People

Feras Lafi

Feras F. Lafi

Postdoctoral Fellows

Research Scientist

KAUST Center for Desert Agriculture

Research Interests

•    Microbial identity, structure and diversity of marine sponges
•    Sponge genomics, transcriptome
•    Sponge compartmentalised bacteria (poribacteria)
•    Brine Pools microbial structure and metagenomics
•    Microbial evolution; the taxonomy of the prokaryotic tree

Selected Publications

•    Lee, O. O., Y. Wang, J. Yang, F. F. Lafi, A. Al-Suwailem and P. Y. Qian (2010). "Pyrosequencing reveals highly diverse and species-specific microbial communities in sponges from the Red Sea." ISME J.
•    Qian, P. Y., Y. Wang, O. O. Lee, S. C. Lau, J. Yang, F. F. Lafi, A. Al-Suwailem and T. Y. Wong (2010). "Vertical stratification of microbial communities in the Red Sea revealed by 16S rDNA pyrosequencing." ISME J.
•    Lafi, F. F., A. J. Fuerst, L. Fieseler, C. Engels, W. W. L. Goh and U. Hentschel (2009). "Widespread distribution of poribacteria in Demospongiae." Appl Environ Microbiol Vol. 75(17): 5695-5699.
•    Yee, B., F. F. Lafi, B. Oakley, J. T. Staley and J. A. Fuerst (2007). "A canonical FtsZ protein in Verrucomicrobium spinosum, a member of the Bacterial phylum Verrucomicrobia that also includes tubulin-producing Prosthecobacter species." BMC Evolutionary Biology(7).
•    Butler, M. K., H. J. M. O. d. Camp, H. R. Harhangi, F. F. Lafi, M. Strous and J. A. Fuerst (2007). "Close relationship of RNase P RNA in Gemmata and anammox planctomycete bacteria." FEMS Microbiology letters 268(2): 244-253.
•    Lafi, F. F., M. J. Garson and J. A. Fuerst (2005). "Culturable bacterial symbionts isolated from two distinct sponge species (Pseudoceratina clavata and Rhabdastrella globostellata) from the Great Barrier Reef display similar phylogenetic diversity." Microbial Ecology 50(2): 213-220.

Education

2001-2007 Doctor of Philosophy, School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia
2000-2001 Master of Applied Life Sciences, Queensland University of Technology, Australia
1999-2000 Postgraduate Diploma, School of Molecular and Microbial Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia
1995-1999 B.Sc. Medical Laboratory Sciences, Al Ahlyyia Amman University, Jordan