Octavio Salazar

Postdoctoral Fellows

​Postdoctoral Fellow




Research Interests

I am interested in increasing food production, particularly by increasing salt tolerance of plants. I am also interested in agriculture of salinized non-cultivated land. I am currently working with halophytes, investigating the mechanisms of these plants to grow in saline soils, focusing on tissue tolerance.

Selected Publications

  • Marsch, N., Zuñiga, V., Reyes, J., Salazar, O., de Folter, S. (2009) Genómica Funcional de Plantas: Estudio del Desarrollo de Flores y Frutos, Acta Universitaria, Vol. 19, Num. 1:21-29.


  • BSc. Genomic Sciences (UNAM, Mexico)
  • MSc. Plant Biotechnology (Wageningen University, the Netherlands)

Professional Profile

  • 2014- present Ph.D. student - Understanding the mechanisms which lead to the high salinity tolerance of the halophyte Salicornia - Center for Desert Agriculture, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • 2012- 2014 Ph.D. student - Salicornia domestication - Center for Desert Agriculture, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
  • 2011 M.Sc. internship -Kranz anatomy regulators, C4 Rice project- Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford
  • 2010 - 2011 M.Sc. thesis -Sugar partitioning enzymes and yield in potato plants under different drought treatments, Wageningen University and Research
  • 2009 - 2011 M.Sc. Plant Biotechnology, Wageningen University and Research
  • 2008 - 2009 B.Sc. thesis -Characterization of MADS-box type I transcription factors in Arabidopsis thaliana-, National Laboratory of Genomics for Biodiversity
  • 2004 - 2009 B.Sc. Genomic Sciences, National Autonomous University of Mexico


  • Awarded with HSP Huygens Scholarship Programme, September 2009 → September 2011 (Scholarship of Excellence awarded by the Dutch government to international students to follow a master’s degree in the Netherlands).
  • Awarded with Concyteg’s scholarship for Bachelor's thesis, September 2008 → January 2009.

Research Interests Keywords

Salinity tolerance Halophytes Tissue Tolerance Saponins