Research Interests

​Although, I have been studying only one major (computer science), my work has covered intellectually wide-ranging areas. At the undergraduate level, I focused on computer networks. I did an internship for six months at Cisco Systems Inc., and I achieved CCNA and CCNP certification. However, when I was introduced to artificial intelligence (AI), I realized it is a domain specified by certain principles and rules and yet there was a huge space for creativity.

So I decided to pursue further studies in AI. At Master's level, I joined the Computational Bioscience Research Center. I was in charge of a text mining project to extract associations between methylated genes and diseases automatically from scientific literature. Interestingly, to solve this problem, we implemented a novel application of position weight matrices, which is a tool commonly used in bioinformatics.

As a PhD student, my aspiration has expanded. I wanted to investigate another research area to which my skills are transferable. I chose cheminformatics. Recently, I've been working on developing machine learning models to predict chemical toxicity. Additionally, I'm very interested in high performance computing.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • MS with thesis, Computer Science, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2012
  • BS, Computer Science, Prince Sultan University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 2011

Professional Profile

  • Spring 2015: Teaching Assistant for High Performance Computing and Architecture Course, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • Spring 2014: Teaching Assistant for High Performance Computing and Architecture Course, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • Spring 2013: Teaching Assistant for Programming Languages Course, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • Summer 2012: Intern, Dow Research Center, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • February 2011 – August 2011: Intern, Cisco Systems Inc., Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • 2009-2011: Events Organizer, Community Service and Continuing Education Center, PSU, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Spring 2010: Team Leader, Software Development Unit, PSU, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)


  • KAUST Fellowship for PhD students, 2013
  • KAUST Fellowship for Master students, 2011
  • KAUST Provost Award for outstanding entering Master students, 2011
  • Prince Sultan University Scholarship, 2006