Research Interests

‚ÄčTo use and develop bioinformatics tools to exploit data from NGS platforms to address a wide variety of problems ranging from microbial ecology (marker & shotgun metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, microbial isolates) to genome assemblies, population genetics and genotyping and phenotyping. My current focus is the genome of the tomato Solanum pimpinellifolium. We aim to build a high-quality reference genome using Illumina HiSeq pair-end and mate-pair data. The draft genome will serve as the basis for the construction of exome libraries for approx 250  S. Pimpinellifolium  accessions which will be used to disentangle the genetic variation and the genetic basis for halotolerance. The genomes and transcriptomes of the ~250 S. Pimpinellifolium accessions will also be sequenced and phenotypic data collected from a state-of-the-art facility in Adelaide (Australia) and in ICBA in Dubai (UAE). This will allow us to carry out a population genetics study and a GWAS to explain the genetic basis for the observed phenotypic variation.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • PhD, Bioinformatics, The University of Manchester, Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Bsc, Bioinformatics, UMIST, Manchester, United Kingdom

Professional Profile

  • 20013-current Postdoctoral Fellow/Bioinformatician, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011-2013  Postdoctoral Fellow/Bioinformatician, HKUST, Hong Kong


  • 2014-2015 SABIC Fellowship Award
  • 2013-2014 SABIC Fellowship Award