Mohamed F. Sallam


Department of Primary Appointment:
School of Medicine
Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics
Assistant professor of GIS/RS
Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD
Research Interests:
Emerging infectious pathogens, Epidemiology
Public health, medical entomology
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2014-2016: Postdoc-University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2010-2013: Doctor of Philosophy, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
2008: Master of Science, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt


Disease and arthropod-vector ecologist and a former U.S. Navy entomologist. I build distribution models and risk maps using data science and field collected data to demonstrate the geographic mosaic of environmental and public health hazards, especially emerging disease pathogens and their arthropod vectors, to support force health protection in deployed environments and U.S. military bases. I use Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing (RS) techniques to study the impact of landscape-climate changes on health systems levels. I develop, with my collaborators, user-friendly platforms for disease-risk mapping and arthropod identification using machine learning and artificial intelligence.

Representative publications, projects, and/or deployments

2019-April 2022: Assistant professor, University of Nevada-Reno, Reno, Nevada

2017-2018: Senior analyst, Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park-Durham, North Carolina

Londoño G.A., Sandoval-H J, Sallam M.F., Allen JM. On the evolution of mimicry in avian nestlings; 12(4):e8842.

Qualls W.A., Steck M.R., Weaver J.R., Xue R.D., and M.F. Sallam. Shift in the spatial and temporal distribution of Aedes taeniorhynchus following environmental and local developments in St. Johns County, Florida. Wetlands Ecology and Management,

Hopperstad K.A., Sallam M.F., and M.H. Reiskind. Estimations of Fine-Scale Species Distributions of Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus (Diptera: Culicidae) in Eastern Florida. Journal of Medical Entomology,

Sallam M.F., Pereira R.M., Batich C., and P.G. Koehler. Factors Affecting short-range host seeking for the yellow fever mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae). Journal of Medical Entomology, doi: 10.3390/ijerph14101230

Sallam, M.F., Fizer, C., Pilant, D.N., and PY Whung. Systematic Review: Land Cover, Meteorological, and Socioeconomic Determinants of Aedes Mosquito Habitat for Risk Mapping, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(10).

Sallam M.F., Rui De X., Pereira M.R., and P.G. Koehler. Ecological niche modeling of mosquito vectors of West Nile virus in St. John’s County, Florida, USA. Parasites & Vectors, 9:371.

Al Ahmed A.M., Naeem M., Kheir S.M., and M.F. Sallam. Ecological niche modeling of two malaria vectors in Al Baha Province, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan Journal of Zoology, 47(6):1797-1806.

Sallam M.F., Pereira R., and Koehler P.G. Fly Populations and Problems in a changing climate, In: P. Dhang (ed.), Climate change Impacts on Urban Pests. CAB International, Reading, UK.