An international research team led by KAUST scientists has deployed DNA technology used on the International Space Station (ISS) in the harsh climate of Saudi Arabia for the first time. The effort aims to test the feasibility of analyzing DNA samples from extreme environments on-site. Initial results indicate new and invaluable information gained from this approach will benefit coral reef and mangrove preservation and restoration efforts in the Kingdom.
Prof. Alexandre Rosado’s Group was recently featured in Manufacturing and Engineering (MEM) magazine. The research conducted by his team, in collaboration with NASA-sponsored start-ups, repurposed portable microbial detection technology designed for space missions to support climate change solutions in Saudi Arabia. The Rosado Lab (MEGB Lab) focuses on studying microbial diversity and new microbial metabolisms, utilizing conventional tools along with multi-omics approaches to understand the evolutionary history, ecological roles, and physiological capacities of free-living and symbiotic microorganisms, including those found in extreme environments.
CBRC faculty member Prof. Carlos Duarte is recognized as one of the world’s most influential researchers by the Clarivate Institute of Scientific Information. The annual Highly Cited Researchers list by Clarivate acknowledges scholars whose work has received the highest number of citations in papers published by peers in their fields over the past decade. The 2023 list features individuals who have authored studies in the top 1% of scholarly citations globally.