Dalal Al-Farhan

Master Student



Dalal Alfarhan was a graduate student in the Bioscience Program at KAUST. Her Master’s thesis focused on the role of a histone modifier in the maintenance of pluripotency and early differentiation within human embryonic stem cells. Previously, she received her B.S. in Genomics and Molecular Genetics from Michigan State University in 2018. Her undergraduate studies included histological analysis of sexually transmitted viruses in the genital tract and functional characterization of Ammonium Transporters in Aiptasia.


  • Masters MSc, Bioscience, Cellular and Molecular Biology, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) 2018-2020
  • Bachelor’s in Genomic and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University 2014-2018

Professional Profile

Undergraduate Research Assistant (June, 2017 - August, 2017)
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, KSA
I interned in Dr. Manuel Aranda’s lab on Functional characterization of Ammonium Transporters in Aiptasia. I investigated the nature of symbiotic mechanisms present in the coral reefs of the Red Sea.

Undergraduate Research Assistant (July, 2016 - September, 2016)
Boston University School of Medicine, Division of Graduate Medical Sciences, Boston, MA
I conducted research in Dr. Deborah Anderson’s lab focusing on the sexually transmitted disease, Zika. Under the supervision of Dr. Jefferey Pudney, I performed histological sectioning and staining of infected tissue samples.

Undergraduate Research Assistant (May, 2015 -June, 2015)
Michigan State University,East Lansing, MI
I explored retrovirus-host interactions using HIV-1 in Dr. Yong-Hui Zheng’s lab. During my time there, I performed laboratory techniques such as PCR and Agarose Gel Electrophoresis.


KAUST Gifted Student Program (KGSP) - (2014 - 2018)

Rafiq Hariri Award of Excellence - 2014

National Olympiad Chemistry - 2014

KAUST Affiliations

Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division (BESE)

KAUST Environmental Epigenetics Program (KEEP)