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Bassem Allam Marinetics Endowed Professor School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

Contact Information

155 Dana Hall

Stony Brook, 11794

631/632-8745

Biography

Bassem Allam’s research is centered on interactions between marine mollusks and waterborne microorganisms in general and, in particular, the framework of host-pathogen interactions. He also studies the mechanisms of resistance to pathogens and diseases, and the effect of environmental factors on these interactions. His research also includes a strong applied component aimed at enhancing knowledge and development of mitigation strategies for diseases affecting local shellfish species.

Education

  • PhD and MS, European Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Western Brittany, Brest, France
  • MS and BS, Lebanese University, Lebanon

Research Grants

Award Start End Sponsor Type Amount Status
EID: COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH - LINKING MARINE PATHOGENS TO MOLLUSCAN SHELLFISH; THE ECOLOGICAL ROLE OF MARINE AGGREGATES 2004-09-01T00:00:00 2008-08-31T00:00:00 National Science Foundation Federal 241134 Closed
New England Lobster Research Inititative: Lobster Shell Disease/Characterization of the Exoskeletal Microbial Communities and Hose Immune Response Associated with Epizootic Shell Disease in Lobster 2007-03-01T00:00:00 2010-06-01T00:00:00 University of Rhode Island Nonfederal 111516 Closed
Collaborative Research: Host-Pathogen Interactions at Pallial Interfaces in Marine Bivalves: Cellular and Molecular Pathways for Host Colonization and Invasion 2011-02-01T00:00:00 2015-01-31T00:00:00 National Science Foundation Federal 468433 Closed
Genetic Marker Assisted Selection of Northeastern Hard Clams for QPX Resistance 2013-02-01T00:00:00 2017-01-31T00:00:00 University of Maryland Nonfederal 199998 Closed
Validation of Markers and Marker-Assisted Selection of Hard Clam for Resistance to QPX Disease 2016-09-01T00:00:00 2017-10-31T00:00:00 USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture Federal 168177 Approved

Publications

  1. Author Article Fish and Shellfish Immunology Differential immune response in the hard clam (mercenaria mercenaria) against bacteria and the protistan pathogen QPX (quahog parasite unknown) 2012 32 6 1124 - 1134
  2. Author Article Journal of Invertebrate Pathology Effects of salinity on hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) defense parameters and QPX disease dynamics 2012 110 1 73 - 82
  3. Author Article Journal of Invertebrate Pathology Effects of temperature on hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) immunity and QPX (Quahog Parasite Unknown) disease development: I. Dynamics of QPX disease 2011 106 2 314 - 321
  4. Author Article Journal of Invertebrate Pathology Effects of temperature on hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) immunity and QPX (Quahog Parasite Unknown) disease development: II. Defense parameters 2011 106 2 322 - 332
  5. Author Article PLoS ONE Climate Change, Precipitation and Impacts on an Estuarine Refuge from Disease 2011 6 4
  6. Author Article Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology Identification and molecular characterization of a mucosal lectin (MeML) from the blue mussel Mytilus edulis and its potential role in particle capture 2010 156 4 495 - 501
  7. Author Article Journal of Invertebrate Pathology Effect of environmental factors on survival and growth of quahog parasite unknown (QPX) in vitro 2010 104 2 83 - 89
  8. Author Article Journal of Shellfish Research Field Performance and QPX Disease Progress in Cultured and Wild-Type Strains of 2010 29 1 83 - 90
  9. Author Article BMC Genomics Identification and expression of differentially expressed genes in the hard clam, Mercenaria mercenaria, in response to quahog parasite unknown (QPX) 2009 10 1 377
  10. Author Article Journal of Shellfish Research Vol. A FLUOROMETRIC TECHNIQUE FOR THE IN VITRO MEASUREMENT OF GROWTH AND VIABILITY IN QUAHOG PARASITE UNKNOWN (QPX) 2009 30 1 3 - 1018
  11. Author Article Parasitology Cytotoxicity of quahog parasite unknown (QPX) toward hard clam ( Mercenaria mercenaria) haemocytes and interactions between different pathogen isolates and host strains 2009 136 11 1281
  12. Author Article Applied and Environmental Microbiology Quantitative Real-Time PCR Assay for QPX (Thraustochytriidae), a Parasite of the Hard Clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) 2009 75 14 4913 - 4918
  13. Author Article Diseases of Aquatic Organisms Using bivalves as particle collectors with PCR detection to investigate the environmental distribution of Haplosporidium nelsoni 2009 83 159 - 168
  14. Author Article Journal of Invertebrate Pathology Modulatory effects of hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) tissue extracts on the in vitro growth of its pathogen QPX 2009 100 1 1 - 8
  15. Author Article Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology Innate immunity in the deep sea hydrothermal vent mussel Bathymodiolus azoricus 2009 152 2 278 - 289
  16. Author Article Journal of Shellfish Research Vol. A PROLONGED THERMAL STRESS EXPERIMENT ON THE AMERICAN LOBSTER, HOMARUS AMERICANUS 2009 30 1 1 - 765
  17. Author Article Aquaculture Laboratory transmission studies of QPX disease in the hard clam: Interactions between different host strains and pathogen isolates 2008 280 1 64 - 70
  18. Author Article Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science Particle selection in the ribbed mussel Geukensia demissa and the Eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica: Effect of microalgae growth stage 2008 79 1 1 - 6
  19. Author Article Harmful Algae Characterization, dynamics, and ecological impacts of harmful Cochlodinium polykrikoides blooms on eastern Long Island, NY, USA 2008 7 3 293 - 307
  20. Author Article Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology Use of encapsulated live microalgae to investigate pre-ingestive selection in the oyster Crassostrea gigas 2007 343 1 118 - 126
  21. Author Article Diseases of Aquatic Organisms Molecular genetic variation within and among isolates of QPX (Thraustochytridae), a parasite of the hard clam Mercenaria mercenaria 2007 77 159 - 168
  22. Author Article EcoHealth Characteristics of Marine Aggregates in Shallow-water Ecosystems: Implications for Disease Ecology 2007 4 4 406
  23. Author Article Fish & Shellfish Immunology Oxidative burst in hard clam (Mercenaria mercenaria) haemocytes 2007 23 1 188 - 196
  24. Author Article Journal of Shellfish Research LABORATORY TRANSMISSION STUDIES OF QPX DISEASE IN THE NORTHERN QUAHOG (=HARD CLAM): DEVELOPMENT OF AN INFECTION PROCEDURE 2007 26 2 383 - 389
  25. Author Article Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology Effects of starvation and macroalgae extracts on the survival and growth of quahog parasite unknown (QPX) 2007 348 1 60 - 69
  26. Author Article Zoo Biology Comparative growth and survival of juvenile hard clams,Mercenaria mercenaria, fed commercially available diets 2006 25 6 513 - 525
  27. Author Article Journal of Shellfish Research Vol FLUOROMETRIC MEASUREMENT OF OXIDATIVE BURST IN LOBSTER HEMOCYTES AND INHIBITING EFFECT OF PATHOGENIC BACTERIA AND HYPOXIA 2006 30 1 1 - 1057
  28. Author Article Fish & Shellfish Immunology Effects of the pathogenic Vibrio tapetis on defence factors of susceptible and non-susceptible bivalve species: I. Haemocyte changes following in vitro challenge 2006 20 3 374 - 383
  29. Author Article Fish & Shellfish Immunology Effects of the pathogenic Vibrio tapetis on defence factors of susceptible and non-susceptible bivalve species: II. Cellular and biochemical changes following in vivo challenge 2006 20 3 384 - 397
  30. Author Article Diseases of Aquatic Organisms Effect of temperature on defense parameters in Manila clam Ruditapes philippinarum challenged with Vibrio tapetis 2004 59 249 - 262

Courses

Term Role Course ID Description
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor MAR 384 Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor MAR 459 Write Effectively
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor MAR 487 Research in Marine Sciences
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor MAR 554 Aquatic Animal Diseases
Spring 2017 Primary Instructor MAR 700 Dissertation off Campus Domest
Summer 2017 Primary Instructor MAR 800 Summer Research
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor MAR 552 Directed Study
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor MAR 650 Dissertation Research for PhD
Fall 2017 Primary Instructor MAR 700 Dissertation off Campus Domest
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor MAR 384 Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor MAR 487 Research in Marine Sciences
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor MAR 554 Aquatic Animal Diseases
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor MAR 590 Research
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor MAR 590 Research
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor MAR 650 Dissertation Research
Spring 2016 Primary Instructor MAR 700 Dissertation off Campus Domest
Summer 2016 Primary Instructor MAR 487 Research in Marine Sciences
Summer 2016 Primary Instructor MAR 800 Summer Research
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor MAR 488 Internship
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor MAR 488 Internship
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor MAR 590 Research for MS Students
Fall 2016 Primary Instructor MAR 700 Dissertation off Campus Domest
Winter 2016 Primary Instructor MAR 487 Research in Marine Sciences
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor MAR 384 Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor MAR 487 Research in Marine Sciences
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor MAR 650 Dissertation Research
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor MAR 650 Dissertation Research
Spring 2015 Primary Instructor MAR 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Summer 2015 Primary Instructor MAR 487 Research in Marine Sciences
Summer 2015 Primary Instructor MAR 800 Summer Research
Summer 2015 Primary Instructor MAR 800 Summer Research
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor MAR 487 Research in Marine Sciences
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor MAR 590 Research
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor MAR 590 Research
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor MAR 650 Dissertation Research
Fall 2015 Primary Instructor MAR 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor HON 496 Honors College Senior Project
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor MAR 384 Diseases of Aquatic Organisms
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor MAR 447 Readings in Marine Science
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor MAR 554 Aquatic Animal Diseases
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor MAR 650 Dissertation Research
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor MAR 650 Dissertation Research
Spring 2014 Primary Instructor MAR 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor MAR 650 Dissertation Research
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor MAR 650 Dissertation Research
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor MAR 650 Dissertation Research
Fall 2014 Primary Instructor MAR 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor HON 495 Honors College Senior Project
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor MAR 487 Research in Marine Sciences
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor MAR 590 Research
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor MAR 590 Research
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor MAR 590 Research
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor MAR 650 Dissertation Research
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor MAR 650 Dissertation Research
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor MAR 650 Dissertation Research
Fall 2013 Primary Instructor MAR 699 Dissertation Resrch on Campus

Scholarly Activities

Activity Title Date
Presentation/Paper at a conference * Dahl S, Allam B. (2012). Hard clam relocations to mitigate QPX disease severity within an enzootic estuary. 104rd Meeting of the National Shellfisheries Association. March 25-29, 2012. Seattle, Washington, USA. 2012-08-25
Presentation/Paper at a conference * Rosa M, Ward JE, Shumway SE, Wikfors GH, Holohan B, Pales Espinosa E, Allam B. (2011). The Role of Particle Surface Characteristics in Particle Capture in Bivalve Molluscs. 104rd Meeting of the National Shellfisheries Association. March 25-29, 2012. Seattle, Washington, USA. 2012-08-25
Presentation/Paper at a conference Allam B. (2012). Development of strategies to mitigate QPX disease in the hard clam Mercenaria mercenaria. Annual Meeting of Long Island Shellfish Managers. March 1, 2012. East Setauket, New York, USA. 2012-08-01
Presentation/Paper at a conference McElroy A, * Homerding M, Taylor G, Allam B. (2011). Epizootic Shell Disease in American lobsters from Long Island Sound are associated with reduced immunecompetency and not contaminant exposure. SETAC North America 32nd Annual Meeting. November 13-17. Boston, Massachusetts, USA. 2011-12-13
Seminar Allam B. (2011). QPX disease in the hard clam: From early days to the genomics era. February 11, 2011. Europan Institute for Marine Studies, Brest, France. 2011-12-11
Presentation/Paper at a conference - * Rubin E, Tanguy A, * Perrigault M, Allam B. (2011). Virulence-related genes of in QPX, the thraustochytrid parasite of the hard clam Mercenaria mercenaria. 103rd Meeting of the National Shellfisheries Association. March 27-31, 2011. Baltimore, Maryland, USA. 2011-08-27
Presentation/Paper at a conference * Rosa M, Ward JE, Shumway SE, Wikfors GH, Holohan B, Pales Espinosa E, Allam B. (2011). The Role of Particle Surface Properties on Feeding Selectivity by eastern oysters, Crassostrea virginica and blue mussels, Mytilus edulis. 103rd Meeting of the National Shellfisheries Association. March 27-31, 2011. Baltimore, Maryland, USA. 2011-08-27
Presentation/Paper at a conference * Wang K, * Perrigault M, Allam B. (2011). Effects of temperature and QPX (quahog parasite unknown) infection on the transcription of defense-related genes in the hard clam Mercenaria mercenaria. 103rd Meeting of the National Shellfisheries Association. March 27-31, 2011. Baltimore, Maryland, USA. 2011-08-27
Presentation/Paper at a conference Pales Espinosa E, Xing J, * Perrigault M, Allam B. (2011). Mucosal C-type lectins in Crassostrea virginica and Mytilus edulis: Potential involvement in particle capture and mucosal immunity. 103rd Meeting of the National Shellfisheries Association. March 27-31, 2011. Baltimore, Maryland, USA. 2011-08-27
Seminar Allam B. (2010). QPX disease in the hard clam: From early days to the genomics era. December 15, 2010. Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Paris 6), Station Biologique, Roscoff, France. 2010-12-15
Presentation/Paper at a conference Levinton J, * Starke A, Ralston D, Doall M, * Kuhn S, Allam B. (2010). Increased rainfall, watershed discharge, and potential climate change effects on important oyster habitat. Triennial Meeting of the World Aquaculture Society, March 2-5, 2010. San Diego, CA, USA. 2010-08-02
Presentation/Paper at a conference Pales Espinosa E, * Perrigault M, Shumway S, Ward E, Allam B. (2010). Unraveling the fine mechanisms of particle sorting in suspensionfeeding bivalves. Triennial Meeting of the World Aquaculture Society, March 2-5, 2010. San Diego, CA, USA. 2010-08-02
Presentation/Paper at a conference Rosa M, Ward JE, Shumway S, Pales Espinosa E, Allam B, Wikfors G, Holohan B. (2010). Effects of particle surface properties on feeding selectivity by the eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica and the blue mussel Mytilus edulis. Triennial Meeting of the World Aquaculture Society, March 2-5, 2010. San Diego, CA, USA. 2010-08-02
Presentation/Paper at another Univ. Allam B. (2010). QPX disease in the hard clam: From early days to the genomics era. March 1, 2010. Atlantic Veterinary College, Prince Edward Island. Canada. 2010-08-01
Festival Participation Stewart A, Hornstein J, Pales Espinosa E, Allam B. (2010). Effects of increasing ocean temperatures on the energy budget of the Atlantic Surfclam Spisula solidissima. Annual Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities celebration. Stony Brook University, New York, USA.

Professional Service

Service Title Date
Referee Regular reviewing services for scientific journals (Developmental and Comparative Immunology, Fish and Shellfish Immunology, Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, Journal of Experimental Biology, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Journal of Shellfish Research, Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, Marine Environmental Research, Microbes and Infections, Aquatic Living Resources, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Global Change Biology) and funding agencies (National Science Foundation, NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA/Virginia Sea Grant, NOAA/Maryland Sea Grant, NOAA/Louisiana Sea Grant, NOAA/New Jersey Sea Grant, NOAA/National Sea Grant, Agence Nationale pour la Recherche -ANR Blanc- French National Agency for Scientific Research). 2011 - 2012
Review Boards - Agency, Institute, Gov. Member of NSF's Symbiosis and Self-defense Panel (Fall 2011) 2011 - 2012
Service on Editorial Boards Member of the editorial board of the journal "Diseases of Aquatic Organisms" 2011 - 2012
Referee Regular reviewing services for scientific journals (Developmental and Comparative Immunology, Fish and Shellfish Immunology, Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, Journal of Experimental Biology, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Journal of Shellfish Research, Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, Marine Environmental Research, Microbes and Infections, Aquatic Living Resources, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Global Change Biology) and funding agencies (National Science Foundation, NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA/Virginia Sea Grant, NOAA/Maryland Sea Grant, NOAA/Louisiana Sea Grant, NOAA/New Jersey Sea Grant, NOAA/National Sea Grant). 2010 - 2011
Review Boards - Agency, Institute, Gov. Member of NOAA's Connecticut Sea Grant Review Panel 2010 - 2011
Service on Editorial Boards Member of the editorial board of the journal "Diseases of Aquatic Organisms" 2010 - 2011
Referee Regular reviewing services for scientific journals (Developmental and Comparative Immunology, Fish and Shellfish Immunology, Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, Journal of Experimental Biology, Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology, Journal of Shellfish Research, Journal of the World Aquaculture Society, Marine Environmental Research, Microbes and Infections, Aquatic Living Resources, Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, Global Change Biology) and funding agencies (National Science Foundation, NOAA/National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA/Virginia Sea Grant, NOAA/Maryland Sea Grant, NOAA/Louisiana Sea Grant, NOAA/New Jersey Sea Grant, NOAA/National Sea Grant). 2009 - 2010

University Service

Service Title Date
College/University Committee Member of The Faculty Rights and Responsibilities Policy Committee (a committee of Stony Brook University's Arts and Sciences Senate) 2011 - 2012
Community Activity Diagnostic service for the NYSDEC, public hatcheries, non-profit organizations, and private aquaculturists. Consulting member of Long Island’s Association of Shellfish Hatcheries Managers. 2011 - 2012
Departmental Committee Search Committee for a faculty position in fisheries 2011 - 2012
Community Activity Diagnostic service for the NYSDEC, public hatcheries, non-profit organizations, and private aquaculturists. Consulting member of Long Island’s Association of Shellfish Hatcheries Managers. 2010 - 2011
Departmental Committee Chair of SoMAS's Graduate Programs Committee (ended in August 2010) 2010 - 2011
Community Activity Diagnostic service for the NYSDEC, public hatcheries, non-profit organizations, and private aquaculturists. Consulting member of Long Island’s Association of Shellfish Hatcheries Managers. 2009 - 2010
Departmental Committee Chair of SoMAS's Graduate Programs Committee 2009 - 2010