AGYA Alumni Jointly building bridges into the future
AGYA offers a unique interdisciplinary interface in which Arab and German partners can connect, collaborate, and innovate.
During my time on AGYA’s steering committee, I helped forge important collaborative ties with scholars and institutions in the Maghreb region, including the Tunisian Academy of Sciences (Beit al-Hikma). Among my most memorable AGYA projects was the science comic called ‘The Rise of the Incredible Salty Salicornia Power Plant', based on a joint paper written by myself and several AGYA colleagues titled, ‘Facing the challenge of sustainable bioenergy production: Could halophytes be part of the solution?’. I also enjoyed co-organizing several high-level scientific events in Tunisia and Germany with my fellow AGYA member Salma Balazadeh, on topics ranging from technical and ethical issues related to genome editing, to improving the employability of young scholars and, more recently, on plant senescence.
As an alumnus, my commitment to AGYA remains strong. I continue to disseminate knowledge about AGYA in the Maghreb region and participate in the annual selection of new members. I am also excited to continue collaborative scientific activities within the AGYA network. Whether organizing workshops, participating in joint publications or engaging in research stays, I look forward to further strengthening Arab-German research cooperation.
2019 - today
|Director of the Laboratory of Extremophile Plants (LPE) at the Borj Cédria Centre for Biotechnology (CBBC), Tunisia|
2018 - today
|Associate Professor in the Laboratory of Extremophile Plants (LPE), Borj Cédria Centre for Biotechnology (CBBC), Tunisia|
2011 - 2018
|Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Extremophile Plants (LPE), Borj Cédria Centre for Biotechnology (CBBC), Tunisia|
2009 - 2011
|Agronomy Engineer at the Laboratory of Extremophile Plants (LPE), Borj Cédria Centre for Biotechnology (CBBC), Tunisia|
2007 - 2009
|Postdoctoral Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Department of Plant Proteomics, Leibniz University of Hannover, Germany|
|Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Faculty of Sciences, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia|
|1998||M.Sc. in Plant Ecophysiology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Tunis El Manar, Tunisia|
- AGYA Publications
- Improving Environmental Stress Resilience in Crops by Ǵenome Editing: Insights From Extremophile Plants
- Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria Alleviate High Salinity Impact on the Halophyte Suaeda fruticosa by Modulating Antioxidant Defense and Soil Biological Activity
- Facing the Challenge of Sustainable Bioenergy Production: Could Halophytes Be Part of the Solution?
- My Commitment to AGYA
- Selection Committee 'New AGYA Members' since 2015-2018
My advice to future AGYA members
Take advantage of your membership to expand your collaborative networks, whether in Germany or in the Arab region, and make your innovative project ideas a reality.
On a personal note
Must read in my discipline:
Introduction to Plant Physiology
Nedjma by Kateb Yacine; Le fils du pauvre by Mouloud Feraoun; L’Incendie by Mohamed Dib; Le Blanc de l’Algérie by Assia Djebbar; Le quatuor algérien by Yasmina Khadra
Best thinker/scientist from my country: