The Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC) and the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) jointly organized the international conference "Trends in Microbiome and Digital One Health." The event, which was held between October 30 – November 1, 2023, at KAUST, brought together 35 speakers from five continents to explore the latest research in the two fields and strategies to synergize them. Her Highness Princess Mashael Saud AlShalan, a founding partner of AEON Strategy, gave the closing statements.
Neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s disease are hard to study due to the complexity of the human brain, the difficulty of substituting native tissues with functional, in-vitro models and the challenges of obtaining human specimens. 3D bioprinting offers a new way for scientists to create 3D models that can overcome these hurdles, but finding suitable biomaterials that can accommodate neurons in 3D is not easy.
Mid-September, Professor Xin Gao, played a vital role as a KAUST representative in advancing collaboration efforts in research, education, talent exchange, training, innovation, and entrepreneurship. KAUST, in a strategic move, has strengthened its ties with Shenzhen, China's third most economically and technologically developed city.
CBRC Prof. Carlos Duarte, a distinguished marine scientist and an alumnus of McGill University, has been featured in the latest edition of the McGill University Alumni News. Having earned his PhD from the prestigious institution in 1987, Duarte's remarkable journey from his academic beginnings to becoming a global leader in marine science is a testament to his dedication and expertise.
CBRC PhD Student Azza Althagafi successfully defends her dissertation under the supervision of Associate Professor Robert Hoehndorf. She has been a member of the Bio-Ontology Research Group (BORG) since 2016. Her research interest lies in the crossroads of computer science and biology, leveraging AI techniques to explore the human genome's intricacies and its link to various diseases.
CBRC PhD student Sarah Alghamdi successfully defended her dissertation last week. She has been an essential member of the Bio-Ontology Research Group (BORG) since 2015.Her research interests include the applications of artificial intelligence and statistical methods to genomics and healthcare.
Recently, PhD student Sakhaa Alsaedi, under the supervision of Distinguished Professor Takashi and Prof. Xin Gao, received the Outstanding Leadership award at the Education 2.0 Conference held in Dubai on June 19, 2023. She was recognized for her contributions in the education sector through innovative AI approaches with STEM education kits for children, focusing on teaching bioinformatics, data analysis, and coding in her start-up company, Medvation.
Congratulations to CBRC Professor Carlos Duarte on receiving the Five Oceans Award at Mad Blue 2023 Summit in Madrid. He was recognized for his dedication to studying marine ecosystems and his efforts to preserve ocean biodiversity.