Research Interests

​Dr. Antony's research is focused on applying bioinformatic approaches for the accurate identification and characterization of key microbial players in the biogeochemical cycling of nutrients in the Red Sea. He uses shotgun metagenomic and metatranscriptomic data also for unraveling the evolutionary divergences as well as convergences in the metabolism of marine microbes (free-living) and invertebrate-associated microbes (symbionts). He is very interested in solving metabolic puzzles or exploiting metabolic reconstructions from 'omics' techniques so as to better understand microbial physiology in the marine environment. 


Education Profile

  • Ph.D.; Bi­o­tech­no­logy, Na­tional Centre for Cell Sci­ence (NCCS), Uni­versity of Pune, Pune, In­dia, 2013 ​
  • M.Sc.; Bi­o­tech­no­logy, Cochin Uni­versity of Sci­ence & Tech­no­logy (CUSAT), Ko­chi, In­dia, 2007

Professional Profile

  • ​2019-Present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2017-2019: Postdoctoral Fellow, Pathogen Genomics Laboratory, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2015-2016: Max Planck Society (MPG) Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany
  • 2013-2015: Alexander von Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow, Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Bremen, Germany


Awards

  • ​Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship (for postdoctoral research)
  • ISME Early-Mid Career Ambassadorship (2019-2022)


KAUST Affiliations

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