Haitham Sayed is a molecular biotechnologist professional with more than 25 years’ experience in the molecular crops breeding, particularly in Barley. He holds Ph.D. in molecular breeding for fungal disease resistance in scald and powdery mildew, under the main title of “Identification of DNA markers for Selection of Disease Resistance Genes in Barley”. He has development his scientific carrier at (the International Centre for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas; ICARDA) from 1990-2007. During his work at ICARDA he has Carried out and led the work in genetic linkage mapping for qualitative and quantitative traits (QTLs), DNA marker Assisted Selection (MAS), Genetic Diversity (GD) in in barley and wheat. He has been worked at RISOE National Laboratory and KVL, Copenhagen, Denmark for more than one year as visiting scientist on mapping and QTLs in barley. He has been Established the biotechnology department in Aleppo University in Syria and He has been the head of Biotechnology department, Faculty of Technological Engineering, in Aleppo, Syria for three years (2005-2008). In the same time, he has worked as Prof. assistant form (2005-2016). He taught many courses such as (genetics, molecular genetics, molecular biology, molecular biotechnology, biodiversity, biosafety and bioinformatics). Also, he has supervised more than 15 Master and Ph.D. students. He has been vice-Director of Biotechnology Centre from 2014-2016, at Aleppo university, Syria. He published alone two books (Fundamental Genetics and Molecular Genetics). He was co-author in many other books (Vegetal cellular biology, Microbiology, Biodiversity and Genetic Researches conservation). He also participated as co-author in one chapter in the volume 2 of the book (Genomics applications in Crops) under the title of “Molecular Approaches and Breeding Strategies for Drought Tolerance in Barley” which is published in 2007. He joined the Institute of Molecular Cell and System Biology, Glasgow University, UK, in 2016 as a Researcher to work on Genome Editing using CRISPR/Cas9 techniques.
Molecular Biotechnology; My research has focused on DNA markers for selection of disease resistance genes in Barley. I am also interested in genetic mapping for qualitative and quantitative traits (QTL). I have also been involved in other research areas on genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9 techniques on Barley, Arabidopsis and Brassica.