Research Interests

​My areas of expertise are environmental microbiology and molecular biology. Particular areas of competence include the microbial analysis with high throughput, Next generation pyrosequencing/Ion torrent sequencing, Flow cytometry; Antibiotic resistance genes abundances and transfer in the environment; Mutagenicity/Genotoxicity testing using Ames Salmonella test/bacteriophage lambda; molecular methods for detection of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs), phylogenetic analysis, and microbial biofilms.


Selected Publications

  • Molecular-based approaches to characterize coastal microbial community and their potential relation to the trophic ...
    M.I. Ansari, M. Harb, B. Jones, P.Y. Hong
    Scientific Reports, 5, (2015)
  • Removal of bacterial contaminants and antibiotic resistance genes by conventional wastewater treatment processes in...
    . Al-Jassim, M.I. Ansari, P.Y. Hong
    Water Research, 2015 Feb 3; 73C:277-290, (2015)
  • Mackie Environmental and Public Health Implications of Water Reuse: Antibiotics, Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, and...
    3. P.Y. Hong, N. Al-Jassim, M.I. Ansari, R.I. Mackie
    Antibiotics: 2(3):367-399 , (2013)
  • Malik Seasonal variation of different microorganisms with nickel and cadmium in the industrial wastewater and agric...
    M.I. Ansari and A. Malik
    Environmental monitoring and assessment. 167 (1-4): 151-163 , (2010)
  • Genotoxicity of agricultural soils in the vicinity of industrial area.
    5. M.I. Ansari and A. Malik
    Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis. 673(2): 124-..., (2009)

Education Profile

  • ​Ph. D. , Microbiology, Aligarh Muslim University, India/TU Berlin, Germany , 2010
  • M. Sc. ,Microbiology, Aligarh Muslim University, India 2004
  • B. Sc.,Chemistry/Biology, Aligarh Muslim University, India , 2002

Professional Profile

  • ​2015 – Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, Red Sea Research Center, King Abdullah university of Science and Technology
  • 2012 – 2015 : Postdoctoral Fellow Environmental Microbiology & Biotechnology lab, Water Desalination and Reuse Center, King Abdullah university of Science and Technology
  • 2010-2012:  Lecturer/Guest faculty Department of Microbiology, Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh, India
  • 2007-2009:  DAAD-DST Project Fellow, Department of Environmental Microbiology, Technical University Berlin, Germany

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Association of Microbiologists, India
  • Indian Science Congress Association, India


  • ​Research Fellowship awarded by University Grants Commission (UGC), India, from January 2007-2009
  • Allana Research Fellowship (ARF) awarded by MAAS, India, from April, 2006-2007
  • Nurul Hasan Merit Scholarship awarded by Nurul Hasan Foundation, United Kingdom, 2004
  • Washington DC Merit Scholarship awarded by AMU Alumini Association, Washington DC, USA, 2004

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)
  • Division of Biological Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE)