Yveline Pailles

PhD Student

Research Interests

One of the goals in our research center is to improve the use of land and water for agriculture, particularly in arid or semi-arid regions, which represent 46% of the land available on Earth. Salinity is one of the most important problems in today’s agriculture, especially in arid zones. My research is focused on studying wild relatives of tomato to find tolerance to salinity stress.
Currently, the world’s food production relies in a few crop species that have been domesticated. In most cases, the domesticated crops include only a fraction of the genetic diversity found within the species. Wild relatives from domesticated crops represent an unexploited source of genes that could be useful for crop improvement. In the past, only few of these wild relatives have been explored, and their use for breeding has been hindered by the lack of genetic and phenotypic information. However, we now have the advanced technology suitable to explore these resources.



  • January 2012 - Present: PhD. in Desert Agriculture, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.
  • August 2010 - December 2011: MSc. in Bioscience, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia.
  • August 2005 - December 2009: B. Eng. Food Science and Technology (with Honors) ,Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Queretaro, Mexico.

Professional Profile

  • January 2012 – Present: PhD. Dissertation Research -Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST  (Prof. Nina Fedoroff) 
  • January 2011 – December 2011:M.Sc. Directed Research -Plant Stress Genomics Research Centre, KAUST (Prof. Jian-Kang Zhu)   
  • June 2011 – August 2011:M.Sc. Internship in Plant Science Department -Oxford University (Prof. Nicholas Harberd) 
  • January 2010 – May 2010:Arabidopsis Phenotyping Project -Sutton Bonington, University of Nottingham   
  • January 2010 – May 2010:Restriction Mapping Project -Sutton Bonington, University of Nottingham (Prof. Cath Rees)  
  • August 2007 – May 2008:B.Sc. Internship -Food Microbiology Laboratory, ITESM