Research Interests

​My research interests focus on the metagenomic analysis of human bacterial pathogens in the marine environment and on the role of seagrass in reducing sea water contamination. I am interested in human pathogens in marine environments and, in particular, in the global distribution of bacteria in the ocean. Currently, my work focuses on the influence of the seagrass ecosystem on the Red Sea and specifically on how seagrass reduces microbial pathogen contamination. I aim to detect bacterial pathogens by analyzing their 16S sequences and metagenomics data and to use this data to determine the abundance and distribution of human pathogens in oceans globally.


Selected Publications

  • Genotypic and phenotypic characteristics of Cronobacter species, with particular attention to the newly reclassifie...
    E., Jackson, H., Sonbol, N., Masood, & S., Forsythe.
    Food Microbiology, 44, 226-235, (2014)
  • Comparative analysis of genome sequences covering the seven Cronobacter species
    S., Joseph, P., Li, Y. Ji, Y., Desai, C, A., Cummings, R., Shih, L., Degoricija, A., Rico,...
    PLoS ONE, 7,11, e49455, (2012)
  • Diversity of the Cronobacter genus as revealed by multi locus sequence typing
    S., Joseph, H., Sonbol, S., Hariri, P., Desai, M., McClelland, & S.J., Forsythe
    Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 50, 3031-3039, (2012)
  • Multilocus sequence typing of Cronobacter from milk powder and production factories
    H., Sonbol, C.M., McAuley, H.M., Craven, and S. J., Forsythe
    Journal of International Dairy, Issue 1, 1-7, (2012)

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Clinical Microbiology, Nottingham Trent university, 2016;
  • MSc., Applied Biomolecular Technologies, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, 2011;
  • B.Sc., Microbiology, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2007.


Professional Profile

  • 2016-now: Postdoctoral fellow, Xelu Moran Group, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2014-now Currently Assistant Professor, Princess Nora bint Abdulrahman University(PNU), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

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