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The research portfolio of KAUST’s Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC) encompasses computational biology and bioinformatics with applications in life sciences. The CBRC mission is design of novel high performance computational biology/bioinformatics methods, tools, resources and models that will lead to and speed up development of applications in synthetic biology and biotechnology and validating these applications in engineered cells.

CBRC aims to develop: (i) An infrastructure for bioinformatics and computational/mathematical modeling of microbial systems to generate deeper insights into functioning of microorganisms. (ii) An infrastructure for rational design of synthetic biology constructs (parts and their compositions) to enable informed engineering of microorganisms for industrial applications feasible and relevant within the Saudi Arabian context. (iii) Engineered microorganisms capable of carbon capture and conversion to targeted industrially important chemicals, enzymes or biomass.
As an FP7 European Community-funded Network of Excellence, EpiGeneSys’s goals go further than simply funding a research project. Our extensive training program is helping to build a bridge between the fields of epigenetics and systems biology and our public education mission will communicate the science in an accessible and interesting fashion while awakening young pupils’ interest in research.​
The Visual Computing Center ensures that KAUST is at the forefront of Petascale Computing, Modeling, Visualization & immersive environments.

The Center possesses top expertise and performs Fundamental & Application-oriented Research in a variety of areas of Visual Computing, such as: Geometric Modeling, Geometry Processing, Scientific Visualization, Virtual Reality, Rendering, Simulation, Computational Geometry & topology, Computer Vision, and Imaging Science. There is a strong focus on novel applications with a high potential for the advancement of science and technology. In particular, the Center provides a unique interactive environment that cultivates multidisciplinary collaborations among KAUST Researchers and Students as well as Industry Researchers and Collaborators interested in exploring the Mathematical properties of Systems in Pure Sciences and Engineering.​
Developing an agriculture to feed a still-growing human population on a warming Earth demands the development of an approach to agriculture that simultaneously optimizes biological productivity and minimizes water and energy consumption, nutrient inputs, environmental impact and cost. We call this a “systems” approach to agriculture, recognizing that it is about the design of different kinds of food production systems, both indoor (greenhouse) and outdoor (field), each with its own biological constraints, water and energy requirements that need to be optimized for local climatic conditions.

At the core is KAUST’s Center for Desert Agriculture (CDA), which brings together biologists with interests ranging from the basic physiology, genetics/genomics and epigenetics of plants and their interactions with microbes to applied research in crop improvement, insect control and aquaculture.