Research Interests

​Dr. Katuri’s research focuses on “underpinning anaerobic microbial oxidations for sustainable resource recovery (H2 and water) from wastewaters, based on electron transfer between electroactive biofilms and carbon surfaces”. His interdisciplinary microbial-mediated resource recovery research links microbiology, electrochemistry, molecular microbial ecology and membrane science with applications in engineered electrochemical membrane biofilm reactors.

Selected Publications

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Bio-Engineering, Indian Institute of Chemical Technology (IICT), India, 2005
  • M.Sc., Environmental Science & Technology, Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU), India, 2000
  • B.Sc., Biology, Nagarjuna University, India, 1996

Professional Profile

  • 2014–Present: Research Scientist, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013-2014: SABIC Research Fellow, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012-2013: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010–2011: Senior Researcher, School of Chemistry, National University of Ireland, Galway, Republic of Ireland
  • 2008–2010: Marie Curie Experienced Researcher, Department of Microbiology/Microbial Energy Research Center, National University of Ireland, Ireland
  • 2006–2008: Marie Curie Experienced Researcher, School of Chemical Engineering & Advanced Materials/School of Civil Engineering & Geosciences, Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Scientific and Professional Memberships


  • ​International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology (ISMET)​


  • Best innovation award for technological advancement from International Society of Microbial Electrochemical Technologies (ISMET)                        
  • Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) outstanding research fellowship           
  • Marie Curie Fellowship, European Union FP6 program
  • Marie Curie Fellowship, European Union FP6 program
  • YWP best poster ward in IWA 11th world congress on anaerobic digestion, Brisbane, Australia

KAUST Affiliations


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