Nathaly Ortiz

PhD Students

Ph.D. Student




Research Interests

The aim of my work is to test whether the use of grafting on to salt tolerant wild tomato rootstocks increases salinity tolerance of commercial tomatoes and elucidate the effect of salinity in tomato fruits.


  • Ph.D., Plant Science, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • Master., Environmental Science and Engineering, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia 
  • Biology., Los Andes University, Bogotá, Colombia
  • Microbiology., Los Andes University, Bogotá, Colombia 


NEME Foundation and Espinosa Family Scholarships for students with low monetary resources and excellent grades

KAUST Affiliations

Prof. Mark Tester's Group 

CDA - Center for Desert Agriculture

BESE - Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering Division

Research Interests Keywords

Grafting, salinity tolerance, tomatoes, polyploids