Abdul Aziz Eida

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow


Room 3288 - WS07

Research Interests

My research interests include the isolation and characterization of beneficial bacteria from pioneer desert plants, through multi-omics approaches, and their application as inoculants in agriculture for promoting plant tolerance to environmental stresses and enhancing crop yields in semi-arid regions like Saudi Arabia, especially in light of climate change. 

Selected Publications

  • Shekhawat, K., Saad, M.M., Sheikh, A., Mariappan, K., Al-Mahmoudi, H., Abdulhakim, F., Eida, A.A., Jalal, R., Masmoudi, K., and Hirt, H. (2021). Root endophyte induces plant thermotolerance by constitutive chromatin modification at heat stress memory gene loci. EMBO reports. https://doi.org/10.15252/embr.202051049.
  • Saad, M.M., Eida, A.A., and Hirt, H. (2020). Tailoring plant-associated microbial inoculants in agriculture - A roadmap for successful application. Journal of Experimental Botany. https://doi.org/10.1093/jxb/eraa111.
  • Eida, A.A., Bougouffa, S., L'Haridon, F., Alam, I., Weisskopf, L., Bajic, V.B., Saad, M.M., and Hirt, H. (2020). Genome insights of the plant-growth promoting bacterium Cronobacter muytjensii JZ38 with volatile-mediated antagonistic activity against Phytophthora infestans. Frontiers in Microbiology 11:369. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2020.00369.
  • Eida, A.A., Alzubaidy, H.S., de Zélicourt, A., Synek, L., Alsharif, W., Lafi, F.F., et al. (2019). Phylogenetically diverse endophytic bacteria from desert plants induce transcriptional changes of tissue-specific ion transporters and salinity stress in Arabidopsis thaliana. Plant Science 280, 228-240. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.plantsci.2018.12.002.
  • Eida, A.A., Ziegler, M., Lafi, F.F., Michell, C.T., Voolstra, C.R., Hirt, H., et al. (2018). Desert plant bacteria reveal host influence and beneficial plant growth properties. PLoS One 13(12), e0208223. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0208223.
  • Daur, I., Saad, M.M., Eida, A.A., Ahmad, S., Shah, Z.H., Ihsan, M.Z., et al. (2018). Boosting alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) production with rhizobacteria from various plants in Saudi Arabia. Frontiers in Microbiology 9:477. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2018.00477.
  • Andrés-Barrao, C., Lafi, F.F., Alam, I., de Zélicourt, A., Eida, A.A., Bokhari, A., et al. (2017). Complete genome sequence analysis of Enterobacter sp. SA187, a plant multi-stress tolerance promoting endophytic bacterium. Frontiers in Microbiology 8:2023. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2017.02023.


  • King Abdullah University of Science & Technology - Thuwal, KSA - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Bioscience
  • 2015 King Abdullah University of Science & Technology - Thuwal, KSA - Master of Bioscience (MSc) (Focus: Cell & Molecular Biology)
  • 2014 Jacobs University Bremen - Bremen, Germany - Bachelor of Biotechnology (BSc) (Focus: Microbiology)

KAUST Affiliations

CDA - Center for Desert Agriculture 

BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division 

Research Interests Keywords

abiotic and biotic stress tolerance DARWIN21 desert bacteria endophytes plant growth-promoting rhizobacteria (PGPRs) plant microbiome soil microbial community synthetic community (SynCom) Plant microbe interaction