K-State Division of Biology

Loubna Tazi

Assistant Professor

Ph.D. 2002, University Montpellier II, Montpellier, France
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Irvine
Research Associate, Brigham Young University

Assistant Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston,
School of Public Health (2009-2011)

Evolutionary Genetics of Infectious Pathogens


134Ackert Hall
(785) 532-3930

Molecular Cellular Developmental Biology Web

Research Focus

My long-term research interests are in the evolutionary genetics and population dynamics of pathogenic microorganisms. Understanding those parameters is crucial for the implementation of more successful strategies for disease prevention and control, particularly in the face of the alarming emergence of antimicrobial drug-resistant pathogens.

For the major part of my research, I am applying bioinformatic tools and computational programs to understand the population dynamics and evolutionary genetics of various infectious pathogens. I am currently focusing on the evolutionary analyses of two human pathogens: HIV-1 and Neisseria gonorrhoeae. I am also interested in understanding the dynamic relationships between microorganisms and their hosts, and I am studying the differential gene expression of host genes upon infection with Mycobacterium tuberculosis isolates.


Selected Research Publications

Tazi, L., Imamichi, H., Hirschfeld, S., Metcalf, J.A., Orsega, S., Pérez-Losada, M., Posada, D., Lane, H.C. and Crandall, K.A. 2011. HIV-1 infected monozygotic twins: a tale of two outcomes. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 11: 62.

Tazi, L. and Ayala, F.J. 2011. Unresolved direction of host transfer of Plasmodium vivax v. P. simium and P. malariae v. P. brasilianum. Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 11: 209-221.

Tazi, L., Pérez-Losada, M., Gu, W., Yang, Y., Xue, L., Crandall, K.A. and Viscidi, R.P. 2010. Population dynamics of Neisseria gonorrhoeae in Shanghai, China: A comparative study. BMC Infectious Diseases, 10: 13.

Keele, B.F., Tazi, L., Gartner, S., Liu, Y., Burgon, T.B., Estes, J.D., Thacker, T.C., Crandall, K.A., McArthur, J.C. and Burton, G.F. 2008. Characterization of the Follicular Dendritic Cell reservoir of human immunodeficiency virus type 1. Journal of Virology, 82: 5548-5561.

Rothenburg, S., Deigendesch, N., Dey, M., Dever, T.E. and Tazi, L. 2008. Characterization of the double-stranded RNA activated protein kinase PKR of fishes and amphibians. BMC Biology, 6: 12.

Tazi, L., Reintjes, R. and Bañuls, A.L. 2007. Tuberculosis transmission in a high incidence area: a retrospective molecular epidemiological study of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Casablanca, Morocco. Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 7: 636-644.

Pérez-Losada, M., Porter, M.L., Tazi, L. and Crandall, K.A. 2007. New methods for inferring microbial population dynamics from DNA Sequences. Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 7: 24-43.

Lim, C.S., Tazi, L. and Ayala, F.J. 2005. Plasmodium vivax: recent world expansion and genetic identity to Plasmodium simium. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA., 102: 15523-15528.

Tazi, L., El Baghdadi, J., Lesjean, S., Locht, C., Supply, P. Tibayrenc, M. and Bañuls, A.L. 2004. Genetic diversity and population structure of Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Casablanca, a Moroccan city with high incidence of tuberculosis. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 42: 461-466.

Tazi, L., Kreiswirth, B., Carrière, C. and Tibayrenc, M. 2002. Molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and its relevance to the surveillance and control of TB. An e-debate. Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 2: 153-158.

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