Ikram Blilou received her PhD in Plant Physiology from the University of Granada (Spain) in 1998, followed by a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Molecular Genetics at Utrecht University (The Netherlands). Here she was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2003 and to Associate Professor in 2007. In 2012, Blilou became Associate Professor of Plant Developmental Biology at Wageningen University (The Netherlands), where she was a Talented Women Role Models nominee. She joined KAUST in 2017 and became Chair of the Plant Science Program in 2021 before being promoted to Full Professor that same year. In 2020, Blilou won the first prize of the Khalifa International Award for Date Palm and Agricultural Innovation.