Ali A. Sultan, MD, PhD

Ali A. Sultan, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

 (+974) 4492 8314


University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan 1987

University of Edinburgh, Scotland 1995

Postdoctoral Fellow
New York University School of Medicine 1995-1999


Dr. Sultan is a molecular biologist and microbiologist studying the molecular pathogenesis and epidemiology of parasites and bacteria. He joined Weill Cornell Medicine - Qatar (WCM-Q) in 2004 while serving as an Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Before that, he held a position as Postdoctoral Fellow at New York University Medical Center. He obtained his medical degree from the University of Khartoum-Sudan, and he completed his Ph.D. studies in Microbial Genetics at the University of Edinburgh, UK.

Dr. Sultan research interests are multidisciplinary and focus on studying the epidemiology and molecular pathology of infectious diseases using genomic and proteomics tools. He has been the lead author and co-investigator of several high impact papers, such as "TRAP-sporozoites are deficient in gliding motility and unable to invade the salivary glands" (Sultan et al. Cell 1997). His current main research interests include studying the geographic distribution of the HPV infection in Arab countries, and assessing the epidemiological impact of HPV vaccines on the outcome of the infection; investigating the risk associated with food-borne pathogens and the potential relation to inflammatory bowel diseases in Qatar, ensuring food-safety from production to consumption-, development of genetic vaccine for infectious diseases, and investigating malaria parasite stage-specific immune responses and population dynamics during seasonal and year-round transmission in geographically confined endemic regions.

Selected Publications

  • Ghosh, A.K., Devenport, M., Jethwaney, D., Kalume, D. E., Pandey, A., Anderson, V.E., Sultan, A.A., Kumar, N., Jacobs-Lorena. M. (2009). Malaria Parasite Invasion of the Mosquito Salivary Gland Requires Interaction between the Plasmodium TRAP and the Anopheles Saglin Proteins.PLoS Pathogens 2009;5 (1):e1000265