Research Interests

  • ​Diversity and functions of microorganisms in the Red Sea ecosystem.
  • Sandstorms and their impact on the Red Sea microbiome.
  • Potential transport of pathogenic microorganisms via sandstorms.
  • Red Sea as a source of microbial enzymes for biotechnological applications.

Selected Publications


Education Profile

​Ph.D., Experimental Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, Canada, 2007

M.Sc., Pathology, UBC, Vancouver, Canada, 1999

B.Sc., Medical Laboratory Science, UBC, Vancouver, Canada, 1993


Professional Profile

​2014-Present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

2011-2013: Honorary Lecturer, Department of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver, Canada

2009-2013: Research Scientist, Department of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver, Canada

2007-2009: Post Doctoral Fellow, Department of Medicine, UBC, Vancouver, Canada