​Student Poster Competition Winners


We would like to congratulate the CBRC Poster Competition winners from KAUST Research Conference: Computational Systems Biology in Biomedicine.

KAUST Industry Collaboration Program (KICP) Innovation Award (Trophy):

Siham Fatani

CBRC Student Poster Competition Award 1st Prize (iPad Air): Meshari Alazmi

 CBRC Student Poster Competition Award 2nd Prize (BOSE SoundLink Mini II): Safia Aljedani

 CBRC Student Poster Competition Award 3rd Prize (PHOTOCUBE Compact Photo Printer): Imene Boudellioua

​CBRC goes to The KAUST School


CBRC Principal Research Scientist John Archer recently headed to The KAUST School on November 17, 2016 to present a talk to a group of high school students.

Entitled, "Combating climate change with cynobacteria", Dr. Archer aimed to present a data-driven background on climate change and how his group's research on cynobacteria can address this issue.  

​Join the Student Poster Competition



As part of our conference entitled, "KAUST Research Conference: Computational Systems Biology in Biomedicine" on December 5-7, 2016, CBRC will be hosting a student poster competition open to all KAUST students with research relevant to the conference title. 

Deadline is on November 20, 2016.

Click here for more information.

​PhenomeNET method wins at Ontology matching workshop


CBRC congratulates Professor Robert Hoehndorf and Postdoctoral Fellow Miguel Angel Rodriguez Garcia for being one of the winners of the Ontology Alignment Evaluation Initiative challenge sponsored by Pistoia Alliance, presented in the Ontology Matching Workshop that is co-located with ISWC 2016 in Kobe, Japan. View the official announcement.      

Their winning entry, a method entitled   "Integrating phenotype ontologies with PhenomeNET" can be found here. Learn more about PhenomeNET.

​Science in Focus


Watch Science in Focus Journal Reviews at KAUST hosted by CBRC’s very own Professor Takashi Gojobori! From topics such as mouse phenotyping to seagrass adaptation, Science in Focus aims to present the most interesting and innovative research here at KAUST.

Unlocking the Mouse Genome to Fight Disease

Molecular Motors Race During DNA Replication

Seagrass Genome Unlocks Secrets of Saltwater Adaptation

Is Deep Ocean Carbon Storage a Good Idea?

​ECCB 2016 Tutorial


Professor Robert Hoehndorf and Ph.D. student Imene Boudellioua presented a tutorial entitled, ""Bio-Ontologies and their Role in Analyzing Personal Genome Data" at the 15th European Coference on Computational Biology (ECCB 2016) on September 4, 2016.


​CBRC Goes to Ofunato


Professor Vladimir Bajic, Professor Takashi Gojobori, Principal Research Scientist John Archer and Senior Research Scientist Katsuhiko Mineta have been invited to speak at the Ofunato International Workshop 2016 titled "Marine Metagenomics: Comparative Study among Different Marine Resources" on August 24-25, 2016. This is workshop is jointly organized by Kitasato University and King Abdullah University of Science   and Technology.

​Join the CBRC through the VSRP


The CBRC currently has two internship projects open to visiting students. For more information on the project and application process please click on the links:

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​Prof. Xin Gao Promoted to Associate Professor


The CBRC congratulates Professor Xin Gao for his promotion to the rank of Associate Professor, effective as of today.

Prof. Gao joined KAUST in October 2010 and became a CBRC PI in January 2013. He has since then produced tremendous work in the areas of computational biology, bioinformatics, machine learning, and algorithms. His research focuses on building computational models, developing machine learning techniques, and designing efficient and effective algorithms to solve key open problems along the path from genome-scale protein sequence analysis, protein 3D structure prediction/determination, protein function annotation, and to understanding and controlling the roles proteins play in complex biological networks.

​CBRC Technical Specialist Dr. Ohyanagi Announces Call for Papers


Dr. Hajime Ohyanagi, Technical Specialist of the Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC) and a Database Issue Editor of Plant & Cell Physiology (PCP), announces a call for papers for PCP’s 2017 Database Issue.

PCP is one of the leading journals in plant science and its Annual Database Issue (published every January) is a unique and well-known opportunity to share databases and online tools within the plant research community.

For more information, please visit their website or contact: or

​Translational Informatics Seminar


Dr. Jake Y. Chen is a professor and Chief Bioinformatics Officer of the newly established Informatics Institute at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). He was invited by the CBRC to present his seminar, entitled Translational Informatics: Developing Tools to Model Human Genomics Big Data Towards Medicine 2.0. Dr. Chen discusses his approach in bridging the gap between genomics data and human disease complexity, using systems biology modeling techniques. In particular, he will describe how gene signature and pathway modules are built, from which multiscale network models are constructed.

​Python for Biologists Workshop


Martin Jones leads a 5-day workshop on Python for Biologists. Python is a dynamic, readable language that is a popular platform for all types of bioinformatics work, from simple one-off scripts to large, complex software projects. It gives an overview of the language with an emphasis on practical problem-solving, using examples and exercises drawn from various aspects of bioinformatics work. After completing the workshop, students should be in a position to (1) apply the skills they have learned to tackle problems in their own research and (2) continue their Python education in a self-directed way.

​Prof. Takashi Gojobori, co-editor of Gene - Marine Genomics issue


Thanks to the advancements of genetics and genomics in the last two decades, life science has made tremendous developments in the studies of genetic diversity and evolution of marine organisms. Journal Gene in the February 2016 issue, edited by Takashi Gojobori, Tokio Wada, Shugo Watabe, Nobuyuki Okamoto, and Giorgio Bernardi is covering the latest development in this field.

​Student Poster Competition in Big Data Applications in Life Sciences

25-27 January 2016

The Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC) will cover travel and accommodation for the six students to attend and exhibit their posters at the KAUST Research Conference on Computational and Experimental Interfaces of Big Data and Biotechnology, 25-27 January 2016 in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. The closing date for the competition is 15 December 2015. (more info)


​Big Data and Biotechnology Conference

25–27 January 2016

KAUST Research Conference on Computational and experimental interfaces of Big Data and Biotechnology 25 – 27 January 2016. (more info)





​Prof. Vladimir Bajic, Guest Co-editor of the GBP special issue

October 2015

The 5th issue of GPB in 2015——Metagenomics of Marine Environments special issue has been formally published. Dr. Fangqing Zhao from Beijing Institutes of Life Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dr. Vladimir Bajic from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology are Guest Editors of this issue.

This issue includes one Preface, one Research Highlight, two Reviews, one Resource Review, two Original Researches and one Application Note. (more info).

​New CBRC High Performance Computing Cluster Operational


A new high performance computing cluster is fully operational. The KAUST Dragon Cluster consists of 15,232 compute cores, 232 processing nodes with 128 GB per node, four AMD16-core 2.3GHz AMD 6376 processors per node, 64 cores per node and six large memory nodes with 512GB of memory per node. The total storage capacity of the system is 0.5 petabytes. The system architecture and setup makes the cluster particularly suitable for applications in bioinformatics and computational biology and it is available to all researchers at KAUST.

Reflecting on these developments, Professor Vladimir Bajic, CBRC director, says: "Successful deployment of KAUST Dragon Cluster is a major milestone in KAUST''''s ability to perform advanced and novel research in life sciences. We are grateful for support we received from KAUST in completion of this complex task.”

​EMBO announces new members for 2015


Heidelberg, 20 May 2015 – European Molecular Biology Organization today announced that 58 outstanding researchers in the life sciences were elected to its membership. “EMBO Members influence the future direction of science and help to strengthen research communities by encouraging interactions between countries” EMBO Director Maria Leptin remarked. We welcome these exceptional scientists to EMBO and look forward to their input. Among new Associate Fellows is KAUST professor Takashi Gojobori.

​Photron SA-Z High-Speed Camera Available at CBRC for Research at KAUST


The latest and most advanced high speed camera has become operational at CBRC`s Comparative Genomics and Genetics Laboratory. The camera is connected to Nikon fluorescent inverted light microscope and is specifically designed for analysis of high speed events on microscopic scale. Dr Rimantas Kodzius, a Research Scientist at CBRC, says: "The addition of the high speed camera to our lab greatly improves our ability to perform experiments in microfluidics. Together with the integrated pulsless fluidic control, we can now analyse millions of cells encapsulated in droplets, thus allowing for screening of environmental samples at a very high-throughput rate. Also, there are many other applications of this technology we are planning to pursue in the future".

This equipment is available to all interested researches at KAUST.