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Ahmed Mustafa
B.Sc. Honors, M.Sc.,Cand. Mag., Ph.D., Diploma in University Teaching

Professor, Department of Biology
Director, Life Science Resource Center

Co-Director, Regional Science Olympiad

Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW)


Professional Profile

I have always been passionate about research and teaching. My teaching and research interests converge and strengthen one another. At Purdue University- Fort Wayne, I teach Addiction, Physiology and Pharmacology and take an active role in the service of my students. My research concerns stress and immunity of aquatic life and prevention of diseases with alternatives to drug therapy. The experience and knowledge gained from my research often supports my teaching. My objectives for teaching through research include developing skills for critical thinking, problem solving, analysis, synthesis, and effective communication. [Purdue University Profile: Ahmed Mustafa]

I actively involve students in my research. Under my tutelage, many students have successfully received grants to support their own research, presented findings at regional, national, and international scientific meetings, and received co-authorships in peer-reviewed publications. Many of those students went on to pursue graduate work in doctoral, medical, and pharmacy degrees.

I earned a Bachelor of Science with honors and a Master of Science from Dhaka University, Bangladesh, a Candidatus Magisterri from University of Bergen, Norway, and a Ph.D. from the University of New-Brunswick, Canada.  From the University of New-Brunswick, Canada, he has also earned a Diploma in University Teaching. All my degrees are with highest distinctions.

I have obtained numerous research and teaching grants to support my research, published 5 text books, and more than 130 peer-reviewed research articles that have resulted in more than 750 citations globally. I also work as editors and reviewers for several journals, as external reviewers for global promotion and tenure cases, and as expert evaluators for international Ph.D. dissertations.

As part of my commitment to students and campus life, I have been serving as the faculty advisor to the Bangladesh Students’ Association and Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, in addition to my role as Vice President of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. I have also been serving as the academic advisor for pharmacy students. I have received 19 awards in recognition of my outstanding contributions to the campus community including the (1) Teacher of the Year Award from Sigma Xi American Research Society, (2) Outstanding Teacher Award from the Friends of the University, (3) Student’s Choice Award for Excellence in Teaching from the Student Government, (4) Advisor of the Year Award from the Student Government, (5) Pippert Science Research Scholar Award from the College of Arts and Sciences, (6) Community Advisory Council Service to Students Award from the University Chancellor, and (7) a Special Service Award from the Biology Honors Society.

Purdue University in Fort Wayne has selected me as the 2014 Featured Faculty. Featured Faculty is the university campaign that publicizes the range and significance of the intellectual contributions of the faculty.

Recent Awards/Honors


Below is a list of courses I teach. If you are currently enrolled in one of the courses that I teach, you can access the syllabus, lecture outlines, lecture notes, exams, grades, and other supporting materials via Blackboard Learn using your IPFW login and password. [Detailed Course Information].

Academic Service

Below is a list of services that I provide to my students, department, college, and university:



Department/Campus/University Committee Service


  • Trainer For Alcohol Intervention Procedures (TIPS)


Teaching Publications

Teaching Research   

  1. Brown, R., Dhawale, S., Mustafa, A., and Freeman, S. Investigating students’ self-assessed interest in civic engagement and their scientific understanding and skills: an exploratory examination. Science Education and Civic Engagement: An International Journal (Submitted).
  2. Michael Cooper, Shree Dhawale, Ahmed Mustafa. 2009. Teaching Stress Physiology Using Zebrafish (Danio rerio). Bioscene, 35 (1): 29-34.

Teaching Books         

  1. Ahmed Mustafa and Elliott Blumenthal. 2013. Pharmacology Supplement, 2nd Edition. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque. IA. ISBN: 978-1-4652-3654-8.
  2. Elliott Blumenthal and Ahmed Mustafa. 2010. Pharmacology Supplement. Kendall Hunt Publishing Company, Dubuque. IA. ISBN: 978-0-7575-7153-4.
  3. Ahmed Mustafa. 2013. Functional Biology. Pearsons, Boston, MA. IA. ISBN: 1-269-22543-X; 978-1-269-22543-4.
  4. Sharon Freeman, Shree Dhawale, and Ahmed Mustafa. 2012.  Psychology. Pearsons, Boston, MA. IA. ISBN: 10: 1-256-25021-X; 978-1-256-25021-0.
  5. Sharon Freeman, Shree Dhawale, and Ahmed Mustafa. 2012.  Symbiosis. Pearsons, Boston, MA. IA. ISBN: 10: 1-256-25022-8; 978-1-256-25022-7.

Selected Research Publications

  1. J. Davies Anuta, Alejandro Buentello, Susmita Patnaik, Michael E. Hume, Ahmed Mustafa, Delbert M. Gatlin III , and Addison L. Lawrence. Effects of dietary supplementation of a commercial prebiotic (PrevidaTM) on survival, growth, immune responses and gut microbiota of Pacific white shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei (American Journal of Aquaculture; In Print).
  2. Paul McCain, Parveen Quarrar, and Ahmed Mustafa. 2015. Capsaicin Supplemented Feed and Its Effects on Stress Modulation in Nile Tilapia. Biodiversity, Conservation, and Bio-Resources Management. 1 (1): 25-38.                                                                                                                                            
  3. Regina Shannon and Ahmed Mustafa. 2015. Conserve Echinoderms: Grow, Don’t Harvest. Proceedings of the Marine Conservation and Blue Economy Symposium, Dhaka, Bangladesh. June 8, 2015, 39-41.
  4. Md Ibrahim, Mursalin Khan, and Ahmed Mustafa. 2015. Can saline aquaponics be an alternative method for sea products? Proceedings of the Marine Conservation and Blue Economy Symposium, Dhaka, Bangladesh. June 8, 2015; 62-63.
  5. Regina Shannon and Ahmed Mustafa. 2015. Stress susceptibility of echinoderms under aquaculture conditions. Global Aquaculture Alliance Magazine- The Advocate, March-April, 2015, Page 26-27.
  6. Mohammed Rumman Hossain and Ahmed Mustafa. 2014. Effects of puerarin on the modulation of health in chronically stressed Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Journal of Applied Aquaculture, 26: 119-131/DOI: 10.1080/10454438.2014.901079.
  7. Mohammed Rumman Hossain and Ahmed Mustafa. 2013. Effects of puerarin on the reduction of glucose and promotion overall health in acutely stressed Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). ACTA Ichthyologica et Piscatoria, 43 (2): 85–93.
  8. Ahmed Mustafa, Shree Dhawale, Jiwon Park and Jin Soung Yoo. 2013. The Validation of Effect of Neutraceuticals on Growth and Immune Response of Nile Tilapia in Cool Water Using a Cluster-Based Approach. Journal of Applied Aquaculture, 25 (2): 132-147.
  9. J. Park, J. S. Yoo and A. Mustafa, A. 2012. Cluster-based Approach for Biological Hypothesis Testing and its Application, Proceedings of the 2012 International Conference on Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, pp.33-38. Worldcomp’12, Las Vegas, NV, July 16-19, 2012; CSREA Press.
  10. Davies Anuta, Alehandro Buentello, Susmita Patnaik, Addison Lawrence, Ahmed Mustafa,  Michaele Hume, Delbeert Gatlin, and Maurice Kemp. 2011. Effects of dietary supplementation of the acidifier Vitoxal-Mionix on growth, survival, immune response and gut microbiota of the Pacific White Shrimp, Litopenaeus vannamei.  Journal of World Aquaculture, 42 (96):  834-844.
  11. Ahmed Mustafa, Laura Randolph and Shree Dhawale. 2011. Effect of Phosphatidylcholine and Beta-Carotene Supplementation on Growth and Immune Response of Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus, in Cool Water. Journal of Applied Aquaculture, 23 (2): 136-146.
  12. Ahmed Mustafa, Brittany Byerley, and Paul McCain. 2011. Effects of Indian herbs on the modulation of stress and immune response in Tilapia. Frontier in Endocrinology; doi: 10.3389/conf.fendo.2011.04.00088.
  13. Michael Cooper, Shree Dhawale, Ahmed Mustafa. 2009. Teaching Stress Physiology Using Zebrafish (Danio rerio). Bioscene, 35 (1): 29-34.
  14. Ahmed Mustafa, Shree Dhawale, and Shrikrishna Dhawale. 2008. Development of a Method for Extracting Macrophages from Zebrafish, Danio rerio and Their Use in Assessing Stress. ACTA Ichthyologica et Piscatoria, 38 (1): 73-77.
  15. Mathan Ramesh, Sathyanarayanan Senthis Kumaran, Chokkalingam Kavith, Monoharan Saravanan, and Ahmed Mustafa. 2007. Primary stress responses of common carp,  Cyprinus carpio exposed to copper toxicity. ACTA Ichthyologica et Piscatoria, 37 (2): 81-85.
  16. Susmita Patnaik, Maryam Moshref and Ahmed Mustafa. 2007. Sustainable Brackish water shrimp farming – A serious thought in India. World Aquacualture, 38 (2):11-14.
  17. Ahmed Mustafa, Timothy Keefe, and Parveen Quarrar. 2006. Correlation between unionized ammonia and high pH and their combined effects on the stress physiology of steelhead trout, Oncorhynchus mykiss, reared in a recirculating system. Acta Scientiarum Polonorum, Piscaria, 5(1): 3-8.
  18. Ahmed Mustafa and Wojciech Piasecki. 2005. Factors affecting the susceptibility of sea lice infestations in Atlantic salmon. Wiadomosci Parazytologiczne, 51(4); 281-285.
  19. Ahmed Mustafa, Barbara MacKinnon, and Wojciech Piasecki. 2005. Interspecific variation between Atlantic salmon and Arctic charr in susceptibility to infection with larval and adult Caligus elongatus: effects of skin mucus protein profiles and epidermal histological differences.ACTA Ichthyologica et Piscatoria, 35(1): 7-13.
  20. Monica Gensic, Timothy Keefe, Patrick Wissing, and Ahmed Mustafa. 2004. Nutritional supplement and stress response in farmed salmonids. Aquaculture Research, 35: 1117-1121.
  21. Emmanuel Udoh, David Erbach, and Ahmed Mustafa. 2004. Neural network facilitated analysis of stress in a biological aspect. IASTED Conference on Software Engineering and Applications, MIT, IASTED/ACTA Press, USA, 25-29.
  22. Fast MD, Ross NW, Mustafa A, Sims DE, Johnson SC, Conboy GA, Speare DJ, Johnson G, Burka JF. 2002. Susceptibility of rainbow trout Oncorhynchus mykiss, coho salmon Oncorhynchus kisutch and Atlantic salmon Salmo salar experimental infection with sea lice Lepeophtheirus salmonis. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, 52: 57-68.
  23. Patric Wissing and Ahmed Mustafa. 2002. Effects of iodized-feed on stress modulation in salmonids. VIth International Symposium on aquatic Nutrition. Cancun, Mexico, pp 96.
  24. M. D. Fast, D. E. Sims, J. F. Burka, A. Mustafa and N. W. Ross. 2002. Skin morphology and humoral non-specific defense parameters of mucus and plasma in rainbow trout, coho and Atlantic salmon. Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology, 132 (3): 527-660.
  25. Mustafa, A., Peters, W., Conboy, G., and Burka, J. 2002. Do water temperature and flow have any effect on sea lice development and settlement? Bulletin of the Aquaculture Association of Canada Special Publication No. 5: 53-55.
  26. J. F. Burka, G. A. Conboy, D. E. Sims, D. J. Speare, A. Mustafa, N. W. Ross and S. C. Johnson. 2001. Physiological, biochemical, and histological approaches to examining sea lice- salmon interactions. International Congress on the Biology of Fish Proceedings. Aberdeen, UK, 49- 53. (This proceeding has been published as a book in 2001 by American Fisheries Society).
  27. Mustafa, A., Rankadua, W., and Campbell, P. 2001. Estimating the cost of sea lice to salmon aquaculture in Atlantic Canada. Canadian Veterinary Journal, 42: 54-56.
  28. Mustafa, A., Speare, D. J., Daley, J., Conboy, G. A., and Burka, J. F. 2000. Enhanced susceptibility of seawater cultured rainbow trout to the microsporidian, Loma salmonae during primary infection with the sea louse, Lepeophtheirus salmonis. Journal of Fish Diseases, 23: 337-341.
  29. Bowers, J., Mustafa, A., Burka, J., Speare, D., Sims, D., and Conboy, G. 2000. The effects of sea lice, Lepeophtheirus salmonis on the stress response of Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar. Journal of Fish Diseases, 23: 165-172.
  30. Mustafa, A., MacWilliams, C., Fernandez, N., Matchett, K., Conboy, G. and Burka, J. 2000. Effects of sea lice, Lepeophtheirus salmonis infestation on macrophage functions in Atlantic salmon, Salmo salar. Fish and Shellfish Immunology, 10: 47-59.
  31. Mustafa, A. and Conboy, G., and J. F. Burka. 2000. Life-span and reproductive capacity of sea lice, Lepeophtheirus salmonis, under laboratory conditions. Bulletin of the Aquaculture Association of Canada Special Publication No. 4: 113-114.
  32. Mustafa, A. and MacKinnon, B. M. 1999. Atlantic salmon and Arctic charr: comparative correlation between iodine/iodide supplementation, thyroid hormone levels, plasma cortisol levels and infection intensities with sea louse, Caligus elongatus. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 77:1092-1101.
  33. Mustafa, A. and MacKinnon, B. M. 1999. Genetic variation in susceptibility of Atlantic salmon to sea lice, Caligus elongatus Nordmann, 1832.Canadian Journal of Zoology, 77:1332-1335.
  34. Mustafa, A., Bowers, J., MacWilliams, C., Fernandez, N., Conboy, C. and Burka, J. 1998. Effects of sea lice infestation on macrophage functions in Atlantic salmon.Bulletin of the Aquaculture Association of Canada Special Publication No. 98-2: 90-92.
  35. Mustafa, A. and MacKinnon, B. M. 1997. Inter-specific variation in sea lice infection intensity between Atlantic salmon and Arctic charr Bulletin of the Aquaculture Association of Canada Special Publication No. 97-2:30-32.
  36. Mustafa, A. and MacKinnon, B. M. 1993. Sea lice and salmonids: Preliminary observations on modulation of the effects of host stress using iodine. Bulletin of the Aquaculture Association of Canada Special Publication No.93-4:99-100.
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