Laura Beenham

Ph.D. Students

PhD Student

Research Interests

Laura's research aims to continue investigating the interactions between marine microbes and coral in relation to disease, nutrient enrichment, and thermal stress. Continuing on from previous work which focussed on putative Beneficial microbes, she hopes to help increase their resilience to environmental threats.


  • BSc., Biology, University of Derby, England, UK 2020

Professional Profile

  • 2021-Present: Master's student, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Royal Society of Biology (RSB)
  • International Coral Reef Society (ICRS)


  • Royal Society of Biology accreditation award for 'Top project'
  • University of Derby Hugo Harries prize for 'best project in biological sciences'

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Microbiology Coral ecology Coral resilience Marine Microbial Ecology Functional Microbiome Marine biology Marine Probiotics Beneficial Microorganisms for Corals (BMC's)