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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2008-11-06 21:51 UTC (omtayebom@gmail.com)
Date of last update
2008-11-10 22:02 UTC (manoela.miranda@cbd.int)
Date of publication
2008-11-10 22:11 UTC (manoela.miranda@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Egypt
Profile of the Expert
Ossama M. El-Tayeb, was born in  Cairo 1936 and is Professor Emeritus of Microbiology and Immunology and Director of the Microbial Biotechnology Center at the Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University.  He obtained a B.Sc. from Cairo University, an M.S. from Columbia University and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin.   He has since taught at universities in Nigeria, Libya and Hungary, besides his home base in Egypt.   He served as Senior Program Officer for Genetic Resources and Biotechnology at the United Nations Environment Program, 1977-1983.

He is the author of several monographs and articles on science policy and socio-economic dimensions of science and technology and some 120 published original research articles.  He acted as Principal Investigator for several major research projects in Egypt and collaborated with universities in the USA and Sweden.   He supervised many theses for graduate students at several universities He is on the Editorial Board of several scientific journals and on the Boards of several scientific societies.  He has been heavily involved with industrial consultations in Egypt. 

He acted as Chairman or member of the Permanent Committee for evaluation of applicants for professorship of microbiology and immunology (since 1982), and also the Vice-Chairman of the Committee for the Biotechnology Sector (since 1997), both of the Supreme Council of Universities.  He is a member of the Executive Committee for the National Strategy for Biotechnology of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology.  He is the Head of the Ministerial Committee for Drafting a National Biosafety Legislation of the Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs and acted as the Chief Negotiator for Egypt for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, 1996-2000.  He is also a member of many committees at the ministries of: health, higher education, scientific research, foreign trade, industry, agriculture and environment and of the National Specialized Councils of the Presidency.

He established departments of microbiology at the Faculties of Pharmacy of: Cairo University, the University of Ife (Nigeria), Mansoura University, Zagazig University and Al-Azhar University.  He established the Microbial Biotechnology Center of the Faculty of Pharmacy, Cairo University as an R&D center.

He traveled on official business to some 70 countries world wide, is married to a research professor of chemical engineering with special interest in bioprocess development, with one daughter, two sons and two grandsons.     
Personal Information
Ossama El-Tayeb
  • Male
  • Egyptian
Date of birth
Place of birth
Current employment
Employer / Organization
Faculty of Pharmacy Cairo University
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Department / Division / Unit
Department of Microbiobiology and Immunology
Start date
Main responsibilities
National Focal Point for Biosafety
National Focal Point for Access and benefit sharing
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
B.Sc. In Pharmaceutical sciences
Name of academic institution
Faculty of Pharmacy - Cairo University
Start date
Ending date
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
M.Sc. in Microbiology
Name of academic institution
Columbia University - Faculty of Pharmacy
Start date
Ending date
Formal education
Third Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: Ph.D. in Microbiology
Ph.D. in Microbiology
Name of academic institution
University of Wisconsin- USA
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Ecological and environmental sciences
  • Biodiversity
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Pharmaceutical traits
  • Insect resistance
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
O.El-Tayeb (2005)  Technical questions in the sharing of benefits of a complex technology. In:  The Catch: Perspectives in benefit sharing.  Beth Burrows (Ed)  The Edmonds Institute, Edmonds, Washington, USA,  pp 243-278
O. El-Tayeb (2003) Access to genetic resources in Egypt. In: African Perespectives on Genetic Resources: A Handbook on Laws, Policies and Institutions.  K. Nnadozie, R. Littington, C. Bruch, S. Bass and S. King (Eds).  Environmental Law Institute, Wshington, D. C., USA.  Pp 95-106
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • Arabic
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • Arabic
  • English
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • Arabic
  • English
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • Arabic
  • English
Key Professional References
Prof. Mostafa Fouda, head of Nature Conservate Sector Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency