Silvia Arossa

Ph.D. Students

​Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

​Environmental pollution and its effects on both environment and aquatic organisms have been the common theme of my whole career. My attention has been mainly focused on polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons and their effects on DNA in fish gut cells. Later, I have become more interested in deepening our knowledge about plastic pollution and how this contaminant can affect both marine biota and oceans. Furthermore, I am also interested in global change and coral reef ecology. 

Selected Publications

  • Microplastic removal by Red Sea giant clam (Tridacna maxima) 
    S. Arossa, C. Martin, S. Rossbach, C.M. Duarte
    Environmental Pollution, 252, pp. 1257-1266, (2019)
  • Assessing the impact of benzo [a] pyrene with the in vitro fish gut model: an integrated approach for eco-genotoxic... 
    Langan, L. M., Arossa, S., Owen, S. F., & Jha, A. N
    Mutation Research/Genetic Toxicology and Environmental Mutagenesis, 826, 53-64, (2018)


  • M.Sc., Marine Biology, Polytechnic University of Ancona, Ancona, 2014
  • B.Sc., Biology, University of Torino, Torino, Italy, 2011 

Professional Profile

  • 2019-Present: Ph.D. student, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2018: VSRP at KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2016 - 2018: Biologist, ZOOM Torino Spa, Italy
  • 2015: Research Intern, Plymouth University, UK. Project: Assessing the impact of benzo [a] pyrene with the in vitro fish gut model: an integrated approach for eco-genotoxicological studies
  • 2012: Scientific Diver, Diving Center Costa Paradiso, Sardinia, Italy
  • 2011-2014: Master student, Polytechnic University of Ancona, Italy. Project: Seasonal cycle of Anemonia viridis (Forsskål, 1775) and Aiptasia diaphana (Rapp, 1829) (Cnidaria: Anthozoa) of the Conero Promontory
  • 2009-2010: Research Intern, Sea Turtle Rescue Center, Linosa, Italy 

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​AIOSS, Italian Association of Scientific Scuba Divers
  • ONB, Italian National Association of Biologists
  • ESDP, European Scientific Diving Panel as Scientific Diver 


  • ​Campus World Scholarship, Polytechnic University of Ancona, 2015 

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Marine ecology ​Coral ecology Global change biology Marine pollution ​Plastic pollution ​Ecotoxicology