Jessica Menzies

Ph.D. Students

PhD Student

Research Interests

​​Here at KAUST, Jessica is studying the molecular biology of Aiptasia pallida symbioses, and in particular how inhibition of uric acid synthesis could alter the state of symbiosis. Also, she is looking at morphology and effect of nitrogen limitation in the algal cells which are engaged in symbiosis with cnidarians and those which are free living.


  • ​BSc.; Biological Sciences, University of Bristol, UK, 2018

Professional Profile

  • 2019 - Present: Master student, RSRC, KAUST​
  • Jan - June 2019: Intern at KAUST, Professor Manuel Aranda's lab
  • October-Nov 2018: Research Assistant for Dr. Greg Walter, University of Catania, Sicily, studying phenotypic plasticity of Senecio species at different altitudes on Mt Etna. 

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Marine ecology Molecular biology Transcriptomics Nitrogen cycling