Magdy S. Alabady
Assistant Research Scientist
Office: 
Miller Plant Sciences, Rm 3510
Phone Number:  706-503-0442
Fax: 
706-542-1805
Office/Lab:  Georgia Genomics Facility (GGF), Rm 155A
Phone Number: 
706-542-6877
Education: 

Ph.D. Plant Functional Genomics, Cairo University-Egypt & University of California-Davis 2007

M.S. Plant Molecular Genetics, Cairo University-Egypt 2001

B.S. Botany and Chemistry, Mansourah University-Egypt 1994

Research Projects: 

A) Background and Interest
My research background is in plant functional genomics and epigenetics. I am interested in a combination of genomic approaches, mainly ultra-throughput sequencing, expression profiling, and computational biology, to understand the regulatory mechanisms of gene expression and genome organization in both developmental and reproductive contexts. I have a particular interest in the small RNA biology and its role in regulating genomes and gene expression, and the subsequent effect on development. By using non-classical plant species, I am interested in the discovery of novel classes of sRNA with novel modes of action, which I speculate exist based on the reported complex sRNA transcriptomes in various species.

B) Current Research Projects
1. Characterizing of small RNA regulatory networks in the biofuel crop candidates, Miscanthus and Panicum, and the role of these networks in regulating biomass deposition. [Collaborator: Matthew Hudson, Uni. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign]

2. Sequencing and characterizing of the mRNA and small RNA transcriptomes of Sipha flava (yellow sugarcane aphid) and investigating of the role of Miscanthus small RNA in response to Sipha flava infestation. [Collaborators: Jarred Presfika (USDA, Fargo, ND), Jeff Bradshaw (Uni. Nebraska-Lincoln), and Pallipparambil Godshen (Uni. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)]

3. Developing of novel Ultra-throughput sequencing protocol to sequence and assemble the plant gene space. [Collaborators: C J Tasi and Roger Nelson (Uni. Of Georgia-Athens)]

Affiliations: 
  • SigmaXi , Former President of UIUC chapter
  • AAAs/Science,
  • American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB),
  • International Cotton Genome Initiatives (ICGI),
  • Bioclues, Roskilde University, Greater Copenhagen, Denmark,