Hanin Ahmed

PhD Students

Master/PhD Student



Research Interests

Hanin Ahmed is focusing on the use of genomics tools for establishing genomic resources that will allow advancing the improvement of wild or semi-domesticated plant species with a high potential for desert agriculture such as fonio millet (D. exilis) as it shows high tolerance to heat, drought, and salt. She focuses on analyzing re-sequencing data (i.e., whole-genome level) of fonio to understand its evolutionary history and more interestingly to investigate the pattern and process of fonio domestication, and exploring loci that involve in the domestication or improvement process.

Selected Publications

  • Long-term temperature stress in the coral model Aiptasia supports the “Anna Karenina Principle” for bacterial microbiomes, HI Ahmed, M Herrera Sarrias, YJ Liew, M Aranda, Frontiers in Microbiology, 2019, 10, 975.


  • MSc, Bioscience, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 2018
  • BSc, Applied Biology, Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia, 2015

Professional Profile

  • 2019: Internship, Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), Montpellier, France
  • 2015-2016: Biology teacher, Almootaz Billah High School, Madinah, Saudi Arabia
  • 2014-2015: Internship, City of Medina Reference Laboratory, Madinah, Saudi Arabia

Research Interests Keywords

crop domestication bioinformatics genomics population genetics plant biology and desert agriculture