The Khalifa Center for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (KCGEB) was inaugurated in 2014 by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs. Research at the KCGEB is focused on exploring flora of the arid region to generate scientific knowledge to address the global challenges in the food security and sustainable agriculture practice through genomics, genetic engineering and biotechnological innovations. Our work is supported by strategic funding from the Ministry of Presidential Affairs.
“To channel the genetic system of plants to transform agriculture in UAE”
“Achieve leadership in the field of plant genetic engineering and biotechnology through discovery and innovative research to produce and design plants with agro-economical traits".Learn More
The research at the KCGEB is primarily involved in the development of crops tolerant to abiotic stresses through knowledge generation and translational research. The Center is also focused on developing crops with enhanced agronomic traits to expand value chains of existing industrial crops.
Genetic Engineering for Crop Improvement
Genomics and Bioinformatics
Translational Research for Crop Development
Dr. Martin is graduated from University of Calicut, Kerala, India in 2001. He is a recipient of the prestigious UKEIRI-India research fellowship, and he performed his research to enhance the production of pharmaceutical compounds in medicinal plants using molecular tools in De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.
Dr. Ling joined the Khalifa Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology as a Senior Research Associate in 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University (Ohio, USA). She completed her doctoral degree in Molecular Genetics under the supervision of Professor Harald Vaessin at the Ohio State University in 2000.
Dr. Rashid joined the Khalifa Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (KCGEB) as a Research Assistant Professor in 2016. Prior to his appointment at KCGEB, he served at the University of Connecticut and the John Hopkins University (Baltimore, USA) as a Post-Doctoral Fellow. He has also served at the National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering in Pakistan as a Senior Scientific Officer.
Dr. Hazzouri earned his Ph.D. in evolutionary genomics from the University of Toronto in 2012. In his doctoral research he worked on mating system evolution in the flowering plants (Capsella and Collinsia) and its genomic consequences. He joined as a senior research scientist at the Purugganan laboratory in the New York University Abu Dhabi (NYUAD), working mainly on the genomic diversity and origin of the perennial Date palm fruit tree as well as mining genetic variants in the green algae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
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