AGYA Member

Ahmed Ismail


Areas of Expertise:
Molecular, Cell Biology, and Applied Physiology of Plant Stress Signalling Pathways

About me

I am an Assistant Professor at the Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, Damanhour University, Egypt. In 2010, I was awarded a DAAD scholarship and in July 2013, I got my PhD degree with excellent from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. After I returned to Egypt, I have restarted my academic career teaching many courses.

I believe that we need to spend much more efforts in attracting students to get involved in the science sector, as well as, motivating young researchers to continue with it. Therefore, my aim is to initiate outreach activities at the interface of science and society through innovative formats (for example: “scientist got talent”).

Through my AGYA membership, I look forward to raising the voice about hunger and water scarcity as active member within the Energy, Water and Environment Working Group.


Current projects

  • Member of the AGYA Working Group Energy, Water and Environment
  • investigation of the role of plant water channels (AQPs) in facilitating ROS diffusion through the plasma membrane

Academic Career

2015 -Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Life Sciences, Université catholique de Louvain (UCL), Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
2014 - 2015Foreign Visiting Research Fellow, Plant Cell Function, Bioscience and Biotechnology Center, Nagoya University, Japan
2013 -
Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, Damanhour University, Egypt
2007 - 2013Senior Teaching Assistant, Damanhour University, Egypt
2002 - 2007Teaching Assistant, Department of Horticulture, Faculty of Agriculture, Alexandria University, Egypt

Selected Publications

  • Ismail A., Takeda S., Nick P. (2014). Life and death under salt stress: same players, different timing? Journal of Experimental Botany. 65 (12), 2963–2979, “Darwin Review”.
  • Ismail A., Seo M., Takebayashi Y, Kamiya Y, Eiche E, Nick P. (2014). Salt Adaptation Requires Efficient Fine-tuning of Jasmonate Signaling. Protoplasma. 251: 881–898.
  • Ismail A., Riemann M., Nick P. (2012). The jasmonate pathway mediates salt tolerance in grapevines. Journal of Experimental Botany. 63 (5), 2127–2139.

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Damanhour University Faculty of Agriculture Department of Horticulture

P.O. Box 22516 Damanhour, Beheira

+20 4533 185 37

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