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I am a Paleogeneticist, with more than 12 years’ experience researching population genetic history with specific expertise in ancient DNA retrieval and analyses from highly degraded remains of arid conditions. Currently, I am in my first independent, group leading position as a Lecturer in Forensic Sciences and Archaeology, with research affiliation at the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution and the School of Environment and Science, Griffith University. From 2020, I am on a balanced research/teaching position. Between October 2016 and till before the beginning of 2019, I was a postdoctoral research fellow with occasional teaching responsibilities. From 2009 till 2012, I worked full time as Director of the Ancient DNA Laboratory, Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, Egypt. I helped in the design, establishment and choice of equipment required for this laboratory. During my work at the aDNA replication lab in Egypt, I successfully led a team of four Research Assistants to run the research on the ancient molecular DNA extraction and amplification from ancient Egyptian archaeological human mummified remains. I started my PhD at Griffith University in 2012 and gained my degree in June 2016. My PhD thesis titled: “Ancient Egyptian Sacred Ibis Mummies: Evolutionary mitogenomics resolves the history of ancient farming”, where the research work involved extensive, independent ancient DNA research in collaboration with many diverse research groups. From October 2016, after the completion of my PhD, I re-joined the ancient DNA facility at Griffith University, as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow. I continued my research on a wide variety of ancient Aboriginal Australian, Papuan, and other high profile South-East Asian human remains. The remains I successfully managed to extract nuclear and mitochondrial genomes ranged in age from 1860BP to 95years old. I successfully retrieved complete nuclear genomes out of more than 60 ancient human remains. Six of these remains were published in Science (2018) about People of South East Asia (SEA), while another five were published in Science Advances about the repatriation of Aboriginal remains (2018). Most recently, I published additional ancient genomes from Flinders Island group in Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution (2020). Besides, I successfully secured a highly competitive Griffith University internal research grant to advance a dingo DNA capture technique to improve the DNA obtained from the ancient Australian dingo remains. As part of my current role as an independent researcher, I am supervising six honours students.


  • Member
    Environmental Futures Research Institute1 Jan 2018
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    ARCHE, Griffith University, ARCHE, Griffith University, Nathan, Australia1 Jan 2016 - 7 Aug 2019
  • Lecturer Level B
    Australian Research Centre For Human Evolution, Griffith University, Nathan, Australia8 Aug 2019


  • Lecturer
    Griffith University, Griffith University, Nathan, Australia8 Aug 2019


  • PhD
    Griffith University, Australia2 Aug 2012 - 20 Jul 2016
  • MSc
    The University of Manchester, United Kingdom1 Oct 2004 - 16 May 2005
  • BSc
    Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt3 Oct 1997 - 22 May 2002


  • Arabic
    Can read, write, speak, understand and peer review