Nojood Aalismail

PhD Students

PhD Student



Building 2 (Ibn Al Haytham) West, Level 2, Office: 2207-WS11

Research Interests

The Red Sea receives abundant dust supply from dust storms originated in the Sahara and Arabian Peninsula regions.  The Red Sea acts as a sink for this dust, which also acts as a vehicle for microbes. Airborne microbes have been recognized as a poorly characterized component of the biosphere and, although their load is low, the transport rates, fluxes, and distances can be phenomenal. This research will develop, using metagenomic approaches, a first description of the airborne microbial communities over the Red Sea, their sources and their role upon entering the Red Sea.


  • M.Sc., Bioscience, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2016 

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Airborne Metagenomics Dust Microbes