Octavio Salazar Moya

Postdoctoral Fellows



B2/L2 – Sea Side – 2217-WS03


I am, in a sense, like a swiss pocket knife, versatile. I can work both in a lab or as a bioinformatician, while serving as a link between disciplines. I did my undergrad in Genomic Sciences at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico. Afterwards, I completed a master’s in Plant biotechnology at Wageningen University and Research in The Netherlands and a Ph.D. in Plant Sciences at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia. I joined the Aranda Lab at KAUST in January 2019 as a bioinformatician working on the genomic and transcriptomic analyses of marine species with emphasis in Cnidarian – Symbiodiniaceae symbiosis.

Research Interests

I am particularly interest in working on the challenges facing the growing human populations. Specifically, in the sense of sustainability and food security. I am currently working in the genomic analyses of corals and their symbionts, while also looking at the symbiosis between other Cnidarian – Symbiodiniaceae species. I see bioinformatics as a tool to identify novel interactions and generate new hypotheses that may later be tested in laboratory conditions.


  • Ph.D. Plant Sciences, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia (2017)
  • M.Sc. Plant Biotechnology, Wageningen University and Research, The Netherlands (2011)
  • B.Sc. Genomic Sciences, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico (2009)

KAUST Affiliations

● ​Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)

● Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

Bioinformatics Genomics Epigenetics Symbiosis