Phone number: +971-2-810-9244

Dr. Ahmed F. Yousef joined the faculty of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering at Masdar Institute in June of 2013. He completed his Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Western Ontario in Canada in 2005 and 2009 respectively. The focus of his graduate work was transcriptional control as well as protein interactions, post-translational modifications and cellular networks.

In 2011, Dr. Yousef earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Richard Ivey School of Business in Canada, where his focus was entrepreneurship and the biotechnology sector. He trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California in Los Angeles between 2009 and 2010, where his focus was DNA replication and virology.  He has published papers in peer reviewed journals in a multitude of fields including bacteriology, virology, soil science, oncology and computer science.


Dr. Yousef’s research interests are:

  • Biotechnology
  • Virology
  • Microbiology


 Advisor to Current Masdar Institute Students:

  • Saad Asadullah Sharief

Dr. Yousef currently working on:

  • Engineer M13 bacteriophage with novel material binding and assembly characteristics:
    M13 bacteriophage is a virus that infects E. coli.  By inserting DNA sequences into its genome, it is possible to express polypeptide sequences on the surface of the virus.  Importantly, M13 has the ability to self-assemble into predictable structures under certain conditions.  These structures are organized at the nanometer scale and can serve as scaffolds for novel materials as viruses with the ability to bind various compounds and materials are engineered. 
    Our lab will use various approaches in order to first engineer viruses that form more complex structures with nanometer level organization, and second use these viruses to create novel materials that have applications in water desalination and power applications.