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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.

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.

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.

Mohd Adnan

Dr. Mohd Adnan is an Associate Professor, Principal Investigator and Head of Academic Committee at Department of Biology, College of Science, University of Hail, Saudi Arabia. He did his PhD from University of Central Lancashire, UK; Master’s and Bachelor’s degree from Bangalore University, India; Post Graduate Diploma in Bioinformatics from SJAIT, India. He has more than 10 years of research, teaching and administrative experience. In his professional capacity, he has received various travel, observership and research grants as a Principal Investigator from various prestigious organizations.
He has successfully published 100+ publications in internationally recognized peer reviewed reputed journals, several book chapters for internationally renowned publishers and presented many papers and posters in various conferences/workshops globally. He has published widely in the field of phytomedicine, biofilms, drug discovery, natural products, nutraceuticals and functional foods with specialization in plant-based antibiofilm and anticancer agents, microbial biosurfactants, biofilms in food industry and medical settings, probiotics and cancer biology, novel biomolecules for/as health and antimicrobial agents.
He has reviewed 150+ manuscripts for 50+ internationally recognized peer-reviewed JCR journals and grant reviewer for many prestigious universities and organisations. In addition, he is a member of SFAM, UK and ESCMID, Switzerland and an Elected Member of Royal Society of Biology, UK. He also currently holds different editorial positions (Associate, Academic, Guest and Review Editor) in various esteemed journals and has edited 150+ manuscripts.

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.

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.

Carmen Arena

Carmen Arena is Associate Professor in Ecology at the Department of Biology of the University of Naples Federico II. She conducts researches in the ecological disciplines, dealing with studies concerning photosynthesis and morpho-functional adaptation strategies of higher plants in response to mono and multiple stresses in natural and controlled environments, with applications in ecological and agronomic field and space-oriented research.

The research activity holds three main issues:
1) Regulation of the photosynthetic process in response to abiotic ecological factors in the context of environmental change.
2) Study of plant growth in an extra-terrestrial environment.
3) Plant-soil interactions in natural and anthropized ecosystems.
These researches include a) the eco-physiological response of crop species to light quality; (b) the morpho-functional strategies of plant in phytoremediation studies (c)) the relationship between soil pollution, edaphic communities and photosynthesis in higher plants used in biomonitoring studies.
C. Arena is author of more than 120 publications, 80 of them peer-reviewed ISI-WoS/Scopus, and participated to more than 150 National and International congresses and workshops, most of them as speaker and invited speaker.

Farrukh Azeem

Dr. Farrukh Azeem is Associate Professor at the Government College University, Faisalabad. He is interested in exploring the role of ion channels and transporters in plant nutrition and adaptation to environmental stresses. Dr. Azeem's current research focus is on the understanding of regulatory mechanisms involved in the modulation of nutrient transport proteins in plants.

Muhammad Tehseen Azhar

Dr Azhar is taking keen interest for the development of cotton germplasm having non-Bt and Bt genes alongwith tolerance to abiotic stresses i.e. heat and drought and enhancement of quality traits of fiber. Currently Dr Azhar is supervising two PhD students looking for tolerance against heat and drought. During the last nine years, 20 M.Sc. (Hons) Agri (as major advisor), 12 as supervisory committee member and two PhD student as major advisor and one as supervisory committee member had completed degree under his supervision.
He also worked with Dr Richard Percy, Dr Lori L. Hinze and Dr Jame Frelichowsk during Norman E. Borlaug Fellowship-2014 covering research area “To maintain, preserve, characterize (genotypically and phenotypically) and multiply cotton germplasm at Texas A&M University and USDA-ARS”. Dr Azhar completed Postdoctoral Research from Dr. Patrick Finnegan at School of Biological Sciences, University of Western Australia (UWA), Australia funded by Endeavour Fellowship. Due to his hard work and interest in research work, he has been appointed as Adjunct Lecturer at the School of Plant Biology, UWA. During 2015, he participated in Biosafety workshop entitled “Scientific and Technical Approaches in GMO Decision-making” organized by ICGEB, Trieste, Italy. Currently Dr Azhar has been nominated for the post of Chair of Germplam and Genetic Stock in International Cotton Genome Initiative (ICGI).