Najeh Kharbatia

Research Staff

Staff Scientist

Research Interests

Kharbatia is specialized in analytical method development and validation for trace small organic molecules detection and quantification using liquid and gas chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques with focusing on the related application such as environmental analysis and persistent organic pollutants, metabolomics and lipidomics analyses in plant, tissues and biological fluids. 

He is also interested in mass spectrometry electron ionization (EI) and collision induced dissociation (CID) fragmentation interpretation and unknown identification.

Selected Publications

  • The genome of Chenopodium quinoa. D.E. Jarvis, Y.S. Ho, D. J. Lightfoot, S.M. Schmöckel, B. Li, T. J. A. Borm, H. Ohyanagi, K. Mineta, C.T. Michell, N. Saber, N.M. Kharbatia, R.R. Rupper, A.R. Sharp, N. Dally, B.A. Boughton, Y.H. Woo, G. Gao, E.G. W. M. Schijlen, X. Guo, A.A. Momin, S. Negrão, S.Al-Babili, C. Gehring, U. Roessner, C. Jung, K. Murphy, S. T. Arold, T. Gojobori, C. G. van der Linden, E.N. van Loo, E.N. Jellen, P.J. Maughan & M. Tester. Nature, vol.542, pp.307–312 (2017), DOI:10.1038/nature21370.                  
  • Metabolically engineered recombinant Saccharomyces cerevisiae for the production of 2-Deoxy-scyllo-inosose (2-DOI). A.J. Al-Fahad, M.B. Al-Fageeh, N.M. Kharbatia, S. Sioud, R Mahadevan. Metabolic engineering communications vol.11, e00134 (2020), DOI:10.1016/j.mec.2020.e00134
  • Host-dependent nitrogen recycling as a mechanism of symbiont control in Aiptasia. G.Cui,Y.Ji. Liew,Y. Li, N. Kharbatia, N.I. Zahran, A.-H. Emwas, V.M. Eguiluz, M.Aranda. Plos Genetics 15 (6), e1008189 (2019), DOI:10.1371/journal.pgen.1008189
  • Anchorene is a carotenoid-derived regulatory metabolite required for anchor root formation in Arabidopsis, K.P. Jia, A.J. Dickinson, J. Mi, G. Cui, T.T. Xiao, N.M. Kharbatia, X. Guo, E. Sugiono, M. Aranda, I. Blilou, M. Rueping, P.N. Benfey, S. Al-Babili
    Science advances 5 (11), eaaw6787 (2019), DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aaw6787
  • Identification of a 3-alkylpyridinium compound from the red sea sponge Amphimedon chloros with In Vitro inhibitory activity against the West Nile Virus NS3 protease. A. O’Rourke, S. Kremb, B.M. Duggan, S. Sioud, N. Kharbatia, M. Raji, A.-H. Emwas, W.H. Gerwick, C.R. Voolstra. Molecules 23 (6), 1472 (2018), DOI: 10.3390/molecules23061472
  • Gas chromatography–mass spectrometry of biofluids and extracts
    A.H.M. Emwas, Z.A. Al-Talla, Y. Yang, N.M. Kharbatia. Metabonomics, 91-112 (2015), DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2377-9_8
  • Sample collection and preparation of biofluids and extracts for gas chromatography–mass spectrometry, A.H.M. Emwas, Z.A. Al-Talla, N.M. Kharbatia. Metabonomics, 1277:75-90 (2015), DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2377-9_7
  • Cyclooctane Metathesis Catalyzed by Silica‐Supported Tungsten Pentamethyl [(≡ SiO)W(Me)5]: Distribution of Macrocyclic Alkanes. N. Riache, E. Callens, M.K. Samantaray, N.M. Kharbatia, M. Atiqullah, J.-M. Basset
    Chemistry–A European Journal 20 (46), 15089-15094 (2014), DOI: 10.1002/chem.201403704


  • MSc., Analytical Chemistry-Mass spectrometry, Stevens Institute of Technology (USA), 2010
  • BSc. Chemistry, Yarmouk University, Jordan, 1992

Professional Profile

  • 2022-Present: Staff Scientist, WDRC, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2013-2022: Staff Scientist, Analytical Core Lab, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2011-2013: Senior Application Specialist, Agilent Technologies, USA
  • 1997-2011: Senior Research Chemist-group Lead, Ashland Chemicals, USA
  • 1992-1995: QC Chemist, Al-Hikma Pharmaceutical Chempany, Jordan

KAUST Affiliations

  • Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

Gas chromatography Liquid chromatography Metabolomics Lipidomics Trace Analysis Environmental analysis Mass spectrometry Electron Ionization Collision induced dissociation