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Grey Limbo

University of Hawaii At Manoa

Associate Professor/Researcher

 Mohammad Arif

Dr. Arif is a phytobacteriologist and has specialization in phylogenetics, bacterial evolution, interactions, molecular diagnostics/microbial forensics and plant and water microbiome.


Dr. Arif  has a strong passion for mentoring and offering both professional and personal support to enhance the development of individuals early in their careers. He places immense importance on the connections he has with his mentors, recognizing that they have significantly enhanced his professional journey, and consequently, he is committed to paying forward similar experiences to help others.

Education / Professional Prep / Appointments

Ph.D. Biosciences

M.S. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

B.S. Agriculture

 P.G. Diploma in Bioinformatics

Specialty Skills and Knowledge

Current Research

Population Genetics

Bacterial Genomics and Evolution 

Molecular host-bacterial interactions

Molecular Diagnostics


Population Genetics

Bacterial Genomics and Evolution 

Host-bacterial Interactions

Microbial Forensics and Molecular Diagnostics

Lab Website 

Key Publications

Klair D, Dobhal S, Ahmad A, Hassan ZU, Uyeda J, Silva J, Wang KH, Kim S, Alvarez AM, Arif M (2023). Exploring taxonomic and functional microbiome of Hawaiian stream and spring irrigation water systems using Illumina and Oxford Nanopore sequencing platforms. Frontiers in Microbiology. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2023.1039292 (Print available here)


Arif M, Czajkowski R, Chapman T (2022). Editorial: Genome-wide analyses of Pectobacterium and Dickeya species. Frontiers in Plant Science. doi:10.3389/fpls.2022.855262.


Arizala D, Dobhal S, Alvarez AM, Arif M (2022). Elevation of Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. californiensis to species level as Clavibacter californiensis sp. nov., merging and re-classification of Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. chilensis and Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. phaseoli as Clavibacter phaseoli sp. nov. based on complete genome in silico analyses. Int J Syst Evol Microbiol, 72(9), doi: 10.1099/ijsem.0.005427 (Print available here)

Boluk G, Arizala D, Dobhal S, Zhang J, Hu J, Alvarez AM, Arif M (2021). Genomic and phenotypic biology of novel strains of Dickeya zeae isolated from pineapple and taro in Hawaii: insights into genome plasticity, pathogenicity, and virulence determinants. Frontiers in Plant Science. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2021.663851

Domingo R, Perez C, Klair D, Vu H, Candelaria-Tochiki A, Wang X, Camson A, Uy JN, Salameh M, Arizala D, Dobhal S, Boluk G, Bingham JP, Ochoa-Corona F, Ali ME, Stack JP, Fletcher J, Odani J, Jenkins D, Alvarez AM, Arif M (2021). Genome-informed loop-mediated isothermal amplification assay for specific detection of Pectobacterium parmentieri in infected potato tissues and soil. Scientific Reports, 11, 21948.

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