Adam Barno

Ph.D. Students

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

​Adam is currently interested in studying the molecular relationship between coral-associated microbiomes and coral hosts and how this pertains to the efficacy of Beneficial Microorganisms for Corals (BMCs). Specifically, Adam is looking at whether and how bacteria can change the epigenomes of coral hosts to promote or prevent coral resistance and resilience to detrimental environmental changes.

Selected Publications

  • Assessing skeleton and microbiome responses of a calcareous sponge under thermal and pH stresses 
    B Ribeiro, A Padua, A Barno, H Villela, G Duarte, A Rossi, FC Fernandes, ...
    ICES Journal of Marine Science, fsaa231, (2020)
  • Delivering Beneficial Microorganisms for Corals: Rotifers as Carriers of Probiotic Bacteria 
    JM Assis, F Abreu, H Villela, A Barno, RF Valle, R Vieira, I Taveira, ...
    Frontiers in Microbiology, 11: 3243, (2020)
  • Ecological and biotechnological importance of secondary metabolites produced by coral‐associated bacteria 
    F Modolon, AR Barno, HDM Villela, RS Peixoto
    Journal of Applied Microbiology, 129 (6): 1441-1457, (2020)
  • Heat waves are a major threat to turbid coral reefs in Brazil 
    GAS Duarte, HDM Villela, M Deocleciano, D Silva, A Barno, PM Cardoso, ...
    Frontiers in Marine Science, 7: 179, (2020)
  • Biophysical and physiological processes causing oxygen loss from coral reefs 
    CB Silveira, A Luque, TNF Roach, H Villela, A Barno, K Green, B Reyes, ...
    Elife 8, e49114, (2019)


  • MSc., Biology - Cell and Molecular Biology, San Diego State University, California, USA, 2019
  • BSc., Biological Sciences - Anatomy and Physiology, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo, California, USA, 2014

Professional Profile

  • ​2020-Present: PhD Student, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Marine microbial ecology Coral Microbiology Molecular biology Marine Probiotics Epigenetics