Research Interests

​My research group applies genomics-lead approaches to investigating and understanding the fundamental biology of non-model microorganisms such as microalgae, methanogens and other heterotrophic bacteria isolated from extreme habitats in the Arabian Peninsula and from this knowledge developing novel biotechnology products and solutions.


Selected Publications


Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Genetics, Univeristy of Glasgow, Scotland;
  • B.Sc.(Honours), Biological Sciences, University of Essex, England

Professional Profile

  • ​2009-present Principal Research Scientist, CBRC CEMSE KAUST;
  • 1992-2009 Faculty, Department of Genetics, University of Cambridge;
  • 1985-1991 Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​European Phycological Societs (EPS); Society for Industrial Microbiology (SIMB)