Research Interests

​My research focuses on the structure and function of microbial communities and their architecture in aggregates and biofilms; particularly those of engineered environments. My goal is to understand the principles that drive the ecology of microorganisms in drinking water systems by mining multi meta-omics information in tandem with physical-chemical properties of the system. With increasing pollution pressures in the environment, I am interested in holistic approaches to harness and control microbial communities specifically to achieve greener production of microbiologically safe water.


Selected Publications


Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Environmental Science and Technology, University of Wageningen, The Netherlands
  • M.Sc., Environmental Science and Technology, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands 
  • B.Sc., Biology (Microbiology focus), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, México

Professional Profile

2019-present: Research Scientist, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Chemical and Life Sciences and Engineering Division

2017-2019: Biological sciences visiting lecturer, Universidad de Panamá

2014-2016: Senior Researcher, UNESCO-IHE, Institute for Water Education Delft, Environmental Engineering and Water Technology Department

2011-2014: Postdoctoral fellow, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), Chemical and Life Sciences and Engineering Division

2007-2011: Scientific collaborator, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Laboratory for Environmental Biotechnology

2003-2006: Scientific collaborator, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH), Institute of Biogeochemistry and Pollutant Dynamics

2001-2002: Postdoctoral associate, Montana State University, Department of Microbiology and Center for Biofilm Engineering

2000-2001: Postdoctoral associate, Wageningen University, Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science

1996-2000: Research assistant, Wageningen University, Department of Environmental Technology



Awards

​Intra European Marie Curie Fellowship award


KAUST Affiliations

​Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)

Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)