Research Interests

​Characterization of organic material produced by algae and its role in biofouling of membranes used in water treatment.

Selected Publications

  • Genetics and regulation of bacterial alginate production
    I. D. Hay ,Y. Wang , M. F. Moradali , Z. U. Rehman , B. H. Rehm
    Environmental microbiology 16, 2997- 3011, (2014)
  • Insights into the assembly of the alginate biosynthesis machinery in Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    Z. U. Rehman, Y. Wang, M. F. Moradali, I. D. Hay , B. H. Rehm
    Applied and environmental microbiology 79, 3264-3272, (2013)
  • Dual roles of Pseudomonas aeruginosa AlgE in secretion of the virulence factor alginate and formation of the secret...
    Z. U. Rehman, B. H. Rehm
    Applied and environmental microbiology 79, 2002-2011, (2013)
  • Membrane topology of outer membrane protein AlgE, which is required for alginate production in Pseudomonas aerugino...
    I. D. Hay, Z. U. Rehman, B.H. Rehm
    Applied and environmental microbiology 76, 1806-1812, (2010)

Education Profile

  • Ph.D., Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Massey University, Palmerston North, New Zealand
  • M.S., Microbiology, Quaid-i-azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan

Professional Profile

  • 2014-Present: Postdoctoral Fellow, KAUST, Saudi Arabia

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Royal Society of New Zealand, 2009-2011​


KAUST Affiliations

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