Research Interests

​I am currently a PhD candidate in the Chemical and Biological Engineering program. I have always been interested in maximizing the utilization of simulation-based analysis to generate biologically relevant hypotheses. My research focuses on utilizing metabolic modeling techniques to explore the hidden productive potential of different Bacteria. I also work on developing methods for the optimization of secondary metabolic pathways especially those involved in antibiotics production.


Selected Publications

  • DESM: Portal for microbial knowledge exploration systems.
    Salhi A, Essack M, Radovanovic A, Marchand B, Bougouffa S, Antunes A, Simões M, Lafi F, Mo...
    Nucleic Acids Res, 44(D1):D624-D633, (2016)
  • Complete Genome Sequence of Mycobacterium fortuitum subsp. fortuitum Type Strain DSM46621
    Ho YS, Adroub SA, Aleisa F, Mahmood H, Othoum G, Rashid F, Zaher M, Ali S, Bitter W, Pain ...
    J Bacteriol , 194(22):6337-6338, (2012)

Education Profile

  • MSc, biological sciences, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2011-2013
  • BSc, Computer Science, Effat University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2007-2011

Professional Profile

  • 2013-present: PhD fellowship, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011-2013: Masters fellowship, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia