Mohamed HIJRI


  • Institution:
    AgroBioSciences, University Mohammed VI Polytechnic
  • Scientific competencies:
    Environmental & Terrestrial Microbiology, Microbial Genomics, Plant-microbe interactions, Mycorrhiza, Biostimulants, Bioremediation, Mycology.
  • Address :
    Lot 660, Hay Moulay Rachid, Ben Guerir 43150, Morocco


Dr. Hijri obtained his BSc in 1994 in Cell Biology and his MSc and PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of Burgundy (Dijon, France) in 1995 and 1999, respectively. In 1999, Dr. Hijri joined the lab of Dr. Ian Sanders at the University of Basel (Switzerland) as a postdoctoral fellow and worked on molecular genetics and the evolution of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi. He then moved with the Sanders Lab to the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2000 and continued as a postdoctoral fellow until 2005. Dr. Hijri then joined the IRBV and the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of Montreal in September 2005 as an assistant professor, and was promoted to associate professor in June 2010, followed by Full Professor promotion in June 2016.

He has more than 20 years’ experience in arbuscular mycorrhizal fungal genetics and microbial genomics and has co-founded the Biodiversity Center at the Institut de Recherche en Biologie Végétale (IRBV). He has published more than 80 peer-reviewed articles in high impacted journals on this topic in particular on genomics and molecular genetics and evolutionary biology on Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi and Environmental Microbiology. Dr. Hijri has initiated and led studies that have attracted over $30 M in research grants. Dr Hijri is an associate editor in Frontiers in Microbiology (IF = 4.259), Frontiers in Plant Science (IF = 4.106), Microorganisms (IF = 4.167) and Mycorrhiza (IF = 3.114). He also edited three books.