Khalid Sedeek

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow



Research Interests

Crop improvement by CRISPR/Cas9 system 

Selected Publications

  • Fusion of the Cas9 endonuclease and the VirD2 relaxase facilitates homology-directed repair for precise genome engineering in rice. Ali, Z., Shami, A., Sedeek, K. et al.  Commun Biol, (2020). 
  • Plant Genome Engineering for Targeted Improvement of Crop Traits Sedeek, K.E.M., Mahas, A. and Mahfouz, M Frontiers in Plant Science. (2019)
  • Plant Biotechnology Status in Egypt Sedeek, K.E.M. The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, vol 76. Springer, Cham., (2018) 
  • Amino acid change in an orchid desaturase enables mimicry of the pollinator's sex pheromone. Sedeek, K. E. M., Whittle, E., Guthorl, D., Shanklin, J., Grossniklaus. U., Schluter, P. M. current biology, (2016).
  • Genic rather than genome-wide differences between sexually deceptive Ophrys orchids with different pollinators. Sedeek, K. E. M., Scopece, G., Staedler, Y.M., Schonenberger, J., Cozzolino, S., Schiestl, F. P., and Schluter, P. M. Molecular Ecology, (2014)
  • Transcriptome and proteome data reveal candidate genes for pollinator attraction in sexually deceptive orchids. Sedeek, K. E. M., Qi, W., Schauer, M. A., Gupta, A. K., Poveda, L., Xu, S., Liu, Z.-J., Grossniklaus, U., Schiestl, F. P., Schluter, P. M. PLoS ONE, (2013). 


  • Ph.D., Molecular Genetics, Zurich University, Zurich, Switzerland, 2015
  • M.Sc., Genetics, MAICh, Chania, Greece, 2011
  • Diploma, Plant Biotechnology, MAICh, Chania, Greece, 2010
  • Diploma, Biochemistry, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, 2006
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, Sohag University, Sohag, Egypt, 2002 

Professional Profile

  • 2019-Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018-2019: Consultant, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2005-2018: Research Assistant, AGERI, Giza, Egypt
  • 2003-2005: Research Assistant, PPRI, Giza, Egypt


  • 2011: SNF fellowship, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2008: CIHEAM Scholarship, Chania, Greece 

KAUST Affiliations

Prof. Magdy Mahfouz's Group

CDA - Center for Desert Agriculture

BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

Plant genome engineering Crop improvement