Research Interests

Dr. Nawaz's research interest is focused on the evaluation of epigenetic changes in the coral system under different stress conditions. During his postdoc he will work in the group of Prof. Manuel Aranda, using several epigenetic NGS technique to improve the understanding of algal endosymbiosis with corals.

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D.; Nucleosome Dynamics in Plants, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne, Germany 
  • Master (M. Tech.); Computational and Systems Biology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • Bachelor (B. Tech.); Industrial Biotechnology, Dr. MGR University, Chennai, India

Professional Profile

  • 2019-Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, KSA​
  • 2017-2018: Research Assistant, Institute of Experimental Botany, Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • 2014-2015: Research Fellow, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, India
  • 2011-2012: Bioinformatics Analyst, Institute of Bioinformatics, Bangalore, India

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Society for Experimental Biology (SEB)


  • ​The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) PhD Fellowship, Germany
  • Department Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India Fellowship for JRF, India
  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2012 fellowship for M. Tech, India
  • All India IISc. Entrance Examination for PhD in 2012, conducted by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

KAUST Affiliations

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