College of Arts and Sciences

Pharmaceuticals from the Water: Recent Advances in Aquaculture

Faculty in Focus Series

Ahmed Mustafa, biology

MustafaTuesday, March 3, 2015
Noon – 1:15 p.m.
Walb Student Union, Room G08

Eighty-five percent of the antibiotics currently in use are from terrestrial sources that are almost exhausted. In contrast, water is full of incredible resources for microbes and macro-organisms that have potentials to inhibit various diseases. Aquatic organisms produce many metabolites, which are natural, and among these metabolites, some are usually unusual and unique. Unlike primary metabolites, these secondary metabolites are not important for growth and reproduction but confer some selective advantages—useful in medical applications. Aquaculture, besides producing food and other bio-molecules, is now focusing on farming some of these organisms that have pharmaceutical potentials.

Biography: Ahmed Mustafa is a professor of biology. He teaches physiology and pharmacology, and for research, he focuses on stress physiology of farmed aquatic organisms. Specifically, he studies the physiological, endocrinological, and immunological changes in stressed organisms that affect their growth and disease resistance. Mustafa has received several awards for his teaching and research excellence including IPFW’s Featured Faculty Award in 2014.