CURRICULUM VITAE

 

AHMED  L. ABDEL-MAWGOOD, Ph.D.

 

Current position:                                            Mailing address :

Prof., Molecular Biology                                               71 Omar Bin Hassan

Faculty of Food and Agriculture, Plant Prod. Dept.       Mohamadya, Riyadh

King Saud Univ.                                                           Tel.(Office)  009661-4678379

Riyadh, KSA                                                               E-mail:mawgood9@yahoo.com

                                                                                    Mobile:00966501852189

 

EDUCATION

Doctor of Philosophy

Plant Biochemistry/Molecular Biology, (1985-1990), Biological Science Department, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Thesis: Characterization of a Gene Common to Cyanobacteria and Higher Plants (psbH) and its Possible Function in Photoinhibition.

 

Master of Science

Plant Breeding and Genetics, (1979-1982),

Alexandria University, Egypt

Thesis: Evaluation of Four Genetically Different Corn Populations Using Diallel Crosses

 

Bachelor of Science

Agronomy and Plant Sciences, (1975-1979)

Alexandria University, Egypt

 

RESEARCH EXPERIENCES

 

§         Plant Production Dept., King Saud University (October 2002-Now). Established a state of the art molecular biology lab, Established a center of research excellence in biotechnology, Honored distinguish salary for my achievement

§         Crop Sci. Dept., Minia Univ., Minia, Egypt (August 1999-October 2002). Teaching plant breeding and plant molecular biology courses.

§         Senior Visiting Scientist, Univrsity of Wisconsin-Madison (Nov 1998-July 1999) Working on Developing molecular marker linked to disease (sorghum downy mildew and late wilt) resistant genes in Egyptian maize populations (ATUT project , M3).

§         Senior Visiting Scientist, Univrsity of Wisconsin-Madison (Nov 1997-July 1998) Working on Developing molecular marker linked to disease (sorghum downy mildew and late wilt) resistant genes in Egyptian maize populations (ATUT project , M3).

§         Visiting Scientist, Promega Corp. (September 1995-Feb. 1996). Worked on the development of non-isotopic kit for Southern and Northern blots and on development of other diagnostic kits.

§         Crop Sci. Dept., Minia Univ., Minia, Egypt (January 1993-August 1995). Teaching plant breeding and plant molecular biology courses.

§         Plant Pathology Dept., University of Wisconsin Madison (August, 1991-October, 1992)

-  Isolated and purified the tomato spotted wilt virus in order to construct a cDNA library of the M-RNA of  the TSWV

-  Guided graduate students in constructing plasmids expressing the coat and N proteins to make transgenic plant resistant to TSWV

-  Using the PCR technique, the 16S ribosomal RNA gene from two pathogenic bacteria,  Clavibacter michiganense subsp. michiganense and subsp. sepedonicum were sequenced. Sequence information obtained was used to develop probes and primers that can specifically detect these two subspecies in Southern blot and PCR analysis.

§         Promega Corporation (January, 1991- December 1992)

-         Involved in the development of the non-isotopic labeling of DNA probes.

-         Developed the Southern blot techniques for the non-isotopic labeling of the probe.

-         Developed a non-isotopic molecular weight ladder.

§         Plant Molecular Biology, Purdue U. (1985-1990)

-         Isolated DNA from Phytophthora megasperma  (PMG) and estimated its genome size

-         Cloned and sequenced the gene for the 8.0 kDa phosphoprotein (psbH) from the  cyanobacterium Synechocystis 6803. The 8.0 kDa phosphoprotein is one of the major  phosphorylated proteins in thylakoid membranes of the chloroplasts. The psbH gene  was cloned form EMBL#3 library using the corn psbH as a heterologous probe. The  fragment containing the gene was further subcloned in serial cloning and hybridizations,  and finally cloned in blue script plasmid for sequencing both strands in two different  orientations of the fragment.

-         Constructed a mutation in the psbH gene by insertional mutagenesis and homologous recombination

-         Cloned, mapped and sequenced a gene for cytochrome b6 from cyanobacteria

§         Biochemistry and Biophysics, Purdue U. (1985-1990)

-         Studied the role of the phosphorylated proteins in photoinhipition

-         Studied the effect of violaxanthin-zeaxanthin cycle on chloroplast protein kinase activity

-         Studied the role of violaxanthin-zeaxanthin cycle in photoinhibition

§         Plant Tissue Culture, Michigan State U. (1984-1985)

-         Conducted research on petunia and tomato protoplasts and tissue culture

§         Plant Pathology, Michigan State U.(1984-1985)

-         Worked in Dr. D. Fullbright 's on the isolation of WSMV from wheat tissue.

§         Genetics Field Experience, Alexandria U., Egypt  (1982-1983)

-         Assumed full responsibilities for corn breeding and genetics program. This includes maintaining the pure lines already existed, making crosses between the pure lines, and evaluation previous year crosses.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

§         Associate Prof., Plant Production Dept., King Saud University (October 2002-Now) teaching:

-         Genetics and Agricultural biotechnology

-         Advanced plant breeding courses stressing on molecular techniques

-         Food biotechnology (Food Sceience Dept)

§         -Lecturer, Faculty of Science, Minia University, Egypt (August 200- May 2002)

-         Teaching two molecular biology courses at the Dept of Biological Chemistry

                        a- Application of molecular biology in diagnosis of infectious diseases

                        b. Gene expression in Eucaryotics

§         Lecturer, Faculty of Agriculture, Alexandria University (August 1993- May 1994)

-         Teaching a course titled “Application of Molecular Biology in Plant improvements"

§         Graduate teaching instructor, Purdue U., (1988-1990)

-         Biology 552 'Advanced Techniques in Plant Physiology'

-         Instructed students in biophysical laboratory techniques

-         Biology 108, Basic Biology

-         Conducted weekly laboratory study session

-         Graded objective tests and lab report

§         Graduate teaching instructor, Alex. U., Egypt (1981-1983)

-         Agronomy 209, 'Methods of Statistical Analysis'

-         Assisted graduate students in weekly problem solving session

 

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND DEVELOPMENT:

Member of the following societies

- International Society for Plant Molecular Biology

- American Society of plant physiologists

- Egyptian Society of Genetics

- European Federation of Biotechnology

 

CONSULTANT AT THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS:

§         Egyptian Academy for Scientific Research and Technology (January 1999-2002)

-         Consultant at Mubarak Research Park, Genetic Engineering Institute.

§         -Ministry of Agriculture, Crop Sci.Research Institute, Cairo (Dec. 1999-2002)

-         Consulting at the Maize Dept. on genome analysis of the Egyptian inbred lines.

-         Ministry of Agriculture, Plant Pathology research Institute, Cairo (November 1993-August 1995). Consulting at the Virology Dept. on cloning the coat protein gene from the Egyptian isolates of PVY, PVX and developing Molecular probes and primers for diagnosis purposes.

§         Egyptian Academy for Scientific Research and Technology (January 1994-Dec. 1994)

-         Consultant at Mubarak Research Park, Genetic Engineering Institute, Alex.

Recommending the instruments needed for the molecular biology in the newly established institute.

 

PRESENTATIONS:

§         Abdel-Mawgood, A. L. and German, T. L. (1992) Detection of Clavibacter michiganense subsp. sepedonicum. using PCR and Southern blot. APS North Central Division, June 22-24, 1992.  Phytopathology.  Volume 82:990.

§         Ahmed L. Abdel-Mawgood and Thomas L. German (1994). The Application of the Polymerase Chain Reaction to Detect and Distinguish between two subspecies of Clavibacter michiganensis. The First International Summer Symposium of Tropical Hematology.  Alexandria, Egypt.

§         Ahmed L. Abdel-Mawgood  (1994). The Polymerase Chain Reaction. The 15th academic meeting of the school of medicine, Alex, Egypt.

§         Ahmed L. Abdel-Mawgood  (1994). The Application of the Polymerase Chain Reaction to Detect and Distinguish between two subspecies of Clavibacter michiganensis.  The 3rd Egyptian Society of Medical Microbiology Meeting. December 23-25, 1994. Cairo, Egypt.

§         Ahmed L. Abdel-Magood (2000). The application of genome mapping in plant breeding.The second Arab meeting for genetics. Minia University, Minia , Egypt.

§         Abdel-Mawgood, A. L.(2000) Genetic modification of plant for the production of biodegradable plastics. The 6th Arab International Conference on Materials Science.

 

The following Lectures were presented at King Saud University

a.             "Safety aspects of Genetically Modified Food". As part of the activity of Exhibition "Our Food" 20-23-1424

b.             "Genetic Engineering and its role in Crop Improvement" Tenth Scientific Meeting "New Technology in Agriculture" 26/1/1425

c.              "Is The Genetically modified Organisms Safe" Presented at House of Commerce Ryiadh. 8/8/1425.

d.             "PCR and Its Application in Diagnosis of Human Viruses". Faculty of Medicine,

e.              "Genome Analysis in Plant" Faculty of Science, Plant Sci., Dept.

f.               "PCR and its Application in Diagnosis of Plant Pathogens" Plant Production Dept. Faculty of Agriculture

g.             "Molecular Markers and Its Application in Plant Improvement" Plant Production Dept. Faculty of Agriculture

CO-ORGANIZED and ORGANIZED THE FOLLOING SHORT COURSES

-         "Genetic engineering: Principles and applications in Bacteria". Institute of Graduate Studies and Research, Alex Univ., March  23-27, 1994.

-         "Principles of genetic engineering". Institute of Graduate Studies and Research, Alex Univ., March 2-6, 1997.

-          "Methods in Molecular Biology". Institute of Graduate Studies and Research, Alex Univ., March 23-27, 1997.

-         "Principles of genetic engineering". Institute of Graduate Studies and Research, Alex Univ., Feb. 20-24, 2000.

-         "Methods of Research in Molecular biology". Institute of Graduate Studies and Research, Alex Univ., Feb. 13-17, 2000.

-         "Genome mapping in plants". Ministry of Agriculture, ARC

- Principles of genome mapping March 26-30, 2000

- Applications of genome mapping in plant breeding April 16-20, 2000.

 

GRANTS AWARDED:

Awarded the following projects:

§         ATUT M3 Project "Identification of Molecular Markers Linked to Diseases of Maize". A US-Egypt cooperation Project. CO-PI with Dr.Abdrabboh A. Ismail, Crop Research Institute, ARC, Egypt. Budget US$ 300,000.

§         PI for project funded by King Saud Univ, "Evaluation of newly developed inbred lines of wheat and finding fingerprints for these inbred lines". Budget SR 63,000

§         PI for National Project "Screening, Identification and Quantification of GMO's in KSA. Budget SR 700.000

§         CO-PI with Dr. S. S. Al-Ghamdy, Faculty of Agriculture, KSA. "Applications of Molecular Markers in Faba bean improvement. A project funded from KACST. Budget SR 500,000.

§         PI for the "application of biotechnology in tomato improvement under arid conditions" A project funded from KACST. Budget SR 1.0240.000.

§         CO-PI for the project "Amount of genetic diversity between and within population of Capparis decedua in Saudi Arabia. Budget SR 50,000

§         PI for the project "Developing molecular markers linked to good bread making quality and application in wheat breeding program". Budget SR 46,666.

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

1- Abdel-Mawgood, A. L. and Dilley, R. A. (1990) Cloning and nucleotide sequence of the psbH gene from cyanobacteria Synechocystis 6803. Plant Molecular Biology. 14 (2) 445-446.

2- Mark McCormicck, Leo Mendoza, Leeju Wu, Ahmed Abdel-Mawgood and Craig E. Smith (1992) Non-isotopic oligonucleotide probes: An effective replacement for isotopic probes in molecular biology techniques. Promega Notes, June 1992, Number 37.    

3- Abdel-Mawgood, A. L. (1993) A fast and efficient method for screening of nested deletions using PCR. Biotechnology Technique. 7(10):703-706.

4- Kent-First M. G., M. Maffitt, A. Muallem, P. Brisco, J. Shultz, S. Ekenberg, A. I. Agulnik, I. Agulnik, D. Shramm, B. Bavister, A. Abdel-Mawgood and J. Vandeberg (1996) Gene sequence and evolutionary conservation of human SMCY. Nature Genetics 14:128-129.

5- Ismail A. A., A. H. Ellingboe and A. L. Abdel-Magood (1999). Genetic diversity between three inbred lines of maize as revealed by AFLP technique. Egypt J, Plant Breed. 3:329-335.

6- Abdel-Mawgood, A. L. , El-Sheerbeeny and Y. E. Matter 1999. Reaction of S1 lines of maize to moisture stress.  Egypt. J. Plant Breed. 3:139-148.

7- Abdel-Mawgood, A. L., and M. H. El-Sheikh. 2000.  Effect of seed source on yield and its components of maize hybrid Giza 310. Alex. J. Agric. Res. 45:143-153

8- Abdel-Mawgood, A. L., and M. H. El-Sheikh. 2000. Comparison of S1 and testcross evaluation in maize. J. Agric. Sci. Mansoura Univ. 25:3077-3085.

9- Abdel-Mawgood, A. L., and M. H. El-Sheikh. 2000. Estimation of genetic and environmental parameters in four maize populations. J. Agric. Sci. Mansoura Univ. 25:3727-3733.

10- Abdel-Mawgood, A. L. (2001). Genetic modification of plants for the production of biodegradable plastics. The 6th Arab Conference on Materials Science (Plastics Materials for Agricultural Applications. Alexandria Egypt. Pp. 283-292.

11- Abdel-Mawgood, A. L. , Alsaeed, A and Abdellatif, T. (2005). Genetic diversity in an isolated population of Capparis dicidua. Proceeding of the workshop " The role of biotechnology for the characterization and conservation of crop, forestry, animal and fishery genetic resources. March 5-7,  2005, Torino, Italy, pp 187-188.

12- Abdel-Mawgood, A. L. (2005). Public private partnership in biotechnology. Proceeding of the conference " University-Private sector partnership in research and development". April 10-12, 2005, Riyahd, KSA, pp 61-80.

13-  Abdel-Mawgood, A. L., Salem, M.A., Tawfilis, M.B. Ghonaim, M. Y. (2005). Heterosis and combining ability of some bread wheat germplasms at New Vally Region. Alex. J. Agric. Res. 50(3) 39-45.

14- Abdel-Mawgood, A. L., M. M. M. Ahmed and B.A. Ali (2006). Application of molecular markers for hybrid maize identification. Journal of .Food Agriculture and Envirnoment 4:176-178.

15- Abdel-Mawgood, A. L and German, T.L.. (2006). Correlation of PCR and IFAS with Eggplant bioassay for identification of Clavibacter michiganensis subsp. sepedonicus. Journal of .Food Agriculture and Envirnoment 4:179-182.

16- Ahmed L. Abdel-Mawgood, Abdullah A. A. Al-Doss, K. A. Mustafa (2006). RAPD Fingerprinting of Newly Developed Inbred Lines of Wheat. BioVision, Alexandria, Egypt, 28/2-1/3, 1427.

17- Ahmed L. Abdel-Mawgood, Abdullah A. A. Al-Doss, Mustafa A.A. Gassem, Abdullah A. Alsadon and Salem S. Alghamdi (2006). Survey of genetically modified food in Saudi Arabia. International Society for biosafety research. Ninth International symposium on Biosafety of genetically modified organisms, Jeju Island, Korea, September, 24-29, 2006.

18- Abdel-Mawgood, A. L. El-Ashmouny, M.S.E., Ayaad, B.N. and Othman, H. T.(2006). General and specific combining abilities and their interactions with years for eight yellow inbred lines of maize (Zea mays L.).  Alex. J. Agric. Res. 51(2) 101-111.

19- Abdel-Mawgood, A. L., Alderfasi, A.A. (2006). Estimation of genetic variance among S2 progenies derived from four yellow maize populations. Alex. J. Agric. Res. 51(2) 27-34.

20- Ahmed, M. A., El-Sheikh, M. H., Abdel-Mawgood, A. L. (2006). Efficiency of stability parameters applied to faba bean genotypes. Alex. J. Agric. Res. 51(3) 25-29.

21- Abdel-Mawgood, A. L. , Alsaeed, A and Abdellatif, T. (2006). Applications of RAPD technique for the conservation of an isolated population of Capparis decidua.. Alex. J. Agric. Res. 51:171-177. (Special Issue).

22- Abdel-Mawgood, A. L.  (2007). DNA fingerprinting studies of some bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) genotypes using RAPD and ISSR techniques. Alex. J. Agric. Res. 52(1):