The Coral Symbiomics Lab
Red Sea Research Center
Division of Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering


Sara Campana



​I started with a BSc in Environmental Sciences in Milan and after taking a gap year in Australia I decided to continue my studies with more focus on marine biology. I completed my Masters in Marine Science at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, where I conducted a research project on the time-related gene expression profile of HSP70 in the coral Stylophora pistillata after exposure to a temperature shock.

After graduation, I worked as a volunteer for the Marine Conservation Society Seychelles in the St. Anne’s Marine Park - Cerf Island - conservation project and then I joined the Red Sea Summer Program at KAUST. I came back at KAUST few months later as a research intern. I am now working on a project looking at improving coral thermal tolerance through association with acclimatised symbionts.

Research Interests

​Climate change is affecting coral reefs worldwide. These ecosystems are fundamental for their biodiversity and the resources they provide to millions of people around the world. I am interested in looking at how these climatic changes are impacting on marine organisms, especially corals, and what are their responses and defence mechnisms. 


  • ​M.Sc. Marine Resources Development and Protection, Heriot-Watt University (2014-2015)
  • B.Sc. Environmental Sciences, Università degli Studi Milano Bicocca (2009-2012)