Khaled Youssef

Plants are non-spoken organisms like infants, they cannot explain what the problem is if they get sick, and the interesting thing is that compared to humans and other animals, plants have only an innate immune system and they do not have immune cells.

However, instead of having cells that just do immune work, all plant cells have immune capabilities. They all have proteins on their surface that recognize different molecules from a variety of pathogens. Once they recognize those molecules, they sound the alarm and start cascade of events that puts the plant into defense mode.

My research interests are the molecular-genetic and biochemical processes associated with the interaction between plants and pathogens. Specifically, I am interested in how plants protect themselves from pathogen infection using both preformed and induced defense responses. Currently I am involving in the studying of bacterial community in poplar trees project.

 

DEGREES AND EDUCATION
• MSc, Molecular biology with specialization in Microbiology, Lund University, Sweden

 

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