Hannoufa, Abdelali, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, functional genomics, secondary metabolism and metabolic engineering


Contact Information:

1391 Sandford Street
London, Ontario N5V 4T3
Telephone: 519-457-1470 Ext 638
Fax: 516-457-3997
Email: abdelali.hannoufa@agr.gc.ca

Areas of Expertise:

  • plant molecular biology
  • Discovery research in plant secondary metabolism
  • Development of crops with improved profiles of major seed secondary metabolites
  • Introduction of metabolic improvements towards developing novel high value crops optimized for niche market applications
  • Functional genomics of plant cell wall biosynthesis
  • Epigenetics, regulation of gene expression and transgene technologies

Current Projects:

  • Stress-tolerant plants through epigenetic modifications
  • Cellulosic Biofuel Network
  • Designining oilseeds for tomorrow's markets
  • Generating Brassica innovation from Arabidopsis

Affiliations:

  • Adjunct Research Professor, Department of Biology, University of Western Ontario
  • Member, Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists
  • Member, International Carotenoid Society

Research Publications:

The links below lead to abstracts with access to full text.

2014

  • Wang, Y., Wang, Z., Amyot, L., Tian, L.-N., Xu, Z., Gruber, M.Y., and Hannoufa, A. (2014). "Ectopic expression of miR156 represses nodulation and causes morphological and developmental changes in Lotus japonicus.", Molecular Genetics and Genomics. doi : 10.1007/s00438-014-0931-4

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Other Science Related Publications:

2014

  • Gruber, M.Y., Hannoufa, A., Aung, B., Wang, Y., Amyot, L., Yu, M., and Wei, S. (2014). "miR156 is a Key to Improving Biomass Yield in Alfalfa.", 2014 Plant and Animal Genomics Conference, San Diego, CA, USA. (Presentation)
  • Hannoufa, A., Aung, B., Wang, Y., Amyot, L., Wei, S., and Gruber, M.Y. (2014). "MicroRNA156 regulates yield in Arabidopsis and alfalfa.", Keystone Stone Symposium: RNA Silencing, Seattle WA, USA. (Poster)

2013

  • Aung, A., Gruber, M.Y., Amyot, L., Keyghobadi, N., and Hannoufa, A. (2013). "Functional characterization of microRNA156 in Medicago sativa.", Biology Graduate Students Forum, Western University, London, ON, Canada, October 19, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Aung, B., Gruber, M.Y., Amyot, L., Keyghobadi, N., and Hannoufa, A. (2013). "Overexpression of microRNA156 leads to enhanced forage yield in alfalfa.", 2013 Eastern Regional Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists, Mississauga, ON, Canada, December 6-7, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Ben Abdallah, S., Amyot, L., Lachâal, M., Karray Bouraoui, N., and Hannoufa, A. (2013). "Salt stress affects accumulation of flavonoids and carotenoids in Solanum nigrum.", Biology Graduate Students Forum, Western University, London, ON, Canada, October 19, 2013. (Poster)
  • Emami Meybodi, D. and Hannoufa, A. (2013). "Establishing the link between miR156/SPL15 and carotenoid accumulation in Arabidopsis.", 2013 Eastern Regional Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists, Mississauga, ON, Canada, December 6-7, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Hannoufa, A. (2013). "Reducing levels of antinutritional factors in camelina seed.", Presented via videoconference to Linnaeus Plant Sciences, London (ON)-Saskatoon (SK), Canada, September 26, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Hannoufa, A. and Gruber, M.Y. (2013). "MicroRNA156-SPL gene network regulates biomass yield in alfalfa.", Forage Genetics International, London, ON, Canada, September 19, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Hannoufa, A., Wang, Y., Aung, A., and Amyot, L. (2013). "Unraveling the function of microRNA156 in plants.", The 2013 Canadian Plant Genomics Workshop, Halifax, NS, Canada, August 12-15, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Hannoufa, A., Yu, B., Gruber, M.Y., Reynolds, B.L., Haughn, G.W., and Gilchrist, E.J. (2013). "Enhancing the carotenoid profile of canola seeds.", 2013 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists, Quebec City, QC, Canada, June 26-28, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Lakshminarayan, S., Bernards, M.A., Tian, L.-N., Qubbaj, T., and Hannoufa, A. (2013). "Analysis of Arabidopsis plants overexpressingcarotenoid cleavage dioxygenases for volatile emissions and insect resistance.", 2013 Eastern Regional Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists, Mississauga, ON, Canada, December 6-7, 2013. (Presentation)
  • Wang, Y., Amyot, L., Xu, Z., Tian, L.-N., and Hannoufa, A. (2013). "MicroRNA156 regulates plant development and nodulation in Lotus japonicus.", 2013 Eastern Regional Meeting of the Canadian Society of Plant Biologists, Mississauga, ON, Canada, December 6-7, 2013. (Poster)

2012

  • Aung, B., Amyot, L., Keyghobadi, N., and Hannoufa, A. (2012). "Characterization and Target Validation of miR156 in Medicago sativa.", Canadian Society of Plant Biologists (CSPB) Eastern Regional Meeting and Plant Development Workshop, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada, November 30- December 1, 2012.
  • Cáceres, L.A., McGarvey, B.D., Scott, I.M., Sumarah, M.W., and Hannoufa, A. (2012). "Apocarotenoid emission study in wild type and transgenic Arabidopsis plants over-expressing CCD-1 and their feeding effects against cabbage loopers.", 51st Phytochemical Society of North America (PSNA) Annual Meeting, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada, August 11-15, 2012.
  • Emami Meybodi, D., Percival-Smith, A., and Hannoufa, A. (2012). "Uncovering the molecular link between miR156 and carotenoid accumulation in Arabidopsis thaliana.", Canadian Society of Plant Biologists (CSPB) Eastern Regional Meeting and Plant Development Workshop, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada, November 30- December 1, 2012.
  • Gruber, M.Y., Wei, S., Li, X., Yu, B., Kadoor, R., Mahmoudi, H., Ben Salah, I., Yu, M., Holowachuk, J., Nayidu, N., Taheri, A., Bonham-Smith, P.C., and Hannoufa, A. (2012). "New Mechanisms and Applications for Plant Secondary Metabolites and non-glandular Trichomes.", Plant Canada 2012 (joint meeting of the Canadian Society of Agronomy (CSA), Canadian Society for Horticultural Science (CSHS), Certified Crop Advisors (CCA), North American Fruit Explorers (NAFEX)): Adapting Crops to Change, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada, July 16-19, 2012.
  • Hannoufa, A., Wang, Y., Gruber, M.Y., Wei, S., and Amyot, L. (2012). "MicroRNA156 regulates secondary metabolism and plant architecture.", 8th International Symposium on Biocatalysis and Agricultural Biotechnology, Sanoma Valley, CA, USA, October 28-31, 2012.
  • Lakshminarayan, S., Wei, S., Gruber, M.Y., Bernards, M.A., Tian, L.-N., Qubbaj, T., and Hannoufa, A. (2012). "Role of carotenoid cleavage dioxygenases in volatile emissions and insect resistance in Arabidopsis.", 3rd Annual Biology Graduate Research Forum 2012, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada, October 20, 2012.
  • Lakshminarayan, S., Wei, S., Gruber, M.Y., Bernards, M.A., Tian, L.-N., Qubbaj, T., and Hannoufa, A. (2012). "Role of carotenoid cleavage dioxygenases in volatile emissions and insect resistance in Arabidopsis.", Canadian Society of Plant Biologists (CSPB) Eastern Regional Meeting and Plant Development Workshop, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, ON, Canada, November 30- December 1, 2012.
  • Lakshminarayan, S., Wei, S., Gruber, M.Y., Bernards, M.A., and Hannoufa, A. (2012). "Role of Carotenoid Cleavage Dioxygenases in Volatile Emissions and Insect Resistance in Arabidopsis thaliana .", 51st Phytochemical Society of North America (PSNA) Annual Meeting, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada, August 11-15, 2012.
  • Wang, Y., Amyot, L., Xu, Z., Tian, L.-N., and Hannoufa, A. (2012). "Role of two RNA-binding proteins in carotenoid and chlorophyll biosynthesis and stress adaptation.", 8th Canadian Plant Biotechnology Conference, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada, May 14-17, 2012.

2011

  • Gruber, M.Y., Li, X., Gao, P., Cui, D., Yu, M., Nayidu, N., Alahakoon, U.I., Wei, S., Yu, B., Holowachuk, J., Bonham-Smith, P.C., Regan, S., Hannoufa, A., Hossein, Z., and Parkin, I.A.P. (2011). "Unravelling Mysteries in the Regulation of Plant Secondary Metabolites and Non-glandular Trichomes: New Mechanisms and Crop Applications.", 50th Anniversary Meeting of the Phytochemical Society of North America, Fairmont Orchid Hotel and HILO Conference Centre, Kohala Coast, Big Island, HI, USA, December 10-15, 2011. (Presentation)
  • Hannoufa, A. and Hossain, Z. (2011). "Carotenoid Biosynthesis and Regulation in Plants.", published in The Lipid Library, American Oil Chemists Society (AOCS), September 12th, 2011.
  • Hannoufa, A., Wei, S., Gruber, M.Y., Khachatourians, G.G., Wang, Y., Hegedus, D.D., and Parkin, I.A.P. (2011). "MicroRNA156: A new player in regulating carotenoid accumulation in plants.", Canadian Society of Plant Physiologists Eastern Regional Meeting & Plant Development Workshop / Congrès de la Société Canadienne de Physiologie Végétale & Congrès de Développement Végétale (Congrès Régional de l’Est), Carleton University, Ottawa, ON, Canada, December 2-3, 2011, SB-1, pp. 17.

2009

  • Hannoufa, A. and Bhinu, V.-S. (2009). "A genetic engineering framework for improving Brassica napus meal.", Information Systems for Biotechnology News Report, 2009(April), pp. 7-9.