Khira S Loulizi
Assistant Professor, Laboratory of Virology, Faculty of Pharmacy
University of Monastir, Tunisia
Dr. Khira S Loulizi did his PhD research in virology in 2009, it was carried out in the laboratory of Virology, National Reference Center for Enteric Viruses, University Hospital of Dijon, France, and in the laboratory of virology, faculty of Pharamcie of Monastir, Tunisia, in the framework of a French-Tunisian scientific collaboration. My research project related to the viral gastroenteritis in Tunisia. I have published 28 papers in indexed journals (21 International and 7 national Publications) and I presented 32 communications in national and international congress of Virology and Microbiology. I am a scientific reviewer for several reputed journals.
Khira S Loulizi Research interests include detection and molecular characterization of enteric viruses: Group A rotavirus, norovirus, sapovirus, astrovirus, enteric adenovirus and Aichi virus in environmental samples and in stool samples of children suffering from gastroenteritis in Tunisia. My research activities were focused on incidence of viruses, genetic variability, phylogenetic analysis of virus strains, clinical severity of disease and the seroprevalence of specific Aichi virus antibodies in Tunisian population. The correlation between environmental strains and viral infantile diarrhoea was established and suggests the existence of a relationship between water contamination and paediatric diarrhea. My research project address the potential health risks associated with transmission of human gastroenteritis viruses through water related environmental routes. The research findings will aid in elucidating the molecular epidemiology and circulation of enteric viruses in Tunisia and in Africa, where data are rare.