Kit Xi Liew

Research Staff

Research Specialist




Kit is an experienced Research Technician interested in Agricultural Biotechnology. In his previous experience he has performed numerous research activities, such as: in vitro tissue culture work to generate novel genetically engineered plant; Nicotiana transformation for molecular farming; optimization of Capsicum protoplast isolation; Xanthophyllomyces mutagenesis for carotenoid production via NTG and CRISPR-cas; optimization of growth condition for several cultures; metabolomics: carotenoid extraction, liquid chromatography (HPLC, UPLC), mass spectrometry (LCMS, GCMS) and computational analysis; molecular cloning, DNA/RNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis, miniprep, microscopy. 

Selected Publications


  • MSc, Plant Genetics Manipulation, Prof. Zoe Wilson, University of Nottingham, 2016
  • BSc, Genetics, Plant Science/Biological Science, University of Leeds, 2015

Professional Profile

  • 2021-present: Research Specialist, CDA, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2016-2020: Research technician, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK
  • 2013-2014: Hatchery Assistant, SeaHarvest Aquamarine (M) Sdn Bhd, Penang, Malaysia