About BESE Division

Research in BESE is focused on the molecular and cellular mechanisms through which organisms sense, adapt and respond to the environment and the development of innovative technologies. BIO-NEST: from bench to innovation, describes focal areas of basic and applied research in Biotechnology, Neuroscience, Epigenetics and Stem Cell Biology, supported by cutting-edge Technologies.

At the more applied level, research projects in the Division center on how to intervene on the environment to respond to the increasing needs of food and water availability, how human activity affects environmental systems at an integrated level and how such interventions, in turn, affect living organisms.

BESE boasts state-of-the-art facilities and resources, including some of the most advanced equipment in the world for genomics, proteomics, imaging/characterization, nanofabrication, and capability to explore global marine environments.

Divisional Programs

The Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division is responsible for the organization and coordination of four degree-granting programs:

  • Bioscience
  • Environmental Sciences and Engineering
  • Marine Science
  • Plant Science

Find out more about these programs on the Academics tab of this website. 

Affiliated Research Centers

The Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division is affiliated with two of the current nine KAUST Research Centers, this gives students a unique opportunity to participate in, and carry out interdisciplinary research.

The two Reseach Centers affiliated with the Division are:

  • Red Sea Research Center
  • Water Desalination and Reuse Center
Find out more about these Research Centers on the Research tab of this website.