Mitchell Morton

PhD Students



Building 2, Level 3, Sea Side, Desk 3254-WS17


Mitchell completed his BSc. in Biology at Imperial College London. He is currently undertaking an MSc. in Bioscience at KAUST and has recently started a research project in The Salt Lab. He is studying the role of SOS1 in the mature root stele of Arabidopsis by using an enhancer trap expression system for cell-type specific overexpression of this gene.

Research Interests

Driven by making positive, impactful contributions to society, I am interested in studying plant responses and adaptations to salinity tolerance with views to develop salt-tolerant crop species for improved agricultural productivity in salt-affected soils. My research focuses on applying novel forward genetics approaches for the discovery of naturally occurring salinity tolerances alleles within wild relatives of crop species, such as the wild tomato Solanum pimpinellifolium.


  • 2013-Current MS in Bioscience at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, KSA
  • 2008 - 2011 BSc (Hons) in Biology at Imperial College, London

Professional Profile

  • 2008-2011 Private tuition in A-level subjects of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and French Scientific and professional memberships Associate of the Royal Academy of Science (ARCS).

Scientific and Professional Membership

  • Associateship of the Royal College of Science

Research Interests Keywords

Plant physiology Salinity tolerance Plant genetics Molecular biology Crop improvement Salinity tolerance in tomato plants Wild relatives of tomato Galapagos tomatoes