Bld. 2, Lev. 4, Office 4272
Fouad got his Ph.D. in Cellular Biology (Lyon I - France). He joined Prof. Enid MacRobbie’s Biophysics Lab. (Dept. of Plant Sciences, Cambridge, UK), where he initiated the use of the patch clamp technique to study membrane ion transport mechanisms in response to the plant drought hormone (abscisic acid or aba) in guard cells. Some of his most significant contributions were to discover a signaling pathway involving inositol hexakisphosphate (InsP6) as a second messenger downstream of aba and evoking release of Calcium from the tonoplast. He is also known for his work on Cyclic Nucleotide-Gated Channels in plants and their involvement, along with Ca2+/Calmodulin and Nitric Oxide, in the early signaling defense mechanisms. Fouad is also interested by neuronal functions and synaptic plasticity mechanisms.
My role within the Center for Desert Agriculture will be to work in parallel with the Salt lab members, to investigate the molecular and functional strategies used by plants to adapt and thrive in extreme weather and soil conditions. I will be using electrophysiology and Calcium imaging techniques either ‘in planta’ or ‘in heterologous expression systems’ (e.g., Xenopus Oocytes and/or Mammalian cells such as HEK293, CHO cells…etc.).