Professor Abdelmalik I. Khalafalla obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Khartoum, Sudan in 1997, and received post-doctoral training as a veterinary virologist at the Federal Research Center for Virus Diseases of Animals in Tuebingen, Germany, April 2001-January 2003. He is currently a microbiology specialist at the Division of Veterinary laboratories, Abu Dhabi Agriculture and Food Safety Authority, UAE, where he is currently leading a research team that investigates viruses of camels, including MERS-CoV. He is also involved in laboratory diagnosis of virus infections in farm animals in the UAE. He published over 100 research articles, reviews, and book chapters. He was the head of the Microbiology Department, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, the University of Khartoum in 2004, the Director of the Camel Research Center in 2007, and Head of the Camel Development Program of the Arab Centre for the Studies on Arid Zones and Dry Lands (ACSAD), Damascus, Syria. He served as the president of the International Society for Camelid Research and Development (ISOCARD) from 2012 to 2015. He is an OIE expert and member in three ad hoc groups on Camelid Diseases, PPR Status of Countries, and MERS-CoV.
Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates