Botany and Microbiology Department, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Ismailia 41522, Egypt | T: +201006344462| E: zemo3000@yahoo.com

I am currently working as academic staff member and mycologist with particular interest in the ecology, taxonomy, biology, and conservation of fungi, and my specialist interest is members of the phylum Ascomycota.

My research includes isolation, identification and taxonomic assessments of these fungi with particular emphasis on those which produce bioactive materials from different ecological habitats. I graduated from the Botany Department, Faculty of Science, University of Suez Canal in 1987 with an honors degree graded as excellent. In 1997, I obtained my master*s degree with a dissertation on cytogenetical and biological studies of Chaetomiopsis dinae, and my PhD thesis, awarded in 2003, focused on the ecology, distribution, and substratum preferences of the Ascomycota in Egypt. In 2010, I published a full review of the history of mycology in Egypt, together with a checklist of 2281 species of fungi for the country, and an assessment of future perspectives for mycology in Egypt. Until that review, information about fungi from Egypt had been fragmentary and highly dispersed in many often obscure and difficult to obtain publications. The checklist greatly increased

the number of fungi recorded from the country and, significantly, is the first fully documented checklist of fungi for any country in the Arabic speaking world. Most recently I have become interested in the effect of climate change on fungi, especially the impacts of ultraviolet light on leaf and soil fungi. This in turn has led me to become involved in fungal conservation. I am a member of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Specialist Group for Cup Fungi, Truffles & their Allies, and am also a Founder Member of the International Society for Fungal Conservation, the first society anywhere in the world to be exclusively devoted to protecting fungi and the Chairman of Arab Society for Fungal Conservation. For my post-doctoral research, I got EOL fellow in 2011 and used my experience in taxonomy, ecology, biology, and conservation of fungi to document the Egyptian Ascomycota by establishing 265 EOL-compatible web pages, each relating to a different non-lichen-forming ascomycete species known to occur in Egypt.

Publications: (Follow Dr. Ahmed Mohamed Abdel-Azeem on Google Scholar)

Abstracts:

1- Kamel, A. K. and Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (1995). Water hyacinth and water pollution in Ismailia Governorate (P. 287). Pesticides and Environmental Contaminants in Water and Food. German Egyptian Conference, Ismailia, 6-7 Feberaury, 1995, Abstract book: 287.
2- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2005). The role of NGOs in confronting of water pollution (Port Said Governorate: A Case Study). Fourth International Conference of Maadi Cultured Association "A clean glass of water 2005", Cairo Culture and Environment House, 6-8 September 2005 * Cairo, Egypt, Abstract book: 37.
3- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2007a). The role of Community and Environmental Services Center in Saint Katherine in solving the existing water proplems. Sixth International Conference of Maadi Cultured Association "A clean glass of water 2007", Cairo Culture and Environment House, 30-31 October 2007 * Cairo, Egypt, Abstract book: 15-16.
4- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2007b). Operation Wallacea in Egypt. I- Mycobiota of Wadi El-Arbaien, Saint Katherine Protectorate of South Sinai, Egypt. Second International Conference of the Egyptian Society for Environmental Sciences under the title "The Role of Genetics and Biotechnology in Conservation of Natural Resources", 9-10 July 2007 Ismailia * Egypt, Abstract book: 52.
5- Abdel-Azeem, A. M., Abdel-Moneim, Saleh, M. Y., Balbol, B. A., Mohamed, A. H., El-Sayed, A. A. and Amin, H. F. (2008). Microbiological and physicochemical analysis of ground water in Saint Katherine, Egypt. Seventh International Conference of Maadi Cultured Association "A clean glass of water 2008", Cairo Culture and Environment House, 21-22 October 2008 * Cairo, Egypt, Abstract book: 35.
6- Abdel-Azeem, A. M., Ibrahim, M. E., Abdel-Moneim, T. S., Abo El-Soud, I. H., Steffen, K. T. and Blanchette, R. A. (2009a). A new strategy to conserve Acacia tortilis subsp. raddiana in South Sinai, Egypt. Sixth International Symposium on Ecosystem Behavior (BIOGEOMON), 29 June-3 July 2009, at the University of Helsinki, Finland, Abstract book: 404.
7- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2010). Biodiversity of Egyptian Mycobiota- Gaps in Knowledge. The first international conference on basic and applied mycology, 9*11 March 2010, Assiut, Egypt, Abstract book: 36.
8- Ibrahim, M. E. and Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2010). Diversity of leaf and air fungi of some plants in Egypt. The first international conference on basic and applied mycology, 9*11 March 2010, Assiut, Egypt, Abstract book: 53.
9- Abdel-Moneim, N. M.; El-Ashry, E. H.; Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and Ali, A. N. (2010). Marine-derived fungi isolated from invertebrates and seaweeds of Mediterranean coast at Alexandria as a source of bioactive secondary metabolites. The first international conference on basic and applied mycology, 9*11 March 2010, Assiut, Egypt, Abstract book: 55-56.
10- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and Samy, G. S. (2011). Fungal conservation and Encyclopedia of Life in Egypt. Sixteen Congress of European Mycologist, 19-23 September 2011, Porto Carras on the Sithonia peninsula, Greece. Abstract book: 64-66.
11- Asmaa N. Ali, Abdel-Moneim, N. M. and Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2011). Marine derived fungi through drug discovery and application in treatment of cancer and neurological disorder. Middle Eastern Association for Cancer Research (MEACR) Annual Meeting 2011, 27 - 28 Dec 2011, P2.8
12- Gad, A. M., Mohamed, F. M., Mahmoud, S. I., Salem, F. M., Abdel-Azeem, A. M., and Khalil, W. F. (2012). Toxinogenic Fungi and Human Health: Tea Powders, Bottled water and Canned Beans in Egypt. Biovision 2012, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, April 22-25, 2012. Abstract book: 3.
13- Abdel-Azeem, A. M., Gab Allah, M. M., Salem, F. M. and Soliman, G. S. (2012). Pollution of groundwater: Burden, Scientific and Awareness Strategies for Control. Biovision 2012, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, April 22-25, 2012. Abstract book: 20-21.
14- Ali, A. N., Abdel-Moneim, N. M. and Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and (2012). Marine-derived fungi through drug discover and application in neurological disorder. Biovision 2012, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, April 22-25, 2012. Abstract book: 23.
15- Salem, F. M. and Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2012). Laccase Producing Fungi in Egypt and Future Application for the Society. Biovision 2012, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, April 22-25, 2012. Abstract book: 26.
16- Rashad, H. Mohamed, Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and Salem, F. M. (2012). Water Pollution and human health: Lake Manzala, Egypt: A Case study. Second International Conference of Physiological, Microbiological and Ecological Plant Sciences. El-Minia, April 29-30, 2012. Abstract book: 31-32.
17- Mazen, M. B. H., El-Enany, A. E., Abdel-Azeem, A. M., Abdel Rahman, R. A., Sawsan A. Abd-Ellatif and Nivien Allam (2012). Diversity of Glomeromycota in desert and reclaimed soils in Assiut Governorate. Second International Conference of Physiological, Microbiological and Ecological Plant Sciences. El-Minia, April 29-30, 2012. Abstract book: 40-41.
18- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and Salem, F. M. (2012). How many species of fungi are there in Egypt? Second International Conference of Physiological, Microbiological and Ecological Plant Sciences. El-Minia, April 29-30, 2012. Abstract book: 41-42.
19- Abdel-Azeem, A.M., Salem, F. M., Mohamed, H. M., Rashad, H. M., Mohamed R. M. and Khalil, W. F. (2012). Bioprospecting of Egyptian Fungi for Ecological and Medical Applications. TWAS-ARO 8th meeting, Bibilotheca Alexandrina, December 30-31.
20- Abdel-Azeem, A. M., Mohamed, A. H., Minter, D. W., Salem, F. M. and Soliman, G. S. (2013). Fungi and Encyclopedia of life: Abdel-Azeem's team contributions to English and arabic EOL. First young reashersher conference, Suez Canal university, Ismailia, 6-7 march 2013. Abstract book: 31.
21- Mustafa, A. I, Abdel-Azeem, A. M., Abdel-Latif, A. S., Salem, F. M. and Khalil, W. F. (2013). Toxinogeneic mycobiota and human health: Old Romy cheese I Egypt- A case study. First young reashersher conference, Suez Canal university, Ismailia, 6-7 march 2013. Abstract book: 31.
22- Abdel-Azeem, A. M., Salem, F. M., Gad, M. A., Muhammed, N. A. And Khalil, W. F. (2013). Toxinogeneic mycobiota and human health: Tea powders, bottled water and canned beans in Egypt. First young reashersher conference, Suez Canal university, Ismailia, 6-7 march 2013. Abstract book: 31.
23- Abdel-Azeem, A. M., Salem, F. M., Mohamed, H. M., Rashad, H. M., Mohamed, R. A. and Khalil, W. F. (2013). Bioprospecting of Egyptian fungi for ecological and medical applications. First young reashersher conference, Suez Canal university, Ismailia, 6-7 march 2013. Abstract book: 32.
24- Abdel-Azeem, A.M. and Salem, F.M. (2013). Fungal Conservation in Northern Africa and the Arab Society for Fungal Conservation. Third International Congress on Fungal Conservation, Akyaka, Mugla, Turkey, 11-15 November 2013. Abstract book: 19.
25- Mustafa, A.I., Abdel-Azeem, A.M. and Salem, F.M. (2013) Surveying and Exploitation of Some Taxa for Extracellular Biosynthesis of Silver Nanoparticles. Third International Congress on Fungal Conservation, Akyaka, Mugla, Turkey, 11-15 November 2013. Abstract book: 44.
26- Salem, F.M., Abdel-Azeem, A.M., Khalil, W.F., Zaki, S.M. and Saleh, S.Y. (2013). Bioprospecting and Conservation of Egyptian Endophytic Mycobiota: Taxa Producing Anticancer Metabolites. Third International Congress on Fungal Conservation, Akyaka, Mugla, Turkey, 11-15 November 2013. Abstract book: 46.
27- Balbbol, B. A., Abdel-Azeem, A. M., Khalil, W.F. and El-Kazzaz, W. M. (2013). Bioprospecting as a conservation tool: the genus Aspergillus (Eurotium) in Egypt. Third International Congress on Fungal Conservation, Akyaka, Mugla, Turkey, 11-15 November 2013. Abstract book: 36.
28- Salem, F.M., Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2015). The influence of altitude on diversity of fungal endobionts of some medicinal plants in Egypt. The Six International Conference of the ESES, Ismailia, Egypt, 2-4 February 2015. Abstract book: 55.
29- Ismail, Asmaa L., Mohamed, Maha T., Alian, Mai A., Salem, F. M., Abu-Elsaoud, A. M. and Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2015). The Effect of enhanced levels of ultraviolet radiations (UV-A and UV-B) on some aeromycobiota of Ismailia Region. The Six International Conference of the ESES, Ismailia, Egypt, 2-4 February 2015. Abstract book.
30- Gamal, Zeinab A., Mahmud, Omnia A., Nour El-deen, Sara, Salem, Fatma M., Abu-Elsaoud, A. M., Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and Rashad, H. M. (2015). Evaluation and Photobiostimulation of new Egyptian fungal biosorbents for metal ions. The Six International Conference of the ESES, Ismailia, Egypt, 2-4 February 2015. Abstract book.
31- Mahmoud, Hekmat M., Abdel-Azeem, A. M., El-Morsy, E. M. Nor El-deen, M. and Abu-Elsaoud, A. M. (2015). Mycoremediation of plastics by a local isolate of Monascus ruber in vitro. The Six International Conference of the ESES, Ismailia, Egypt, 2-4 February 2015. Abstract book.


Full Papers :

1- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (1991). Effect of overgrazing on vegetation, microbes and soil in Ismailia-desert habitat.. Biological Diversity Symposium, Madrid-Spain: 241-246.
2- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (1998). Cytogenetical and Biological Studies on the fungus Chaetomiopsis. M. Sc thesis, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Egypt.
3- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2003). Ecological and Taxonomical Studies on Ascospore-Producing Fungi in Egypt. Ph. D thesis, Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, Egypt.
4- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and Ibrahim, M. E. (2004). Diversity of terrophilous mycobiota of Sinai. Egyptian Journal of biology. Vol 6:21-31.
5- Moustafa, A. F. and Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2005 a). Zygopleurage zygospora (Sepg.) Boedijn, A new record to the Egyptian Ascomycetes. Bulletin of Faculty of Science Assiut University 34(1), P-P. 165-169 (2005).
6- Moustafa, A. F. and Abdel-Azeem, A. M.(2005 b). The genus Chaetomium in Egypt. El-Minia Science Bulletin, 16 (2), pp. 235-256.
7- Moustafa, A. F. and Abdel-Azeem, A. M.(2006). Some new records to the Egyptian Ascomycetes with a provisional key to their identification. Assiut University Journal of Botany 35(1), P-P. 87-103.
8- Ibrahim, M. E. and Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2007a). Towards an integrated control of sesame (Sesamum indicum L.) charcoal rot caused by Macrophomina phaseolina (Tassi) Goid. Arab. Univ. J. Agric. Sci., Ain Shams Univ. Cairo 15(2) 473-481.
9- Ibrahim, M. E. and Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2007b). Mycobiota of solarized and unsolarized soils of cucumber and role of solarization in controlling of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) de Bary in greenhouse conditions. Arab. Univ. J. Agric. Sci., Ain Shams Univ. Cairo 15(2) 483-492.
10- El-Zayat, S. A., Abdel-Azeem, A.M., Abdel-Moneim, T. S. and Deyab, A.S. (2007). Association of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in Southern Eastern Desert (Wadi El-Alaqi, biosphere reserve) Aswan, Egypt. El-Minia Science Bulletin, volume 18 (1): 158-182.
11- Ibrahim, M. E., Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and Hegazi, M. M. (2007). Efficacy of solarization and seaweeds amendment in the control of faba bean fusarial root rot. N. Egypt. J. Microbiol. 17:214-223.
12- Abdel-Azeem, A. M., Abdel-Moneim, T. S., Ibrahim, M. E., Hassan, M. A. A. and Saleh, M. Y. (2007). Effect of Long-Term Heavy Metal Contamination on Diversity of terricolous fungi and nematodes in Egypt- a case study. Water, Air, and Soil Pollution vol. 186 (1) pp. 233-254.
13- Moustafa, A. F. and Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2008). Thielavia gigaspora, a new thermotolerant ascomycete from Egypt. Microbiological Research 163: 441-444.
14- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2009). Operation Wallacea in Egypt. I- A preliminary study on diversity of fungi in the world heritage site of Saint Katherine, Egypt. Assiut Univ. J. of Botany 38(1): 29-54.
15- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and Abdel-Moneim, T. S. (2009). First record of Oidiopsis taurica causing powdery mildew of Capparis spinosa in Egypt. Plant Disease, 93(5):555.
16- Abdel-Moneim, T. S. and Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2009). Operation Wallacea in Egypt. II- Diversity of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi in different elevation wadis in Saint Katherine Protectorate, Egypt. Assiut Univ. J. of Botany 38(1): 55-74.
17- Abdel-Azeem, A. M., Abdel-Moneim, T. S., Ibrahim, M. E., Saleh, M. Y., Saleh, S. Y. and Abdel-Moneim, A. O. (2009). Microbiological and physicochemical analysis of groundwater and its biological effect on population in Saint katherine Protectorate, Egypt. Thirteenth International Water Technology Conference, IWTC 13 2009, Hurghada, Egypt, 1491- 1513.
18- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2010). The history, fungal biodiversity, conservation, and future perspectives for mycology in Egypt. IMA Fungus (1) 2: 123*142.
19- Rashad, H. M. and Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2010). Lake Manzala, Egypt: A bibliography. Assiut Univ. J. of Botany 39(1): 253-289.
20- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and Minter, D. W. (2011). The Rio Convention and Fungi: a review of recent national biodiversity action plans and reports. Fungal Conservation (1): 29-32.
21- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2011). Saving the forgotten Kingdom in Egypt. Fungal Conservation (1): 40-44.
22- Knapp S, McNeill J, Turland NJ (2011) Translation into Arabic of: *Changes to publication requirements made at the XVIII International Botanical Congress in Melbourne * what does e-publication mean for you?*. Translated by Ahmed M. Abdel-Azeem and Gihan S. Soliman. PhytoKeys 7: 63*68.
23- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and Gab Allah, M. M. (2011). Aspergillus niger and Spirogyra varians as new biosorbents of heavy metals and radionuclides from polluted groundwater in South Sinai, Egypt. Assiut Univ. J. of Botany 40(2): 159-193.
24- Moustafa, A. F. and Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2011). An annotated check-list of Ascomycota reported from soil and other terricolous substrates in Egypt. Journal of Basic and Applied Mycology 2: 1-27.
25- Knapp S, McNeill J, Turland NJ (2012a) Translation into Arabic of: Changes to publication requirements made at the XVIII International Botanical Congress in Melbourne * what does e-publication mean for you?. Translated by Ahmed M. Abdel-Azeem and Gihan S. Soliman. Mycokeys 2: 45-50.
26- Soliman, G. S., Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and Salem, F. M. (2012). Egypt's Water Warriors. The Seventh International Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, Macedonia 2012 (http://ocs.balwois.com/index.php?conference=BALWOIS&schedConf=BW2012&page=paper&op=view&path%5B%5D=943&path%5B%5D=273).
27- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2012). Fungi and the San El-Hagar Monuments, Egypt. Archeology times Online Magazine (2): 1-5.
28- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and El-Fallal, A. A. (2012). New record of genus Peziza (Pezizales, Ascomycetes) in Egypt and Africa. Mycosphere 3(5), 563*565. 29- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and Salem, F. M. (2012). Biodiversity of laccase producing fungi in Egypt. Mycosphere 3(5), 900*920.
30- Abdel-Monem, N. M., Abdel-Azeem, A.M., El-Ashry, E. H., Ghareeb, D. A. , Nabil-Adam, A. (2013). Pretreatment Hepatoprotective Effect of the Marine Fungus Derived from Sponge on Hepatic Toxicity Induced by Heavy Metals in Rats. BioMed Research International(http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/510879).
31- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and Salem, Fatma M. (2013a). A checklist of Egyptian fungi: I. Protozoan fungal analogues. Mycosphere 4(4), 794-807.
32- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and Salem, Fatma M. (2013b). Arab society for fungal conservation in Egypt. Fungal Conservation 1(3), 11-14.
33- Abdel-Monem, N. M., Abdel-Azeem, A.M., El-Ashry, E. H., Ghareeb, D. A. , Nabil-Adam, A. (2013b). Assessment of secondary metabolites from marine-derived fungi as antioxidant. Open Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (3): 60-73.
34- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and Rashad, H. M. (2013). Mycobiota of outdoor air that can cause asthma: a case study from Lake Manzala, Egypt. Mycosphere, 4 (4): 1092*1104.
35- Abdel-Azeem, A. M., Gherbawy, Y. A., Sabry, A. M. (2014). Enzyme profiles and genotyping of Chaetomium globosum isolates from various substrates. Plant Biosystems, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/11263504.2014.984791
36- Ahmed, A. I, Abdel-Azeem, A. M. (2014). First report of Leveillula cylindrospora conidial state on Bassia indica. American-Eurasian J. Agric. & Environ. Sci., 14 (12): 1434-1436.
37- Abdel-Azeem, A. M. and Salem F. M. (2015). Fungi fimicola Aegyptiaci: I. Recent investigations and conservation in arid South Sinai. Mycosphere 6 (2): 174*194 (2015)


Books :

1- Abdel-Azeem , A. M. (2013) Ecological and taxonomical studies on ascospore-producing fungi in Egypt. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. ISBN-13: 978-3-659-32387-4
2- Salem, F. M. and Abdel-Azeem , A. M. (2014) Screening of Anticancer Metabolites Produced by Endophytic Fungi. LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing. ISBN 978-3-659-53697-7.

  • MEMBERSHIPS

    1- European Mycologist Association
    2- International Society for Fungal Conservation (Representative of Middle East and North of Africa).
    3- Member of Ascomycete Conservation Specialist Group (IUCN)
    4- Egyptian Society of Microbiology.
    5- Egyptian Society of Botany.
    6- Egyptian Society of Natural Toxins.
    7- Egyptian British Biological Society.
    8- The Egyptian Society for Environmental Sciences.
    9- Egyptian Society of Applied Microbiology.
    10- The World Academy of Young Scientists (Ways). H-1111, Budapest- Kende u. 13-17- Hungary.
    11- The Society of Basic and Applied Mycology
    12- Board member in Balady Association (NGO) for Environment Protection.
    13- Member in Port Fouad family and child care Association (NGO).
    14- Chairman of community and Environment Services Society in Saint Katherine (http://saintkatherinecenter.blogspot.com)
    15- Chairman and founder of Arab Society for Fungal Conservation (http://fungiofegypt.com/ASFC)

  • HONORS

    - The third position in the El-Sheikh Abdullah El-Moubarak El-Sabah prize for Arabic young scientists (1991) - University of Suez Canal Award for Scientists (2004).
    - Dr. Ahmed Askar Prize for the most applicable research, University of Suez Canal (2008).
    - The Effective International Publication Prize, Suez Canal University (2008).
    - The Effective International Publication Prize, Suez Canal University (2010).
    - EOL FELLOWSHIP (2011-2012).
    - PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR FUNGAL CONSERVATION (2013).


    Visiting Professor

    * University of Michigan (29-31 January 2014), USA.
    * University of Minnesota (1-8 February 2014), USA.
    * University of Alexandru Ioan Cuza (April-May 2015), Romania.

  • Supervision of M. Sc. theses

    Running M.Sc. :
    * Evaluation of Metal Biosorption Activity by Fungi Isolated from Lake Manzala (2012).
    * Anti-inflammatory Effects of Endophytic Fungal Extracts of Some Medicinal Plants on Rheumatoid Arthritis Rat Model (2012). a.

    Finished M.Sc. :
    * Isolation, characterization and biological activity assessment of secondary metabolites produced by marine-derived fungi isolated from invertebrates and seaweeds of Mediterranean coast at Alexandria (2010).
    * Ecological and Taxonomical Studies on Genus Eurotium in Egypt (2014).
    * Screening of Anti-cancer Metabolites Produced by Endophytic Fungi of Some Medicinal Plants in Saint Katherine Protecetoratte (2014).
    * Isolation and Characterization of Microbiota Inhabiting Al-Aqsa Mosque, Al-Quds, Palestine (2014).

    Supervision of Ph.D Theses

    Running Ph.D Theses :
    * Evaluation of fungal role in biodeterioration of plastics (2012).
    * Diversity of Endolithic Fungal Communities in Egypt (2012


  • Local and international Projects

    1- Project manger of "Community and environmental Services center in Saint Katherine' international project funded by European Union: EuropeAid/123879/C/ACT/EG funded by 120000 EU.
    2- Head of Mycology team work of OPERATION WALLACEA in Egypt (2005-2007).
    3- Consultant of mycotaxonomy in BioMap project in EEAA (2005-2007) (www.biomapegypt.org/contact.html)
    4- Project manger of Mycobiota producing toxins in spices & medicinal plants project funded by Suez Canal University (2005-2007).
    5- Head of Microbiology team work of international project between University of Lund (Sweden) and University of Suez Canal on environmental impacts of pollution in Lake Manzala.
    6- Member in the International project of wood deterioration of Egyptian woody monuments (2008 until now).
    7- A member in the project of microbial degradation of archaeological wood in University of Helsinki, Finland (http://drsteffen.fungi.fi/idam)
    8- Encyclopedia of Life Fellowship 2011 (http://www.eol.org/content/page/175)
    9- Head of research team of Fungi deteriorating Cheops second Boat with Waseda University and Supreme Council of Antiques.
    10- The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund for conservation of truffles (with David Minter) in 2012.
    11- Head of mycology team in Abydos Middle Cemetery Project funded by Kelsey Museum- Michigan University (2014).
    12- The Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund for conservation of Egyptian Fungi (2014).
    13- STDF- Short term fellowship (2014).

  • Participation in workshops and training courses

    * Workshop titled as "Water biological contaminants and their effects on the environments and Health", at Suez Canal University, Faculty of science, Toxicology and Micro-analytical Research Unit, 29 January- 3 February 2005, Ismailia, Egypt.
    * Workshop titled as *Isolation and identification of mycobiota from different habitats in Ashtoum El-Gamil Protectorate*, at Ashtoum El-Gamil Protectorate, 25-30 July 2007, Port Said, Egypt.
    * Workshop titled as "Environmental Rights", at Community and Environmental Services Center in Saint Katherine, 7th of August 2008, Saint Katherine, South Sinai, Egypt.
    * Workshop titled as "Cultivation and Production of Mushroom", at Port Fouad Baby and Family Care Society, 29 April-28 May 2009, Port Said Egypt.
    * Workshop titled as "Biodiversity and Fungal Conservation' at Faculty of Science, Mansoura University (Damietta Branch) 3rd December, 2011.
    * Workshop titled as "Understanding and Control of Deterioration Processes in Ancient and Historic Monuments" at Egyptian Museum, Cairo, 4th of December 2011.
    * Workshop titled as "Cultivation and Production of Mushroom", at Botany Department, Faculty of Science, University of Suez Canal, Ismailia, 5th December 2011.
    * Second workshop organized by Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, under the title: Biodiversity and Conservation of fungi (Medical fungi A case study), 25-26 February 2012, Ismailia, Egypt.
    * Third workshop organized by Desert Research Center under the title: Biodiversity and Conservation of fungi (Mycorrhizae: the underground secret), 9-10 March 2013, El-Sheikh Zewayd, Egypt.
    * Fourth workshop organized by Red Sea Protectorates under the title: Biodiversity and Conservation of fungi (Marine fungi A case study), 19-20 March 2014, Ismailia, Egypt.
    * First Workshop on Fungal Conservation in Romania, 8th of April 2015

  • Some examples of speech in many conferences and meetings:

    * In 27 April, 2004 a lecture titled: "finger printing the fungal community" in biotechnology Research unit, Suez Canal University.
    * In 10 August, 2004, a lecture in the conference of Balady association about food contamination and water pollution
    * In 14 September, 2004 a presentation titled: food contamination with special reference to mycotoxins in Suzan Moubarak Scientific Exploratory Centre (SMSEC) center at Cairo.
    * In 14-15 March, 2005, two presentations in the conference of Balady association on air and fresh water pollution by microorganisms.
    * A clean glass of water conference, 6-8 September 2005 * Cairo, Egypt. " the Role of NGOs in confront the water pollution (Port Said, a case study).
    * In 19 April 2006, presentation on the Role of NGOs in confronts the water pollution (Port Said, a case study) in Nile Basin initiative forum, Port Said.
    * In 15th of March 2006, presentation on Decolorization of dye wastewaters by fungi, in Industrial waste-water treatment conference, Port Said.
    * In 4th of June 2006, Port Said Cultural House, on The Desert and Desertification.
    * In 7-11th June 2006, Hapi Centre for Environmental rights, Principle speaker on the Role of NGOs in confront the water pollution (Port Said, a case study).
    * A clean glass of water conference, 30-31st October 2007 * Cairo, Egypt. " The role of Community and environmental Services Center in Saint Katherine in solving the existing water problems".
    * "Fungi outcome during two years of OPWALL activities". British council closing ceremony of OPWALL activities (2006-2007) in 28/01/2008, Cairo, Egypt.
    * Speaker in a workshop titled: "Understanding and Control of Deterioration Processes in Ancient and Historic Monuments" at Bet Al-Senary, Cairo, 23rd of November 2011.
    * Speaker in a workshop titled: "Biodiversity and Fungal Conservation' at Faculty of Science, Mansoura University (Damietta Branch) 3rd December, 2011.
    * Speaker in a workshop titled: "Understanding and Control of Deterioration Processes in Ancient and Historic Monuments" at Egyptian Museum, Cairo, 4th of December 2011.
    * Speaker in a workshop titled: "Air quality and green building' at Association of Enterprises For Environmental Conservation, Cairo 22nd January, 2012.


  • Attendance of Local and International Conferences

    * Biological Diversity Symposium, Madrid-Spain (1991).
    * Pesticides and Environmental Contaminants in Water and Food. German Egyptian Conference, Ismailia, Egypt (1995).
    * Third International conference of the Egyptian British Biological Society under the title "Biological Interactions", Environmental Research Center, Saint Katherine, Suez Canal University, 3-5 September 2004, South Sinai, Egypt.
    * 1st International conference on Natural toxins, 6 October University *Egypt, 18- 19 December 2004.
    * Fourth International Conference of Maadi Cultured Association "A clean glass of water 2005", Cairo Culture and Environment House, 6-8 September 2005 * Cairo, Egypt.
    * Second International Conference of The Egyptian Society for Environmental Sciences under the title "The Role of Genetics and Biotechnology in Conservation of Natural Resources", 9-10 July 2007 Ismailia * Egypt.
    * Sixth International Conference of Maadi Cultured Association "A clean glass of water 2007", Cairo Culture and Environment House, 30-31 October 2007 * Cairo, Egypt.
    * Seventh International Conference of Maadi Cultured Association "A clean glass of water 2008", Cairo Culture and Environment House, 21-22 October 2008 * Cairo, Egypt.
    * Sixth International Symposium on Ecosystem Behavior (BIOGEOMON), 29 June-3 July 2009, at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
    * First International Conference of Basic and Applied Mycology, 9-11 March 2010, at the University of Assiut, Egypt.
    * Sixteen Congress of European Mycologist, 19-23 September 2011, Porto Carras on the Sithonia peninsula, Greece.
    * BioVision Alexandria 2012 Conference *New Life Sciences: Linking Science to Society*, 22-25 April 2012, Participated at Poster Session at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
    * Second International Conference of Physiological, Microbiological and Ecological Plant Sciences, PMEPS II * 2012, 29th - 30th April 2012, Minia, Egypt.
    * TWAS-ARO 8th Annual Meeting "The Role of Science, Engineering and Technology in Achieving Sustainable Human Development in the Arab Region", 30-31 December 2012, at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt.
    * BioVisionAlexandria 2014 Conference *New Life Sciences: The Next Decade*, 7-9 April 2014, Participated at Poster Session at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

  • Attendance of workshops and training courses

    * Workshop titled as "Writing a Funding Proposal" organized by Friedrich Ebert Foundation, 20-21 September 2005, Port Said, Egypt.
    * E-learning Training Programmme for Integrated Coastal Zone Management (Arab -Medopen) * 1 October 2007 * 10 Jan 2008.
    * Towards an integrated approach for wastewater treatment and reuse in the Mediterranean region organized at Suez Canal University, 15-17 December, 2008 within the 6th Framework Program, Coordination Action Project INNOVA-MED.
    * Eleventh workshop organized by the Assiut University Mycological Center (AUMC) under the title: Biodiversity of genera and species of fungi which deteriorate food materials with special attention to toxigenic and human, animal and plant pathogenic species, 7-11 March, 2009.
    * Thirteenth workshop organized by the Assiut University Mycological Center (AUMC) under the title: Molecular Identification of fungi, 6-8 March, 2010.
    * First workshop titled as "Mycotoxins, problem and solutions" at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Suez Canal University, 12 December 2010, Ismailia, Egypt.
    * First workshop titled as "Fungi in the 21st century" at Faculty of Science, Suez Canal University, 19 December 2010, Ismailia, Egypt.
    * EOL Executive Committee (Fall Meeting) 9-10 October 2011, Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
    * Workshop organized by UNESCO, under the title: Role of women in sustainable development, 10-13 October 2011, Cairo, Egypt.
    * Horizon 2020 Capacity Building Workshop: *Revisiting Mediterranean University Curricula: are the H2020 priority areas appropriately reflected?*, 12-16 December 2011, Athens, Greece.
    * Horizon 2020 Capacity Building Workshop: *Minimizing the Marine litter in the Mediterranean*, 21-23 May 2012, Gothenburg, Sweden.
    * Horizon 2020 Capacity Building Workshop: *How Members of Parliament can better contribute to the effective depollution of the Mediterranean*, 22-23 October 2012, Athens, Greece.
    * Eu-Jordan Networking in renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Amman, Jordan 27-28 February 2013.

  • TRAINING COURSES

    * Spanish language course, Spanish, El-Centro de Cervantes, El-Cairo, Egipto., 2000-2001
    * Thinking Skills (FLDP), Suez Canal university, 16 May 2005
    * Quality assurance program (FLDP),Suez Canal university, 12-13 June 2006
    * Credit hours system program (FLDP),Suez Canal university, 19-20 June 2006


    Links for Online Articles


    What will be the fate of the world*s fungi?

    Fungi Could Clean Pollution, Give Fuel and Food: Egypt Research

    Science Across Egypt* Project

    The IMA in Egypt, Part 1: Science in the Sand


    YouTube Videos






Referees

Prof. Robert A. Blanchette
University of Minnesota, 495 Borlaug Hall, 1991 Upper Buford Circle St. Paul, MN 55108
Phone: 612-625-0202
Fax: 612-625-9728
robertb@umn.edu


Dr. David W. Minter
CABI Bioservices, Bakeham Lane, Egham, Surrey, TW20 9TY, United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1491 829031
d.minter@cabi.org

Dr. Kari T. Steffen
Department of Applied Chemistry and Microbiology P.O. Box 56 Viikinkaari 9, Biocenter 1, 00014 University of Helsinki, Finland
Phone: +358-9-191 59321
Fax: +358-9-191 59322
Mobile: +358-40-5509115 kari.steffen@helsinki.fis