Research Interests

  • Biological wastewater treatment
  • Biological nitrogen transformation
  • Anaerobic ammonium oxidation​

Selected Publications

  • Anammox-based technologies for nitrogen removal: Advances in process start-up and remaining issues
    ​M. Ali, S. Okabe
    Chemosphere, 141, 144-153, (2015)
  • Rapid and successful start-up of anammox process by immobilizing the minimal quantity of biomass in PVA-SA gel bead...
    M. Ali, M. Oshiki, L. Rathnayake, S. Ishii, H. Satoh, S. Okabe
    Water Research, 79, 147-157, (2015)
  • Physiological Characterization of Anaerobic Ammonium Oxidizing Bacterium “Candidatus Jettenia caeni”
    M. Ali, M. Oshiki, T. Awata, K. Isobe, Z. Kimura, H. Yoshikawa, D. Hira, T. Kindaichi, H. ...
    Environmental Microbiology, 17. 21722189, (2015)
  • Simple, rapid and effective preservation and reactivation of an anaerobic ammonium oxidizing bacterium “Candidatus ...
    M. Ali, M. Oshiki, S. Okabe
    Water Research, 57, 215-222, (2014)
  • Simulation of the impacts of land-use change on surface runoff of Lai Nullah basin in Islamabad, Pakistan
    M. Ali, S.J. Khan, I.Aslam, Z. Khan
    Landscape and Urban Planning, 102, 271-279, (2011)
  • Hydroxylamine-dependent Anaerobic Ammonium Oxidation (Anammox) by “Candidatus Brocadia sinica”
    M. Oshiki, M. Ali, K. Shinyako-Hata, H. Satoh, S. Okabe
    Environmental Microbiology, (2016)

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Division of Environmental Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, 2015
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2009

Professional Profile

  • ​2016-Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2015-2016:  Research Fellow, Laboratory of Water Quality Control Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan
  • 2010-2012:  Lecturer, IESE (SCEE), National University of Sciences and Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan

KAUST Affiliations

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