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.
Student Nurul Muttakin from the Bio-Ontology Research Group (BORG) under the supervision of Assoc. Prof. Robert Hoehndorf successfully defends his Masters thesis. He presented his research on the topic " Learning 3D structures for protein function prediction".
Student Hatoon Ali from the Bio-Ontology Research Group (BORG) under the supervision of Prof. Robert Hoehndorf successfully defends her Masters thesis. She presented her research on the topic " Predicting Regulatory and Phenotypic Effects of Non-coding Variants".

CBRC would like to express its heartfelt appreciation to all of the guest speakers, Organizing committee and attendees who contributed to the KAUST Research Conference 2023 on Computational Advances in Structural Biology. We are thankful to BESE Dean Prof. Samir Hamdan and CBRC Interim Director Xin Gao for delivering the opening remarks.

Profs. Sahika Inal and Stefan Arold were recently featured in Saudi Gazette, the Kingdom's leading English publication. The article highlights the collaboration between bioengineer Sahika Inal and her team at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) and clinicians at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre (KFSH&RC) in Saudi Arabia.

Professor Xin Gao was part of a delegation from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology who met with representatives from the Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, China to initiate agreements centered on research exchange. As a leading institute of research excellence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, King Abdullah University of Science and T

Abdullah AlGziwi, a visiting student under Professor Xin Gao's supervision, was recently awarded the “Second Place Grand Award” at the Saudi National Olympiad for Scientific Creativity. He presented his research project on “A Novel exosome-encapsulated-miRNA-based machine learning model for multiple cancer prediction and prognosis”.