Mohamed Abd Allah Salem

Research Scientists

Research Scientist


Building 2, Room 3231-WS05

Research Interests

Metabolomics, the large scale metabolite analysis, is becoming an attractive tool for the (un)targeted analysis of metabolites in particularly in complex biological systems. One of our aims is to uncover the role of root and root exuded metabolites in plant–rhizosphere communication. My research interests include, but are not limited to metabolite profiling, food chemistry, devolvement of LC-MS analytical methods and isolation of natural products. My main current research focuses on the use of metabolomics approaches linked to chemometrics for better understanding of relation between plant metabolites and rhizosphere.

Selected Publications

  • Mohamed A. Salem, Jian You Wang and Salim Al-Babili. Mini Review: Metabolomics of plant root exudates: From sample preparation to data analysis. Frontiers in Plant Science, 13:1062982, 2022.
  • Mohamed A. Salem, Riham A. El-Shiekh, Nora M. Aborehab, Ahmed A. Al‐Karmalawy, Shahira M. Ezzat, Saleh Alseekh and Alisdair R. Fernie. Metabolomics driven analysis of Nigella sativa seeds identifies the impact of roasting on the chemical composition and immunomodulatory activity. Food Chemistry, 398, 133906, 2023.
  • Mohamed A. Salem, Takuya Yoshida, Leonardo Perez de Souza, Saleh Alseekh, Krzysztof Bajdzienko, Alisdair R. Fernie and Patrick Giavalisco. An improved extraction method enables the comprehensive analysis of lipids, proteins, metabolites and phytohormones from a single sample of leaf tissue under water-deficit stress. Plant Journal, 103, 2020.
  • Mohamed A. Salem, Yan Li, Krzysztof Bajdzienko, Joachim Fisahn, Mutsumi Watanabe, Rainer Hoefgen, Mark Aurel Schöttler and Patrick Giavalisco. RAPTOR controls developmental growth transitions by altering the hormonal and metabolic balance. Plant Physiology, 177(2):565-593, 2018.
  • Mohamed A. Salem, Yan Li, Andrew Wiszniewski and Patrick Giavalisco. Regulatory-Associated Protein of TOR (RAPTOR) alters the hormonal and metabolic composition of Arabidopsis seeds controlling seed longevity and germination potential. Plant Journal, 92, 525–545, 2017.


  • 2014-2018: PhD degree (Dr. rer. nat.) in Systems Biology from the University of Potsdam, and Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPIMP-Golm), Germany.
  • 2009-2012: Master’s degree of Pharmaceutical Sciences (M.Sc.) from Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt.
  • 2006-2011: Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences (B.Sc.), Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo university, Egypt.

Professional Profile

  • 2023- Current: Research Scientist, the Bioactives Lab, Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • 2021- 2022: Post-doctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology (MPIMP-Golm), Germany.
  • 2019- 2023: Lecturer and Researcher, Department of Pharmacognosy and Natural Products, Faculty of Pharmacy, Menoufia University, Egypt.
  • 2018-2019: Lecturer and Researcher, Pharmacognosy Department, Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University, Egypt.