Jacqueline Alva

PhD Students

PhD Student



Building 2, Level 2. Office number: 2207-WS16


With my research I aim to understand the impact of anthropogenic pressures on marine ecosystems and organisms. I wish to study  the effect of prolonged exposure to low concentration environments in the health of Red Sea corals. I also aim to create solutions and implement marine conservation strategies with my research.

Research Interests

  • ​Environmental Sciences
  • Research and Development of bioremediation techniques for water bodies
  • Marine Diversity and Ecology
  • Develop methods of extracting compounds of interest from marine biodiversity
  • Understanding the impacts of anthropogenic pressure on marine environments to develop conservation strategies

Selected Publications

  •   Symbiotic Photosynthetic Oxygenation within 3D-Bioprinted Vascularized Tissues. S. Maharjan,  J. Alva,  C. Cámara,  A. G. Rubio,  D. Hernández,  C. Delavaux,  E. Correa,  M. D. Romo,  D. Bonilla,  M. L.  Santiago, W. Li,  F. Cheng,  G. Ying and Y. S. Zhang. Matter 4(1): 217-240, (2021)


  • PhD, Marine Sciences, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabi, 2022 - Present
  • M.Sc., Marine Sciences, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2021
  • B.Sc., Biotechnology Engineering, Tec de Monterrey, Monterrey, México, 2019

Professional Profile

  • 2017 - 2020: Project Leader, InDeX Alimentos, Monterrey N.L., Mexico
  • 2018: Research Intern, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston MA, US


  • Research and Development of New Improvement Proposals for BSc. Biotechnology Engineering thesis, Conexión Tec, 2019
  • Social Impact for BSc. Biotechnology Engineering thesis, Conexión Tec, 2019

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Marine Ecology Marine diversity Conservation Strategies Marine Protected Areas Anthropogenic Impacts