Ayesha Mohamed Al Marzooqi Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Chemical Engineering and Water and Environmental Engineering
Phone number:  +971 2 810 9309
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Dr. Ayesha Mohamed AlMarzooqi joined Masdar Institute as an assistant professor in the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering in 2015. She received her PhD in Biochemistry from University of Cambridge, UK, in the field of Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics. During her thesis work she developed several novel experimental methods that allowed for the clarification of the critical role that RBPs play in the control of the degradation of RNA molecules. These methodologies elicited excitement and interest in the scientific community, driving international collaborations and publications in high impact scientific journals.

Dr. Al Marzooqi has been recognized for her scientific and industrial contributions to the UAE and abroad. She has received a number of awards including the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid scholarship award (EDAAD), Masdar scholarship award, Management of Technology & Innovation award (Cambridge University), and won a prize and award for the most innovative research in scientific and engineering disciplines category in the UAE and Sheikh Rashid Scientific Distinction Award.

Current Masdar Institute Students

  • Afra Alkatheeri (MSc).
  • Ahmed Al Harethi (PhD) Co-supervisor.
  • Fatima Al Jallaf (MSc) Co-supervisor.


Dr. Al Marzooqi’s research laboratory focuses on applying biotechnology tools and engineering principles to address challenges facing society in the areas of water and environment, wastewater recycling/reuse and food security in the United Arab Emirates. Her laboratory is working on several key projects of importance to the UAE. These are:

  • Biomimicry strategies to reduce the energy and water use of UAE cooling systems.
  • Impact of water quality on the cooling systems in the UAE.
  • Establishment of a halophyte molecular breeding platform.
  • RNA profile of microalgae isolates under UAE environmental stress conditions.
  • Proteomics and metabolic analysis of microalgae species involved in bioregeneration of aquaculture and hydroponics wastewater.

If you are interested in learning more about these projects, please contact Dr. Al Marzooqi at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


  • “Functional characterization of Upf1targets in Schizosaccharomyces pombe”, RNA biology 2013. Ana M. Matia-González, Ayesha Hasan, Gøril H. Moe,Juan Mata and Miguel A. Rodríguez-Gabriel.
  • “Systematic analysis of the role of RNA-binding proteins in the regulation of RNA stability”, PLoS Genetics 2014. Ayesha Hasan, Cristina Cotobal, Caia D. S. Duncan and Juan Mata.
  • “Role of Ccr4-Not Complex in Heterochromatin Formation at Meiotic Genes and Subtelomeres in Fission Yeast”, Epigenetics Chromatin. 2015. Cristina Cotobal, María Rodríguez-López, Caia Duncan, Ayesha Hasan, Akira Yamashita, Masayuki Yamamoto, Jürg Bähler and Juan Mata.