Malak N. Abdallah

PhD Candidate


Malak N. Abdallah is a PhD student in the SSB group at KAUST under supervision of Dr. Kyle Lauersen. Malak is from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia where she completed her undergraduate at King Abdul-Aziz University in the genome and biotechnology field. She was awarded a scholarship by KAUST to study her Master's in bioscience. Malak has an interest in conducting research in Biotechnology, Genetic Molecular Biology and to explore various applications of microalgae.

Selected Publications

Abdallah, M.N., Wellman, G.B., Overmans, S., Lauersen, K.J. (2022) Combinatorial Engineering Enables Photoautotrophic Growth in High Cell Density Phosphite-Buffered Media to Support Engineered Chlamydomonas reinhardtii Bio-Production Concepts. Front Microbiol, 13, 885840.


  • M.Sc. in Bioscience, Cell and Molecular Biology, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) – 2016-2018;
  • B.Sc. in Genome and Biotechnology, King Abdul-Aziz University (KAU) – 2011-2015.

KAUST Affiliations

  • Sustainable & Synthetic Biotechnology Group
  • Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering

Research Interests Keywords

Microbiology Genetic Engineering Synthetic Biology Algal Biotechnology