Khalid Sedeek

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow


Selected Publications

  • Sedeek, K.E.M., Mahas, A. and Mahfouz, M. (2019) Plant Genome Engineering for Targeted Improvement of Crop Traits. Frontiers in Plant Science. 10:114. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2019.00114.
  • Sedeek, K.E.M. (2018) Plant Biotechnology Status in Egypt. In: Negm A.M., Abu-hashim M. (eds) Sustainability of Agricultural Environment in Egypt: Part I. The Handbook of Environmental Chemistry, vol 76. Springer, Cham.
  • Sedeek, K. E. M., Whittle, E., Guthorl, D., Shanklin, J., Grossniklaus. U., Schluter, P. M. (2016). Amino acid change in an orchid desaturase enables mimicry of the pollinator's sex pheromone. current biology 26, 1-7. doi:
  • Sedeek, K. E. M., Scopece, G., Staedler, Y.M., Schonenberger, J., Cozzolino, S., Schiestl, F. P., and Schluter, P. M. (2014). Genic rather than genome-wide differences between sexually deceptive Ophrys orchids with different pollinators. Molecular Ecology DOI: 10.1111/mec.12992.
  • Sedeek, K. E. M., Qi, W., Schauer, M. A., Gupta, A. K., Poveda, L., Xu, S., Liu, Z.-J., Grossniklaus, U., Schiestl, F. P., Schluter, P. M. (2013). Transcriptome and proteome data reveal candidate genes for pollinator attraction in sexually deceptive orchids. PLoS ONE 8(5): e64621.


  • Ph.D. Molecular Genetics, Zurich University, Zurich, Switzerland, 2015
  • M.Sc. Genetics, MAICh, Chania, Greece, 2011
  • Diploma. Plant Biotechnology, MAICh, Chania, Greece, 2010
  • Diploma. Biochemistry, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt, 2006
  • B.Sc. Chemistry, Sohag University, Sohag, Egypt, 2002

Professional Profile

2019 - present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

2018 - 2019: Consultant, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

2003 - 2018: Research Assistant, AGERI, Giza, Egypt


2011: SNF fellowship, Zurich, Switzerland

2008: CIHEAM Scholarship, Chania, Greece

Research Interests Keywords

Trageted Improvement of Crop Traits via CRISPR/Cas systems