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Meet the Editors of GM Crops & Food

Prof. Naglaa Abdallah

Professor at Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University

Dr. Naglaa Abdallah is a Professor at Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University and the Coordinator for BSc Biotechnology Program, the first established program of its kind in the region.

In August 2011, she was nominated to be the Director of Egypt Biotechnology Information Center (EBIC), part of a growing network of Biotechnology Information Centers (BICs) of ISAAA’s Global Knowledge Centre on Crop Biotechnology popularly known as KC.

KC is a unique initiative on crop biotechnology established in 2000 to meet the growing need for biotech crops related credible information in Asia, Africa and Latin America for enhancing the crop food biotechnology awareness globally.

Prof. Naglaa Abdallah

Dr. Abdallah has organized and participated in several workshops and training opportunities in the field of biotechnology globally. She is a member of the Institutional Biosafety Committee at Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University.

In 1991, she joined the Agricultural Genetic Engineering Research Institute as senior scientists, where she did most of her research. Her research focuses on plant molecular Genetics and bioinformatics. She is particularly interested in developing transgenic plants resistant to pathogens and better suited for environmental challenges.

In 2017, she begin collaboration with Arab Center for the Studies of Arid zones and Dry lands (ACSAD) - League of Arab States. She is a member of the Joined Research Center (JRC), European Commission's science and knowledge service, MENA.

Dr. Abdallah obtained her PhD from Cairo University in 1986 and was appointed Professor of Genetics in the same University in 1996. Starting her career in genetic engineering, she was awarded a fellowship in 1986 at OSU to study different techniques to control Bacillus thuringiensis.  In 1989 she was nominated to attend the biotechnology research program at GFP, Braunschweig, Germany, where she conducted her research on improving understanding of industrial biotechnology. In 1992 she received a peace fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute where she started to explore the field of GM crops.

Motivated by creating a better future for the Egyptian farmers and to fight poverty, she focused her research in developing genetically modified crops that have a better quality and have a better resistance to biotic and abiotic stress. She was invited as a visiting scientist to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center several times to continue her collaborative work with ILATB.

In 2015, she was selected to be among the 100 most influential people in the field of biotechnology based on a survey of biotechnology and biosciences leaders who nominated living experts currently working in the sector from a range of contributing areas, including industry, academia, public policy, finance, law, and beyond.

Dr. Abdallah is engaged as PI or Co-PI in several scientific projects for producing transgenic plants resistant to biotic stresses (virus, fungi and insects) and abiotic stresses (heat, salt) funded by ABSP, US-Egypt S&T, MUCIA-AERI and ICARDA. For her research she was awarded the Genetic Engineering award from Cairo University for the year 1998-1999 and the Biotechnology State award for scientific encouragement in Agricultural Biotechnology for the year 2000-2001. She received the Excellence in Biotechnology award for the year 2008-2009.

Dr. Abdallah initiated a biotechnology network at national and regional levels to bring together outstanding scientists and experts in the field of biotechnology to deliberate crop problems; propose and carry out scientific studies; and suggest solutions to tackle these problems.

In 2012, she organized the 1st International Conference for Biotechnology and food in Egypt as part of the GM Crops & Food activities.

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