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Mashael D. Alqahtani

PhD Student

Research Group: Mark Tester​

Research Interests

My research aims at improving crop production in saline environments, particularly in Saudi Arabia. I am interested in understanding the mechanisms that control the initial influx of Na+ into plant roots, which may be facilitated by ion channels. I am characterizing genes that may encode such an ion channel in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana as well as crop plant barley (Hordeum vulgare).

Education Profile

  • 2012-present  PhD, Bioscience, KAUST

  • 2009   MSc. in Biology with GPA 4.97/5, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah
  • 2003   BSc. Hons. Biology A degree. 90.98%,College of Girls Education, Taif.

Professional Profile

  • 2011-Present  Lecturer in Princess Nora University, Riyadh.
  • 2009-2010     Lecturer in Taif University, Taif.
  • 2007-2009     Assistant Researcher in Tissue Culture Unit, King Fahad Medical Research Center, Jeddah.
  • 2004-2005     Biology Teacher in Girls School, Taif.