Abrar Felemban

PhD Students

Ph.D. Student



Research Interests

Our group is strongly interested in utilizing chemistry-based genetic approaches to improve and enhance agriculture production and to boost plant defense response to pathogens. Carotenoids are known as precursors of plant hormones, such as abscisic acid (ABA) and strigolactones (SL). Moreover, several lines of evidence suggest that carotenoid-derived compounds are biologically active, playing diverse roles in plant development and in regulating carotenoid metabolic pathways. In my major project, I am investigating a possible role of carotenoid-derivatives in plant defense responses using Arabidopsis thaliana as a model system, assessed by assaying the most widely used model's pathosystem Pseudomonas syringae Pst D3000 and Botrytis cinerea.
I am contributing to generate of knock-out CRISPR/Cas9-Mediated mutant lines of Oszas and Osztpdr in rice Oryza sativa L. ssp. Japonica cv. Nipponbare. In order to study a new plant signaling and growth promoting compound. Transgenic plants were screened for genomic mutation and phenotyping analysis. 

Selected Publications

  • frontiers Plant Science. Apocarotenoids Involved in Plant Development and Stress Response. September 2019 


  • M.S. Of Bioscience (Cell and Molecular biology) expected graduation December 2015. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • BS. Of Biology (Genomic and Biotechnology), Spring 2014 King Abdul-Aziz University (KAU), Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia 

KAUST Affiliations

Prof. Salim Al-Babili's Group

CDA - Center for Desert Agriculture

BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

Apocarotenoids Botryis cinerea CRISPR-Cas