Magdy S. Alabady
Assistant Research Scientist
Miller Plant Sciences, Rm 2101
Phone Number:  706-542-6503
Office/Lab:  Miller Plant Sciences, Rm 4505 & GGF Rm 155A
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  • Ph.D. Plant Functional Genomics, Cairo University-Egypt
  • M.S. Plant Molecular Genetics, Cairo University-Egypt 2001
  • B.S. Botany and Chemistry, Mansourah University-Egypt 1994
Research Projects: 

     The focus of my research is to identify and understand the role of intermediate RNA regulatory networks in the development of plant cells and their interactions with other species. We use transcriptomics data and computational biology to decipher RNA regulatory networks at three levels: plant single-cell, conserved regulatory networks across plant species and trans-kingdom cross-talk. My research includes large scale experiments and data mining. My computational analysis approache integrate 1) mRNA expression, 2) sRNA expression (miRNA, siRNA), 3) lncRNA expression, 4) sRNA—mRNA interactions, 5) sRNA—lncRNA interactions, 5) lncRNA—mRNA interactions, and 6) sRNA-directed cleaved mRNA accumulations. The general strategies are to correlate RNA networks in space and time to interpret function, and to use cross-species comparisons to identify conserved and co-evolved regulatory networks.

Recent Publications: 


  1. Reynolds D, Hofmeister BT, Cliffe L, Alabady M, Siegel TN, Schmitz RJ, et al. (2016) Histone H3 Variant Regulates RNA Polymerase II Transcription Termination and Dual Strand Transcription of siRNA Loci in Trypanosoma brucei. PLoS Genet 12(1): e1005758. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1005758


  1. Alabady MS, Rogers WL, Malmberg RL (2015) Development of Transcriptomic Markers for Population Analysis Using Restriction Site Associated RNA Sequencing (RARseq). PLoS ONE 10(8): e0134855. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.013485
  2. Liang-Jiao Xue, Magdy S. Alabady, Mohammad Mohebbi, Chung-Jui Tsai: Exploiting genome variation to improve next-generation sequencing data analysis and genome editing efficiency in Populus tremula × alba 717-1B4. Tree Genetics & Genomes 07/2015; 11:82. DOI:10.1007/s11295-015-0907-5
  • Assistant Research Scientist, Georgia Genomics Facility (GGF)

  • Bioinformatics consultant with the Quantitative Biology Consulting Group (QBCG), Institute of Bioinformatics (IOB), UGA 

  • Faculty member of the Plant Center, UGA

  • Faculty member of the Bioenergy Sceiences Research Institute (BSRI), UGA

  • Faculty associate with the center for Archaeological Sciences (CAS), UGA

  • AAAs/Science

  • American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB)