Tamer Salem


academic title

Professor and coordinator of the Molecular and Cell Biology concentration of Biomedical Sciences Program


Director of the Molecular Biology and Virology lab

Contact Information

Email: tsalem@zewailcity.edu.eg




Education: Doctor of Philosophy degree in Microbiology and Cell Science from the University of Florida, Gainesville, U.S.

Research Areas: Molecular Biology, Virology, Biotechnology.

Research Interests: using Biotechnology to convert viruses into therapeutic agents (Virotherapy). Our lab is working on vaccine development, Virus-like particle production, and discovery of virus-based therapeutic genes. Special emphasis is given to study the human gut microbiome in health and disease.

Keywords: Vaccines Development, Drug Delivery, Detection of diseases, Gene Expression and Regulation, Microbiome in Health and Disease, and Virotherapy

1) Salem TZ, Zhang F, Sahly N, Thiem SM. (2018). Effect of Temporal Expression of Integral Membrane Proteins by Baculovirus Expression Vector System. Molecular Biotechnology 60(8):576-584.
2) Ahmed A, Saab S, Foad M, Elgohary EA, Sallam MM, Nawara A, Ismael A, Morsi SS, Salah A, Alboraie M, Bhagavathula AS, Zayed M, Al Masry H, Salem TZ. (2017). Ongoing Transmission of HCV: Should Cesarean Section be justified? Data mining discovery. Journal of Translational Internal Medicine 5(1): 27-33.

3) Salem TZ, Seaborn CP, Turney CM, Xue J, Shang H, Cheng XW. (2015). The Influence of SV40 polyA on Gene Expression of Baculovirus Expression Vector Systems. PLOS ONE 10(12): e0145019.


4) Salem, T. Z., Zhang, F., Sahly, N. & Thiem, S. Effect of Temporal Expression of Integral Membrane Proteins by Baculovirus Expression Vector System. Molecular Biotechnology 60, 576-584, doi:10.1007/s12033-018-0099-y (2018).

5) Salem, T. Z. et al. The Influence of SV40 polyA on Gene expression of baculovirus expression vector systems. PLoS ONE 10, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145019 (2015).

6) Salem, T. Z., Allam, W. R. & Thiem, S. M. Verifying the stability of selected genes for normalization in Q PCR experiments of spodoptera frugiperda cells during AcMNPV infection. PLoS ONE 9, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0108516 (2014).

7) Salem, T. Z., Zhang, F. & Thiem, S. M. Reduced expression of Autographa californica nucleopolyhedrovirus ORF34, an essential gene, enhances heterologous gene expression. Virology 435, 225-238, doi:10.1016/j.virol.2012.10.022 (2013).




2017, PI, STDF/ health call id 22976, “Virus-like particle applications in HCV and cancer therapy” 

1) US patent:Pub. No.: US 2012/0064580 A1

2) Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellows Program, USDA, USA.

3) Junior Scientist Development Visit Grants, U.S.-Egypt Joint Science and Technology Fund.

4) Institute of International Education (IIE) Ph.D. Fellowship, USA