Research Interests

​During her Ph.D. and as a research intern at BG Group, Santhi’s focus was to develop a cross-disciplinary understanding of carbonate reservoirs, especially in; carbonate reservoir characterization, formation evaluation, reservoir modelling and simulation, and using production data for history matching. Santhi’s current research interests include, but are not limited to, upscaling flow from pore-core-reservoir scales, characterization and simulation of fractured carbonate reservoirs, improved/ enhanced oil recovery, and unconventional reservoirs.

Selected Publications

  • Effective integration of reservoir rock-typing and simulation using near-wellbore upscaling
    Chandra, V., Barnett, A., Corbett, P., Geiger, S., Wright, P., Steele, R., Milroy, P
    Marine and Petroleum Geology, 67, 307-326, ISSN 0264-8172, (2015)
  • Distinguishing between eogenetic, unconformity-related and mesogenetic dissolution: a case study from the Panna-Muk...
    Barnett, A., Wright, P., Chandra, V., Jain, V.
    Reservoir Quality of Clastic and Carbonate Rocks: Analysis, Modelling and Predic..., (2015)
  • Evaluating the impact of a late-burial corrosion model on reservoir permeability and performance in a mature carbon...
    Chandra, V., Wright, P. V., Barnett, A., Steele, R., Milroy, P., Corbett, P.W.M., Geiger, ...
    Fundamental Controls on Fluid Flow in Carbonates: Current Workflows to Emerging ..., (2015)
  • AGORA 2011– Developing Deeper Understanding through Interactive, Cross-Disciplinary Workshops focused on Business D...
    Corbett, P.W.M, Williams, G., Gosselin, O., Coléou, T., Christie, M., Hamidreza, H., Chand...
    First Break, 29, August 2011, 14-17, (2011)
  • Development of non-linear optically active free standing films based on m-NA doped Poly Ether Sulfone (PES) system ...
    Chandra, V., Negi, Y. S.
    Indian Patent 1084/DEL/ 2009, (2009)
  • Development of non-linear optically active free standing films based on 2-Methyl-NA doped Poly Ether Sulfone (PES) ...
    Chandra, V., Negi, Y. S.
    Indian Patent 1083/DEL/2009, (2009)
  • Improving Reservoir Characterisation and Simulation with Near Wellbore Modeling
    Chandra, V., Hamdi, H., Corbett, P.W.M., Geiger, S.
    SPE Reservoir Evaluation & Engineering journal 16(2), 183-193, SPE-148104-PA, (2013)

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D. Petroleum Engineering, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
  • M.S. Reservoir Evaluation and Management, Heriot-Watt University, UK
  • B.Sc. Tech Applied Chemical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Roorkee, India

Professional Profile

  • 2016 - Present: Research Scientist, ANPERC, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2012: Ph.D. Research Intern, BG Advanced, BG Group, Reading, UK
  • 2008 - 2009: Wireline Field Engineer, Schlumberger Asia Ltd.
  • 2007: Engineering summer research assistant, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

Scientific and Professional Memberships

  • ​Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE)
  • European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE)
  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)


  • ​Summer Undergraduate Research Award from Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR), 2006
  • Certificate of merit from Summer Undergraduate Research Program, IITR, 2006

KAUST Affiliations

  • ​Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center (ANPERC)
  • Division of Physical Science and Engineering (PSE)