Dr. Gihan M.H. Hussein

Title:  Senior Research Scientist

Contact information: Tel: 01111180583

Biography:

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Agricultural Sciences (Ph.D.)

from the Department of Genetics, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, 2003. The title of the Thesis is 'Development of viruses resistance in some plants via genetic engineering approaches". A part of this study was performed at "Institut des Scince Vegetal (ISV), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), GIF-Sur-Yvette,France".

Master of Science in Agriculture (M.Sc.)

from the Department of Vegetables, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, 1996. The title of the Thesis is "Regeneration and transformation of maskmelon (Cucumis melo L.) for the development of Zucchini yellow mosaic virus resistance".

B.Sc. in Agricultural Sciences

Horticulture Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University in 1989.

Career, Employment and Experience History

1. Agriculture engineering in Ornamental plants greenhouses, Department of ornamental, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University in (July - November 1989).

2. Agriculture engineering in tissue culture lab. in Agricultural development system project, working in potato and date palm plants (1989-1990).

3. Agriculture engineering in tissue culture lab. in PICO company working in banana, potatoes and several ornamental plants (1990-1992).

4. Assistant Researcher in molecular manipulation and gene transfer lab. (MMGT), Agricultural Genetic Engineering Research Institute (AGERI), Agriculture Research Center (ARC) working in Vicia faba and melon regeneration and transformation (1992-1994).

5. Assistant Researcher in gene transfer lab. (GTL), AGERI, ARC working in melon transformation and diagnosis of transgenic plants (1994-1999).

6. Researcher assistant in gene transfer lab. (GTL), AGERI, ARC (1999-2003).

7. Researcher in GTL, AGERI, ARC (July 2003-2008).

8- First Researcher in GTL, AGERI, ARC (2008-till now)

Research Activities and Research Projects:

Through the long period of my work in research I have gained experience in tissue culture, molecular biology and serological techniques. The research projects of the M.Sc. and PhD aimed to the produce transgenic melon and watermelon plants harboring virus resistance genes. I have also gained the experience of micropropagation of several plants such as banana, potato, strawberry and some ornamentals. In addition, I have good experience in "in vitro" regeneration and transformation of cucurbits, tomato, faba bean and gerbera. The gene(s) responsible of defense induction in plant also is one of my interests.

Projects

P.I. "Molecular breeding of Gerbera: Efforts to engineer flower color", funded by AERI Institutional Linkage Project, Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA), Inc. and University of IIIinois ()

P.I. “Engineering of gerbera plants for producing novel flower color” Funded by STDF

Involved in

1- "Improveming fruit quality by engineering tomato plants tolerant to heat stress" funded by AERI Institutional Linkage Project, Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA), Inc. and University of IIIinois

2- "Improvement of diagnostic tools for the certification of virus free strawberry materials" funded by AERI Institutional Linkage Project, Midwest Universities Consortium for International Activities (MUCIA), Inc. and University of IIIinois

3- "Herbicide tolerant faba bean to control boomrape (Orobanche crenata) and other weeds", under the program of the National Strategy for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering ASRT.

Selected Publications:

1-      Hussein, Gihan M.; I. A. Ismail; S. M Hashem; M. S. EL-Miniawy and Naglaa A. Abdallah (2008). In vitro regeneration of Gerbera, Landbauforschung. Agriculture and Forestry Research 1/2 2008 (58): 97-102

2-      Ghada A. Abu-ELHEBA; Gihan M. Hussein and Naglaa A. Abdallah (2008). A Rapid and Efficient Tomato Regeneration and Transformation System. Landbauforschung. Agriculture and Forestry Research 1/2 2008 (58): 103-110.

3-      Eetezaz Nafie, Gihan M.H. Hussein and Al Shyma Al Mokadem (2009). Jasmonic elicitation modulates anthraquinones production and evokes defense responses in Cucumis melo L cell suspension culture. African J. Biol. Sci. 5(2): 63-96.

4-      Roba M. Ismail, Heba E.M. Elazab, Gihan M.H. Hussein and E. A. Metry (2011). In vitro root induction of faba bean (Vicia faba L.). GM Crops 2:3, 176-181.

5-      Gihan Mohamed Hosny Hussein , Mohsen Abou Elela Sayed, Tahany Mohamed Ali Abdel-Rahman and Adel Hamdan Alwan (2012). Induction of acquired resistance in strawberry calli by elicitation of fungal homogenates. Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment Vol.10 (3&4): 750-756.

6-      Gihan M. Hussein, Ghada A. Abu-el-heba, Sara M. Abdou and Naglaa A. Abdallah. Optimization of transient gene expression system in Gerbera jemosonii petals (2013). GM Crops and Food 4:1, 1-8.

7-      Hossam Zakaria, , Gihan M Hussein, Abdel Hadi A Abdel Hadi and Naglaa A Abdallah (2014). Improved regeneration and transformation protocols for three strawberry cultivars. GM Crops and Food 5:1, 1–9

8-      Ghada A. Abu El-Heba, Gihan M. Hussein, Inas F. Fahmy, Sara M. Abdou, Asmaa Faisal Omnia Taha and Naglaa A. Abdallah (2015). Impact of cis-acting elements’ frequency in transcription activity in dicot and monocot plants. 3 Biotech DOI 10.1007/s13205-015-0305-6

Lab members: Juniors working with you

1-      Sara Abdou Muster student

2-      Mohamed Mahmud PhD student

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