Hanin Ahmed

PhD Students

Ph.D. Student



Research Interests

I am focusing on the use of genomics tools for establishing genomic resources that will allow advancing the improvement of wild or semi-domesticated plant species with a high potential for desert agriculture such as fonio millet (D. exilis) as it shows high tolerance to heat, drought, and salt. I focus on analyzing re-sequencing data (i.e., whole-genome level) of fonio to understand its evolutionary history and more interestingly to investigate the pattern and process of fonio domestication, and exploring loci that involve in the domestication or improvement process 

Selected Publications

  • HI Ahmed, M Herrera Sarrias, YJ Liew, M Aranda. Long-term temperature stress in the coral model Aiptasia supports the “Anna Karenina Principle” for bacterial microbiomes. (2019). Frontiers in microbiology 10, 975 


  • Ph.D. student - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (2018-present)
  • M.Sc. Bioscience - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (2016-2018)
  • B.Sc. Applied Biology – Taibah University, Madinah, Saudi Arabia (2010-2015) 

Professional Profile

  • Internship at Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD), Montpellier, France (May 2019- August 2019)
  • Biology teacher at Almootaz Billah High school , Madinah, Saudi Arabia (November 2015 – May 2016)
  • Internship at The City of Medina Reference Laboratory, Madinah, Saudi Arabia (October 2014 -January 2015)

KAUST Affiliations

Prof. Simon Krattinger's Group

CDA - Center for Desert Agriculture

BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

Crop domestication Bioinformatics Genomics Population Genetics Plant Biology and Desert agriculture