Food Safety & Microbial Physiology Group (FSMP)




Food Safety and Microbial Physiology (FSMP) Laboratory

Faculty of Agriculture

Mansoura University

Mansoura, Egypt



Personal Data:

Birth date

 September 23, 1972

Place of birth

 Aga, El-Dakahlia, Egypt

Family status






 Agricultural Sciences 1994 Mansoura University Egypt


 Applied Microbiology 1998 Mansoura University Egypt


 Bacterial Physiology/ Food Safety 2004 The University of Reading UK




Assistant Professor

 Mansoura University 2004 - present

Assistant Lecturer

 Mansoura University 1998 - 2004


 Mansoura University 1996 - 1998

Food Microbiologist

 Misr Company for Dairy Foods, Mansoura 1995 - 1996



  Fellowship of the International Union for Microbiological Societies (IUMS) 2005
  Fellowship of the Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) for young scientists 2003

Scholarship from the Government of Egypt to pursue doctoral studies in Bacterial Physiology &
 Food Safety in the UK

  Annual prize of Mansoura University for the best M.Sc. thesis in Agricultural Sciences 1999



  Society for General Microbiology
  Society for Applied Microbiology
  Society for Dairy Technology
  Egyptian Society for Dairy Sciences



  Editor, Science Progress (An established international journal issued from the UK since more than 100 years)
  Scientific reviewer for Journal of Applied Microbiology and Letters in Applied Microbiology
  Editor of a reference book entitled "Bacterial Physiology- A Molecular Approach", Springer: Germany (in press)
  Scientific editor and organizer of the first International Microbiology Symposium supported by the American Society for Microbiology, held at Mansoura University (2006)


Other activities

  Focal Point of the EU-funded programme FP7 for Mansoura University (2007-2013).
  Coordinator of the International Research Grant Office at Mansoura University.


Educational Projects

  Member of the managerial and executive teams of the project "Developing Applied Agricultural Courses to Increase the Capabilities of Graduates to Meet Market Needs" funded by the HEEPF programme (2005-2006).


Research Projects


Principal Investigator of a research project entitled "Use of Exopolysaccharide-producing Lactic Acid Bacteria in Biotechnological Applications" supported by the Library of Alexandria (2007-2008).


Principal Investigator of a research project entitled "Stress Responses of Campylobacter spp." supported by the International Foundation for Science (Sweden) (2006-2007).


Principal Investigator of a research project entitled "Surveillance and Characterization of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus Associated with Food Products" jointly supported by Mansoura University and the Society for Applied Microbiology (UK)   (2005-2006).


Research interests


Bacterial physiology as related to both basic knowledge and biotechnological applications.


Food safety involving surveillance and characterization research on foodborne pathogens associated with foods produced/distributed under Egyptian conditions.


Nanobiotechnology/ Lab on a chip research aiming at the development of nanodevices for the detection of bacterial pathogens in food, environmental and clinical samples.



  Peer-reviewed papers:
1- El-Sharoud, W.M. (2002). Locating a stress sensor. Microbiologist, 3:34-35.
2- Nassib, T.A., Zin El-Din, M. and El-Sharoud, W.M.* (2003). Assessment of the presence of Salmonella spp. in Egyptian dairy products using various detection media. Letters in Applied Microbiology 37:405-409.
3- Nassib, T.A., Zin El-Din, M. and El-Sharoud, W.M.* (2003).Viability of Salmonella enterica subsp. enterica during the preparation and cold storage of Egyptian soft cheeses and ice cream. International Journal of Dairy Technology 56:30-34.
4- El-Sharoud, W.M. (2004). Ribosome inactivation for preservation: concepts and reservations. Science Progress 87:137-152.
5- El-Sharoud, W.M.* and Niven, G.W. (2005). The activity of ribosome modulation factor during the growth of Escherichia coli under acidic conditions. Archives of Microbiology  184:18-24.
6- El-Sharoud, W.M. (2005). Two-Component Signal Transduction Systems as Key Players in Stress Responses of Lactic Acid Bacteria. Science Progress 88: 203-228.
7- Nassib, T.A., Zin El-Din, M. and El-Sharoud, W.M.* (2006). Effect of thermophilic lactic acid bacteria on the viability of Salmonella ser. Typhimurium PT8 during milk fermentation and preparation of buffalo's yoghurt. International Journal of Dairy Technology  59: 29-34.
8- El-Sharoud, W.M.* and Rowbury, R.J. (2006). Recent Insights into Microbial Physiology.  Science Progress 89:141-149
9- El-Sharoud, W.M.* and Niven, G.W. (2007). The influence of ribosome modulation factor on the survival of stationary-phase Escherichia coli during acid stress. Microbiology 153:247-253.
10- El-Sharoud, W.M.* and Graumann, P.L. (2007). Cold shock proteins aid coupling of transcription and translation in bacteria. Science Progress 90:15-27.
11- El-Sharoud, W.M.* and Rowbury, R.J. (2007). Major microbiology research areas and techniques: cell division, cytoskeleton, stationary-phase and bioluminescence. Science Progress 90:51-58.
12- El-Sharoud, W.M.*, Zin El-Din, M. and Abou-Ziada, D.M. (2007). Characterization of Enterobacter sakazakii detected in milk and dairy products. (in preparation).
13- El-Sharoud, W.M.*, Zin El-Din, M. and Abou-Ziada, D.M. (2007). Behaviour of Enterobacter sakazakii under dairy preservation conditions. (in preparation).
14- El-Sharoud, W.M.* and Darwish, M.S. (2007). Effect of RpoS on the survival of Escherichia coli during milk fermentation conditions. (in preparation).
15- El-Sharoud, W.M.*, Darwish, M.S. and Abou-Ziada, D.M. (2007). Assessment of the presence of Campylobacter sp. in milk and milk products in heavily-contaminated Egyptian area. (in preparation).
16- El-Sharoud, W.M.* (2007). A new single dimension gel electrophoresis procedure for the detection of ribosome modulation factor. (in preparation).

*Corresponding author

Collaborating groups



Microbial Physiology and Genetics Group (Biocentruum, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark


Produce Safety and Microbiology  Research Unit (USDA, USA)


Genetic and Microbiology of Dairy Lactic Acid Bacteria (Dept. of Food Science and Nutrition, Utah University, USA)


Prof. Peter Graumann's group (Institute of Biology, The University of Freiburg, Germany




Food Safety & Microbial Physiology Group (FSMP)