Razan Z. Yahya

PhD Candidate


Razan is a PhD student in the SSB group at KAUST under the supervision of professor Kyle J. Lauersen. Razan is from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. She completed her undergraduate degree at King Abdul-Aziz University in the biology division, in the Genomics and biotechnology department. She continued on to receive her Master's in Bioscience Studies at KAUST, where her research focused on testing the temporal variability of prokaryotic and viral loads in dust samples over the Red Sea. Razan has a broad interest in microbiological aspects and biotechnological applications of microalgae.

Selected Publications

  • “ Airborne Prokaryote and Virus Abundance Over the Red Sea ,” Yahya et al., Front. Microbiol, 2019.


  • M.Sc. in Bioscience (Cell and Molecular Biology) - King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, (KAUST)- 2016-2018;
  • B.Sc. in biology (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

Synthetic Biology Microbiology Genomics Algal Biotechnology