Research Interests

​I am investigating the role of epigenetics in influencing the resilience of marine organisms (e.g. corals, sea anemones and the symbiotic algae Symbiodinium) in response to global warming and ocean acidification. I am also involved in several genome projects, decoding mysteries such as presence of functional miRNAs in two sponges and horizontally-transferred genes in sea anemones. I designed and maintain a data portal ( for other researchers to easily access the data produced by our genome projects.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Genetics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, 2012
  • B.A., Genetics, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, 2008

Professional Profile

  • ​2013 – present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

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