Dr. Ahmed F. Yousef
Dr. Ahmed F. Yousef Associate Professor
Teaching Areas
Research Interests

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Dr. Ahmed Yousef completed his MSc and PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Western Ontario in Canada. The focus of his graduate work was protein interactions and cellular networks, using the human adenovirus oncogenes as tools to gain insight into these processes.  In 2011, he earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business in Canada, where his focus was entrepreneurship and the biotechnology sector. He also trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California in Los Angeles, where his focus was the biochemistry of DNA replication in eukaryotic cells.

Dr. Yousef's laboratory studies microbial communities that exist in different environments, with a focus on those that  develop in wastewater treatment systems.  He also has an interest in developing biotechnology from microbes and plants that are present in various UAE natural environments.

  • MBA, Health Sector Specialization, Richard Ivey School of Business (Canada), 2011
  • PhD, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Western Ontario (Canada), 2009
  • MSc, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Western Ontario (Canada), 2005
  • BSc, Microbiology and Immunology, University of Western Ontario (Canada), 2002


Teaching Areas
  • Introduction to General Chemistry for Engineers
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance for Scientists
    Research Interests
    • Environmental/industrial microbiology
    • Biotechnology with currently active projects in studying wastewater treatment bioreactor microbial communities
    • Identifying novel industrial enzymes and medically interesting chemicals from plants and fungi in Abu Dhabi
    • Correlation between microbial community structure and efficiency of various wastewater treatment bioreactor designs
    • Isolation of beta-glucosidase enzymes from mangrove sediment fungi
    • Identification of novel antimicrobial and anti-cancer molecules from local plants