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Faculty

Professor, Plant Science

Research Interest: Signal transduction of abiotic and biotic stress.
heribert.hirt^+kaust.edu.sa
Professor, Plant Science
Research Interest: Plant physiology, salinity tolerance, ion transport, crop science
mark.tester^+kaust.edu.sa
Chair, Plant Science Program
Associate Professor, Plant Science
Research Interest: Plant biochemistry, carotenoid-derived hormones, genetic engineering, carotenoid metabolism.
salim.babili^+kaust.edu.sa
Assistant Professor, Plant Science
Research Interest: Genome engineering, epigenetics
magdy.mahfouz^+kaust.edu.sa

Assistant Professor, Plant Science

Research Interest: Plant development; stress; cell cycle; epigenetics; chromatin organization; histone modification; non coding RNA.
moussa.benhamed^+kaust.edu.sa

Research Scientists

Sónia Negrão

Research Scientist

Research Group: Mark Tester

Research Interest: Plant Stress Response, Plant Breeding, Genome Sequence, Genome Wide Association Studies, Evolutionary Studies
snegrao^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, Sea Side, 3231-WS11

Research Scientist

Research Group: Heribert Hirt

Research Interest: Plant- Microbe interaction, Plant Growth Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR), Symbioses, Biodiversity and phylogeny of nitrogen fixing bacteria.
maged.saad^+kaust.edu.sa

Research Scientist

Research Group: Heribert Hirt

Research Interest: ​MAPK signaling, biotic stress, phosphoproteomics, regulation of gene expression.
naganand.rayapuram^+kaust.edu.sa

Post Doctoral Fellows

Post Doctoral Consultant
Research Group: Salim Al-Babili
aparna.balakrishna^+kaust.edu.sa
Bldg.2, Lev. 3, 3255-WS12
Post-doctoral fellow
Research Group: Heribert Hirt
Research Interest: PGPR, Plant-Microbe Interaction, Transcriptomics, Genomics. 
cristina.andresbarrao^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, Room 3231-WS02

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Heribert Hirt

Research Interest: Cell biology, Microscopy, Molecular interactions, Arabidopsis
lukas.synek^+kaust.edu.sa
B2, L3, Sea Side, 3231-WS09
Post Doctoral Fellow
Research Group: Mark Tester
Magdalena.Julkowska^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, Sea Side, 3255-WS06

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Salim Al-Babili

Research Interest: Plant hormones, strigolactones, heat tolerance, apocarotenoids
muhammad.jamil^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, Desert side, 3255-WS14

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Heribert Hirt

yakun.xie^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, 3287-WS14

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Magdy Mahfouz

Yu.ling^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, level 3, 3287-WS14
​Post Doctoral Fellow
Research Group: Salim Al-Babili
Boubacar.Kountche^+KAUST.EDU.SA
Post Doctoral Fellow
Research Group: Magdy Mahfouz
haroon.butt.1^+kaust.edu.sa

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Mark Tester

Research Interest: Salt Tolerance, Genomics, Biotechnology, Quinoa, Crop Improvement
david.jarvis^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, Sea side, 3231-WS14
​Post Doctoral Fellow
Research Group: Salim Al-Babili
Research Interest: ​​
imran.haider^+kaust.edu.sa

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Salim Al Babili

Research Interest: Plant biology, Light signaling, Strigolactone signal transduction
kupeng.jia^+kaust.edu.sa

Post Doctoral Fellow

Advisor Name: Heribert Hirt

Research Interest: Sustainable agriculture, plant-bacteria interaction, adaptation to biotic/ abiotic stress.
ronny.volz^+kaust.edu.sa

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Group: Mark Tester

Research Interest: Plant Science, Salinity tolerance, Crops, Barley, Ion Transport
sandra.schmoeckel^+kaust.edu.sa
Building 2, Level 3, Sea side, 3231-WS18

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Mark Tester​

Research Interest: Plant Salinity Tolerance, genetic engineering, signalling
shawkat.ali^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, Sea Side, 3231-WS17
​Post Doctoral Fellow
Research Group: Moussa Benhamed
Research Interest: ​Epigenetics, Marine ecology, Comparative genomics, Next-generation sequence analysis
soonkap.kim^+kaust.edu.sa
Post Doctoral Fellow
Research Group: Heribert Hirt
​​
yunhe.jiang^+kaust.edu.sa

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Magdy Mahfouz

Research Interest: Targeted genome editing of plants, salt stress tolerance and signaling
zahir.ali^+kaust.edu.sa

PhD Students

​Ph. D. Student
Research group: Salim Al-Babili
Abrar.felemban^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, 3288-WS09
​Ph. D. Student
Research group: Magdy Mahfouz
Research Interest: ​Molecular Biology, Genome Engineering
ahmed.mahas^+kaust.edu.sa
Bldg. 2, Lev. 3, Sea side, Office 3254-WS03

PhD Student

Research Group: Heribert Hirt

Research Interest: Microbiology, Molecular biology, Biotechnology, Genomics, Transcriptomics, Next generation sequencing, Gas chromatography
Ameerah.bokhari^+kaust.edu.sa
Building 2, level 3, desert side, 3288-WS05
​Ph. D. Student
Research Group: Mark Tester
ge.gao^+kaust.edu.sa
B1/L3 - 3254-WS09

PhD Student

Research Group: Heribert Hirt

Research Interest: Molecular Biology, Microbiology, plant-microbe interaction, Biochemistry.
Hanin.alzubaidy^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld.2, Lev.3, Desert Side, 3288-WS03
Research Group: Salim Al-Babili
Research Interest: ​Plant biology, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology, Analytical Chemistry
Jianyou.wang^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, Desert Side, Room 3287-WS10
Research Group: Salim Al-Babili
Research Interest: ​Synthetic biology
justine.braguy^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, Desert Side, Room 3287-WS08

PhD Student

Research Group: Mark Tester

Research Interest: Salinity tolerance, Molecular biology, Plant genomics, Rice
nadia.tamimi^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld.2, Lev.3, Sea Side, 3254-WS20
​Ph. D. Student
Research Group: Magdy Mahfouz
Research Interest: ​Plant heat stress response, heat acclimation, Arabidopsis, RNA-binding proteins, CRISPER-Cas9
natalia.serrano^+kaust.edu.sa
Bldg.. 2, Lev. 3, Sea Side, Office 3254-WS02
​Ph. D. Student
Research Group: Salim Al-Babili
randa.zarban^+kaust.edu.sa
Bldg. 2, Lev. 3, Sea Side, Office 3254-WS16

PhD Student

Research Group: Heribert Group

Rewaa.jalal^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3,3288-WS08

PhD Student 

Research Group: Prof. Heribert Hirt

Research Interest: Genome engineering, DNA analysis and sequencing, biotechnology
aala.abulfaraj^+kaust.edu.sa

Ms Student

Research Group: Moussa Benhamed

Research Interest: Molecular Plant Pathology, Plant physiology, Plant-microorganism interactions, Biotechnology, and Molecular Biology
juan.ramirezprado^+kaust.edu.sa

PhD Student

Research Group: Mark Tester

Research Interest: Plant Physiology, Salinity Tolerance, Global Food Security, Plant Genetics, Genome-Wide Association Studies
mitchell.morton^+kaust.edu.sa
Building 2, Level 3, Sea Side, Desk 3254-WS17

PhD Student

Research Group: Magdy Mahfouz​

Research Interest: Genome engineering, Synthetic Biology and recombinant protein production
ayman.eid^+kaust.edu.sa

PhD Student

Research Group: Mark Tester​​

Research Interest: Barley, salinity tolerance, GWAS, association mapping, genotyping, phenotyping, phenomics
Stephanie.saade^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld.2, Lev.3, Sea Side, 3254-WS11

PhD Student

Research Group: Salim Al-Babili

haneen.abuauf^+kaust.edu.sa
PhD Student
Research Group: Salim Al-Babili
lina.baz^+Kaust.edu.sa

PhD Student

Research Group:  Heribert Hirt

Research Interest: Epigenetics, microRNA processing,  plant stress response, regulation of stress gene expression
mai.jarad^+kaust.edu.sa

PhD Student

Research Group: Magdy Mahfouz

Research Interest: Molecular biology, nutrition, clinical biochemistry
manal.tashkandi^+kaust.edu.sa

PhD Student

Research Group: Mark Tester

Research Interest: Arabidopsis thaliana, salt stress, salinity tolerance, osmotic component, phenomics, association and QTL mapping, image analysis, cell signaling, biochemistry, biotechnology
mariam.awlia^+kaust.edu.sa
Building 2, Seaside, Level 3

PhD Student

Research Group: Mark Tester

Research Interest: Plant physiology, genetic engineering and molecular biology.
mashael.alqahtani^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, sea side, 3254-WS13

PhD Student

Research Group: Mark Tester

Research Interest: Abiotic stress, Salt stress, heat stress, transcription factors, gene regulatory network, NAC TF, JUB1.
nouf.shareef^+kaust.edu.sa
Bldg2, level 3, sea side, 3255-WS02

PhD Student

Researh Group: Mark Tester

Research Interest: Salt Tolerance, Halophytes, Tissue Tolerance, Saponins
octavio.salazarmoya^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, Sea Side, 3254-WS18

PhD student

Research Group: Magdy Mahfouz

Research Interest: Genome-engineering
sahar.shareef^+kaust.edu.sa

PhD Student​

Research Group: Mark Tester

Research Interest: Plant genetics, Plant physiology, Molecular biology, Sustainable agriculture, Crop improvement, Salinity tolerance in tomato plants, Wild relatives of tomato, Galapagos tomatoes.
yveline.pailles^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, Area 4, Sea Side, 3254-WS04

Ms Students

​Ms Student
Research Group: Prof. Salim Al-Babili
aigerim.rakhmatulina^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, sea side, 3254-WS07
Research Group: Magdy Mahfouz
fatimah.aljedaani^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, sea side, 3254-WS05
​Research Group - Prof. Salim Al-Babili
mawadda.alghrably^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, lev. 3, sea side, Room 3254-WS06
Research Group: Heribert Hirt
wiam.alsharif^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, desert side, 3287-WS13

Technical Staff

Lab Support
Research Group: Salim Al-Babili​
akmaral.serikbayeva^+kaust.edu.sa
B2/L3 -3254-WS07

Lab Support

Research Group: Heribert Hirt

Baoda.han^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Desert side, 3287-WS04

Research Specialist

Research Group: Mark Tester

Research Interest: Salt Tolerance, Plant Biology
Gabriele.fiene^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2 , Lev.3, Seaside, 3254- WS-10
​Greenhouse Technician 
gomerito.sagun^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld6/L0
​Bioinformatic Assistant
Research Group: Heribert Hirt
kiruthiga.mariappan^+kaust.edu.sa

Greenhouse Technician

Research Group: Mark Tester​

lijun.li^+kaust.edu.sa

Lab Technician

Research Group: Mark Tester

noha.saber^+kaust.edu.sa
Lab Support
ramatoulaye.balde^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, Sea side, Room 3254 W06

Lab Support

Research Group: Salim Al-Babili

yujian.mo^+kaust.edu.sa

Lab Manager

hafida.elabdalaoui^+kaust.edu.sa

Lab Technician ​​

Fangfang.Wu^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, Sea Side
Greenhouse Technician
khadija.zemmouri^+kaust.edu.sa

Research Technician

Research Interest: Genome editing, molecular biology and biotechnology
norhan.hassan^+kaust.edu.sa
Lab Support Personnel
zolzaya.togookhuu^+kaust.edu.sa

Administration

Director, Greenhouses
muppala.reddy^+kaust.edu.sa

Administration assistant

igor.silva^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, 3231-WS07

Alumni

Ms Student
Research Group: Mark Tester​​​ 
​​
Research Interest: ​ Plant Salinity Tolerance, Crop Development, Molecular Biology, Protein Function and Design  
arne.scheu^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, Sea Side, 3254-WS06

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Mark Tester​

Research Interest: Plant Molecular Biology, Anion transport, Bioinformatics.
Bo.li^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld.2, Lev.3, Desert Side, 3287-WS10
PhD student 
Research Group: Mark Tester​​

eman.almalki^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, 3255-WS04

Lab Support

Research Group: Heribert Hirt

Gretty.ferrercarmenates^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3,desert side 3287-WS06

Lab Support

Research Group: Salim AL-Babili

Hina.iftikhar^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, level 3, 3254-WS05
Senior Center Liaison Officer
john.klingler^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, 3328

Research Scientist

Research Group: Heribert Hirt

Research Interest: Plant genetics, Epigenetics, Chromatin regulation
florian.mette^+kaust.edu.sa
Ibn Al Haytham Bld. 2, Lev. 3, Sea Side, 3231-WS06
Administrative Assistant
nacera.himeur^+kaust.edu.sa
B 2 3254-WS03
Lab Support Personnel
shakila.zahir^+kaust.edu.sa
​Research Scientist
Research group: Mark Tester
Yong.Woo^+kaust.edu.sa
Building 2, Level 3, Sea Side, Ofiice 3231-WS06
Center Manager
emmanuelle.sougrat^+kaust.edu.sa

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Moussa Benhamed​​​ 

Research Interest: Epigenetics, Marine ecology, Comparative genomics, Next-generation sequence analysis​
alaguraj.veluchamy^+kaust.edu.sa
Research Scientist
Research Group: Mark Tester
damien.lightfoot^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, 3326-WS12
Nina V Fedoroff
Professor Emerita
Research Interest: Molecular epigenetics, plant biology, biological networks, systems agriculture
nina.fedoroff^+kaust.edu.sa
Fadia Balkhair
Lab Support Personnel
Fadia.Balkhair^+kaust.edu.sa
Aftab Alam

Senior Research Scientist

Research Interest: Aquaculture, aquaponics, integrated agriculture, halophytes, seaweed production, integrated marine multi trophic aquaculture, biodiversity.
aftab.alam^+kaust.edu.sa

PhD Student

Research Group: Magdy Mahfouz

Research Interest: Targeted genome editing, Synthetic nucleases, TALENs, CRISPR/Cas9 System
agnieszka.piatek^+kaust.edu.sa
Ali Mahjoub

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Nina V Fedoroff​​

Research Interest: Desert agriculture, plant domestication, plant abiotic stress, crop improvement, crop yield enhancement.
ali.mahjoub^+kaust.edu.sa

Research Scientist

Research Group: Heribert Hirt

Research Interest: Sediment microbiology, microbial ecology, microbial genomics, planctomycetes, plant-microbe interactions.
feras.lafi^+kaust.edu.sa

Senior Research Scientist

ali.idris^+kaust.edu.sa

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Heribert Hirt

Research Interest: Abiotic stresses, MAP kinases, PGPR, signal transduction
axel.zelicourt^+kaust.edu.sa
​Research Scientist
Research Group: Mark Tester
​​
Research Interest: Sodium transport, Signal transduction pathways
Fouad.Lemtiri-Chlieh^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 4, Office 4272
Fousiya Thottathil

Business Administrator

fousiya.thottathil^+kaust.edu.sa
Hatoon Baazim

Ms Student

Research Group: Magdy Mahfouz

Research Interest: Transcriptional modulation in plants using RNA-guided technologie
hatoon.baazim^+kaust.edu.sa
Lab Support Personnel
jennilyn.dilao^+kaust.edu.sa

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Nina V Fedoroff

Research Interest: Halophyte genomics, physiology and domestication, saline crops, molecular plant breeding
mohammad.khan.1^+kaust.edu.sa
Zahrah Alnajrani
Executive Secretary​
zahrah.alnajrani^+kaust.edu.sa

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Salim Al-babili

Research Interest: Carotenoid Cleavage Dioxygenase (CCD), plant hormones, β-Carotene, strigolactone
dongjin.kim^+kaust.edu.sa
Greenhouse Support
marina.khashat^+kaust.edu.sa

Technical Specialist​

Research Group: Magdy Mahfouz​

Research Interest: Genome modification, plant stress tolerance, seed-storage-protein delivery.
Lixin.li^+kaust.edu.sa

Research Scientist 

Research Group: Mark Tester
Research Interest: Genomics, Bioinformatics, Big Data Visualization, Computational Biology
ho.shwen^+kaust.edu.sa
Building 2, Level 2, Office 3326-WS13
mohammed Ewis

Post Doctoral Fellw

Research Group: Nina V Fedoroff

Research Interest: Greenhouse and plant nutrition, hydroponic and irrigation system, microorganisms inoculation, abiotic stress
mohamed.abdelaziz^+kaust.edu.sa

Lab Technician

sundus.bukhari^+kaust.edu.sa

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Mark Tester​

Research Interest: Molecular biology, Biochemistry
moonsun.hwang^+kaust.edu.sa
Bld. 2, Lev. 3, Desert side, 3287-WS15

Technician

Suyeon.kang^+kaust.edu.sa

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Nina V Fedoroff​

Research Interest: Molecular mechanism of plant transposable elements, protein-protein interaction studies, gene characterization and expression in plants and yeast, gene silencing, characterization of C. elegans G-protein coupled receptors .
muhammad.tehseen^+kaust.edu.sa
Research Assistant
soumaya.belkharchouche^+kaust.edu.sa
Mustapha Aouida

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Magdy Mahfouz

Research Interest: Genome engineering, metabolic engineering, yeast genetics and molecular biology, microbiology
mustapha.aouida^+kaust.edu.sa

Lab Support

Xiaocui.Yu^+kaust.edu.sa
Post Doctoral Fellow
Research Group: Salim Al-Babili 
Research Interest: ​​
valentine.ntui^+kaust.edu.sa

Post Doctoral Fellow

Research Group: Salim Al-Babili​

Research Interest: Analytical Chemistry, chromatography, plant hormones, saponins
xiujie.guo^+kaust.edu.sa