How do I know who my advisor is? Can I change my advisor?

​For M.S. students, your advisor when you are admitted to KAUST is the Program Chair. For Ph.D. students, your advisor is your PI (supervisor) whose lab you have been accepted in to. 

Yes, you can change your advisor. M.S. students are advised to do so if/when they begin their thesis or directed research.  Ph.D. students do have the ability to change advisors, but the overall impact to the Ph.D. project, as well as the time left to finish the Ph.D., could be significant.  This will have to be taken into account before approval.

​M.S. students need 36 credits (combination of courses and research is specific to your program). 

Ph.D. students need 6 credits of 300-level coursework and will earn dissertation research credit each semester until they defend (no minimum credits established, although there is a minimum residency requirement of 2.5 years).

​During your final M.S. semester at KAUST, you will be eligible to submit a “rollover” application.  You will be contacted by the Admissions Office for this.  You must have a confirmed supervisor in order for the application to be approved.

​M.S. students get all university holidays (Eid Al-Fitr, Eid Al-Adha, Spring break).  

Ph.D. students get university holidays and three weeks of annual/vacation leave per calendar year to be taken in agreement with your PI.

​Mandatory, core and elective courses are listed in the program guide. The program guides for all BESE programs can be found here 
​“Time Extension to Complete M.S. Thesis” application request can be submitted by the 9th week of your final Fall semester.  See application for required approvals here .
​No.  Only once during your time here at KAUST.  If “WE Courses” appears on your KAUST transcript, that means you have met this requirement.​
​Yes, both M.S. and Ph.D. in all BESE programs must register, attend, and receive an S grade for the graduate seminar each semester (Spring and Fall, NOT summer).

​Yes. Drop and Add deadlines are on the academic calendar.

​Your GPC can help you request these from the Registrar’s Office, or you can contact them directly at  RegistrarHelpDesk@KAUST.EDU.SA​​ 

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Towards broadband background-free stimulated Raman scattering microspectroscopy

Stimulated Raman Scattering (SRS) microspectroscopy is a powerful imaging technique that uses the inherent chemical composition of specimens to produce highly detailed images. In recent years, SRS microscopy has gained popularity and has been used in various biomedical, material, and environmental science applications. One of the reasons of its success is that, unlike the coherent anti-Stokes Raman scattering (CARS), the SRS process is not affected by the so-called non-resonant background, providing precise and easy-to-interpret hyperspectral measurements that are directly comparable with spontaneous Raman. However, SRS microscopy is not an entirely background-free technique. In fact, there are other competing optical phenomena whose signals spectrally overlap with SRS, potentially reducing the contrast and sensitivity achievable with this technique.
Although recent technical implementations capable of effectively reduce the background in SRS microspectroscopy have been presented, the widespread adoption of this technique is still limited by the complexity and lack of automation of existing systems, which require manual operation and technical expertise to be operated. This thesis introduces a novel scheme for a flexible and user-friendly system capable to perform automated background-free SRS acquisitions across the entire fingerprint to CH-stretch vibrational interval, broadening the range of applications in which SRS microspectroscopy can be applied.

I received my M.Sc. in Medical Physics from the University of Pisa in 2018. I then joined the Vibrational Imaging Lab at KAUST, where I am currently doing a Ph.D. in Bioengineering under the mentorship of Prof. Carlo Liberale. Throughout my Ph.D. I have developed stimulated Raman scattering microspectroscopy systems and used them for different biological and environmental science applications


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