Syed Haleem Shah, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interests

Dr. Syed Haleem Shah's research focuses on bridging the novel research outcomes of the fundamental science in water treatment with existing technologies and infrastructure. 

Selected Publications

  • A Random Forest Machine Learning Approach for Retrieval of Leaf Chlorophyll Content in Wheat S.H. Shah, R. Houborg, Y. Angellopez, M.F. McCabe Remote Sensing Volume 11(8), pp. 920 (.2019)
  • Response of Chlorophyll, Carotenoid and SPAD-502 Measurement to Salinity and Nutrient Stress in Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) S.H. Shah, R. Houborg, M.F. McCabe Agronomy Volume 61 (2017)
  • Synergy effects of biochar and polyacrylamide on plant growth and soil erosion control. S. S. Lee, S. H. Shah, Y. M. Awad, S. Kumar, Y. S. Ok. Environmental Earth Science Volume 74(3), pp 2463-2473 (2015)
  • Bioaugmented Phytoremediation: A strategy for Reclamation of Diesel Oil-contaminated Soils. B. Chuluun, S. H. Shah, J. S. Rhee.InternationalJournal of Agriculture and Biolog, Volume 16, pp. 624-628 (2015)
  • Effects of Polyacrylamide and Biochar on Growth of Maize (Zea mays L.) and Soybean (Glycine max L.). Shah, S.H., Y. Awad, S.S. Lee, Y.S. Ok Korean Society of Soil Science and Fertilizer. Volume. 5, pp.179 (2011)
  • Crop residue and fertilizer N effects on nitrogen fixation and yields of legume-cereal rotations and soil organic fertility Z. Shah, S. H. Shah, M.B. Peoples, G.D. Schwenke, G.D Field Crops Research Volume 83, pp 1-11 (2003)


  • 2019 Ph.D. Environmental Sciences and Engineering
  • 2007 M.Sc. in Physical Land Resources (Advanced studies) Ghent University, Belgium
  • 2006 M.Sc. in Physical Land Resources, Ghent University, Belgium

Professional Profile

  • 2019 – present: Post-Doctoral Fellow, BESE, KAUST 
  • 2013 - 2019: Ph.D. scholar, Water Desalination and Reuse Center, KAUST
  • 2011 – 2013: Visiting Scientist, Center for Water Cycle Research, Korea Institute of Science and Technology, Seoul, Korea
  • 2010 – 2011: Researcher, Department of Biological Environment, Kangwon National University, Chuncheon, Korea
  • 2008 – 2011: Assistant Agricultural Chemist, United Nations Development Program, Lahore, Pakistan
  • 2005 – 2007: Research/Teaching Assistant, Ghent University, Belgium


  • 2011, Best Research Presentation Award, Jeju, Korea.

KAUST Affiliations

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

Research Interests Keywords

Water security Water Treatment Sustainable energy and water Environmental conservation