Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in BeniMellal and Fquih Ben Saleh provinces in Morocco. Acta Trop.

  24. Gebresilassie A, Abbasi I, Kirstein OD, Aklilu E, Yared S, Tekie H, Balkew M, Warburg A, Hailu A, Gebre-Michael T. 2015. Physiological Age Structure and Leishmania spp. Detection in Phlebotomus (Larroussius) orientalis (Parrot, 1936) (Diptera: Psychodidae) at an Endemic Focus of Visceral Leishmaniasis in Northern Ethiopia. J Trop Med. 2015;2015:710528. doi: 10.1155/2015/710528. Epub 2015 Jul 29.

  25. Amarir Fatima, SebtiFaiza, Fellah Hajiba, Pratlong Francine, Jean-Pierre Dedet, Elmansouri Bouchra, Hmamouch Asmae, Delouane Bouchra, Habbari Khalidd, Sadak Abderrahim, Abassi Ibrahim, Rhajaoui Mohamed. 2015. Epidemiological characteristics of a new focus of cutaneous leishmaniasis caused by Leishmania tropica in Settat, Morocco. Acta Tropica 21: 150 (2015) 116-121.

  26. Centeno-Cuadros A, Abbasi I., Nathan R. (2016). Sex determination in the wild: a field application of loop-mediated isothermal amplification successfully determines sex across three raptor species. Mol Ecol Resour. 2016 May 28. doi: 10.1111/1755-0998.12540.

  27. Abbasi I., Kirstein OD, Hailu A, Warburg A. (2016). Optimization of loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) assays for the detection of Leishmania DNA in human blood samples. Acta Trop. 2016 Oct;162:20-6. doi: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2016.06.009.

  28. Lima LH, Mesquita MR, Skrip L, de Souza Freitas MT, Silva VC, Kirstein OD, Abassi I, Warburg A, Balbino Vde Q, Costa CH. (2016). DNA barcode for the identification of the sand fly Lutzomyia longipalpis plant feeding preferences in a tropical urban environment. Sci Rep. 2016 Jul 20;6:29742. doi: 10.1038/srep29742.

  29. Calvopina M, Aguirre C, Cevallos W, Castillo A, Abbasi I, Warburg A. (2017) Coinfection of Leishmania guyanensis and Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome: Report of a Case of Disseminated Cutaneous Leishmaniasis in Ecuador. Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2017 Feb 13. pii: 16-0431. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.16-0431.

  30. LAURENTI, M. D., CHAVES, L. F., TOMOKANE, T. Y., ABBASI, I., WARBURG, A., & SILVEIRA, F. T. (2017). Reduced Leishmania (L.) infantum chagasi parasitic loads in humans exposed to Lutzomyia longipalpis bites in the Amazon region of Brazil. Parasitology Open, 3.

  31. Kirstein OD, Abbasi I, Horwitz BZ, Skrip L, Hailu A, Jaffe C, Li LL, Prow TW, Warburg A. Minimally invasive microbiopsies: a novel sampling method for identifying asymptomatic, potentially infectious carriers of Leishmania donovani. Int J Parasitol. 2017 Apr 25. pii: S0020-7519(17)30104-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpara.2017.02.005.

  32. Lemma W, Bizuneh A, Tekie H, Belay H, Wondimu H, Kassahun A, Shiferaw W, Balkew M, Abassi I, Baneth G, Hailu A. 2017. Preliminary study on investigation of zoonotic visceral leishmaniasis in endemic foci of Ethiopia by detecting Leishmania infections in rodents. Asian Pac J Trop Med. 2017 Apr;10(4):418-422. doi: 10.1016/j.apjtm.2017.03.018. Epub 2017 Apr 6.

  33. Abbasi I, Webster BL, King CH, Rollinson D, Hamburger J. 2017. The substructure of three repetitive DNA regions of Schistosoma haematobium group species as a potential marker for species recognition and interbreeding detection. Parasit Vectors. 2017 Aug 1;10(1):364. doi: 10.1186/s13071-017-2281-7.

  34. Adwan K, Jayousi A, Abuseir S, Abbasi I, Adwan G, Jarrar N. 2018. Genetic diversity of Taenia hydatigena in the northern part of the West Bank, Palestine as determined by mitochondrial DNA sequences. Acta Parasitol. 2018 Jun 26;63(2):299-303. doi: 10.1515/ap-2018-0034.

  35. Aklilu E, Abbasi I, Gebresilassie A, Yared S, Kindu M, Kirstein OD, Moncaz A, Tekie H, Balkew M, Warburg A, Hailu A, Gebre-Michael T. 2018. Some aspects of entomological determinants of Phlebotomus orientalis in highland and lowland visceral leishmaniasis foci in northwestern Ethiopia. PLoS One. 2018 Feb 13;13(2):e0192844. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0192844.

  36. Kirstein OD, Skrip L, Abassi I, Iungman T, Horwitz BZ, Gebresilassie A, Spitzova T, Waitz Y, Gebre-Michael T, Volf P, Hailu A, Warburg A. 2018. A fine scale eco-epidemiological study on endemic visceral leishmaniasis in north ethiopian villages. Acta Trop. 2018 Jul;183:64-77. doi: 10.1016/j.actatropica.2018.04.005.