Research Interests

  • Drinking water production and distribution, innovative microbial monitoring of distribution networks, and growth of pathogens.
  • Seawater desalination, biofouling of NF/RO membranes,  control strategies: prevention and cleaning
  • Advanced imaging techniques for biofilm monitoring, In-situ non-destructive studies on biofouling processes in Reverse Osmosis (RO) membrane systems.
  • Methods of testing for physical, chemical and biological parameters in water samples 

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 20​16
  • M.Sc., Environmental Science and Engineering, KAUST, Saudi Arabia, 2011
  • B.Sc., Civil Engineering, Beirut Arab University, Beirut, Lebanon, 2008

Professional Profile

  • ​2020-Present: Research scientist, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2015-2019: Postdoctoral fellow, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012-2015: Ph.D. Student, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2008-2010: Environmental Engineer, Consolidated Engineering Company Khatib & Alami Co., Beirut, Lebanon


  • ​Gamal Abdel Nasser Award for Academic Distinction, Highest academic award at Beirut Arab University, July 2008

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Sciences & Engineering Division (BESE)