Research Interests

Sandy's dissertation will focus on the development of Cassiopea as a model organism to study symbiosis. Cassiopea, similarly to corals, has a mutualistic relationship with Symbiodiniaceae. Albeit, is a more amicable system when compared to hard corals, as this upside-down jellyfish can be easily maintained in laboratory conditions, has a closed sexual reproductive cycle, and short generation time. The use of Cassiopea as a model organism to investigate symbiosis with Symbiodiniaceae, would provide us with a better understanding of cnidarian symbiosis and would bring us a step closer to the development of a cnidarian symbiosis model.


Education Profile

  • ​M.Sc., Marine Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, National Dong Hwa University and National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, Taiwan 
  • B.Sc., Aquatic Biosciences, National Chiayi University, Taiwan

Professional Profile

  • ​2019-Present: Ph.D. student, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2017: Visiting Student, Visiting Student Research Program, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2015-2017: Ph.D. Student, Institute of Biotechnology, National Cheng Kung University and National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, Taiwan
  • 2016: Research Fellowship, Korea Polar Research Institute, South Korea
  • 2011-2012: Exchange Student/Visiting Scholar, University of Idaho, USA

KAUST Affiliations

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