- Ph.D. (Molecular Plant Pathology). Suez Canal University in cooperation with Institute of Phytopathology, Christian Alberchts University of Kiel, Germany from 2001 to 2003.
- M.Sc. (Molecular Plant Pathology). Zagazig University 1998.
- B.Sc. (Plant Pathology). Zagazig University 1992.
Research Specialty and Interests:
1-Genetic Diversity Studies
Molecular evolution and phylogenetic implications of ITS sequences in fungi, bacteria and in plants
Assessing diversity in Fusarium, Rhizoctonia, Phytophthora, Macrophomina and Trichoderma species using molecular markers (RAPD, UP-PCR, AFLP, TE-AFLP, PCR-RFLP).
Diagnostics tests developed in the Molecular Markers Lab. are DNA-based, using PCR technology for efficiency. These diagnostic tests are being designed to identify the relationships between Egyptains and overseas races of some pathogens, enabling us to use DNA to detect exotic pathogens.
Genetic mapping is a way of fast tracking the process. Using the DNA from a group of offspring plants and their parents it is possible to identify areas that have a high probability of carrying genes involved in various functions, for example providing disease resistance. Once these areas have been identified they can be used as 'markers', i.e. the DNA from other plants from this population can be screened to see whether they also carry these 'marker' regions of DNA, and will therefore have a good chance of having the desired characteristic. This significantly decreases the time spent waiting for the plants to grow to identify the superior individual plants, and also saves resources; if you can select the superior plants at an earlier stage you don't waste water, soil and space growing everything.