Associate Professor of Marine Science
Building 2 (Ibn Al Haytham) West, Level 3, Room 3222
Phone: +966 (12) 808-2430
Prof. Peixoto's research has outlined the protocols and proved the concept that the manipulation of coral-associated microorganisms, using Beneficial Microorganisms for Corals (BMCs), is possible and can increase the host’s resilience and resistance against environmental threats. She is therefore a key researcher responsible for the creation of a new field of research, on coral probiotics, which not only is growing but also boosting the development of a broader and vibrant area of research on probiotics for wildlife. Probiotics are currently, although still experimental, the only hope as a potential medicine for corals, organisms that are considered the marine “canaries of the coal mine”, and are threatened with extinction. This pioneering work has contributed to pave the way for new approaches to reveal and explore mechanisms of marine microbiology and symbiotic interactions. As founder and chair of the Beneficial Microbes for Marine Organisms network (BMMO), vice-president of the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME), co-chair of the conservation committee, member of the council and fellow of the International Coral Reef Society (ICRS), head and co-chair of ICRS delegations at UN conferences (COP26, COP27) and member of the G20 CORDAP, her goal is to keep promoting a powerful international platform where basic knowledge can be strengthened and transformed into products to be used for marine ecosystems and sustainable development.
Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)