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


  • 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.





Other Science Related Publications:


  • 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.


  • 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.