AGYA Member

Tilal Abdelhalim

Natural Sciences

Areas of Expertise:
Sorghum breeding and physiology; Root parasitic plants; Rhizosphere signaling (plant-microbe interaction)

About me

I am an associate professor and director of the Biotechnology and Biosafety Research Center of the Agricultural Research Corporation (ARC) in Sudan. After completing my Ph.D. in Ecological Plant Protection in the Faculty of Orangic Agricultural Sciences at Kassel University in Germany in 2012, I worked as an assistant professor at ARC’s White Nile Research Station from 2012 to 2018. During this period, I also returned to Kassel University to conduct research on environmental soil microbiology as a junior postdoctoral researcher funded by the Volkswagen Foundation within the framework of the project ‘Knowledge for Tomorrow – Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa’. Today, my research at ARC focuses on mining the genetic diversity of sorghum’s wild relatives in Sudan, a forgotten treasure-trove of plants that can withstand biotic and abiotic stresses, of which I am particularly interested in studying drought tolerance, Striga resistance, mycorrhiza symbiosis, and phosphorus-use efficiency.

Joining AGYA will allow me to expand my professional network and to build and strengthen ties with young researchers from diverse disciplines in Germany and the Arab world. Being part of a dynamic working academy like AGYA will enrich my cultural outlook, career, and academic performance.

Current projects

  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Energy, Water, and Environment and Health and Society

Academic Career


2019 - today


Associate Professor and Director of the Biotechnology and Biosafety Research Centre, Agricultural Research Corporation (ARC), Shambat, Sudan


2012 - 2018

Assistant Professor, White Nile Station, ARC, Sudan

2013 - 2016


Junior Postdoctoral Researcher in Livelihood Management within the Volkswagen Foundation-funded project ‘Knowledge for Tomorrow: Cooperative Research Projects in Sub-Saharan Africa’, Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences, Kassel University, Germany


2009 - 2012


Ph.D. in Ecological Plant Protection, Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences,
Kassel University, Germany

2008 – 2012 

Researcher at the Horticulture Research Centre, ARC, Wad Medani, Sudan


2005 - 2007


M.Sc. in Horticulture, Graduate College, University of Khartoum, Sudan


Selected Publications


Biotechnology and Biosafety Research Center, Agricultural Research Corporation (ARC)

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