Kashif Nawaz, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Dr. Nawaz's research interest is focused on the evaluation of epigenetic changes in the coral system under different stress conditions. During his postdoc he will work in the group of Prof. Manuel Aranda, using several epigenetic NGS technique to improve the understanding of algal endosymbiosis with corals.

Selected Publications

  • Genome invasion by hypo-methylated satellite repeat in Australian crucifer Ballantinia antipoda 
    PA Finke A, Mandáková T, Nawaz K, Vu G, Novák P, Macas J, Lysak MA
    The Plant Journal, (2019)
  • PERPETUAL FLOWERING2 coordinates the vernalization response and perennial flowering in Arabis alpina 
    Ana Lazaro, Yanhao Zhou, Miriam Giesguth, Kashif Nawaz, Sara Bergonzi, Ales Pecinka, Georg...
    Journal of experimental botany, (2018)
  • Draft genome sequence of Cicer reticulatum L., the wild progenitor of chickpea provides a resource for agronomic tr... 
    Sonal Gupta, Kashif Nawaz*, Sabiha Parween, Riti Roy, Kamlesh Sahu, Anil Kumar Pole, Hitai...
    Dna Research, (2016)
  • An advanced draft genome assembly of a desi type chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) 
    Sabiha Parween, Kashif Nawaz*, Riti Roy, Anil K Pole, B Venkata Suresh, Gopal Misra, Mukes...
    Scientific reports, (2015)
  • Global analysis of WRKY transcription factor superfamily in Setaria identifies potential candidates involved in abi... 
    Mehanathan Muthamilarasan, Venkata S Bonthala, Rohit Khandelwal, Jananee Jaishankar, Shwet...
    Frontiers in plant science, (2015)


  • ​Ph.D.; Nucleosome Dynamics in Plants, Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding, Cologne, Germany 
  • Master (M. Tech.); Computational and Systems Biology, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India
  • Bachelor (B. Tech.); Industrial Biotechnology, Dr. MGR University, Chennai, India

Professional Profile

  • 2019-Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, KSA​
  • 2017-2018: Research Assistant, Institute of Experimental Botany, Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • 2014-2015: Research Fellow, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi, India
  • 2011-2012: Bioinformatics Analyst, Institute of Bioinformatics, Bangalore, India

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​Society for Experimental Biology (SEB)


  • ​The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) PhD Fellowship, Germany
  • Department Biotechnology (DBT), Govt. of India Fellowship for JRF, India
  • Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE) 2012 fellowship for M. Tech, India
  • All India IISc. Entrance Examination for PhD in 2012, conducted by Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Computational Epigenetics Heat tolerance Bioinformatics