Ahmed Alsaggaf

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

Ahmed is interested in learning more about the relationship between marine microbes and corals. Questions such as how microbial interactions help in the adaptability and survival of corals interest me in particular. His goal is to help discover more about these interactions to shed some light upon the microbial world in the seas and, more specifically, in the Red Sea.


  • B.Sc., General Biology, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA, USA, 2020

Professional Profile

  • 2020-Present: Master's Student, RSRC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia​
  • 2018-2020: Undergraduate Student at Azam Lab, Scripps Institute of Oceanography (SIO), La Jolla, CA, USA
  • 2019: Summer Intern at Smart Hybrid Materials Lab (SHMs), KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia


  • Provost Honors (Dean’s List) - Winter ‘17, Fall ‘19, Spring ‘20
  • KAUST Gifted Students Program (KGSP) Scholarship - 2016-2020
  • Mawhiba Scholarship - 2010-2016

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Applied Microbiology Microbial Ecology Corals Beneficial Microorganisms for Corals (BMCs) Marine microbes Red Sea