Stripe or yellow rust, caused by Puccinia striiformis Westend. f. sp. tritici is a
major threat to bread wheat production worldwide. The breakdown in resistance
of certain major genes and newly emerging aggressive races of stripe rusts
Khaled Al-Shamaa has extensive experience in statistical design, data validation, analysis, and reporting on agricultural research experiments and large scale surveys. Joining ICARDA in 2002, Al-Sham'aa provides statistical and analytical support, and has contributed to the development and implementation of several web and database systems. In 2016, he joined the Geoinformatics Unit to work on spatial and remote sensing analysis.
During the last 15 years, Al-Sham'aa has conducted more than 50 courses in 18 countries, attended by more than 750 trainees. He has also co-authored 39 publications, including seven scientific papers, 11 books and book chapters, and 21 technical publications. In 2012, he was awarded the Khalifa International Date Palm Award.
Al-Sham'aa completed his B.Sc. and earned a diploma in computer engineering from Aleppo University. He earned a certificate in data science from Johns Hopkins University, in the United States, and a certificate in statistics for biosciences from Oxford University.