Mariam Awlia, Ph.D.

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow and Scientific Editor
  • Cape Town, South Africa
  • Mar 26, 2021
Full time role, Part time role, Contract position, Paid fellowship Biology Communications Data Analyst Data Scientist Food Science Research Sustainability

Personal Summary

• Expert skills in plant science, plant genetics, science communication and big data analysis using the statistical program R.

• Earned an all-inclusive scholarship by the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) to obtain BSc, MSc and PhD degrees.

• Experienced in conducting global and local collaborations across research facilities, such as in Saudi Arabia, Australia and Czech Republic.

Work Experience

Jan 2015 - Sep 2015 Photon Systems Instruments, Czech Republic

Czech Republic
o Performed high-throughput plant phenotyping for PhD research

Mar 2014 - Aug 2014 Center for Desert Agriculture, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia

KAUST Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
o Developed the CRISPR and Cas9 system for MSc research

May 2014 - Aug 2014 High Resolution Plant Phenomics Centre, CSIRO, Australia

o Designed the high-throughput phenotyping setup for PhD research

Jun 2012 - Jul 2012 Biocomputing Unit, University of Rome La Sapienza

Rome, Italy
o Conducted bioinformatics studies and 3D protein structure modelling

May 2010 - Nov 2010 Advanced Centre for Biochemical Engineering, UCL

United Kingdom
o Designed Hypoxon; a hypoxia-triggering of positive feedback loops in E.coli
Science communication

Scientific Editor
Oct 2019 - Cactus Global Communications

South Africa
Scientific and high quality English language editing of journal articles for international publishers.


BSc in Biochemistry
Sep 2009 - Jun 2012 University College London
MSc in Bioscience
Aug 2012 - Dec 2013 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
PhD in Plant Science
Jan 2014 - Dec 2018 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

Software Languages & Skills


Experience Level

3-6 years

Sectors of Interest

Research & Education, Food & Agriculture, Climate Adaptation, Communication & Media, Pollution & Waste Reduction, Climate Venture Capital, Philanthropy, Climate Science, Community & Movement Building

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