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Curriculum vitae


  • Ph.D., Göttingen University, Dept. of Geosciences, Jan 2011, (Thesis advisors: Andreas Pack and Walter Goetz) for work done at the Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany. Thesis: Searching for hydrothermal systems on Mars using remote sensing.
  • M.Sc., Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, France, Astrophysics and Planetology, Dec 2007 (Advisor : Olivier Gasnault).
  • M.Sc., Luleå Technical University in Sweden, Space Technology, Oct 2007 (Advisor: Victoria Barabash).
  • B.A., Cairo University, Egypt, Double Major in Geology and Chemistry, Sep 2002.



  • Visiting Scientist in LASP, University of Colorado in Boulder, USA (since Aug 2016)
  • Post-Doc Assistant in Physics Institute, University of Bern, Switzerland (Aug 2011-Aug 2016)
  • Visiting Scientist at California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, USA (Jan 2012).
  • Post-Doc Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Solar System Research, Germany (Jan–Aug 2011)
  • Visiting Scientist at Monash University, Australia (Apr–May, 2011).



  • Mars Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO): co-Investigator for the CaSSIS camera (launched in 2016)
  • Rosetta Cometary Mission: associate scientist for the OSIRIS camera (since Oct 2014)
  • Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO): science team member for HiRISE camera (since Aug 2011)
  • New Horizons extended mission: science team collaborator (since Dec 2016)
  • Phoenix Mission to Mars, science team collaborator for Robotic Arm Camera (2008–2011)
  • Mars Odyssey:  science team collaborator for Gamma Ray Spectrometer, (2007–2009).



  • Supervision of the undergraduate Physikpraktikum 1 course (5 semesters).
  • Supervision of the Gamma Spectrometry lab course for undergraduates and Masters students (5 semesters)
  • Assisting Masters and PhD students in the planetary imaging group since 2012.



  • <Main Applicant> SNSF Post-Doc Advanced Mobility grant: "Investigation of Hydrothermal Systems on Earth as Analogue for Mars and Optimization of Planetary Robotic Exploration", 01.08.2016-31.01.2018 (~117,000 CHF).
  • <Co-Applicant> SNSF Project funding (Div. I-III): "Investigation of the solar system using remote sensing and laboratory techniques", 01.04.2013-31.03.2014 (398,512 CHF). Main Applicant: Nicolas Thomas.
  • Lunar and Planetary Institute Career Development Award, 2010.
  • Brendl Prize for outstanding M.Sc thesis nominee, 2008.
  • Max Planck Society fellowship, 2008–2011.



  • Reviewer for numerous papers published in peer-reviewed journals including Science, Icarus, Journal of Geophysical Research, Planetary & Space Science, and  Meteoritics & Planetary Science
  • Expert reviewer for PhD candidacy exam for Stepan Tulyakov in EPFL (Jun 6, 2016). supervisors: Prof. Francois Fleuret and Dr. Anton Ivanov.
  • Reviewer of two proposals for the UK Space Agency "Aurora Science" funding scheme (2015)
  • Listed as expert reviewer in the European Commission (expert candidature number: EX2015D259729)



  • Numerous PO talks about planetary science at universities and amateur astronomy organizations in Egypt since 2011 including the Universities of Cairo, Ain-Shams and Alexandria in addition to the Biblioteca Alexandrina.
  • Chief Arabic translator for HiRISE image captions as part of the Beautiful Mars Project.
  • Assisting in the Planets4People PO event for high school teachers in the Bern area (June, 2012).
  • TV segments in Egypt about planetary science in general and the Rosetta mission in 2011 and 2015, respectively.



  • Date of Birth: 16.01.1981
  • Social state: Married with one daughter
  • Languages: Arabic, English, French.
  • Nationality: Egyptian

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