Abrar Felemban

PhD Students

Master/PhD Student



Research Interests

Abrar Felemban's group is strongly interested in utilizing chemistry-based genetic approaches to improve and enhance agriculture production and to boost plant defense response to pathogens. Carotenoids are known as precursors of plant hormones, such as abscisic acid (ABA) and strigolactones (SL). Moreover, several lines of evidence suggest that carotenoid-derived compounds are biologically active, playing diverse roles in plant development and in regulating carotenoid metabolic pathways. In her project, she is investigating a possible role of carotenoid-derivatives in plant defense responses using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system, assessed by assaying the most widely used model's pathosystem Pseudomonas syringae Pst D3000 and Botrytis cinerea.

Selected Publications

  • Apocarotenoids involved in plant development and stress response, Frontiers Plant Science, 2019.


  • MSc, Bioscience, Cell and Molecular biology, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 2015
  • BSc, Biology, Genomics and Biotechnology, King Abdul-Aziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2014

Research Interests Keywords

apocarotenoids botryis cinerea CRISPR/Cas