Ahmed Mahas

PhD Students


Selected Publications

  • Ahmed Mahas*, Rashid Aman*, and Magdy Mahfouz. "CRISPR-Cas13d mediates robust RNA virus interference in plants." Genome Biology 20.1 (2019): 1-16.
  • Rashid Aman, Ahmed Mahas, Haroon Butt, Zahir Ali, Fatimah Aljedaani and Magdy Mahfouz (2018). Engineering RNA virus interference via the CRISPR/Cas13 machinery in ArabidopsisViruses.2018 Dec 19; 10:732. doi: 10.3390/v10120732.
  • Rashid Aman, Zahir Ali, Haroon Butt, Ahmed Mahas, Fatimah Aljedaani, Muhammad Zuhaib Khan,   Shouwei Ding and Magdy Mahfouz (2018). RNA virus interference via CRISPR/Cas13a system in plants. Genome Biology2018 Jan 4; 19(1):1. doi: 10.1186/s13059-017-1381-1.
  • Ahmed Mahas,  Keerti Potluri,  Michael N. Kent, Sameep Naik , Michael Markey, Copy number variation in archival melanoma biopsies versus benign melanocytic lesions, Cancer Biomarkers, vol. 16, no. 4, pp. 575-597, (2016)
  • Keerti Potluri, Ahmed Mahas (equal contribution), Michael N. Kent, Sameep Naik , Michael Markey, Genomic DNA extraction methods using formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue, Analytical Biochemistry, vol 486, pp 17–23, (2015)


  • 2015: M.Sc., Biochemistry&Molecular Biology, Wright State University, United States.
  • 2009: B.Sc., Biology, King Khalid University, Saudi Arabia.

Professional Profile

  • 2015 - present: Lecturer, department of Biology, Jazan University, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2011- 2015: Teaching assistant, department of biology, Jazan University, Saudi Arabia.


  • ​2015: Graduate Student Excellence Award, Wright State University.
  • 2010: Honored with Appreciation Certificate for Distinction and Excellence, King Khalid University.

Research Interests Keywords

Molecular Virology CRISPR Diagnostics synthetic biology Genome engineering