Magdy M. Mahfouz received his PhD in Molecular Genetics from Ohio State University
(USA) and did an industry-funded postdoctoral training in Microbiology at University of Illinois
(USA). His research group focuses on developing genome engineering and synthetic biology technologies and applications for crop bioengineering, biomanufacturing, and diagnostics. He developed key technologies for plant genome engineering, engineering plant immunity, and the synthetic directed evolution of plant traits, as well as novel approaches for pathogen diagnostics. Mahfouz holds several patents in his name and has given invited talks and lectures at leading genome engineering and synthetic biology conferences.