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 biotechnology at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Soon after, Al-Ahmad did his ~one-year post doctoral research in biomolecular 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 of 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.
Dr. Al-Ahmad conducted research in plant genetic transformation, 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.
Concurrently, Dr. Al-Ahmad is teaching two main courses: "Recombinant DNA Technology" and "Plant Cell & Tissue Culture", in addition to supervising graduation research projects. Besides teaching, his research approaches are primarily focused on plant-based bioenergy approaches. In addition, the establishment of plant tissue culture systems for various plant species including trees that are economically-important, or endangered, or of medicinal significance are being considered.Download CV