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Diaa Abd El-Moneim

Diaa Abd El Moneim received his Ph.D. in plant molecular genetics from Complutense University of Madrid- Spain, in 2012. Between 2012 and 2014, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the national biotechnology center – in Madrid –Spain. He joined the Deanship of preparatory year –at Jouf University – K.S.A. as an Assistant professor of Biology. Since 2020 he has served as an Associate professor of genetics at Arish University, which is responsible for Lecturing about advanced applications for plant molecular genetics; Organizing meetings and building relationships with national and international institutes; Supervising graduate/undergraduate researchers; and leading research projects in assessing cereals crops under the different abiotic stress. During his Ph.D. and postdoctoral studies, he was skilled with advanced molecular genetics techniques, which helped him study molecular breeding of cereals crops, particularly for abiotic stress tolerance. Generally, his research interests focused on the isolation and characterization of abiotic stress-responsive genes and proteins, physiological and molecular mechanisms of the abiotic stress response, and tolerance. Also, study intracellular signaling pathways required for plants to coordinate stress responses under various abiotic stresses.

Yasmina M Abd-Elhakim

Prof. Dr. Yasmina Mohammed Abd-Elhakim is a Professor in the Forensic Medicine and Toxicology Department in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, Egypt. Her major area of expertise is the use of eco-friendly mitigation strategies to combat the hazards of environmental pollutants. Additionally, she has a special interest in the therapeutic uses of arthropods venoms, particularly in neurodegenerative diseases and cancer. She has 60 papers in prestigious international journals and 2 book chapters, h-index 19, and more than 1000 citations based on the Scopus database. She reviewed about 870 manuscripts for highly impacted journals in the field of toxicology and environmental pollution based on the Publon database. She has been included in the editorial board of several highly impacted international journals. She received various awards including The Egyptian State Encouragement Award in "Agricultural sciences" in 2019, the Publons peer reviewer award as a Top Reviewers for Pharmacology & Toxicology in 2018 and 2019, and the international publication's award from Zagazig University (2015-2019).

Magdi T Abdelhamid

Magdi T. Abdelhamid is the Research Professor and Head of the Botany Department of the National Research Centre (NRC), Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Abdelhamid obtained his Ph.D. from Gifu University, Japan, and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Western Australia, Australia. Dr. Abdelhamid is an expert in Plant physiology under environmental stresses. Dr. Abdelhamid’s research focuses on understanding the mechanism of drought and salinity tolerance and improvement of crop production, especially in arid areas. At the regional level, Dr. Abdelhamid was awarded the Arab Distinguished Scholar Award, The State of Kuwait, while at the national level Dr. Abdelhamid was awarded the prize of “State Scientific Excellence Award in Agricultural Sciences 2020” from The Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Egypt. Dr. Abdelhamid is a member of several national and international committees e.g. member of the Food and Agriculture Research Council (ASRT), Secretary-General of the Egyptian National Committee for Soil Sciences (ASRT), member of International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage, and Member of The Arab Water Council. He is a member of several editorial boards of peer-reviewed journals e.g. Crop Science (USA), Agronomy Journal (USA), as well as an ad hoc reviewer for more than 60 journals. Dr. Abdelhamid has been selected as an expert at the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) as the leading author of the Water chapter and contributing author of the Land Chapter of Global Environment Outlook (GEO) GEO-5 for assessment of the state and trends of the global environment. Additionally, he has been working as a Consultant for FAO-Egypt Representation, Food and Agriculture Organization, Cairo, Egypt. Dr. Abdelhamid has long experience in research and coordinating research projects at the national and international levels on on-farm water management and drought/heat/salinity tolerance on crops. Dr. Abdelhamid has been invited to give many scientific talks in several countries and has been invited to many national and international conferences.

Kabindra Adhikari

Kabindra Adhikari is a soil scientist with expertise in pedometrics, soil-landscape modeling, environmental data science and precision agriculture applications. He holds a PhD in Agroecology with research focusing on pedometrics. His research interests include digital soil mapping, pedology, soil sensing, terrain analysis, soil spectroscopy, soil carbon, soil morphometrics, and ecosystem services. He is developing tools and guidelines to promote precision conservation for croplands by coordinating geospatial data streams for the assessment of sub-field cropland productivity, economics, sustainability and environmental impacts.

Tika Adhikari

Dr. Adhikari is a senior research scientist and plant pathologist at the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Research interests include population biology, plant disease resistance, genetic mapping, and plant-pathogen interactions; develop translational tools for pathogen detection; improve management practices for enhancing plant health, and mitigate bacterial and fungal disease problems with an emphasis on tomato and strawberry.

Faheem Ahmad

Dr. Faheem Ahmad is Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology and Nematology in the Department of Botany at Aligarh Muslim University, India. Author of over 40 peer-reviewed publications, his research interests include plant-nematode interaction, mass spectrometry-based metabolomics, nematode management and nematicidal bioagents.

Shafique Khawaja Ahmad

Dr. Shafique Ahmad is an Associate Professor at the University of Poonch Rawalakot, Pakistan. The focus of his research group is to investigate the complex interactions between plants and their environment.

Dr. Ahmad's group studies plant physiological and biogeochemical responses under abiotic stresses to natural environmental variation and to global and regional environmental changes in natural ecosystems, with research focusing on fundamental aspects of plant growth, structural and physiological responses to environmental stress and climate change, and production of secondary metabolites. In addition to this, their research is also focused on how climate change, environmental pollution and soil properties affect plants and terrestrial ecosystems.

Nazeer Ahmed

Dr. Nazeer Ahmed is a Professor (Assist) in the Department of Agriculture (Entomology), University of Swabi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Dr. Nazeer was conferred the degree of Doctorate in Entomology from the prestigious seat of Northwest A&F, University, Yangling, Xian-China. For over a decade, his research expertise extended into the areas of Agricultural Entomology, Crop protection, Ecology, Biology, Insecticide Resistance, Biological Control of insects, Vector-borne diseases, Medical and urban entomology.

Jameel Al-Obaidi

Dr. Jameel R. Al-Obaidi obtained his PhD in Molecular biology from the University of Malaya, Malaysia. After completing his PhD, Dr Al-Obaidi worked for 7 years at the National Institutes of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia as a senior research officer and then research director. He is currently a lecturer at the Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics, Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris. Dr. Al-Obaidi's current research interests include but are not limited to research in Molecular biology, proteomics, protein markers, metabolomics, bioinformatics, plant disease and edible mushroom research.

He has published more than 50 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and contributed to 6 books. He has received local and international grants. He is involved in a number of national and international research projects around the world. Currently, Dr. Al-Obaidi serves as an editor in PLOS ONE, BMC Molecular and Cell Biology, PeerJ and Journal of Tropical Medicine, he is also a reviewer of several high-impact international scientific journals from Elsevier, Springer Nature, Taylor and Francis, and John Wiley Publishers.

Habib Ali

Dr. Habib Ali (PhD in Agricultural Entomology and Insect Pest Control) currently serves as an Assistant Professor at Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering and Information Technology, Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan.

In September 2012, he completed his graduation from University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan with a specialization in Agricultural Entomology. In December 2018, he completed his Ph.D. from Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University (FAFU), Fujian, China.

Dr. Ali is passionate about research work and has published various national and international research papers in high-impact journals. He is the author of various international research publications (accumulative impact factor is around 200) in well-reputed Journals (Frontiers in Microbiology, Molecular phylogenetic and Evolutions, Insects, Journal of Economic Entomology, Microbial Pathogenesis, etc.), and has 8 Book chapters publications. He also has experience in published books as a Principal Editor with Springer, Taylor and Francis, and IntechOpen Publisher.

Dr. Ali received Best International Student of the Year and the Best Thesis Award from the China Scholarship Council (CSC). Recently, he was nominated for World Scientist Index 2021 and awarded the Council of Asian Science Editorship. He also attended many international conferences/symposiums/workshops, educational and faculty training, and completed national and international research projects.

Moreover, he is working voluntarily as an editor and reviewer of national and international journals.

Dr. Ali research expertise are Agricultural entomology, molecular entomology, bee health and disease management, Crop pests, biological control of pests, microbial symbiosis, Wolbachia insect interaction, Bio-pesticides, Biocontrol agents, and Integrated Pest Management.

Rubén Rellán Álvarez

I am an Assistant Professor at the National Laboratory of Genomics and Biodiversity in México since 2015. I did a postdoc in the Plant Biology Department of the Carnegie Institution for Science at Stanford and a PhD in the Aula Dei Experimental Station in Zaragoza, Spain.

Javier Alvarez-Rodriguez

My research concerns the influence of nutritional and management strategies on livestock physiology and product (milk and meat) quality (sheep, cattle and swine).