Ahmed is a Visiting Scientist, usually based in the Wheat Research Department at the Field Crops Research Institute, Agricultural Research Center in Egypt.
Ahmed holds a PhD in Biotechnology from the Punjab Agricultural University (PAU), Ludhiana, India, after securing an Indian Counsel of Agricultural Research (ICAR) International Fellowship. During his Phd he worked on marker assisted transfer of novel powdery mildew resistance genes from the diploid wheat Triticum boeoticum to hexaploid bread wheat.
He won a World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) postdoctoral fellowship to pursue his work in PAU on mapping and transferring disease resistance genes from wild relatives of wheat to cultivated wheat.
He has significant international experience and was recently awarded a Newton-Mosharafa grant in collaboration with colleagues in the John Innes Center.