Research Overview

Research at KAUST brings students, faculty, and researchers together to push the frontiers of science through collaborative inquiry into issues of regional and global significance

The research topics are highly relevant to food production, ability to utilize water of high salinity or poor quality, characterizing the effect of environment on organisms, and the optimization of energy use.

BESE Division Focal Research Areas

In order to accomplish its mission and establish a knowledge and advanced technology platform, research in the BESE Division is developed around five focal areas, with broad ramifications and clear relevance for the main thrusts of KAUST.

These focal research areas bring to KAUST interdisciplinary competences that are essential for studying the mechanisms through which living organisms and their environments interact, providing the opportunity for new technological developments to optimize such interactions for the improvements of quality of life.

Affiliated Research Centers

The interaction between the Research Centers associated with the BESE Division is not an exclusive one, quite the contrary. It is expected that research centers will draw on interdisciplinary competences, maintaining interactions with all KAUST Academic Divisions.

In addition to research cooperation with the Centers, the BESE Division has a close association with the Core Laboratories, in particular Imaging and Characterization, Biosciences and Visualization.

The Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division is associated with two Research Centers and two Research Initiatives:

  • Red Sea Research Center: This Center is developing an integrated understanding of coral reef ecosystems, in particular those located along the Red Sea, and their oceanographic context among the environment, anthropogenic factors, and global climate change.
    Click here to find out more about RSRC. 
  • Water Desalination and Reuse Center: Researchers are addressing the need for sustainable and energy-efficient methods of water desalination and reuse to increase global supplies of potable water, especially in regions deprived of sufficient fresh water supplies. 
    Click here to find out more about WDRC.

See also the Our People tab of this website for information about the research programs of individual Faculty.