Junia Schultz, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Dr. Junia Schultz is a biologist with a PhD in biotechnology and bioprocesses. Her research interests at KAUST are focused on unraveling the culturable and yet-to-be-cultured microorganisms of extreme Saudi Arabian environments (deserts, volcanoes, and hot springs) and exploiting those extremophiles for biotechnological and astrobiological applications. Over the last 7 years, she has been working with extreme environments, including Antarctic ecosystems and deep-sea, and studying their microbial community and metabolic potential for biotechnology.

Selected Publications

  • Structure and functional capacity of a benzene-mineralizing, nitrate-reducing microbial community.
    S.C. Eziuzor, F.B. Corrêa, S. Peng, J. Schultz, S. Kleinsteuber, U.N. da Rocha, L. Adrian, C. Vogt
    Journal of Applied Microbiology, (2022)
  • Extreme environments: A source of biosurfactant for biotechnological applications.
    J. Schultz, A.S. Rosado
    Extremophiles, (2020)
  • Use of microbes from extreme environments for biotechnological applications. In: Advanced Techniques for Studying Microorganisms in Extreme Environments.
    J. Schultz, A.S. Rosado
    De Gruyter, (2019).
  • Draft-genome Sequence of Brevibacillus sp. strain LEMMJ03 isolated from an Antarctic volcano sediment.
    J. Schultz, R. Kallies, U.N. da Rocha, A.S. Rosado
    Microbiology Resource Announcements, (2019)
  • Novel carotenoids from UV-resistant Antarctic Microbacterium sp. LEMMJ01. 
    M.C.P.P.R. Mansur, J. Cardoso-Rurr, J. Silva, G.R. Souza, V.S. Cardoso, F. Mansoldo, Y.A.P. De Souza, J. Schultz, C. Lage, L.L. Balottin, A.R. Silva, E.P. Santos, A.S. Rosado, A.B. Vermelho
    Scientific Reports, (2019)


  • Ph.D., Biotechnology, UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2019
  • M.Sc., Environmental Engineering, FURB, Blumenau, Brazil, 2015
  • B.Sc., Biological Sciences, FURB, Blumenau, Brazil, 2012

Professional Profile

  • 2021-present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2019-2021: Postdoctoral fellow, UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2015: Lecturer (Environmental analyses), Uniasselvi Group, Blumenau, Brazil
  • 2015: Lecturer (Human Biology), FURB, Blumenau, Brazil
  • 2009-2011: Trainee (Microbiology), FURB, Blumenau, Brazil

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) membership


  • 2019: Best PhD thesis Award PBV-UFRJ
  • 2019: Travel Award for the International Microbial Ecology Congress - Latin America (ISME LA), held in Chile
  • 2019: FAPERJ scholarship, offered to the best PhD student of the graduate program
  • 2018: CAPES Doctoral exchange scholarship
  • 2018: International mobility award from the University of Western Brittany, France
  • 2017: Australia – Brazil PhD Exchange Award
  • 2015: CNPq Doctorate scholarship
  • 2013: CAPES Masters scholarship

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Extremophiles Extreme environments Microbial ecology Biotechnology of extremophiles Astrobiology