Magdy S. Alabady
Assistant Research Scientist
Miller Plant Sciences, Rm 2101
Phone Number:  706-542-6503
Office/Lab:  Georgia Genomics Facility (GGF), Rm 155A
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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)]

Recent Publications: 
  • Barling A, Swaminathan K, Mitros T, James BT, Morris J, Ngamboma O, Hall MC, Kirkpatrick J, Alabady M, Spence AK, Hudson ME, Rokhsar DS, Moose SP: A detailed gene expression study of the Miscanthus genus reveals changes in the transcriptome associated with the rejuvenation of spring rhizomes. BMC Genomics 2013, 14:1–16.
  • Enusha Karunasena, Paresh C Kurkure, Russell D Lackey, Kevin W McMahon, Estevan P Kiernan, Suzanne Graham, Magdy S Alabady, David L Campos, Tootie Tatum and Mindy M Brashears (2013). Effects of the probiotic lactobacillus animalis in murine mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis infection. BMC Microbiology 2013, 13:8 doi:10.1186/1471-2180-13-8
  • Kruczek, C., Wachtel, M., Alabady, M., Payton, PR., Colmer‐Hamood, JA., and Hamood, AN (2012). Serum albumin alters the expression of Pseudomonas aeruginosa iron controlled genes. Microbiology, February 2012, 158:353-367
  • Swaminathan, K., Alabady, M., Varala, K., De Paoli, E., Ho, I., Rokhsar, D.S., Arumuganathan, A.K., Ming, R., Green, P.J., Meyers, B.C., Moose, S.P., Hudson, M.E. (2010).  Genomic and small RNA sequencing of Miscanthus x giganteus shows the utility of sorghum as a reference genome sequence for Andropogoneae grasses. Genome Biology, 11:R12
  • Osman, KM., Alabady, M., Ata, NSSM., Ezzeldin, NA., and Aly, MAK. (2010). Genotypic Characterization of Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolated from Human and Animal sources in Egypt. Zoonoses And Public Health, 57(5), 329-338
  • Alabady, M.S., Eunseog Youn, and Thea A Wilkins (2008) Double feature Selection and Cluster Analyses in Developing Cotton Fiber Microarray Data. BMC Genomics, 9:295
  • Xu Z, Kohel RJ, Song G, Cho J, Yu J, Koo P, Alabady M S, Chu J, Dong J, Zhu Y, Wilkins TA, Yu JZ (2008) Gene-rich islands for fiber development in the upland cotton genome. Genomics, 92(3): 173-183
  • Young-Hoon Park, Magdy S. Alabady, Brad Sickler, Thea A. Wilkins, John Yu, David M. Stelly, Russell J. Kohel, Osama M. El-Shihy, Roy G. Cantrell, Mauricio Ulloa (2005). Genetic Mapping of New Cotton Fiber Loci Using EST-derived Microsatellites in An Interspecific Recombinant Inbred Line (RIL) Cotton Population. Molecular Genetics and Genomics (MGG), 274(4): 428-441
  • 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,