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Wahid Awad 

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Doctorate of Philosophy in Plant Breeding and Genetics

Soil and Crop Sciences department, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA.

Dissertation: Breeding and Genetics of drought tolerance in winter wheat.

Graduation: May 2015

Advisor: Dr. Patrick Byrne


Master of Science in Plant Biotechnology

Plant breeding department, Wageningen University and Research Center, Netherlands.

Thesis: Bioconversion Efficiency of maize stalks: Screening method and validation of candidate genes.


Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Sciences

International Agriculture Program, Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University, Egypt. Focus on plant breeding and agronomy.

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Areas of Expertise 

  • Hearing Diagnostics 

  • Drug Development

  • CRO

  • Preclinical trials 

  • Clinical Trials

  • Molecular Biology

  • Bioinformatics

  • Molecular Genetics,

  • Biotechnology

  • Plant Breeding

  • Agronomy

  • Crop Production

  • Statistics

  • Academic Teaching

  • Social media

  • Management 

  • International Relations

  • Communication

  • Advocacy

Professional Experience


Assistant Professor, Cairo University, Egypt


Director of Business Strategy and Alliances, CILcare, Paris, France


Business Development Manager, CILcare, Paris, France


Freelance Consultant in Business Development, Life Sciences, Paris, France


Postdoc Researcher at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research.

Summer 2014

Bayer CropScience, Lincoln, NE.

Summer Internship in the Hybrid Wheat Breeding Program 

Jun-Oct. 2010

Genetics institute and agronomy department, University of Florida. Gainesville, FL, USA.

Internship in Breeding and genetics of drought tolerance and biofuel.


Technogreen Group, Cairo, Egypt.

Technical support Engineer and business developer in the fields of seed testing, fertilizers, and irrigation.

Summer 2003

DuPont Pioneer Seed Company, Cairo, Egypt.

Internship in Seed Industry.

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Major Grants and Scholarsips

Language Skills

  • Arabic (Native proficiency)

  • English (Bilingual proficiency)

  • French (Advanced)

2010 - present

2010 - present


Awarded a scholarship from the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture, Agriculture Research and Development Fund (ARDF) to complete a PhD in plant breeding and genetics at Colorado State University, USA


Awarded a scholarship from the Netherlands fellowship program (NFP) to complete a Master degree in plant biotechnology at Wageningen University, Netherlands

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Tecnical Training

Fall 2014 (September 18-19)

Two days Science communication workshop delivered by COMPASS ( ) and sponsored by SoGES (School of Global Environmental Sustainability) at Colorado State University.

Spring 2008

New directions in learning course, Faculty and Leadership Development Center (FLDC), Cairo University, Egypt.

Spring 2008

Advanced methods in teaching course, Faculty and Leadership Development Center, Cairo University, Egypt.

Fall 2007

Practical Human Resources Diploma (PHRD) delivered by Team Mission Company and sponsored by the FGF (Future Generation Foundation), Cairo University, Egypt.

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Colorado State University


  • Plant Metabolism (BZ 642)

  • Soil-Plant-Water Relations/Water Stress (HORT 571)

  • Scientific Writing (SOCR 530)

  • Plant Breeding for Drought Tolerance - On-line (SOCR 570)

  • Research Proposal Development (SOCR 680A3)

  • Advanced Plant Breeding: Methods (SOCR 720A)

  • Advanced Plant Breeding: Tools (SOCR 720B)

  • Quantitative Inheritance in Plant Breeding (SOCR 725)

  • Plant Breeding Data Management (SOCR 731)

  • Plant Molecular Genetics (SOCR 740)

  • Supervised College Teaching (SOCR 784)

  • Design and Data Analysis for Researchers I (STAT 511)

  • Design and Data Analysis for Researchers II (STAT 512)

  • Independent Study (SOCR 795)

  • Seminar (SOCR 792)

Wageningen Universiteit en Researchcentrum


  • Bioinformation technology

  • Gene technology

  • Plant Biotechnology

  • Molecular aspects of biointeractions

  • Genomics

  • Modern Statistics

  • Breeding for resistance and quality

  • Quantitative and population genetics

  • Design of plant breeding programs

  • Intercultural communiction skills

  • Academic consultancy training

Technical Skills

Applied Research Skills


  • Experimental design and field layout

  • High throughput phenotyping and data analysis

  • Bioinformatics and genomics databases browsing

  • Molecular techniques including DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, qtPCR, Pyrosequencing

  • Biochemical screening methods for plant cell wall biomass

  • QTL and Association mapping analysis

Software Proficiencies


  • MS Office suite

  • WinRhizo root morphology analysis software

  • FileMaker Pro Database software

  • QTL Cartographer QTL analysis software

  • SAS Statistical computing software

  • JMP Pro Statistical computing software

  • GenStat Statistical computing software

Professional Membership

  • American Society of Agronomy

  • Crop Science Society of America

  • Soil Science Society of America

  • American Association of Plant Biologists

  • National Association of Plant Breeders, USA

  • ARABWAYS (Arab Association of Young Scientists) – Leading a project to improve collaboration between Ethiopia and Egypt to mitigate the effects of Ethiopia dams on Egyptian Agriculture.

  • Egyptian Society of Plant Breeding

  • Egyptian Society of Genetics

  • Euphytica Journal (reviewer)

  • Egypt Scholars’ 2020 Association (Non-profit organization based in the USA)