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Bashar Ibrahim: Australian researcher on the path to COVID-19 vaccine

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Bashar Ibrahim is well-known name within the science community and industry, specifically within the infectious disease research and development field. Graduating from Sydney University with honours in chemical and biomolecular science, Ibrahim went on to further continue his studies, completing a doctorate in infectious diseases and control.

Working as a professor in the university, he continues his research specializing in the field of molecular biology, mathematics and computational modelling in order to determine the spread and control of infectious diseases.

Throughout his life, Bashar Ibrahim has always been interested in viruses, the spread of them and the controls implemented in order to contain them.

His fascination with this field of science came when as a child he contracted the flu, and noticed how quickly it could spread to those around him based on certain actions such as touching objects and others then touching those objects, or transmission through sneezes and coughs. From there on he excelled in high school science subjects, namely biology.

Much of his free time was spent reading textbooks and other academic publications on viruses and molecular biology. His interest in the subject only grew over time, and he enrolled into the University of Sydney in a Bachelors of Chemical and Biomolecular Science. His lecturers and tutors noticed his passion and capability for the units, and he would form close relationships with them.

His previous research focused on computational systems biology and virus control mechanisms.

Bashar Ibrahim has published and co-authored numerous academic publications to do with biology research and medical science, his latest publication being “Rule-based spatial modelling with diffusing, geometrically constrained molecules” (G Gruenert, B Ibrahim, T Lenser, M Lohel, T Hinze, P Dittrich, 2010).

With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, his research was quickly switched into the formation and development of the virus that has wreaked havoc across the world, and shut down everyday life on a global scale.

From early January throughout to the present, Ibrahim has worked tirelessly with teams of medical professionals and scientists to watch and record the effects of the virus, the transmission as well as its mutations.

The COVID-19 pandemic worsened from January onwards, peaking in March in European countries, Asian countries and Australia/New Zealand. Entire countries entered lockdown, and everyday life as the world knew it was shut down. The unprecedented events caused by the virus only fuelled Ibrahim’s fire in the research of the virus, and he decided to pursue a vaccine. Many countries across the world have been trying to develop a vaccine for COVID-19; however coronaviruses are notoriously difficult to develop vaccines for.

Despite this, Bashar Ibrahim has turned his attention to the development of a vaccine, and started working tirelessly with teams of COVID-19 vaccine development scientists based in Australia.

There have been some developments of vaccines throughout the world, with other countries having experimental vaccines going into phase III testing stages. Some have approved vaccines for military uses, such as the China vaccine. However, these vaccines have not been tested significantly, and the side effects and long term effects of the vaccine are unknown, making it a health gamble. Ibrahim intends to continue his vaccine research with full development and testing to be completed, however the outlook for a vaccine any time soon is bleak.


Overall, Bashar Ibrahim is an Australian researcher who specializes in infectious disease and control, and is determined to continue his race for a COVID-19 vaccine. His passion for science knows no bounds and he is a well-renowned figure in the science community. His publications are numerous, and is an exceptional scientific contributor.


Written By

Michael Carry is the lead editor for Bonanza Magazine. Michael has been working as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade having published stories in the New York Times, The Plain Dealer, The Daily Mail and many others. Michael is based in Dawrin and covers issues affecting his city and global news. When he is not busy writing, Michael enjoys reading books and walking with his dogs.



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