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Hussein Mohamed, Ph.D.

Hussein Mohamed, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology

Peeples Hall
Room 218
650 College Dr. Dalton, GA 30720

Office Hours

  • M:  12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • W:  12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • TH: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m.



  • Ph.D. in Botany (Plant Biology), 1992. University of Alexandria, Egypt in conjunction with Eberhard Karls University, Tübingen, Germany
  • M.Sc. in Botany (Plant Biology), 1986. University of Alexandria, Egypt
  • B.Sc. in Biology - Botany, 1981. University of Alexandria, Egypt


A  Professor of Biology at Dalton State College in Dalton, GA. I received a Ph.D. in Plant Biotechnology (1992) from Alexandria University (Egypt) in conjunction with Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen (Germany); an M.Sc. in Plant Ecology (1986) and a B.Sc. in Botany (1981) from Alexandria University, Egypt. Since 1981 I have been a faculty member, researcher, student advisor, and postdoc in different universities in Egypt, the U.K.; the Netherlands; Austria; Germany; and the U.S.A.

I joined Dalton State in 2014, teaching general biology, botany, environmental studies, and bioremediation. My research is highly diverse and focuses on plant-habitat interactions, in particular, the ecology of plants in extreme environments. My research is employing innovative combinations of laboratory, field, and theoretical approaches to select the suitable phytoremediation technique to clean up the contaminated ecosystems on spatial and temporal scales. My research extends to assess the influence of anthropogenic perturbations such as urbanization or agricultural and industrial pollution on plant diversity in natural ecosystems and identify the molecular and biochemical mechanisms responsible for plant coexistence with the surrounding environment. 


Academic Advisor

Course Name/Overview

Course Name Course Overview
BIOL 1107 Principles of Biology I Hussein Mohamed_BIOL 1107_Principles of Biology I-SU 17 Syllabus.pdf
BIOL 1108 Principles of Biology II
BIOL 3510 - Plant Biology Hussein Mohamed_BIOL 3510 Plant Biology SP 17 Syllabus.pdf
BIOL 1203 Principles of Botany Hussein Mohamed_BIOL 1203 Principles of Botany SP 17 Syllabus.pdf
BIOL 3500 Ecology BIOL 3500 Ecology SU 17 Syllabus_Hussein Mohamed1.pdf
BIOL 1105 Environmental Studies


  • Dalton State Foundation. Campus Enrichment Grant. 2017.
  • STEM IV: Course-embedded Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) Grant Program. 2021.
    • Project Title: Selection of Salt and Drought Tolerant Cell Lines of Trifolium repens L. (white clover) using Tissue Culture Techniques
  • STEM IV: Course-embedded Undergraduate Research Experiences (CURE) Grant Program. 2021.
    • Project Title: Phytoremediation Of Arsenic By Vetiveria Zizanioides In A Hydroponic System.

More About Me

Research Projects/Professional Experience

  • A novel phytoremediation method using vetiver grass to clean up lead-based paint-contaminated soils. Funded by US Department of Housing and Urban Development and University of Texas at San Antonio.
  • Optimization of plant-microbial treatment systems for the phytoremediation of PAH-contaminated soils and sediments. Funded by Electric Power Research Institute, Inc (EPRI) and University of California at Berkeley.
  • Environmental acceptability of the integrated on-farm drainage management system (IFDM). Funded by California State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality and University of California at Berkeley.
  • Phytoremediation of Organomercurials Compounds via Chloroplast Genetic Engineering. Collaborative research project between Department of Plant and microbial biology (Berkeley, CA) and Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, University of Central Florida (Orlando, Florida). The outstanding achievement of this study is, for the first time, the successful overexpansion of bacterial genes into the chloroplasts genome of tobacco plants.
  • Plant-growth promoting bacteria (PGPR) Pseudomonas to improve polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) phytoremediation. Funded by U.S. Civilian Research & Development Foundation (CRDF) and University of California at Berkeley.
  • Development of Plant-Microbe Interactions for the Phytoremediation of Heavy Metals in Contaminated Environments. Funded by NSF (USA)-Egypt Joint Science and Technology Board and University of California at Berkeley.
  • Fate of selenium in constructed wetlands treating agricultural drainage water: Role of sediment Se deposition and Se volatilization. Funded by UC Center for water resources and UC Salinity/Drainage Program and University of California at Berkeley.
  • Socio-Economic Dimension of Environmental Degradation in Rural Areas of Lower Egypt. Funded by Egyptian MAB National Committee (UNESCO National Commission), the Ford Foundation-USA.
  • Systems research for integrated resource management and land use analysis in Mediterranean Coastal Desert of Egypt. Funded by: The Center of Agrobiological Research (CABO), Wageningen, Netherlands.
  • Regional Environmental Management of Desert Ecosystems of Northern Egypt. Funded by Egyptian Academy of Science and Technology, UNESCO, US/Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
  • Research coordinator: Regional Environmental Management of Mediterranean Desert Ecosystems of Northern Egypt (REMDENE) Project. Sponsored by USA/EPA, Ford Foundation, Egyptian Academy of Science, and UNESCO/MAB Program.
  • Research Coordinator: Production Levels and Land-Use Planning of the Western Mediterranean Region of Egypt, Sponsored by the Center for Agrobiological Research (CABO), The Netherlands.
  • Research Coordinator: Ecological and Socio-Economic Aspects of Wood Cutting and Grazing in Mariut Rangeland, Sponsored by Ford Foundation.
  • Environmental Consultants & Operative Studies Group, ECOS–Group, Egypt.
  • Research coordinator: The socio-economic dimension of environmental degradation of the rural areas of Egypt. Sponsored by MAP Program.
  • Established tissue culture laboratory, Department of Botany, Alexandria – Egypt.
  • Authorized user. Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL), X-ray absorption spectroscopy.
  • Languages: English, Arabic, German.

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Plant Biologists.
  • Botanical Society of America.
  • Ecological Society of America.
  • Egyptian Botanical Association


Sultan Qabous Prize for environmental Protection. The Bureau of the International Coordinating Council of the Program on Man And Biosphere (MAB), UNESCO. 1997