Ahmed Yousef

Ahmed Yousef

Ahmed Yousef

Assistant Professor

Department of Chemistry

PO Box 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

+971 (0)2 810 9244



Ahmed 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.

Ahmed joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Masdar Institute in June 2013 and became a member of the Department of Chemistry at Khalifa University in June 2017.

  • 2011 MBA (Health Sector Specialization), Richard Ivey School of Business, Canada
  • 2009 PhD in Microbiology and Immunology University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • 2005 MSc in Microbiology and Immunology University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • 2002  BSc in Microbiology and Immunology University of Western Ontario, Canada
  • CHEM115 Introduction to general chemistry for engineers
  • Chem211 Organic Chemistry
  • Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Entrepreneurship and Finance for Scientists

My main research interests are in environmental/ industrial microbiology, and biotechnology with currently active projects in studying wastewater treatment bioreactor microbial communities, and 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.

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