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Magdy S. Montasser

Academic Credentials

Associate Professor, Molecular Virologist, Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Kuwait   


Ph.D:Department of Virology, Rutgers University, New Jersey, USA. January, 1988

M.Sc: Plant Pathology Department, Minia University, Minia Egypt.  August, 1979  

B.Sc: Plant Pathology Department, Faculty of Agriculture, Alexandria University, Alexandria, Egypt.  June, 1971                                                                    

Academic Position

Associate Professor

Research Interests

*   Modern Molecular Biology techniques including polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technology, reverse transcription, cDNA synthesis, DNA cloning, gel electrophoresis, Northern and Southern blotting and radioactive probes              

*   Hybridoma technology, animal cell culture, and production of monoclonal antibodies

*   Serology, Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and western blotting techniques              

*   Plant tissue culture and control of viruses using thermotherapy and chemotherapy              

*   Electron microscopy, including serological specific electron microscopy (SSEM), ultra-thin sectioning, freeze-etching and photography

Teaching Interests

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR (8/93 - 6/99), then ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (6/99 - Present): Department of Biological Sciences, Kuwait University, Kuwait.  Teaching undergraduate and graduate student courses in Virology (204), Plant Virology (511), Immunology (382), Microbial Genetics (335), Plant Pathology (419), Biology (101), Microbiology (105), Microbial World (106), Micro techniques (107), Seminar (390 & 502), Research Techniques (501), Research and Field Training (497), and M.Sc. Thesis (598). Conducting and supervising research in Virology and Microbiology.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE/MOLECULAR VIROLOGIST: Center for Agricultural Biotechnology (CAB), Maryland Biotechnology Institute, University of Maryland, College Park Maryland, USA. Conducted research on viroid-genome replication in mechanicallyinoculated, and agro-inoculated transgenic plants with emphasis on pathogen/host interactions.  Subviral RNAs satellites and their effects on viroids replications using polymerase chain reaction  (PCR) technology and PCR-Nucleotide Sequencing. 

BIOLOGIST/CONSULTANT: Cancer Diagnostics Inc. (CDI).  Fairfax, Virginia, USA.  Involved in research and development of monoclonal antibody production for use in research clinic laboratory and in population screening for human cancer diseases. Used PCR technology in oncogene amplifications.

VISITING SCIENTIST/CONSULTANT:  National Germplasm Resources Laboratory, Plant Sciences Institute, Agriculture Research Services (ARS), United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Beltsville, MD, USA. Developed a new technique using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the identification of luteoviruses affecting small fruit as well as improving the detection of potato leafroll luteovirus in potato germplasms and viruliferous insect vectors by cDNA amplification using PCR technology.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE/FACULTY STAFF MEMBER: University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, under cooperative agreement with Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory, ARS, USDA, USA.  Conducted a pilot test on the feasibility of using viral satellite RNA combinations as biological control agents for plant protection against virulent strains in the field.  This research included utilizing molecular analysis, cDNA probes, Northern hybridisation, enzymatic cDNA amplification, reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) technology, serological assays including enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISA) and western plot techniques.  Involved in field experimental designs and using biological control methods of severe viruses in economically important crops.

RESEARCH AND TEACHING ASSISTANT:  Department of Virology, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA. Designed and conducted research in areas of Plant Virology, with emphasis on tissue culture, monoclonal antibody production, electron microscopy and serological techniques (ELISA & immunoblotting hybridizations).  Engaged in supervision and training of both graduate and undergraduate students in research, laboratory techniques and greenhouse work.  Diagnosed plant diseases in clinical samples of fungal, bacterial and viral nature.  Taught some lectures and prepared laboratory classes in graduate Plant Virology (500) course.  Presented departmental seminars and research papers at State, National and International meetings.  

INSTRUCTOR/PLANT PATHOLOGIST:  Department of Plant Pathology, Minia University, Egypt.  Designed, developed and conducted research.  Supervised field work and greenhouse research experiments. Taught Plant Pathology (300) and Plant Protection (400) courses for graduate and undergraduate students.

TEACHING ASSISTANT:  Plant Pathology Department, Minia University, Egypt.  Conducted research in detection, isolation and characterization of a new virus and other viruses affecting cucurbits in the field.  Taught and demonstrated experimental techniques in Mycology (306), Plant Virology (222), Plant Morphology and Anatomy (219), and Plant Physiology (241).

PLANT PATHOLOGIST/RESEARCH ASSISTANT:  National Agricultural Research Center (NARC), Cairo, Egypt.




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