Sherif is a research assistant in the TRACE-FISH project. He comes to the TRACE-FISH project with an M.S. from the International Master of Marine Biological Resources (IMBRSea). His thesis concentrated on assessing the impact on biodiversity of non-mechanical harvesting of Ascophylum nodosum. He also holds another M.S. in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences from Stony Brook University, NY. For his thesis, he performed a baseline transcriptomic analysis to characterize different oyster immune cells. In Egypt, he held a BSc in Pharmacy and Biotechnology from the German University in Cairo and worked as a hospital pharmacist for four years. During that time, he volunteered for the Mediterranean Association to Save the Sea Turtles (MEDASSET) NGO to describe the illegal sea turtle trade from boat to buyer in Alexandria, Egypt. He loves painting, boxing, and hanging out with friends in his free time.