Ms Mahjabeen Khan

Ms Mahjabeen Khan

Visiting Fellow

PhD Microbiology and Molecular biology, UNSW, Sydney, Australia  2021

Bachelors of microbiology, Hazara University Mansehra, Pakistan 2010

M.Phil Microbiology, Hazara University Mansehra, Pakistan 2012

Bachelors of Education (B.ed), Sarhad University, Pakistan 2015


Medicine & Health
School of Optometry and Vision Science

Mahjabeen Khan completed her PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Biology from UNSW. Due to best performance in research during her PhD by generating impactful output in the form of research publications and was awarded the Brian and Kirby award for research excellence. She pursued her PhD with the prestigious scholarship offered by UNSW in 2016 in School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) and she received scholarship and started her PhD in 2017 where she explored the bacteria P. aeruginosa in causing eye infections in human. The key findings for this bacterium included the clonal relationship between recent and historical isolates where recent isolates acquired many resistance genes which were novel for the eye infections. The outcome of these findings resulted in number of publications in the Q1 and Q2 journals.

Currently she is working as a visiting Research Fellow at SOVS UNSW by engaging in the industry collaborative projects and completed successfully two projects based on the development of novel disinfection systems. Findings of the project based on the UV- based disinfection had been published in the journal Hygiene. Dr Khan is also running number of other projects including genome sequencing of ocular bacteria, development of bacteriophages against ocular bacteria and investigation of ocular microbiome changes due to mask wear.

School of Optometry and Vision Science Level 3, Room 3.044 North Wing, Rupert Myers Building
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Khan M; Ma K; Wan I; Willcox MD, 2023, 'Ciprofloxacin resistance and tolerance of Pseudomonas aeruginosa ocular isolates', Contact Lens and Anterior Eye, 46, pp. 101819,
    Journal articles | 2021
    Khan M; Willcox MDP; Rice SA; Sharma S; Stapleton F, 2021, 'Development of antibiotic resistance in the ocular Pseudomonas aeruginosa clone ST308 over twenty years', Experimental Eye Research, 205,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Khan M; Stapleton F; Perrywillcox MD; Willcox M, 2020, 'Susceptibility of contact lens-related pseudomonas aeruginosa keratitis isolates to multipurpose disinfecting solutions, disinfectants, and antibiotics', Translational Vision Science and Technology, 9, pp. 2 - 2,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Khan M; Stapleton F; Summers S; Rice SA; Willcox MDP, 2020, 'Antibiotic resistance characteristics of pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from keratitis in Australia and India', Antibiotics, 9, pp. 1 - 16,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Khan M; Summers S; Rice SA; Stapleton F; Willcox MDP; Subedi D, 2020, 'Acquired fluoroquinolone resistance genes in corneal isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa', Infection, Genetics and Evolution, 85, pp. 104574,
    Journal articles | 2020
    Khan S; Khan M; Maqsood K; Hussain T; Noor-ul-Huda ; Zeeshan M, 2020, 'Is Pakistan prepared for the COVID-19 epidemic? A questionnaire-based survey', Journal of Medical Virology, 92, pp. 824 - 832,
  • Conference Abstracts | 2021
    Sara M; Kuppusamy R; Afzal M; Khan M; Yasir M; Kalaiselvan P; Hui A; Kumar N; Willcox M, 2021, 'Synergistic activity of a peptide mimic with quinolones and cephalosporins against Staphylococcus aureus', in INVESTIGATIVE OPHTHALMOLOGY & VISUAL SCIENCE, ASSOC RESEARCH VISION OPHTHALMOLOGY INC, Vol. 62,
    Preprints | 2020
    Khan M; Summers S; Rice SA; Stapleton F; Willcox MDP; Subedi D, 2020, Acquired fluoroquinolone resistance genes in corneal isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, ,
    Preprints | 2020
    Khan M; Willcox MDP; Rice SA; Sharma S; Stapleton F, 2020, Changes to the resistome of Pseudomonas aeruginosa clone ST308 associated with corneal infection over time, ,

Brian Kirby Award for best thesis 2021

Fellowship for American Society for Microbiology, 2021


Mahjabeen research activities involve the analysis of bacterial genomes to find out the reasons of antimicrobial resistance including antibiotics as well as disinfectants. The research also focuses on the infection control and measures in the hospital environment to improve the disinfection of intensive care units and it involves the development of novel disinfectants. 


Research topics

  • Analysis of antimicrobial resistance
  • Development of novel disinfectants
  • Development of bacteriophage therapy
  • Identification of ocular microbiome