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Full Name: 
Hani Al-Ahmad

Contact Information

Faculty: 
Science
Email addresses: 
[email protected]
Email addresses: 
[email protected]
Office Phone: 
+970 9 2345113 Ext (2342)
Address: 
Dept. of Biology & Biotechnology, Faculty of Science, An-Najah National University, P.O.Box 7
Town/City: 
Nablus, West Bank
Country: 
Palestine

Personal Information

About me: 

                                                                      Hani Al-Ahmad, Ph.D.

                                                     Assistant Professor of Plant Biotechnology

                                                        Department of Biology & Biotechnology

                                                                 An-Najah National University 

                                                                        alahmad@najah.edu

                                                https://staff.najah.edu/en/profiles/academic-staff/2428/

Dr. Al-Ahmad is an assistant professor of plant biotechnology at the Department of Biology & Biotechnology, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine. He got his Ph.D. in 2005, in plant molecular genetics at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Soon after, Al-Ahmad did his ~one-year post doctoral research in biological control of weeds, in the lab of Prof. Jonathan Gressel, the Weizmann Institute of Science, and then in plant biotechnology, genomics, and plant-based biofuels in the lab of Prof. C. Neal Stewart Jr., Racheff Chair of Excellence, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA. Thereat (in 2006, and summers 2007~2015), he did novel work mainly on plant cell cultures, and protoplast isolation and characterization from the bioenergy candidate-switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.), and on potential assessment of the genus Copaifera (the diesel tree), as a new source of biodiesel using functional-genomics and biochemical analyses. 

Concurrently, Al-Ahmad is teaching two main courses: "Recombinant DNA Technology", and "Plant Cell & Tissue Culture", in addition to supervising graduation research projects. He has excellent training and experience in plant biotechnology in general, and conducted research in plant genetic engineering, plant molecular genetics, and plant cell & tissue culture approaches. He has been acclaimed for his research in plant molecular genetics and biotechnology by various international organizations including International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA); Information Systems for Biotechnology (ISB) of the Virginia Tech University, USA.

Besides teaching, Al-Ahmad's research approaches are primarily focused on plant-based bioenergy approaches. Approaches concerning in vitro micropropagation of selected plant species including trees that are economically-important, or endangered, or of medicinal significance are also being considered.

Updated October, 2017

Short Curriculum Vitae

Education: 
  • 2005 Ph.D. Plant Molecular Genetics. Department of Plant Sciences (now Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences). The Weizmann Institute of Science.
  • ‎1996 M.Sc. Biological Sciences (Microbiology), with highest honors, An-Najah National University, Nablus, Palestine.
  • ‎1993 B.Sc. Biological Sciences, with honors, An-Najah National University, Palestine.
Employment history: 
  • ‎2005-Present: Assistant Professor, Department of Biology & Biotechnology, An-Najah ‎National University, Nablus, Palestine.‎
  • 2006:Post Doctoral Research Associate (Plant-based bioenergy). Department of Plant Sciences – University of Tennessee, Tennessee, Knoxville, USA, Plant Molecular Genetics Lab of Prof. C. Neal Stewart Jr.
  • 2005: Post Doctoral Fellowship (Developing of transgenic biocontrol agents -"mycoherbicides"- for intractable weeds). The Weizmann Institute of Science. Department of Plant Sciences, lab of Prof. Jonathan Gressel.
  • ‎1996-1998: Part-time instructor of BS Microbiology and Genetics. An-Najah National University, Faculty of Agriculture, and The Community College.
  • ‎1995-1999: Middle and high school teacher of Biology and Science. Ministry of Education, Directorate of Education, Nablus, Palestine.
  • ‎1993-1995: Teaching assistant. An-Najah National University, Department of Biological Sciences.
Awards and distinctions: 
  • 2011: The Foundation of Hisham Hijjawi Award for Applied Sciences-Field of Industry and Energy. “Biomaterials from Olive Industry Solid Wastes: Cellulose and Bioethanol”. Amman-Jordan. 19th, December.
Research Interests: 
  • Plant Biotechnology: including genetic engineering, molecular genetics, cell & tissue culture, and plant-based bioenergy.
Research Groups: 
  • ‎2005-present: Research at the Department of Biology & Biotechnology An-Najah National University, Palestine.
  • 2006:Post Doctoral Research Associate (Plant-based bioenergy). Department of Plant Sciences – University of Tennessee, Tennessee, Knoxville, USA, Plant Molecular Genetics Lab of Prof. C. Neal Stewart Jr.
  • 2007-2015: Visiting Scientist (Plant-based bioenergy). Plant Biotechnology, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Tennessee, Tennessee, Knoxville, USA, Plant Molecular Genetics Lab of Prof. C. Neal Stewart Jr.

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