Prof. Abu-Elmagd obtained his undergraduate degree and M.Sc. from Department of Zoology, Faculty of Science, Al-Minia University, Egypt in Developmental Biology. In 2002, he was awarded his PhD in Developmental Molecular Biology (Molecular Embryology) by the University of Nottingham, Institute of Genetics, School of Medicine. After that he took up a Senior Research Associate position at the School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK before joining Center of Excellence in Genomic Medicine Research (CEGMR), King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia as an Associate Professor in 2012. In 2019 Dr. Abu-Elmagd was appointed as a Professor.

Prof. Abu-Elmagd’s research focuses on the study of gene expression and regulation during early embryonic development with the aim of understanding the molecular mechanisms that control early developmental events. Prof. Abu-Elmagd is particularly interested in the analysis of genes that could play a dual role during the embryonic development as well as in regulating human diseases. Prof. Abu-Elmagd established the Functional and Developmental Genomics unit at CEGMR in which he applies different experimental approaches including in vivo and in vitro gain- and loss-of-function. Prof. Abu-Elmagd analyses his data using a wide range of advanced platforms including microarray, next generation sequencing, proteomics, flowcytometry and highly advanced cellular imaging.


Prof. Abu-Elmagd has numerous scientific achievements which have been featured outstanding publications ( Organised by CEGMR, Prof. Abu-Elmagd led the editorial board of the 2nd and 3rd International Genomic Medicine Conference (IGMC) in 2015 and 2016. Prof. Abu-Elmagd has established a prestigious open access journal (npj Genomic Medicine) in partnership with one of the world’s leading scientific publishers, Nature Publishing Group, and he is an editor of this journal. Prof. Abu-Elmagd is setting on two Nature Journal Management Committees (npj Genomic Medicine and npj Climate and Atmospheric Science). Prof. Abu-Elmagd served as a guest editor to BMC Genomics and currently is a guest editor to Frontiers in Genetics.