Sherif Abouelhadid, Chair of the KMT foundation for Science & Philosophy
Abouelhadid’s main research interest is the understanding of the biological role of N-linked glycans and unravelling the function of glycosylation systems in pathogenic bacteria and the biotechnological applications that stem out from his basic research such as developing of conjugate vaccines and humanized glycoproteins. Abouelhadid was involved in developing a novel toolbox to be easily used in vaccines production using bacteria as a microfactory rather than using complex chemical reactions. Using the tools developed from his research, he managed to set the platform of developing a cheaper and more efficient conjugate vaccine against Streptococcus pneumonia, a project that was funded by Bill and Melinda gates foundation. Abouelhadid is a research assistant and PhD Student at the Pathogen Molecular Biology Department, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK, where he studies the role of glycosylation systems in pathogenic bacteria using Campylobacter jejuni as a module, a project that is funded by the Wellcome Trust.
Abouelhadid is also interested in science communication and developing the science community in Egypt. In late 2008, he worked with Egypt’s bright students to put together the BioKMT initiative, which he currently chairs. The BioKMT society aims at revolutionizing the science and philosophy education in Egypt. Believing in the multidisciplinary nature of biological sciences and the dire need for adequate philosophy teachings, the BioKMT society long term plan is to function as a hub bringing not only Egypt’s but the world’s greatest minds together in one place to work side by side in driving the machinery of the understanding of various biological systems.
Nahla Hussein, MSc, Member of High Board, The KMT foundation for Science and Philosophy
Hussein's current research interest focuses on some fundamental aspects of bacterial response to stress, in particular envelope stress. She works on understanding the function of proteins involved in stress signaling and response mediated by two component systems of the model organism E.coli K-12. The currently studied proteins are known to mediate E.coli adaptation to osmotic stress and resistance to cell envelope-targeting antibiotics. While attempting to tackle her specific research questions, Hussein uses several genetic, biochemical and molecular approaches.
Previous work of Hussein focused on identification of novel antigens from the Egyptian cattle ticks, R. annulatus with potential protective effect. The later are supposed to represent candidate vaccines to the livestock in order to decrease the burden of ticks infestation and tick- borne diseases in Egypt.
Hussein is a research assistant in the National Research Center, Cairo, Egypt and is currently pursuing her joint PhD in the American University in Cairo and Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium).
Rehab Abdullah, MSc, Member, The KMT foundation for Science and Philosophy
I am PhD candidate at Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology. I am currently working on addressing the microbial diversity of paddy soil microbial communities using Meta-genomics and Meta-transcriptomics.
Previously I was involved in the “Red Sea microbiome” project at the American university in Cairo. A pioneer project entitled to identify and discover the microbial communities in the Red Sea. I was also involved in the Ocean sampling day in June, 2016.
Ayman Yehia, MSc, Member, The KMT foundation fo Science and Philosophy
I am Ayman, PhD Candidate at King AbduAllah University for Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia
Genome engineering platforms are mainly endonucleases that are able to cleave DNA at very specific site which is of the researchers choice. Recently, CRISPR/Cas9 system has been discovered and adapted for laboratory uses. CRISPR/Cas9 stands for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Palindromic Repeats; which are arrays found in bacterial and archaeal genomes. This arrays together with associated enzymes are capable of providing adaptive immunity against phages and foreign plasmids through multistep process. Simply speaking this machinery integrates a copy from the foreign DNA in between repeats, then this arrays are going to be transcribed then chopped to small RNA molecules (crRNA or trans-activating RNA) followed by further processing
Hossein Badawy, MSc, PhD, Member, The KMT foundation for Science and Philosophy
Dr. Hossein Elbadawy performs pre-clinical research with the aim of delivering scientific innovations from the bench to the bed-side. The main focus of the research is to contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the fields of wound healing, cornea transplantation and human tissue banking. The research interest includes the regeneration of the cornea by the corneal stem cell located at the periphery of the limbal niche in addition to the optimization of the delivery of protein and gene therapies to the cornea. Dr. Elbadawy is a recipient of an FP7 Marie Curie grant from the European Union in 2013 to support his research in the field of corneal regeneration. His contributions includes articles published in Nature Gene Therapy, Ophthalmology, British Journal of Pharmacology, Cell and Tissue Banking and Toxicology in Vitro. His work was also presented in international conferences including European association of Eye Banks, European Society of Cataract & Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS), Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) and the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).
Dr.Hossein is Post Doctoral Researcher at Eye Bank Foundation at Veneto, Venice, Italy and Assistant Professor at Taibah University, Saudi Arabia
In Heiroglyphics, the sign Per (incomplete rectangular shape) used to refer to a place or a house. Hence, the word Pharaoh was originated from “Per-3a” meaning the big house. Egyptian considered the library or as they called it “Per-Ankh” as the house of life. Because to them knowledge is the key of life is through understanding the world we live in. The conceptual design of our logo is simply adding a DNA double helix to Per Ankh symbolising our stand as the house of biological sciences research.