Hagen Gegner


PhD Class of 2018



I have been interested in marine science from the beginning of my studies back in Germany, but I was just able to get my first project related to the ocean during my master thesis in Brazil: investigating the genetic population of a heavily exploited sciaenid. After that I wanted to get further involved in marine science and started my PhD here at KAUST.

Research Interests

My main interest now is focused on the dynamics of different environmental aspects such as Temperature or Salinity and how they influence species (Corals) on various levels (genetics, epigenetics and microbiome). Furthermore I am interested in the utilization of these research areas to identify functional differences and assess the potential adaptive power of a species in a changing environment.

Professional Profile

  • Master of Science in Bremen, Germany. Master thesis: "Genetic population study on Cynoscion acoupa along the Brazilian coast" (2013-2015) 
  • Internship at Shoals Rodrigues, Mauritius (2013)
  • UNEP/CMS/ASCOBANS in Bonn, Germany (2012)
  • Madras Crocodile Bank Trust in Chennai, India (2010)
  • Bachelor of Science in the Philipps-University Marburg, Germany . Bachelor thesis: "Procaryotic expression of a Hydra FGF" (2009-2012)

KAUST Affiliations

​Red Sea Research Center / Reef Genomics ​

Research Interests Keywords

Genomics Marine microbiology Marine ecology