Abdelali (Ali) Hannoufa, Ph.D.

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Research Scientist, Adjunct Professor

Research Scientist and Adjunct Professor in Genomics and Biotechnology

Current research and/or projects

  1. Discovery Research towards crop Improvement 

  2. Abiotic stress response in plants 

  3. RNAi Trap Plants for Horticulture 

  4. Novel Biological for Mitigation of Abiotic Stresses in Forage Legumes and Reduced Methane Emissions by Ruminants

  5. Development of IPM tools using genomic and ecological approaches for the control of insect pests in greenhouses 

  6. Improving productivity and persistence of alfalfa under extreme weather events 

Education and awards

Ph.D.  in Plant Molecular Biology, York University, 1996

M.Sc. in Plant Biochemistry, Concordia University, 1991

Key publications

  1. Subedi U, Burton Hughes K, Chen G, Hannoufa A, Singer SD (2022) Eliciting targeted mutations in Medicago sativa using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing: A potential tool for the improvement of disease resistance. In: Plant-Pathogen Interactions (Foroud N, Neilson J, eds). Springer, NY.

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  2. Gamalat Allam, Yousef Papadopoulos, Mark A. Bernards, Abdelali Hannoufa (2022) miR156/SPL network negatively regulates aluminum stress tolerance in Medicago sativa by targeting SPL13. 2022 Meeting of the Canadian Association for Plant Biotechnology, May 22-25, Quebec City, Quebec (oral presentation)

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  3. Vida Nasrollahi, Susanne E. Kohalmi, Abdelali Hannoufa (2022) SPL12 regulates nodulation under osmotic stress and nitrate sufficiency conditions by targeting AGL6 and AGL21 in Medicago sativa. 2022 Meeting of the Canadian Association for Plant Biotechnology, Quebec City, Quebec 2022/08/22 - 2022/08/25 (oral presentation).

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  4. Feyissa, B.A., Amyot, L., Nasrollahi, V., Papadopoulos, Y., Kohalmi, S.E., Hannoufa, A. (2021). Involvement of the miR156/SPL module in flooding response in Medicago sativa, 11(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-82450-7

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  5. Nasrollahi V, Kohalmi SE, Hannoufa A (2021) Characterization of SPL12 role in regulating root architecture, nodulation and nitrogen fixation in Medicago sativa. The Eastern Regional Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists. Carleton University, Nov 27 (virtual)

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  6. Dan-Dobre M, Karagiannis J, Hannoufa A (2021) Characterization of the role of SPL4 in the regulation of drought stress and trichome development in alfalfa. The Eastern Regional Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists. Careleton University, Nov 27 (virtual)

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  7. Dan-Dobre M, Karagiannis J, Hannoufa A (2021) Characterization of the role of SPL4 in trichome development and drought response in Medicago sativa. 11th Biennial Biology Graduate Research Forum, University of Western Ontario, Nov 5, 2021

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  8. Nasrollahi V, Kohalmi SE, Hannoufa A (2021) miR156-SPL12-AGL6 module regulates root architecture and nodulation in Medicago sativa (alfalfa). 11th Biennial Biology Graduate Research Forum, University of Western Ontario, Nov 5, 2021

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  9. Nasrollahi V., Kohalmi S., Hannoufa A. (2021) miR156/SPL12 modulates nodulation, nitrogen fixation and root regeneration in Medicago sativa by Silencing AGAMOUS-LIKE 6”. European Nitrogen Fixation Conference, Aarhus University, Denmark , October 8, 2021 (Virtual)

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  10. Allam G, Papadopoulos Y, Bernards BA, Hannoufa A (2021) miR156/SPL network negatively regulates aluminum stress tolerance in Medicago sativa. The 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists (virtual), Saskatoon, SK, June 7-10, 2021

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  11. Dan-Dobre M, Karagiannis J, Hannoufa A (2021) Characterization of SPL4 role in drought stress and trichome development in alfalfa. The 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists (virtual), Saskatoon, SK, June 7-10, 2021

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  12. Nasrollahi V, Kohalmi SE, Hannoufa A (2021) Characterization of SPL12 role in regulating root architecture, nodulation and nitrogen fixation in Medicago sativa (2021) The 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists (virtual), Saskatoon, SK, June 7-10, 2021

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  13. Nasrollahi V., Kohalmi S., Hannoufa A. (2021) Role of miR156/SPL in rot architecture and nodulation in Medicago sativa (alfalfa). Webinar on Plant Science and Genomics 2021 (WPSG 2021), April 29-30, 2021

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  14. Nambiar A, Hugh H., Hannoufa A (2021) A Genome-Wide Analysis and Molecular Characterization of SPL Transcription Factors in Alfalfa. Ontario Biology Day, McMaster University, March 20-21, 2021

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  15. Lei, Y., Hannoufa, A., Yu, P. (2020). Overexpression of miR156 and Silencing SPL6RNAi and SPL13RNAi Genes in Medicago sativa on the Changes of Carbohydrate Physiochemical, Fermentation, and Nutritional Profiles. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, [online] 68(49), 14540-14548. http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acs.jafc.0c02508

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  16. Arshad, M., Puri, A., Simkovich, A.J., Renaud, J., Gruber, M.Y., Marsolais, F., Hannoufa, A. (2020). Label-free quantitative proteomic analysis of alfalfa in response to microRNA156 under high temperature, 21(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12864-020-07161-1

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  17. Subedi U, Burton Hughes K, Dhariwal G, Kader K, Hannoufa A, Acharya S, Singer SD. Mutation of MsSPL8 alleles via CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing leads to superior abiotic stress resiliency and distinct morphological alterations in alfalfa. 1st International Electronic Conference on Plant Science, Dec. 1 – 15, 2020

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  18. Feyissa, B.A., Renaud, J., Nasrollahi, V., Kohalmi, S.E., Hannoufa, A. (2020). Transcriptome-IPMS analysis reveals a tissue-dependent miR156/SPL13 regulatory mechanism in alfalfa drought tolerance, 21(1), http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12864-020-07118-4

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  19. Hanly, A., Karagiannis, J., Lu, Q.S.M., Tian, L., Hannoufa, A. (2020). Characterization of the role of SPL9 in drought stress tolerance in medicago sativa, 21(17), 1-14. http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms21176003

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  20. Singer SD, Burton Hughes K, Dhariwal GK, Subedi U, Kader K, Hannoufa A, Acharya S. CRISPR/Cas9-mediated mutation of alfalfa SQUAMOSA PROMOTER-BINDING-LIKE8 alleles leads to distinct morphological alterations. Plant Biology Worldwide Summit 2020, virtual conference, July 27 – 31, 2020

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Research facility

1391 Sandford Street
London, ON N5V 4T3
Canada

Affiliations

Adjunct Professor – University of Western Ontario

Member – University of Saskatchewan, College of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Vice President – Canadian Association for Plant Biotechnology

Member, Canadian Society of Plant Biologists

Language

English