Max Dhillon

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

Max's research interests revolve around the field of coral reef restoration. His previous work involves increasing the efficiency, viability and feasibility of different coral restoration techniques.

Since he joined KAUST, Max has been working in the Coral Symbionics lab, in which he has been developing systems for the identification and breeding of "super corals". These phenotypically/genotypically strong corals can be selectively bred for favourable traits with the intention of increasing the overall tolerance to multiple stressors facing the coral reefs of the Red Sea.


  • M.Biol., Zoology (Int), University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom, 2018-2019.
  • B.Sc., Zoology (Int), University of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom, 2014-2018 and Griffith University Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, 2016-2017.

Professional Profile

  • 2019-2020: Visiting Student, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.


  • Priestley International Centre for Climate 2018 climate research grant

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Coral reef restoration Coral reef ecology Marine ecology Assisted evolution