Soumaya Belkharchouche

Research Specialist


Soumaya received her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in biochemistry from the University of Manchester, UK.

Research Interests

Soumaya's research passion lies in the development of sustainable processes that have the potential to generate systemic change in a growing global society this includes the development of carbon capture and reuse technologies.

Her goal is to develop scalable algal biotechnological processes that could be expanded and provide economic and translational value for the greater Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


  • Ph.D. Candidate Marine Environmental Science – Hong Kong University of Science and Technology – 2012-2013;
  • M.Sc. Chemistry - University of Manchester - 2006;
  • Hons. B.Sc. Biochemistry – University of Manchester – 2001-2005.

Professional Profile

  • Research Specialist, Bioscience and Environmental Science - KAUST - November 2019-Current;
  • Research Coordinator, Computation and Bioscience Research Center - KAUST - April 2019-November 2019;
  • Laboratory Manager, KAUST Solar Center - KAUST - December 2017-August 2018;
  • Laboratory Manager - KAUST - May 2017-November 2017;
  • Research Assistant, Center for Desert Agriculture - KAUST - February 2014-June 2016;
  • Research Assistant - Hong Kong University of Science and Technology - April 2014-September 2014.


  • Team Lab Safety Award for safety performance and exceptional safety practices - KAUST - 2017;
  • PGS grant for PhD studies - HKUST - 2012-2013;
  • EPSRC research grant for M.Sc. studies - University of Manchester - 2005-2006.

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Biotechnology microalgae Sustainability Biocosmetics algae