Osama Mohammad Alian

Graduate Student, Department of Microbiology, Genetics, & Immunology
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Osama Alian is a PhD candidate with Dr. Matt Schrenk. His research interests are interdisciplinary in astrobiology, focused on understanding how life functions in deep ocean hydrothermal vents as environmental analogs to early Earth, Mars, and ocean worlds such as Europa and Enceladus. His dissertation research focuses on mapping and characterizing the microbial microenvironment within the Lost City hydrothermal vents in the Atlantic Ocean, as well as others, to better define the relationships between the two. This work will inform how we search for traces of life and its function beyond Earth. Osama graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit with degrees in art history and biological sciences and has worked in diverse scientific and non-scientific fields before starting his PhD.

Selected Publications

  • Danielle J. Whittaker, Samuel P. Slowinski, Jonathan M. Greenberg, Osama M. Alian, Andrew D. Winters, Madison M. Ahmad, Mikayla J. E. Burrell, Helena A. Soini, Milos V. Novotny, Ellen D. Ketterson, Kevin R. Theis, “Experimental Evidence that Symbiotic Bacteria Produce Chemical Cues in a Songbird”, Journal of Experimental Biology (2019)
  • Osama M. Alian, Asfar Azmi, and Ramzi M. Mohammad, “Network Insights on Oxaliplatin Anti-Cancer Mechanisms”, Clinical and Translational Medicine, (2012
  • Osama M. Alian, Ramzi M. Mohammad, Asfar S. Azmi. “Systems Biology Approaches to Pancreatic Cancer Detection, Prevention and Treatment” Current Pharmaceutical Design (2014)