Maria Fernanda Nava Ocampo

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow


Maria Fernanda Nava Ocampo graduated with a chemical engineering degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in 2014. She continued her studies at KAUST for her Masters and PhD in Environmental Science and Engineering.

Research Interests

Nava Ocampo is very interested in making an impact. She is a water specialist looking for the most sustainable and eco-friendly solutions to conventional problems.

Selected Publications


  • PhD, Environmental Science and Engineering, Thesis titled: “Biofilm treatment, cleaning and control strategies for membrane desalination applied for drinking water production”, Prof. Johannes Vrouwenvelder's group, Water Desalination and Reuse Center, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 2021
  • MSc, Environmental Science and Engineering, Thesis titled: “Investigating effects of hypertonic saline solutions on lipid monolayers at the air-water interface as surrogates for lung surfaces”, Prof. Himanshu Mishra's group, Water Desalination and Reuse Center, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 2017
  • BSc, Chemical Engineering, Thesis titled: “Analysis of the behaviour of an Escherichia coli strain producing the APA atigen of Mycobacterium tuberculosis by chemical induction in continuous culture”, Prof. Mauricio Trujillo Roldan's group, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Mexico, 2014

Professional Profile

  • 2009-2015: Researcher Assistant, Institute of Biomedical Research, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico
  • 2013: Trainee at the Regulatory Affairs department. Productos Roche S.A. DE C.V, Mexico


  • Graduated with Honours in Chemical Engineering (2014) 
  • KAUST graduate fellowship (2015) 
  • First place, Hult Prize, KAUST, Saudi Arabia (2016) 
  • First place, Brains for Brine Challenge, Red Sea Development Company, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2019)

Research Interests Keywords

water sustainability