Dr. Jameel M. Al-Khayri is a Professor of plant biotechnology at the Department of Agricultural Biotechnology, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia. He obtained B.S. in Biology in 1984 from the University of Toledo, M.S. in Agronomy in 1988 and Ph.D. in Plant Science in 1991 from the University of Arkansas, USA. He dedicated research efforts to date palm biotechnology for the last two decades. He published over fifty research articles and reviews in international journals in addition to several book chapters. He edited several special journal issues on date palm, biotechnology, and sustainable agriculture under abiotic and biotic stress as well as three Springer reference books: Date Palm Biotechnology; Date Palm Genetic Resources and Utilization; and Advances in Plant Breeding Strategies. He has been appointed as a member of the Editorial Board in several international journals. He also participated in the organizing committee of international scientific conferences and contributed over fifty research presentations. In addition to teaching, he also advises graduate students and conducts funded research projects. He is also held in administrative posts as the Assistant Director of Date Palm Research Center, Head of Department of Plant Biotechnology, and Vice Dean for Development and Quality Assurance. He is an active member of the International Society for Horticultural Science and Society for In vitro Biology and serves as the National Correspondent of the International Association of Plant Tissue Culture and Biotechnology. He served as a member of Majlis Ash Shura (Saudi Arabia Legislative Council) Fifth Session.
Date palm biotechnology; Genetic transformation; In vitro production of secondary metabolites; In vitro selection for tolerance to abiotic stress; Induced mutagenesis; Plant tissue culture; Somaclonal variation; Somatic embryogenesis.