Education Profile

  • Ph.D. Bioinformatics, South African National Bioinformatics Institute (SANBI), University of the Western Cape, 2009
  • M.Sc. (Masters) Biotechnology, University of the Western Cape, 2007
  • B.Sc. (Hons) Biotechnology, University of the Western Cape, 2004
  • B.Com. (Hons) Management, University of the Western Cape, 2003

Research Interests

​Development of screening methods that facilitate the discovery of compounds with industrial application and drug repurposing

Professional Profile

  • 2011-present Research Scientist,  Computational Bioscience Research Center, KAUST
  • 2009-2011 Postdoctoral Fellow, Computational Bioscience Research Center, KAUST

Selected Publications

Ba-alawi Wail, Soufan, O., Essack, M., Kalnis, P., & Bajic, V. B. (2016). DASPfind: new efficient method to predict drug–target interactions. Journal of Cheminformatics, 8(1). doi:10.1186/s13321-016-0128-4
Salhi, A., Essack, M., Radovanovic, A., Marchand, B., Bougouffa, S., Antunes, A., … Bajic, V. B. (2015). DESM: portal for microbial knowledge exploration systems. Nucleic Acids Research, 44(D1), D624–D633. doi:10.1093/nar/gkv1147
Khamis, A. M., Essack, M., Gao, X., & Bajic, V. B. (2014). Distinct profiling of antimicrobial peptide families. Bioinformatics, 31(6), 849–856. doi:10.1093/bioinformatics/btu738
Soufan, O., Ba-alawi Wail, Afeef, M., Essack, M., Rodionov, V., Kalnis, P., & Bajic, V. B. (2015). Mining Chemical Activity Status from High-Throughput Screening Assays. PLOS ONE, 10(12), e0144426. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0144426
Alzubaidy, H., Essack, M., Malas, T. B., Bokhari, A., Motwalli, O., Kamanu, F. K., … Archer, J. A. C. (2016). Rhizosphere microbiome metagenomics of gray mangroves (Avicennia marina) in the Red Sea. Gene, 576(2), 626–636. doi:10.1016/j.gene.2015.10.032
Abdallah, R. Z., Adel, M., Ouf, A., Sayed, A., Ghazy, M. A., Alam, I., … Siam, R. (2014). Aerobic methanotrophic communities at the Red Sea brine-seawater interface. Frontiers in Microbiology, 5. doi:10.3389/fmicb.2014.00487