Academic positions

Currently: Faculty member at Department of Geology, Mansoura University, Egypt and Director of the Mansoura University Vertebrate Paleontology (MUVP) center.

Currently: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Evolutionary Anthropology and Division of Fossils Primate, Duke University, USA.

2010-Now: Faculty member at Department of Geology, Mansoura University, Egypt.

2014-2015: Egyptian-Government Sponsored Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ohio University College of Medicine, Athens, Ohio, USA (working with P. O’Connor).

2014-2015: Visiting Scholar at Anatomical Sciences Department, Health Sciences Center, Stony Brook University, NY, USA & at Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Colorado, USA.

2006-2010: Ph. D. student, Department of Earth Sciences, University of Oxford, UK.

2003-2010: Assistant Lecturer, Geology Department, Mansoura University, Egypt.

2008-2010: Affiliated Scientist, Department of Anatomical Sciences, Health Sciences Center. T8, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, 11794, NY, United States.

1998-2003: Demonstrator, Geology Department, Mansoura University, Egypt.


Ph.D., University of Oxford, UK, 2010: in the field of vertebrate paleontology. Thesis title: “Late Eocene rodents from Fayum Depression, Egypt: taxonomic, phylogenetic, and biogeographic implications”

M.Sc., Mansoura University, Egypt, 2002: in the field of paleontology and stratigraphy. Masters title: “The Senonian macrofauna of west-central Sinai: Systematic and stratigraphic distribution”

B.Sc., 1997: in general geology (Geology and Chemistry) from Mansoura University, with grade Very Good with honors; ranked first in class


1993-1997: Honor list of the Faculty of Science, Mansoura University

2003/2004: Best M.Sc. thesis at Mansoura University

2013: Developing Nation Institutional Membership of Society of Vertebrate Paleontology for MUVP



2014: Competitive Funding Programme (CFP) Project Funding Unit Postgraduate, Research and Cultural Affairs Sector Mansoura University

2013: Jurassic Foundation Grant (for my master students)

2010: Preparators’ Grant Award from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.

2006-2010: Full scholarship from the Egyptian government to study for a Ph.D. at Oxford University.

2007-2009: Baldwin Fellowship for Ph.D. studies from The Leakey Foundation.

Field experience

Late Cretaceous Dakhla, Duwi and Quseir formations and Paleogene Minqar el-Talh beds, Dakhla, Kharga, Baris area , Egypt (2008, 2010 ,2011,2013 & 2014)

Eocene-Oligocene beds, Gebel Qattrani area, Fayum Depression, north Egypt (2006-2013)

Late Cretaceous Lubur Sandstone, Turkana Basin, Kenya (2008)

Paleogene deposits, Yemen (2007)

Eocene-Oligocene beds, Wadi Hitan area, Fayum Depression, north Egypt (2006, 2011-2014)

Santonian Mattulah and Sudr frormations, Abu Zenima area, West-central Sinai, north east Egypt (1999-2002)

Member and leader of numerous field trips in support of course work and research in Sinai, Eastern Desert, and Western Desert of Egypt


Oxford- Scienceblog

National Science Foundation


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Erik Seiffert, Ph.D. Department of Anatomical Sciences Health Sciences Center Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York, 11794-8081, U.S.A. Tel: 631.444.6945 Fax: 631.444.3947 e-mail:

Kora MA, Ph.D., Professor of Stratigraphy & Palaeontology, Faculty of Science, Mansoura University Geology Department, Faculty of Sciences Mansoura Egypt. Tel: +2 050 2212072 Fax: +2-050-2246781 e-mail:

Patrick M. O'Connor, Ph.D. Department of Biomedical Sciences 135 Life Sciences Building, Ohio University College of Medicine, Athens, OH 45701 Tel: 740.593.2110 Fax: (740) 597-2778 e-mail:

Gregg F. Gunnell, Ph.D., The director of the Division of Fossil Primates, Duke University 1013 Broad Street Durham, North Carolina, 27705, U.S.A. Tel: 919.416.8420 ex. 27 Fax: 919.416.8584 e-mail: