Dr. Lina F Yousef attained her BSc and MSc degrees in Biology from the Western University in 2002 and 2005 respectively, and a PhD in Soil Science from Ohio State University in 2010. She first joined Masdar Institute in September 2010 as a scientist with the Sustainable Bioenergy Research Consortium (http://sbrc.labs.masdar.ac.ae/iseas/concept-page/). Her assignment then was to identify and mitigate risks associated with establishment of seawater-based agricultural systems in Abu Dhabi for bioenergy crop cultivation. She became an Assistant Professor in Water and Environmental Engineering in July 2011 and spent a year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as part of the MI-MIT technology and development program. 

In 2013 Dr. Yousef established the sustainable soil and environmental microbiology lab (www.s2em-lab.com) at Masdar Institute.  Her research experiences are in plant pathology, biologically active natural products, and soil biochemistry. Her current research interests are in fungal enzymes for bioenergy applications and the development of low cost technologies for improvement of soil properties.  

Courses / Teaching interest:

  • WEE520 – Microbiology for Environmental and Bioprocess Engineering (Spring semester)
  • WEE615 - Soil investigations: chemistry and biology as matrices of soil quality (Spring semester)

Advisor to Current Masdar Institute Students:

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Research Projects:

  • Soilborne fungi and their enzymes - focus on cellulases
  • Restoration tools for degraded and/or poor  quality soils – focus on biochar use waste to value-added products for soil application – focus on water retention

For more information visit www.s2em-lab.com


  • Alsheikh-Hussain A., Al Tenaiji E., Yousef L.F. (2014). Fungal cellulases from mangrove forests – a short review. Journal of Biochemical Technology 5, (in press)  (http://www.jbiochemtech.com/index.php/jbt/article/view/JBT5310/pdf_196)
  • Al Yamani W., Kennedy S., Sgouridis S., and Yousef L.F. (2013). A Land Suitability study for the sustainable cultivation of the halophyte Salicornia bigelovii: the Case of Abu Dhabi, UAE. Arid Land Research and Management 7, 349-360.
  • Yousef L.F., Wojno M.,Dick W.A., Dick, R.P. (2012). Lipid profiling of the soybean pathogen Phytophthora sojae using Fatty Acid Methyl Esters (FAME). Fungal Biology 116, 613-619.