Yveline Pailles

Postdoctoral Fellows
​Postdoctoral Fellow


Yveline graduated in Food Technology and Industry Engineering from the Instituto Technológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (Mexico). She holds a M.Sc. in Bioscience degree from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (Saudi Arabia), where she is currently a PhD. candidate under the supervision of Prof. Nina Fedoroff and Prof. Mark Tester. Her research is focused on understanding the mechanisms of salinity tolerance in wild Galapagos tomatoes.

Research Interests

To apply the novel genetic technologies for finding and using the naturally occurring genetic variation in wild relatives of our domesticated food crops for their improvement. In particular, for salinity tolerance in tomato.


  • January 2012 - Present PhD. in Desert Agriculture King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.                                                                                                          
  • August 2010- December 2011 MSc. in Bioscience King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.                                                                                                             
  • August 2005- December 2009 B.Sc. Food Industry Engineering (with Honors) Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Queretaro, Mexico.                      
  • Other Courses:
  • August 2008- May 2009Exchange study program - University of Guelph - Ontario, Canada
  • January 2010- May 2010 Enrichment period - University of Nottingham – Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • June 2011- August 2011 Summer Internship - University of Oxford – Oxford United Kingdom                             

    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  MSc. 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   BSc. Internship -Food Microbiology Laboratory, ITESM

    Scientific and Professional Memberships

    • KAUST Discovery Scholarship – September 2008
    • ITESM Academic Scholarship – August 2005