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Prof.Elsiddig Ahmed Elmustafa Elsheikh Academic Rank Professor


  • Environmental Microbiology

Research Interests:

  • 1. Isolation and characterization of microorganisms from extreme environmental conditions. 2. Biofertilizers and biopesticides. 3. Microbial degradation of pesticides (biodegradation of contaminants) 4. Microbe-plant interactions


-Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Soil Microbiology, Biofertilizers, University of Reading; Faculty of Science, England, 1989. -BSc honors degree, Class One, Agriculture, Soil Microbiology, University of Khartoum, Sudan, 1984.
-2020-Present, Full Professor, University of Sharjah, UAE. -2017-2020, Vice Chancellor, University of Sharjah, UAE. -2016-2017, Visiting Professor, Tottori University, Japan. -2011-2015, President, University of Khartoum, Sudan. -2011-2015, President, Association of Sudanese Universities, Sudan. -2005-2011, Deputy President, University of Khartoum, Sudan. -2001-2003, Academic Secretary, University of Khartoum, Sudan. -2000-2000, Visiting Professor, Reading University, England. -1999-2016, Full Professor, University of Khartoum, Sudan. -1999-1999, Visiting Professor, Padova University, Italy. -1995-1999, Associate Professor, University of Khartoum, Sudan. -1991-1994, Assistant Professor, University of Khartoum, Sudan. -1990-1994, Lecturer, University of Khartoum, Sudan. -1986-1989, PhD Student, Reading University, England. -1984-1986, Teaching Assistant, University of Khartoum, Sudan
-Vice Chancellor (Academics), University of Sharjah, UAE (2017-2020) -President, University of Khartoum, Sudan (2011-2015) -Professor, University of Tottori, Japan (2016-2017) -Expert in the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils, FAO, Italy (2013-2015) -Senior policy maker in Research, Teaching and learning in Universities Associations and Ministries of higher education -President of the Association of Sudanese Universities -Member of the Association of African, Arab, Islamic World and IGAD Universities -Chair of various university, community and government committees in Sudan, UAE and Japan. -External examiner to various universities UG, MSc and PhD programs and students -Visiting Professor in Tottori University, Japan, Reading University, England and Padova University, Italy
-Expert member of ITPS, the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils, FAO, Italy (2013-2015). -Member in editorial boards of many scientific journals.
-The Potential Use of Biodegradation in Cleaning Pesticides Highly Polluted environments -Environmental and Chemical Biology (ECB) group The mission of Environmental and Chemical Biology (ECB) group is to explore and produce novel understanding of desert ecosystem biodiversity, plant biological and physiological processes, demonstrate the significance of native plants and their role in combating desertification, economic importance of medicinal plants and ecological complexity of desert ecosystems to the scientific community and public. -The Potential Use of Biodegradation in Cleaning Pesticides Highly Polluted Soils Goal: Remediation of pesticides highly polluted soil on hots pots by cheap, sustainable practical and safe technique and to protect human health and the environment from the risk of pesticides pollution soil. -Biological nitrogen fixation to improve quality and quantity of seeds The project covers free living and symbiotic nitrogen fixation, isolation and characterization of rhizobia and other free living bacteria for effective nitrogen fixation. The main aim is to improve both quality and quantity of seeds under different biotic and abiotic environmental factors.
Elsheikh, E. A.E.; El-Keblawy, A.; Mosa, K.A.; Okoh, A.I.; Saadoun, I. (2021) Role of Endophytes and Rhizosphere Microbes in Promoting the Invasion of Exotic Plants in Arid and Semi-arid Areas: A Review. Sustainability, 13, in press. Mitterand T. F., El-Keblawy A., Elsheikh E. A. E., AbuQamar S.A. and El-Tarabily K. A. (2021) Allelopathic effects of native and exotic Prosopis congeners in Petri-dishes and potting soils: Assessment of the congeneric approach. Botany, 99 (10). Ishag, A. S. A, Azhari O. Abdelbagi, Ahmed M. A. Hammad, Elsiddig A. E. Elsheikh, Mohammed I.A. and J.-H. Hur (2020) Photodegradation of endosulfan and pendimethalin in sunlight. Pesticide Research Journal, 32, (1), 56–68. Ishag, A. S. A, Azhari O. Abdelbagi, Ahmed M. A. Hammad, Elsiddig A. E. Elsheikh, Mohammed I.A. and J.-H. Hur (2020) Molecular identification of indigenous bacteria isolated from pesticides heavily contaminated soils. African Journal of Biotechnology, 19(8):556-563. Yousif KMA, MA Abdalla, Elsiddig A. E. Elsheikh, EA Elhadi, N Yamanaka (2020), Short-term Effects of N-fixing Legumes on Some Properties of Calcareous Salt-affected Soils, Sudan Journal of Desertification Research 11 (1) 103-122. Elsaid O E., Abdelbagi A.O., Elsiddig A. E. Elsheikh and , Saliheen K.M.K. (2020) Study of Microbial Degradation of high Endosulfan Concentrations in Carbon Free Medium. SUST Journal of Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences, 12, (2), 1-9.
Supervision of Ph.D students  M. E. Abd Elgani: Nodulation, N fixation and seed quality of fenugreek (Trigonella foenumgraecum) as influenced by cultivar, Rhizobium strain, N fertilizer and micronutrients, 1997.  T. M. El Hassan: Effects of pesticides on nodulation, N fixation, yield and seed quality of faba bean, 1999.  S. Sir Elkhatim: Effect of intercropping and Rhizobium inoculation on soybean, 2001.  Z. Abd Elsamad: Selection of media from the local material for microbial growth, 2003.  K. A. Ibrahim: Effect of organic and inorganic fertilizers on nodulation, N fixation and seed, 2003.  Ahmed: Microbiological effect of sewage water in Khartoum State, Sudan, 2005.  N. Hammad: Antibiotics production from Streptomyces isolated from Sudanese soils, 2008.  M. Zein: Effect of cowpea/sorghum intercropping and Rhizobium on growth and seed quality, 2008.  E. O. Elsaid: Microbial degradation of endosulfan, 2009.  A Abdeen Recycling of dairy waste through composting and effective microorganisms, started 2019. Supervision of M.Sc. students  G. Osman: Effects of salinity and viral infection on growth and symbiotic properties of faba bean, 1993.  A.M. O. Mirghani: Effects of VA mycorrhizal fungi and root-knot nematode on tomato plants, 1994.  Hanan, A. Saeed: Effects of salinity on nodulation and nitrogen fixation of fenugreek, 1994.  A. Elzidany: Nodulation, N fixation and seed quality of Vicia faba as influenced by Rhizobium strain, chemical fertilizers and organic manure, 1995.  E. Elamin: Effects of vesicular-arbusicular mycorrhiza on controlling the Onion Yellow Dwarf Virus on onion plants, 1996.  E. Agabna: Effects of N, P, mycorrhiza and Rhizobium strain on N fixation and yield of chickpea (Cicer arietinum), 1996.  M. Zein: Effects of N, P, mycorrhiza and Rhizobium strain on N2 fixation and yield of groundnut (Arachis hypogaea), 1996.  Elsammani: Modeling the effect of salinity and mycorrhiza on nodulation and N fixation of Vicia faba, 1996.  N. Naseldein: Effect of Rhizobium inoculation, chicken manure and N fertilization on nodulation and dry matter yield of alfalfa, 1998.  K.A. Ibrahim: Varietal response of guar to Rhizobium inoculation: nodulation and seed quality, 1998.  E. I.A. Ahmed: Response of faba bean and maize to intercropping and Rhizobium inoculation, 1998.  N. Doleeb: Modelling the effects of microbial interactions on plant growth, 1999.  M. Issa: Pesticides resistant Rhizobium strains and their survival in soil, 2001.  Ali Abedelgadir: Interactive effects of Pyrenochaeta with VA mycorrhiza on onion, 2001.  A. Elsonny: Antibiotics resistance in rhizobia and their effect on soil aggregates, 2001.  G. Ghada: Modeling the effect of salinity on nodulation and N fixation of lablab bean, 2001.  T. Ali Mohammed: Effects of organic fertilizers and microbial biofertilizers on four crops grown in three types of soils, 2013.  E. Khalid: Atrazine degradation under different soil conditions, 2016 CO-Supervision of M.Sc. students  S. Yagoub: Effects of mycorrhiza and phosphorus on growth and symbiotic properties of faba bean under two watering regimes in heavy clay soil, 1996.  A. Fadul Effect of nutritional status of faba bean on proximate composition, anti-nutritional factors and in vitro protein digestibility, 1997.  R. Elsalahi: Effect of Rhizobium strains on yield, proximate analysis & seed quality of chickpea, 1999.  H. H. ElFeil Effect of nutritional status of faba bean on protein solubility profiles, 1999.  H. E. Eltayeb: Effect of N fixation on reducing Rhizoctonia infested faba bean, 2001.  A. Sheikhmusa: Effects of microorganisms and other amendments on reducing the harmful effect of potatoes infested with Rhizoctoia solani, 2007.
Various scholarships research, innovations, conferences, teaching and learning throughout the academic career awards e.g:  1980-1983 Granted scholarship for undergraduate studies.  1993 Best student prize in the University of Khartoum  1987-1990 Granted scholarship for graduate studies, UK  2004 Nominated for Martyr Al-Zubair Medal: A medal of science (first order), presented by the President of the Sudan, and it is awarded at the level of Sudanese scholars.  2004 Nominated for Martyr Al-Zubair Patent: A scientific patent bearing the name and abstracts.  2010 Best distinguished Research Award, University of Khartoum.  2013 Nominated for the Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award of the Year (China)
 Leading role in higher education institutions.  Visiting professor in many in many national and international universities.  Organized and delivered more than 50 Training workshops for university Presidents. Deans, Vice deans and Heads of Departments on leadership, management and strategic planning.  Invited Guest Editorial and Keynote speeches for many national and international conferences.  33 successfully supervised M.Sc. and Ph.D. who completed on time.  10 books in English and Arabic languages.  More than 50 technical papers and reports in higher education, environmental biotechnology and environment.  More than 100 refereed journal papers.  Referee for many Journals.
My past long experience in top leading academic posts, in different national and international higher education institutions, in addition to more than thirty five years of experience in fields of teaching, learning and research, provided to me the opportunity to lead, supervise and mentor colleagues to develop teaching and learning in many higher education institutes. Future prospective of universities, strategic thinking, integration of research in teaching and learning, improving and strengthening soft, technical and research skills to develop the required competencies in students, innovative methodologies in teaching and learning, smart teaching technologies are among the priority list to ensure smooth transformational change and to improve teaching and learning concepts. Students, faculty and stallholders are always part of my working team to participate, develop, implement and follow up of such strategies. In my classes, I use all possible, available and suitable teaching and learning methodologies to make sure that my students understand, able to apply and develop concepts into practical and real practices that suit local and/or worldwide environments. The ability of learners to improve, develop and create ideas and/or products and to connect that with their future carrier, are part of the core learning process. Thinking is one of the core concepts in teaching and learning. Once the student understood the information I try to develop all types of thinking e.g vertical, horizontal, critical to develop thinking skills and to transfer the student further to analysis, synthesis and creativity. I request students to ask questions and to give their feedback and responses to the material covered in the class and in the course. Consequently, I take such opportunity to inspire my students and I encourage a dialogue, to extract or develop concepts and to test their capability to suggest new ideas, application or a new line of product if possible. Future prospective, opportunities, possibility of developing a new private business and ethical issues are very important in our discussions. I engage students in my active and collaborative teaching during classes to develop their soft skills. There is a good opportunity for learners to share ideas, develop collaboration skills and learn from the various perspectives of their peers. Soft skills such as leadership, team building, good communication, critical thinking and work ethics are developed in students during my lectures through their assignments, tutorials, visits, groups, practical sessions, presentations, graduation projects, internship, research, feedback and exams. I usually assign projects for my students in microbiology, biotechnology and environment to develop their soft, technical and research skills using available resources World Wide Web and other Internet related resources.
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