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Prof.Ali Al-Keblawy Academic RankProfessor


  • Plant Ecology

Research Interests:

  • Biodiversity conservation Propagation of native plants Sustainable uses of natural resources


Ph.D.: Desert Plant Ecology, December 1994, Tanta University, Tanta, Egypt in a joint supervision program with University of Windsor, Canada. M. Sc.: Desert Plant Ecology, December 1987, Alexandria University, Egypt. B.Sc.: Botany, May 1983, Tanta University, Egypt.
Jan. 2011- till now: Associate Professor, Dept of Applied Biology, Sharjah, UAE. Jan. 2011- till now: Director of Sharjah Seed Bank and Herbarium, Sharjah Research Academy. Sept. 2010 – Jan. 2011:Associate Professor: Plant Ecology, Department of Aridland Agriculture, Faculty of Food and Agriculture, UAE University, Al-Ain, UAE.
Director of Sharjah Seed Bank and Herbarium, Sharjah Research Academy
Member of the National Committee of “Biodiversity and Desertification combating” with the Minister of Environment and Water decree number 345 in 2012. Technical Member of the Soil Survey of the Northern Emirates (2010-2013). Technical Member in Ajman Award in Agriculture for selecting the best garden, decree number 90 for the year 2012 by General Director, Municipality and Planning Department, Ajman.
1. The role of nurse plants and nebkhas in combating desertification and restoration of degraded habitats of the arid deserts in the UAE, 2. Employing congeneric and biogeographic approaches to study Prosopis juliflora invasion at regional and global scale. 3. Renewable and Alternative Fuels (Biodiesel and Biogas) from UAE Plants: 4. Investigations of the foliar secretory structures of potential native medicinal plants of UAE using microscopic techniques 5. DNA Barcoding of Important Medicinal Plants in UAE 6. Impacts of environmental factors on germination, growth, oil yield and composition and biologically active anticancer compounds in Citrullus colocynthis
1. Al-Nablsi E., A. El-Keblawy, K. A. Mosa, and S. Soliman . (2021). Variation among individuals of Citrullus colocynthis from a desert population in morphological, genetic, and germination attributes. Tropical Ecology, (in press). 2. Abdul Hameed; A. El-Keblawy; M. Aljasmi; S. Gairola; S. S. Phartyal; K. A. Mosa; S. Soliman (2021). Seed provenance, thermoperiod and photoperiod affect low water potential tolerance during seed germination of the multipurpose exotic tree Prosopis juliflora. Journal of Arid Environments , 195 (2021) 104627 3. Mitterand tsombou T., A. El-Keblawy, E. A. Elsheikh, S. F. AbuQamar, and K. A. El-Tarabily (2021). "Allelopathic effects of native and exotic Prosopis congeners in Petri-dishes and potting soils: Assessment of the congeneric approach. Botany (in press). 4. Abdelaal M., I. A. Mashaly, D. S. Srour, M. A. Dakhil, M. A. El-Liethy, A. El-Keblawy, R. F. El-Barougy, M. W. A. Halmy, G. A. El-Sherbeny (2021). Phytoremediation Perspectives of Seven Aquatic Macrophytes for Removal of Heavy Metals from Polluted Drains in the Nile Delta of Egypt. Biology (in press). 5. Alami, A., Alachkar, A., Alasad, S., Alawadhi, M., Zhang, D., Aljaghoub, H., & El-Keblawy, A. (2021). Investigating Calotropis Procera natural dye extracts and PDOT: PSS hole transport material for dye-sensitized solar cells. Agronomy Research 19 ( DOI: 10.15159/AR.21.064) 6. Alzaabi, M. M., Hamdy, R., Ashmawy, N. S., Hamoda, A. M., Alkhayat, F., Khademi, N. N., Abo Al Joud, S. M, El-Keblawy, A. A. & Soliman, S. S. (2021). Flavonoids are promising safe therapy against COVID-19. Phytochemistry Reviews, 1-22 7. Ahmed M. El-Sawah, Ali El-Keblawy, Dina Fathi Ismail Ali, Heba M. Ibrahim, Mohamed A. El-Sheikh, Anket Sharma, Yousef Alhaj Hamoud, Hiba Shaghaleh, Marián Brestič, Milan Skalicky, You-Cai Xiong, Mohamed Sheteiwy (2021). Arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria enhance soil key enzymes, plant growth, seed yield, and qualitative attributes of guar. Agriculture 11(3):194 8. Dakhil, M.A.; El-Keblawy, A.; El-Sheikh, M.A.; Halmy, M.W.A.; Ksiksi, T.; Hassan, W.A. Global (2021). Invasion Risk Assessment of Prosopis juliflora at Biome Level: Does Soil Matter? Biology, 10(3), 203. 9. Dakhil, M. A., Halmy, M. W. A., Hassan, W. A., El-Keblawy, A., Pan, K., & Abdelaal, M. (2021). Endemic Juniperus Montane Species Facing Extinction Risk under Climate Change in Southwest China: Integrative Approach for Conservation Assessment and Prioritization. Biology, 10(1), 63 10. El-Keblawy, A., Aljasmi, M., Sanjay Gairola; Mosa, K. A. Abdul Hameed (2021). Provenance determines salinity tolerance and germination requirements of the multipurpose tree Prosopis juliflora seeds. Arid Land Research and Management. 11. Eman Humaid Alketbi Rania Hamdy Abdalla El‐Kabalawy Viktorija Juric Marc Pignitter Kareem A. Mosa Ahmed M. Almehdi, Ali A. ElKeblawy Sameh S. M. Soliman (2021). Lipid‐based therapies against SARS‐CoV‐2 infection. Reviews in Medical Virology (in press). 12. Soliman, S. S., Saeed, B. Q., Elseginy, S. A., Al-Marzooq, F., Ahmady, I. M., El-Keblawy, A. A., & Hamdy, R. (2021). Critical discovery and synthesis of novel antibacterial and resistance-modifying agents inspired by plant phytochemical defense mechanisms. Chemico-Biological Interactions, 333, 109318 13. Aljasmi, M., El-Keblawy, A., & Mosa, K. A. (2021). Abiotic factors controlling germination of the multipurpose invasive Prosopis pallida: towards afforestation of salt-affected lands in the subtropical arid Arabian desert. Tropical Ecology 62: 116-125
1. Distinguished Faculty award in Scientific Research, University of Sharjah, June 2014 2. Distinguished Faculty award in Scientific Research, University of Sharjah, June 2016
1. Coordinator, “Research Group entitled “Environmental and Chemical Biology (ECB 2. Coordinator, “for the collaborative activities between UoS and Both University of Barcelona and University of Malaga 3. Coordinator, for “Establishment of an Environmental Science Master Program in Science and Engineering 4. Editorial board of a. Associate Editor of BMC Ecology, BioMed Central (UK), Impact Factor = 2.9 ( b. Land Degradation and Development, Wily publication, Impact Factor = 9.8 ( c. Flora, ELSEVIER publication, Impact Factor = 1.13 d. "The Open Ecology Journal", Bentham Open Publisher.( e. Editorial board of "Journal of Biodiversity & Endangered Specis ", OMICS Group Publisher. ( 5. Provided several training programs in different field of ecology and environmental science for trainees from different organizations 6. Consultant for Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) in two projects in restoration of degraded lands in the Arab Gulf region 7. Consultant for Expo City, Dubai, for selecting and propagating indigenous plants for landscaping the city (Dec 2015 – Oct 2016) 8. Consultant for Abu Environmental Agency-Dhabi for selecting and propagating indigenous plants for landscaping Abu Dhabi streets (Feb 2010 – Oct 2011) 9. Participating with teams from the different Arab Country in compiling "Arab Encyclopedia of Life". This work is coordinated by the Bibliotheca Alexandrina for both United Nations and Arab League Council 10. Member in the scientific community of “King Saud University”, KSA. I reviewed several research proposals, books and proportion files for Associate and full professor degrees. 11. Consultant for Al-Nakheel Company, Qatar for providing them with seeds and technical support for the propagation of many desert native plants that could be used in urban landscaping. 12. Consultant for Al-Ain Wildlife Park and Resort for selecting and propagating indigenous plants for landscaping Al-Ain Wildlife Park and Resort (Feb 2010 – May 2011) 13. Consultant for Environmental and Protected Areas Authority - Sharjah, UAE, for building a database for future management of Wadi Al Helo Protected area (Feb 2010 – May 2011) 14. Consultant for Sharjah Academy of Science for establishment a seed bank and herbarium, in collaboration with Royal Botanical Garden (Kew), UK (May 2009 – April 2012) 15. Reviewing the "Environmental Impact Assessment" reports for Environmental Agency-Abu Dhabi (January 2007 –till now). 16. Reviewed the Vegetation Map of Abu Dhabi Emirate, which is one of the important deliverables of the Extensive Soil Survey of Abu Dhabi Emirate. The review was submitted to both International Center for BioSaline Agriculture (ICBA) and Environmental Agency Abu Dhabi 17. Prepared an "Environmental Impact Assessment" report for "the Proposed Gabel Ali Area, Dubai". 18. As a member of Education and Environmental Awareness Committee (EEAC), I shared in the preparation of the report of the third (final) stage of the “National Environmental Strategy and Environmental Action Plan” prepared by Federal Environmental Agency. During about 10 meetings with EEAC I provided them with proposals for some changes and modifications in the schools and university curricula to improve the environmental awareness of the students. 19. Collaborating with a team from different federal governmental sectors in the UAE in the implementation of Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative. I mainly working in the sector of Terrestrial Habitat and Land Resources. 20. Collaborating with Environmental Agency, Abu Dhabi in a project about "compiling environmental database about Abu Dhabi Emirates" (September 2005- till now).
I believe that my role as an instructor is to facilitate active learning and critical thinking by students, rather than hoping that they passively absorb my words and ideas. The students must be engaged, involved, and think to learn. To me, it seems most clear that students are ready to learn when they are actively asking questions about the subject matter. To accomplish this I usually give students assignments related to the subject of the next lecture. Reading the lecture materials in advance prepare students to answer and ask questions during the class. I also believe taht students must practice higher-level thinking skills, notably integration, analysis, and decision-making. These activities would always be best accomplished in biological sciences by letting and encouraging the student to collect data about a certain subject from field or other sources in the libraries. Typically, I follow this philosophy in teaching the selected Topics Courses (A & C) in Biotechnology). In addition, I usually go with students to field trips. Furthermore, engaging students in scientific research is always the outcome of practicing higher-level thinking skills. During my teaching career, I usually involve my students in doing applicable scientific research that could result in scientific publications. I helped several students in the UAE University, Windsor University (Canada) and Wayne State University (USA) to prepare the results of their research projects for publication in international journals or presentation in international conferences. During my work in the UAE University, Twelve undergraduate and 5 graduate students worked with me in several projects (funded and unfunded) and coauthored or presented 26 papers in peer-reviewed or national and international conferences. Currently, two undergraduate students of Biotechnology program, UoS, are working with me in two research projects Computers and electronic databases have become valuable tools in conducting science and searching the published literatures; thus, I would want students to become familiar with online sources of information. The ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing, is also an essential skill, which I always try to improve it through encouraging students to represent their research results to their peers. During the oral presentation, the students receive questions from their classmates and have to make good arguments and provide informed answers. Such presentations allow for healthy discussions that the majority of students find them stimulating. I also benefit from the new technology not only to simplify the information to the students through using computer-facilitated software (e.g., PowerPoint) and multimedia presentations to illustrate concepts, but also through making easier communications and providing them with various teaching materials through the use of the Blackboard. Given the extensive environmental challenges that our world faces, I believe that students must be concerned not only with global environmental problems, but also with regional and local environmental problems. As most Ecology text books use examples and case studies from environments other than the UAE, I always introduce local examples and case studies from the local environment of the UAE. In my teaching, I depend mainly on local case studies that make students link between what they learning from basic scientific principles with local environmental problems. This was the reason for executing two innovation projects to develop teaching tools for courses of Ecology and Environmental Sciences. In one project, I produced eight movies that demonstrate the local problems and case studies from the UAE. The movies covered topics such as Water Resources and Managements in the UAE, Soil Types and Vegetations of the UAE, Efforts of the UAE to Conserve Wildlife and Biodiversity (Sir Bani Yas as a Case Study), Afforestation in the UAE, Mangrove Swamps, Relationships between Organisms, Adaptation of Organisms to Desert Conditions, and Ecosystems in the UAE. In the second project, I led a team from different disciplines to integrate our knowledge in producing an interactive multimedia CD about the “Ecosystems of the UAE”. By these projects, we brought the field to the classroom; especially going to field trips is hard because of the harsh weather during most of the year in the UAE.
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