Ahmad Saleh



Ahmad Saleh, Ph.D., was born in Egypt. He received his B.Sc. degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from Ain Shams University, Egypt, 2002, from which he also received his M.Sc. degree in Microbiology in 2008. In 2015, he received his Ph.D. degree from INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, Québec, Canada. During his PhD, he got numerous awards and distinctions, the most remarkable of which is the Vanier-Canada Graduate Scholarship. Directly after his PhD, he received one-year postdoctoral position at INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier. In 2015, he joined the faculty, as assistant professor, at the department of Microbiology, School of Pharmacy, Ain Shams University, Egypt. Since February 2017, he joined the lab of Prof. Gregory Stephanopoulos as a postdoctoral fellow. During his faculty position, he participated in academic teaching of General, Industrial, Pharmaceutical and Medical Microbiology courses for both under- and post-graduate students (website: http://abdel-mawgoud.com/moodle/). His favorable sports are Volleyball, table tennis and swimming. He likes adventurous trips exploring the wonders of nature.

Ahmad’s broad research interest is in microbial biotechnology which he defines as the employment and/or improvement of microorganisms for the well-being of macro-organisms, particularly humans, and their surrounding environments. His specific interest is on the microbial lipids and the lipid derivatives: biosurfactants. During his M.Sc., he worked on the optimization of production of the biosurfactants: rhamnolipids and surfactin. During his Ph.D., he deciphered the metabolic origin of the lipid precursors required for biosynthesis of rhamnolipids biosurfactants in Pseudomonas aeruginosa. His current focus is on engineering microorganisms for glycolipids production in a sustainable and less costly manner using synthetic biology.

Email: ahmadsal (at) mit (dot) edu



Abdel-Mawgoud, AM; Lépine, F; Déziel, E. “A stereospecific pathway diverts β-oxidation intermediates to the biosynthesis of rhamnolipid biosurfactants”. Chemistry and Biology: 21: 156-164.

Abdel-Mawgoud, AM; Lépine, F; Déziel, E. “A chiral high performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry method for the stereospecific analysis of enoyl-Coenzyme A hydratases/isomerases”. Journal of Chromatography A: 1306: 37-43.

Rikalovic, MG; Abdel-Mawgoud, AM; Déziel, Eric; Gojgic-Cvijovic, GD; Nestorovic, Z; Vrvic, MM; Karadzic, IM. “Comparative analysis of rhamnolipids from novel environmental isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa”. Journal of Surfactants and Detergents: 16 (5): 673-682.

Abdel-Mawgoud, AM; Aboulwafa, MM; Hassouna, NA-H (2009). “Characterization of rhamnolipid produced by Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolate BS20.” Appl. Biochem. Biotechnol. 157 (2):329-345.

Abdel-Mawgoud, AM; Aboulwafa, MM; Hassouna, NA-H (2008). “Characterization of surfactin produced by Bacillus subtilis isolate BS5.” Appl. Biochem. Biotechnol. 150 (3):289-303.

Abdel-Mawgoud, AM; Aboulwafa, MM; Hassouna, NA-H (2008). “Optimization of surfactin production by Bacillus subtilis isolate BS5.” Appl. Biochem. Biotechnol. 150 (3):305-325.

Abdel-Mawgoud, AM; Aboulwafa,MM; Hassouna, NA-H (2007). “Microbial production of surfactants: Screening and identification of two promising isolates and their biosurfactants.” Egypt. J. Biotechnol. 27:166-185.

Abdel-Mawgoud, AM; Lépine, F; Déziel, E (2015) “Modulation of the beta-oxidation pathway in the control of rhamnolipid production” In: INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier, Q., (Ed.), Canada. Deposited in USPTO, USA, Priority Data: 61/915,049 (12.12.2013), Int. Appl. No.: PCT/CA2014/051060, Int. filing date: 05.11.2014 Pub. No.: WO/2015/085411, Pub. Date: 18.06.2015

Abdel-Mawgoud, AM; Lépine, F; Déziel, E (2014) “Liquid Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry for the Identification and Quantification of Rhamnolipids” In: Alain Filloux and Juan Luis Ramos (Editors) Methods in Pseudomonas aeruginosa – Methods in Molecular Biology, Springer New York,  Vol 1149. p 359-373.

Abdel-Mawgoud, AM; Hausmann, R; Lépine, F; Müller, MM; Déziel, E (2011) “Rhamnolipids: Detection, analysis, biosynthesis, genetic regulation & bioengineering of production.” pp 13-55. In: Gloria Soberón-Chávez (vol. editor), Alexander Steinbüchel (series editor) Biosurfactants: From Genes to Applications – Microbiology Monographs 20, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp 280.

Abdel-Mawgoud, AM; Lépine, F; Déziel, E (2010) MINI-REVIEW: Rhamnolipids: diversity of structures, microbial origins, and roles. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. 86 (5): 1323-1336