Sarah Al-Aqeel

PhD Students


Saudi Aramco

Research Interests

Sara is interesting in studying the Biofouling organisms’ specifically the barnacle Balanus amphitrite of Red Sea Region. The barnacle is considered the most important biofouling model species due to its wide range of distribution worldwide as well as the comprehensive studies on its biology and chemistry. Sarah will work with collaborative groups from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) to compare barnacle species in different regions (Red Sea and Hong Kong eastern coast water), specifically the unique environment of the (understudied) Red Sea which will give interesting insight into the developmental stages of the barnacles under different environmental conditions, and to find potential target pathways to inhibit the attachment mechanism of the barnacle Balanus amphitrite. Mapping transcriptomic and proteomic datasets will support declaring such pathways. Therefore, environmentally friendly antifouling compounds can be discovered. Sara will work by combining the gene expression analysis and the protein abundance at different times, which can reveal accurate correlations between transcripts and proteins of a specific mechanism in complex systems. By applying a system-wide approach of the transcriptomic and proteomic analysis with combination of computational analysis of the biofouling organism Balanus amphitrite in the Red Sea region, this study will yield important and fundamental information about biological processes regarding the attachment mechanisms of barnacles.


•    2005-2009 B.Sc. Biological Sciences, Department of Biochemistry, King Abdulaziz University Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
•    2009-2011 Master, Department of Chemical & Life Sciences and Engineering, King Abdullah University for science and technology (KAUST) Thuwal, Saudi Arabia.
•    2011-present PhD student, Division of Life Sciences and Engineering. King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST).