Dr. Yousry A. El-Kassaby

University of British Columbia

Title: Tree breeding in the genomics era – opportunities and challenges

Yousry is a Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. Prior to his current post, Yousry worked in the industry as Director, Genetics and Product Development, CellFor Inc., and as Director, Applied Forest Research, Pacific Forest Products Ltd, both based in Victoria, British Columbia. He has received numerous research grants in the area of forest genetics and tree improvement and has authored and co-authored more than 300 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 a member of the IUFRO Extended Board and Coordinator of Division 2 (Physiology and Genetics) and recipient of the IUFRO Scientific Achievement Award (2010). He is an Adjunct Professor at Fujian University and Nanjing University (China), Honorary Professor at Beijing University (China) and Professor Honoris causa at the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (Czech Republic). He serves as Associate Editor to the Canadian Journal of Forest Research.

Yousry is Ph.D. in population and quantitative genetics (1980: University of British Columbia, Canada), M.Sc. in quantitative genetics (1977: University of Tanta, Egypt) and B.Sc. in Genetics (1970: University of Alexandria, Egypt).