Dr. Raeid M.M. Abed is Associate Professor at the Department of Biology, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU), Oman, since September 2007. He completed his Ph.D. at the Max-Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology (MPIMM) in Bremen-Germany in 2001 on bioremediation of pollutants using cyanobacterial mats. After his Ph.D, he worked for 8 years at the Max-Planck Institute as a research scientist leading different international projects. He obtained several honors such as the Fellowship of Hanse Institute for Advanced studies in Germany, the Best Researcher and Best Teacher Awards at SQU, Oman and an award to establish his own “Research Study Group” in Germany. He was elected as an associate faculty member at the International Max-Planck Research School since 2015. Dr. Abed published more than 80 scientific papers in international peer-reviewed journals, 12 book chapters and edited a two-volumes book. He supervised 9 PhD and 30 MSc students. He serves as a reviewer for more than 40 international scientific journals.