Lila Aldakheel

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

Study of the microbial communities and their roles in the environment and human health. It has been reported that mangroves and their associated microbes including bacteria and fungi play an essential role in maintaining the ecosystem and mitigating climate change and pollution. My research is focusing on the beneficial microbial communities and their metabolic potentials specifically for plastic and micro-plastic degradation.


  • M.S. Bioscience, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2019.
  • B.S. Medical and Molecular Biology, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston, USA, 2016.

Professional Profile

  • 2021-Present: PhD student, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • July 2020 - December 2020: Technical Consultant at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.
  • October 2019 - July 2020: Horticulture assistant at Red Sea Farms Company.
  • Jan 2016- April 2016: Hematology Laboratory Intern at Boston Children's Hospital.

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Mangrove microbiome initiative


  • Awarded the King Abdullah Scholarship for Undergraduate Studies (2011).
  • Graduate Fellowship Award (KAUST, Master 2017). 
  • Bachelor Graduated Cum Laude (2016)

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Molecular biology and Genetics Structural Biology and Imaging Extremophiles and microbiomes ​Plastic pollution