Yasha Zhang

PhD Students

PhD Student



Research Interests

Yasha Zhang is interested in date palm research programs. Her research objective is to support the establishment of a tissue culture and transformation platform that can be used to introduce genes like morphogenic regulators to accelerate date palm growth and reduce the regeneration time. Obtaining palms from a homogenous tissue culture will allow them to preserve pure lines and improve elite cultivars. Having a stable transformation protocol, reducing the generation time, and developing methods for rapid sex determination provide the first steps toward establishing date palm breeding in the Kingdom. This knowledge from the date palm can be transferred to other crops, which will also contribute to improving other desert agriculture efforts.


  • November 2022: Lab Safety Award, Center for Desert Agriculture (CDA), King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST)

Research Interests Keywords

marine ecology materials modeling