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Assoc Prof Dr Abdullah Makhzoum: plant biotechnology | AgriInnovator Excellence Award

Associate Professor at  BIUST University, Botswana

Keletso Lashani, a Canadian citizen, recently completed his Master’s degree in Biological Sciences and Biotechnology under the mentorship of Professor Abdullah Makhzoum at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST). His research focused on the isolation and identification of lipids and metabolites responsible for age-defying properties in wild berries indigenous to Botswana. Using advanced techniques such as LC-MS and GC-MS, Keletso delved into the biochemical composition of these berries, aiming to unravel their potential benefits for human health.

Publication Profile:🌟👨‍🎓

📚 Education:

Postdoctoral: University of Western Ontario, Canada (2009-2011). PhD: University of Tours, France (2003-2007). Master’s: ENSAIA INPL, Nancy, France (2001-2003). DESS in Horticultural Sciences: University of Aleppo, Syria (1997-1999). Agricultural Engineering Degree: University of Aleppo, Syria (1992-1997)

💡 Skills:

  • Plant Biotechnology Research
  • Molecular Biology
  • Plant Physiology
  • Genetic Engineering
  • Biochemical and Histological Studies
  • Plant Tissue Culture
  • Genetic and Genomic Analyses
  • Functional Gene Promoter Analyses
  • Teaching: Plant Biotechnology, Genetics, Genomics, and more
  • Languages: English and French

👨‍🏫 Teaching Experience:

Founder of Plant Biotechnology Courses at BIUST. Courses Taught: Advanced Plant Biotechnology, Bioinformatics, Plant Genetics, and more

👨‍🎓 Postgraduate Student Supervision:

Supervised and co-supervised students at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Ongoing supervision at BIUST on various projects related to antibiotic resistance, antimicrobial drug discovery, biosynthesis modulation, and more.

🌍 Contributions:

Making significant contributions to the understanding and utilization of plant resources for medicinal, pharmaceutical, and environmental applications.

Emojis might not cover all aspects, but I hope this captures the essence of Dr. Makhzoum’s biography!

Research Focus 🌱🔬:

Dr. Abdullah Makhzoum’s research primarily centers around harnessing the potential of plants for medicinal and biotechnological applications. His work spans various facets, including:

🌿 African Medicinal Plants: Investigating the therapeutic properties and bioactive compounds of indigenous plants for potential alternative therapeutics against drug-resistant bacteria.

🧬 Genome Editing and Secondary Metabolites: Exploring genome editing technologies to enhance the production of secondary metabolites in plants, contributing to advancements in plant science.

🌾 Essential Oils and Extraction Techniques: Studying the impact of traditional and modern extraction techniques on essential oil yield and chemical composition, offering insights into plant-based fragrance and therapeutic applications.

🌍 Nanoparticle Elicitation: Researching innovative strategies, like nanoparticle elicitation, to modulate specialized metabolites in plant tissues, opening avenues for novel applications in agriculture and medicine.

🌺 Melatonin Application in Horticulture: Investigating the use of preharvest melatonin application to mitigate oxidative stress and improve the vase life of cut flowers, enhancing postharvest quality.

🌿 Plant-Based Vaccines: Exploring plant species and expression systems for the production of vaccines, contributing to the development of sustainable and cost-effective vaccine production platforms.

These diverse research endeavors showcase Dr. Makhzoum’s commitment to advancing the fields of plant biotechnology, medicinal plants, and sustainable agriculture.



Abdullah Makhzoum | plant biotechnology | AgriInnovator Excellence Award

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