Cristina Andres-Barrao, Ph.D.

Alumni and Former Staff

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

​Dr. Cristian Andres-Barrao is deeply curious about extremophile microorganisms and spent most part of her career studying the physiology of acidophilic bacteria and plant-growth-promoting bacteria occurring in extreme environments. Her current research interest focuses on the characterization of ultramicrobacteria (UMB) from the Red Sea in terms of morphology and diversity in terms of taxonomy and function.

Selected Publications

  • Ethylene induced plant stress tolerance by Enterobacter sp. SA187 is mediated by 2-keto-4-methylthiobutyric acid pr... 
    A. de Zélicourt, L. Synek, M.M. Saad, H. Alzubaidy, R. Jalal, Y. Xie, C. Andrés-Barrao, E....
    PLoS Genetics 14(3):e1007273, (2019)
  • Complete genome sequence analysis of Enterobacter sp. SA187, a plant multi-stress tolerance promoting endophytic ba... 
    C. Andrés-Barrao, F.F. Lafi, I. Alam, A. de Zélicourt, A.A. Eida, A. Bokhari, H. Alzubaidy...
    Frontiers in Microbioloby. 8: 2023, (2018)
  • Metaproteomics and ultrastructure characterization of Komagataeibacter spp. involved in high-acid spirit vinegar pr... 
    C. Andrés-Barrao, M.M. Saad, E. Cabello Ferrete, D. Bravo, M.L. Chappuis, R. Ortega Pérez,...
    Food Microbiology. 55(1):12-22, (2016)
  • Rapid identification of acetic acid bacteria using MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry fingerprinting 
    C. Andrés-Barrao, C. Benagli, M. Tonolla, F. Barja
    Systematic and Applied Microbiollgy. 36(2):75-81, (2013)
  • Proteome analysis of Acetobacter pasteurianus during acetic acid fermentation 
    C. Andrés-Barrao, M.M. Saad, M.L. Chappuis, M. Boffa, X. Perret, R. Ortega Pérez, F. Barja
    Journal of Proteomics. 75 (6):1701-1717, (2012)
  • Genome sequences of the high-acetic acid-resistant bacteria Gluconacetobacter europaeus LMG 18890T and G. europaeu... 
    C. Andrés-Barrao, L. Falquet, S.P. Calderón-Copete, P. Descombes, R. Ortega Pérez, F. Barj...
    Journal of Bacteriology. 193 (10):2670-2671, (2011)


  • ​Ph.D. in Sciences, Biology. University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland, 2012
  • MSc in Biochemistry. University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain, 2006
  • MSc in Chemistry, Organic Chemistry. University of Zaragoza, Zaragoza, Spain, 2004

Professional Profile

  • ​2019-Current: Postdoctoral fellow, Red Sea Research Center, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia 
  • 2015-2019: Postdoctoral fellow, Desert Agriculture Initiative, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
  • 2013-2015: Postdoctoral fellow, Tokyo University of Agriculture, Tokyo, Japan.
  • 2012-2013: Postdoctoral researcher, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland.


  • ​Research Fellowship awarded by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS)

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

​​​​Prokaryotes Extremophiles Marine ecology Taxonomy Genomics Metagenomics Transcriptomics NGS Data analysis