Plant Science Program

2016 - 2017 Academic Year

The goal of the Plant Science Program is to develop a thorough understanding of plant growth and function under challenging environmental conditions, such as those found in Saudi Arabia. The fundamental biology of plants is studied at a range of levels (e.g. genomic, proteomic, metabolomics), and the interactions of plants with their environment, both abiotic (heat, salt and drought) and biotic (pathogens and symbionts) are investigated. Application of this knowledge will allow development of plants with enhanced tolerance to environmental stresses and help to establish sustainable agriculture systems in arid regions of the world.

The curriculum provides a strong introduction with courses on the fundamentals of plant molecular science. The curriculum consists of lectures, seminars and laboratory classes with increasing levels of specialization. Students entering the program enroll in a set of core courses and then take elective courses from within the program or from other BESE programs. 


Salim Al-Babili
Moussa Benhamed
Heribert Hirt
Magdy Mahfouz
Mark Tester
For more information, please download the program guide here