Octavio Salazar Moya, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

​Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Octavio is interested in increasing food production, particularly by increasing salt tolerance of plants. He also interested in agriculture of salinized non-cultivated land. Octavio is currently working with halophytes, investigating the mechanisms of these plants to grow in saline soils, focusing on tissue tolerance.


  • ​Ph.D.; Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST, Thuwal, KSA 
  • MSc.; Plant Biotechnology (Wageningen University, the Netherlands)
  • BSc.; Genomic Sciences (UNAM, Mexico)

Professional Profile

  • ​2019-Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, RSRC, KAUST, Thuwal, KSA
  • 2011  M.Sc. internship -Kranz anatomy regulators, C4 Rice project- Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford


  • Awarded with HSP Huygens Scholarship Programme, September 2009 → September 2011 (Scholarship of Excellence awarded by the Dutch government to international students to follow a master’s degree in the Netherlands)
  • Awarded with Concyteg’s scholarship for Bachelor's thesis, September 2008 → January 2009.

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

​Salinity tolerance Halophytes Tissue Tolerance Saponins