Lutfi Afiq-Rosli, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Lutfi's research focuses on the ecology of coral reefs and its conservation. As one of the most vulnerable ecosystems to global climate change, He is interested in using various tools like genetics and genomics to understand the evolution and ecology of coral reefs around the world and apply this knowledge to better preserve them through approaches such as reef restoration and establishment of Marine Protected Areas.

Selected Publications

  • Endosymbiont Communities in Pachyseris speciosa Highlight Geographical and Methodological Variations. Jain, SS, Afiq-Rosli, L, Feldman, B, Kunning, I, Levy, O, Mana RR, Wainwright BJ, & Huang, D. Frontiers in Marine Science, (2021)
  • Distinct lineages and population genomic structure of the coral Pachyseris speciosa in the small equatorial reef system of Singapore. Feldman, B, Afiq-Rosli, L, Simon-Blecher, N, Bollati, E, Wainwright, BJ, Bongaerts, P, Huang, D, & Levy, O. Coral Reefs, (2021)
  • Barriers and corridors to gene flow in an urbanised tropical reef system. Afiq-Rosli, L, Wainwright BJ, Gajanur AR, Lee AC, Ooi SK, Chou LM & Huang D. Evolutionary Applications, (2021)
  • Homogenization of Endosymbiont Communities Hosted by Equatorial Corals during the 2016
    Mass Bleaching Event. Jain, SS, Afiq-Rosli, L, Feldman, B, Levy, O, Phua, JW, Wainwright, BJ, & Huang, D. Microorganisms, (2020)
  • Endosymbiont diversity and community structure in Porites lutea from Southeast Asia are driven by a suite of environmental variables. Tan, YTR, Wainwright, BJ, Afiq-Rosli, L, Ip, YCA, Lee, JN, Nguyen, NTH, & Huang, D. Symbiosis, (2020)
  • Host age is not a consistent predictor of microbial diversity in the coral Porites lutea. Wainwright, BJ, Zahn, GL, Afiq-Rosli, L, Tanzil, JT, & Huang, D. Scientific Reports, (2020)
  • Maximising genetic diversity during coral transplantation from a highly impacted source reef. Afiq-Rosli, L, Huang, D, Toh, TC, Taira, D, Ng, CSL, Song, T, & Chou, LM. Conservation Genetics (2019)
  • Characterisation of coral-associated bacterial communities in an urbanised marine environment shows strong divergence over small geographic scales. Wainwright, BJ., Afiq-Rosli, L, Zahn, GL, & Huang, D. Coral Reefs, (2019)
  • In situ nurseries enhance coral transplant growth in sedimented waters. Afiq-Rosli, L, Taira, D, Loke, HX, Toh, TC, Toh, KB, Ng, CSL, Cabaitan, PC, Chou, LM & Song, T. Marine Biology Research, (2017)


  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, NUS, Singapore, 2022
  • B.Sc., Marine Biology, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Malaysia, 2009

Professional Profile

  • 2022 - Present: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, with: Prof. Carlos M. Duarte.
  • 2014-2017: Research Assistant, Tropical Marine Science Institute, NUS, Singapore, with Prof. Loke Ming Chou.

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Coral reef ecology Coral reef restoration Population genomics Conservation genetics