Yousry El-Kassaby obtained his Ph.D. degree in population and quantitative genetics from the Faculty of Forestry, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, the M.S. degree in quantitative genetics from the University of Tanta, Egypt, and the B.S. degree in genetics from the University of Alexandria, Egypt. He is currently a Professor and Senior Industry-NSERC Research Chair in applied forest genetics and biotechnology at the Department of Forest Sciences, Faculty of Forestry, the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Prior to his current post, Yousry worked in the industry as Director in genetics and product development, CellFor Inc., and as Director in applied forest research, Pacific Forest Products Ltd, both based in Victoria, British Columbia. During this period, he also maintained an active association with the University of British Columbia as a Part-Time Professor. Yousry has received numerous research grants in the area of forest genetics and tree improvement, and has authored and coauthored more than 200 refereed publications, book chapters, and invited papers. His research interests are diverse and cover tree domestication, tree improvement delivery system, seed and seedling biology and production, gene conservation, biotechnology, and genomics. Yousry is the Representative of International Union of Forestry Research Organizations (IUFRO) on the Forest Genetic Resources Panel of Experts of the Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations in Rome and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris. He is a Member of the IUFRO Extended Board and is the IUFRO Biotechnology TaskForce Coordinator. He serves as an Associate Editor to the Canadian Journal of Forest Research, a Member of the Editorial Review Board for Forest Genetics the International Journal of Forestry Research, and has served on the Editorial Review Board of Tree Physiology. He is a Registered Professional Forester.
Biography Updated on 4 May 2009