Pascal Saikaly, Ph.D.


​​​Associate Professor​

Research Interest

​My research focuses on integrating cutting-edge omic tools (genomic, proteomic, and transcriptomic) with bioprocess engineering to optimize and develop sustainable biotechnologies for wastewater reclamation and reuse that are robust, scalable, and capable of providing tailored water quality with minimization of energy, resources and carbon footprint. His specific research interests include: coupling bioelectrochemical systems (e.g. MFCs; MECs) with membrane filtration for wastewater treatment with resource recovery (water and energy), aerobic granular sludge system for biological nutrient removal and integrating anammox processes to mainstream wastewater treatment.

Selected Publications

  • A Microfiltration Polymer-Based Hollow-Fiber Cathode as a Promising Advanced Material for Simultaneous Recovery of ... 
    K.P. Katuri, N.M.S. Bettahalli, X. Wang, G. Matar, S. Chisca, S.P. Nunes, P.E. Saikaly
    Advanced Materials 28, pp. 9504-9511, (2016)
  • Assessment of the performance of SMFCs in the bioremediation of PAHs in contaminated marine sediments under differe... 
    H.Z. Hamdan, D.A. Salam, H.A. Rao, L. Semerjian, P.E. Saikaly
    Science of The Total Environment, (2016)
  • Metatranscriptomics reveals the molecular mechanism of large granule formation in granular anammox reactor 
    S. Bagchi, R. Lamendella, S. Strutt, M.C.M. van Loosdrecht, P.E. Saikaly
    Scientific Reports, Volume 6, Article number 28327, (2016)
  • Selenite reduction by anaerobic microbial aggregates: Microbial community structure, and proteins associated to the... 
    G. Gonzalez-Gil, P.N.L. Lens, P.E. Saikaly
    Frontiers in Microbiology, Volume 7, Issue APR, article number 571, (2016)
  • Multiple paths of electron flow to current in microbial electrolysis cells fed with low and high concentrations of ... 
    H.A. Rao, K.P. Katuri, E. Gorron, B.E. Logan, P.E. Saikaly 
    Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, pp. 1-13 , (2016)
  • Temporal changes in extracellular polymeric substances on hydrophobic and hydrophilic membrane surfaces in a submer... 
    G. Matar, G. Gonzalez-Gil, H. Maab, S.P. Nunes, P. Le-Clech, J.S. Vrouwenvelder, P.E. Saik...
    Water Research, Volume 95, p. 27-38, (2016)
  • Diversity and dynamics of dominant and rare bacterial taxa in replicate sequencing batch reactors operated under di... 
    S. Bagchi, B.G. Tellez, H.A. Rao, R. Lamendella, P.E. Saikaly
    Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Volume 99, Issue 5, p. 2361-2370, (2015)
  • NMR and MALDI-TOF MS based characterization of exopolysaccharides in anaerobic microbial aggregates from full-scale... 
    G. Gonzalez-Gil, L. Thomas, A.-H. Emwas, P.N.L. Lens, P.E. Saikaly
    Scientific Reports, volume 5, (2015)
  • Effects of selenium oxyanions on the white-rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium 
    E.J. Espinosa-Ortiz, G. Gonzalez-Gil, P.E. Saikaly, E.D. van Hullebusch, P.N.L. Lens
    Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, volume 99, Issue 5, p. 2405-2418, (2015)
  • Attenuation of trace organic compounds (TOrCs) inbioelectrochemical systems 
    C.M. Werner, C. Hoppe-Jones, P.E. Saikaly, B.E. Logan, G.L. Amy
    Water Research, volume 73, 56-67, (2015)


  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, USA, 2005
  • M.S., Environmental Technology, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, 2001
  • B.S., Biology, American University of Beirut, Beirut, Lebanon, 1997

Professional Profile

  • 2015-Present: Associate Professor, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2010-2015: Assistant Professor, KAUST, Saudi Arabia
  • 2008-2010: Assistant Professor, American University of Beirut, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Lebanon
  • 2005-2007: Postdoctoral Research Associate, North Carolina State University, Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering, USA
  • 2005: Visiting Scholar, Microbial Diversity Course, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA
  • 2001-2005: Graduate Research Assistant, University of Cincinnati, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, USA
  • 1997-2001: Graduate Research Assistant, American University of Beirut, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering​

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • ​International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology (ISMET)
  • International Water ​Association (IWA)
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)​


  • ​Best Paper Award (with Joline El Chakhtoura; co-advised by Prof. Hans Vrouwenvelder) at the American Water Works Association (AWWA) Water Quality and Technology Conference in New Orleans, USA, 2014
  • International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology Innovation Award for Best Technological Advancement for 2013  (with Dr. Krishna Katuri), 2014
  • GCR Symposium First Prize Poster Award (with Dr. Noura Shehab), 2014
  • DOW Sustainability and Innovation Student Challenge (with Joline El Chakhtoura), 2013
  • Siemens Second Prize Student Award (with Dr. Noura Shehab), 2011
  • Water Enrichment Program First Prize Poster Award (with Dr. Noura Shehab), 2011

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Microbial Electrochemical Technology Aerobic Granular Sludge Anammox