Pierre MagistrettiDean BESE Division
and Distinguished Professor


The Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE) Division provides a unique opportunity to unite technology with the life sciences, to promote engineering-inspired biology.
BESE's missions is to create an enabling platform and intellectual space for knowledge and advanced technologies through research that is aligned with KAUST's four thrusts (food, energy, water and the environment). Two strategic research themes that allow for a natural alignment with these thrusts are: Adaptive Biology and Environmental Systems.
To accomplish this mission, the Division​ has a long-term timeline to study the basic mechanisms of how organisms and systems adapt to the environment, and to develop interdisciplinary science and engineering approaches for environmental quality management.
Research in the Division is organized around five focal areas: 1) genomics, 2) epigenetics, 3) imaging and structural biology, 4) functional biology and 5) environmental systems. Education is provided through three programs: 1) Bioscience, focusing on molecular and cell biology as well as plant biology, 2) Marine Sciences and 3) Environmental Sciences.
We are committed to cutting-edge research to address many of the global challenges of the world today, and have put in place the necessary environment for collaborative interdisciplinary research to flourish. In addition, our state-of-the-art facilities and resources, including some of the most advanced equipment in the world for genomics, proteomics, microscopy, nanofabrication and nuclear magnetic resonance studies, further provide our Faculty the capability to accomplish high-impact research.
KAUST is a place where adventurous and imaginative individuals engage in a journey of intellectual and cultural discovery. Our current Faculty and student body represents 72 nations, and I will continue to focus on recruiting the best minds to join the Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division.
I invite you to explore our website, and if you are interested in joining us, either as a student or faculty/staff member, please visit the respective sites for further information.

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Prof. Pierre Magistretti


Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering Division
Ibn Al-Haytham (Building 2) · Level 4
King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
4700 King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
Thuwal 23955-6900, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


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