Biological Oceanography Lab
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Ruba Ashy

PhD Students


My research interest is in environmental virology. My main aim focuses on detecting the potential viability of infectious viruses and their survival in certain environmental areas by the development and the evaluation of virus detection methods.  This research will explore the factors behind the spread of viral infections in different environmental areas.

Research Interests

Environmental Virology, Viral infections, Microbiology, Marine Ecology, Global Change


​Ph.D. of Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology - Environmental Science and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, 2015-present

Master of Medical Microbiology - School of Life Science, the University of Westminster, London, United Kingdom, 2014

Bachelor of Microbiology - Science College, 
King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, 2005

KAUST Affiliations

Red Sea Research Center (RSRC)