Alessandro Moret





​I did my Bachelor's and my Master's in Italy, respectively in Trieste (Faculty of Biology) and in Ancona (Faculty of Marine Biology). During my Bachelor's I started to develop a strong interest in Cnidarian and during the first year of my Master's I realized that what really interested me was the complicated (and still not fully discovered) process of the symbiosis occurring between corals and zooxanthellae. I therefore focused my Master's thesis on this topic, in particular the symbiosis between Exaiptasia pallida and Symbiodinium spp. It was with pleasure that I carried out my Master’s thesis in the Essex University, in the UK. Soon after my graduation I was lucky enough to get a scholarship at the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium, in Taiwan. Both experiences helped me developing a strong passion for this research area.

Wanting to get in touch with different points of view and learn new techniques, I asked Dr. Manuel Aranda to join his lab. After getting a VSRP internship at KAUST I can now consider myself part of this great team.

Research Interest

​I am researching the symbiosis between the anemone Exaiptasia pallida and Symbiodinium sp., and Stylophora pistillata and Symbiodinium sp. In particular I am focusing on the controlling system at the base of their partnership.


  • Bachelor’s degree: Biology, Università degli Studi di Trieste (2009-2012)
  • Master’s degree: Marine Biology, Università Politecnica delle Marche (2012-2015)

Research Interests Keywords

Symbiosis Algal Biology Marine Microbiology Marine Ecology