I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KUST). I came to Abu Dhabi and joined the Masdar Institute (MI) Chemical Engineering Program in July of 2011. In 2017, I became part of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the KUST.
My laboratory, Microbial Environmental and Chemical Engineering Laboratory (MECEL), focuses on applying biotechnology tools and engineering principles to environmental microbial systems to address challenges facing society in the areas of food, water, diminishing nutritional resources, and bioremediation of ecosystems in the United Arab Emirates. The MECEL team is working on isolating and characterizing microalgae species from the United Arab Emirates, identifying the microbial composition of camel gut ecosystem, identifying microbes from the desert for soil regeneration, and identifying microbial populations that can be used for bioremediation of harmful chemical compounds released in the environment.
You can read more about the laboratory’s work at: MECEL