Yveline Pailles

Postdoctoral Research Fellows


Yveline Pailles is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Photonics Laboratory at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). She is currently studying the effect of pulsed single-wavelength laser on growth and development of basil (Ocimum basilicum. L).

She received her bachelor's degree in Food Industry Engineering from ITESM Campus Queretaro, Mexico, and her master's and PhD degrees in Bioscience from KAUST. During her master's studies, she discovered her interest in plant science and became part of the Plant Stress Genomics Research Center.

Later on, she continued her work in KAUST pursuing a PhD in the Salt Lab, a research group affiliated with the Center for Desert Agriculture. Her PhD research focused on studying the mechanisms of salinity tolerance of wild relatives of tomato, which have adapted to thrive in saline environments, and represent valuable resources for crop improvement.

Research Interests

Efficient light sources for plant growth, agriculture, crop improvement, food security, plant adaptation, plant physiology, photosynthesis and evolutionary biology.

Selected Publications

  • Pailles Galvez, C. Y. (2017). A study of wild tomatoes endemic to the Galapagos Islands as a source for salinity tolerance traits (Doctoral dissertation).
  • Pailles, Y., Ho, S., Pires, I. S., Tester, M., Negrao, S., & Schmockel, S. M. (2017).Genetic diversity and population structure of two tomato species from the Galapagos Islands. Frontiers in plant science, 8.
  • Razali, R., Bougouffa, S., Morton, M.J., Lightfoot, D. J., Alam, I., Essack, M. Arold, S.T., Kamau, A., Schmockel, S. M., Pailles, Y., Shahid, M., Michell, C. T., Al-Babili, S., Ho, Y.S., Tester, M., Bajic, V.B., & Negrao, S. (2017). The genome sequence of the wild tomato Solanum pimpinellifolium provides insights into salinity tolerance. bioRxiv, 215517.

KAUST Affiliations

Bioscience, Biological and Environmental Science and Engineering (BESE) Division