News

08
Jun
6/8/2017
Big thanks to Nature Middle East for featuring our recent study in Global Change Biology. Click the link below to see the full article. 
08
Jun
6/8/2017
Today Carol Buitrago successfully presented her Ph.D. proposal entitled "Assessing genetic differentiation and local adaptation of Pocilloporid corals in the Arabian Seas ".

Congratulations!
04
Jun
6/4/2017
Our article on the role of nitrogen fixation in coral bleaching is now highlighted on KAUST Discovery!​
30
May
5/30/2017
In our latest publication, we review the what is known about marine invertebrate larvae associated with Symbiodinium to find out whether there's a mutualism from the start. ​
25
May
5/25/2017
Reef Genomics alumni ​​Aubrie O'Rourke​ awarded with Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award Fellowship​ to study bacteria onboard the ISS.
17
May
5/17/2017
In our latest study by Grupstra et al. we find that the range extension in the coral O. patagonica is accompanied by a reduced genotype diverisity of its symbiont S. psygmophilum .
21
Apr
4/21/2017
​New study by Pogoreutz et al. uses sugar enrichment to shed new light on the role of nitorgen-fixing microbes in coral bleaching. 
13
Apr
4/13/2017
​Congratulations to Dr. Till Röthig for an outstanding Ph.D. dissertation defence and a remarkable Ph.D thesis!
03
Apr
4/3/2017
​Welcome to our new postdoc Dr. Anny Cardénas!
31
Mar
3/31/2017
In our latest publiation Hadaidi et al. find that bacterial communities in bleached and healthy Porites colonies remain stable.
17
Mar
3/17/2017
Microbial communities may contribute to functioning of deep-sea corals from the Red Sea​ in this extreme environment.
16
Mar
3/16/2017
GIGA is a collaborative network of diverse scientists focussed on advancing invertebrate genomics. We use GIGA's second anniversary to reflect on its progress and future projects.
16
Mar
3/16/2017
Cytological profiling of algal extracts using High-Content Screening​
15
Mar
3/15/2017
In our latest publication Kremb et al. introduce a new imaging-based High-Content Screening for the broad-spectrum phenotypic profiling of natural products.
01
Mar
3/1/2017
Check out our latest paper in PLoS Genetics to find out how RNA editing may help coral symbionts to respond to stress in previously unrecognized ways.
2/24/2017
The current cover of JBI features our article on the molecular diversity of coral symbionts around the arabian peninsula.​
20
Feb
2/20/2017
Check​ out the KAUST Discovery article about our analysis of dinoflagellate genomes to identify adaptations to symbiosis in Symbiodinium.
10
Feb
2/10/2017
Have a look at our latest study in Nature communications to find out how bacterial community dynamics relate to coral heat tolerance.
09
Feb
2/9/2017
Claudia Pogoreutz has joined our lab as a new postdoc. Welcome!
19
Jan
1/19/2017
"Meet Aiptasia" video wins the Science of Storytelling Award at the WEP 2017
17
Jan
1/17/2017
In our latest publication, we use comparative genomics to understand the role and function of Endozoicomonas bacteria associated with marine holobionts.
02
Jan
1/2/2017
​In our latest publication we assess the biogeography of Symbiodinium comunites associated with coral hosts around the Arabian Peninsula.
22
Dec
12/22/2016
The genome of Symbiodinium microadriaticum​ sheds new light on the mechanisms of the coral-agla symbiosis
12/18/2016
Cover image for Ocean One in IEEE Robotics & Automation Magazine
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05
Dec
12/5/2016
Read about how the newly developed underwater humanoid robot Ocean One may help to explore the marine environment.
11/16/2016
Carol Buitrago wins 1st place in ICMERS poster competition!​​
15
Nov
11/15/2016
​​Join us this Sunday at the SciCafe to learn eveything about coral bleaching!​
01
Nov
11/1/2016
The symbiotic status of Aiptasia determines its microbiome structure. 
10
Oct
10/10/2016
​Mediterranean gorgonian-associated microbial communities telling stories about pollution. Have a read!
01
Sep
9/1/2016
​How do corals and their algal symbiont Symbiodinium establish symbiosis? Have a read!
24
Aug
8/24/2016
​Our latest review characterizes the extremely diverse and flexible symbionts of the genus Endozoicomonas. Have a read!
08
Jul
7/8/2016
​We have characterized the prokaryotic coral symbiont Endozoicomonas in Stylophora pistillata and Pocillopora verrucosa. The bacteria form large endodermal aggregations and are specific in P. verrucosa whereas S. pistillata associates vary spatially.
06
Jun
6/6/2016
​We congratulate Anna for defending her PhD!
06
Jun
6/6/2016
​Check out our latest publication on the microbiome of the red coral Corallium rubrum.
30
May
5/30/2016
Nature Middle East: ​Science in Saudi Arabia. Have a read on the current development - and what Chris thinks about it.
24
May
5/24/2016
​How to explain evolutionary success of corals from a genomic point of view? Have a look at our latest publication!
24
May
5/24/2016
​Have a read: The press release of our latest eLife publications features the World's largest coral gene database created!
27
Apr
4/27/2016
​Humanoid robotic diver(s) to the rescue! OceanOne, our dive robot, is reality! Our project with Stanford University had its maiden voyage.
24
Apr
4/24/2016
​With his M.Sc. research "The role of nitrogen cycling in coral holobiont functioning" Nils won the MARUM Research Award for Marine Science. Congratulations!
17
Apr
4/17/2016
​Saudi Arabia and Egypt plan to build a bridge connecting two continents - but what about the coral reefs?
05
Apr
4/5/2016
PNAS paper press release - Coral reefs highlight the key role of existing biodiversity for climate change adaptation!​
04
Apr
4/4/2016
​The distribution of the thermotolerant Symbiodinium thermophilum, prevalent symbiont in corals in the Persian/Arabian gulf region, gives indication for existing biodiversity to be crucial to promote rapid adaptation to present-day climate change, not only for coral reefs, but for ecosystems in general.
12
Feb
2/12/2016

Chris has become a Frontiers Science Hero. He functions as review editor for Frontiers in Microbiology and as associate editor for Frontiers in Marine Science. Check out the video introducing him and his work!

11
Feb
2/11/2016

In our latest publication we examined the transcriptomes of four species within one Symbiodinium clade (Clade B). We found species-specific expression differences to be consistently enriched for photosynthesis-related genes, likely reflecting selection pressures driving niche diversification.

05
Feb
2/5/2016

In this publication we describe how the Red Sea coral Fungia granulosa copes with increased salinities and how it's bacterial microbiome presumably is involved in the salinity acclimation.

04
Feb
2/4/2016
In our recent study we isolated compounds with anti-viral potential from the marine sponge Stylissa carteri
25
Jan
1/25/2016

Sebastian defended his Ph.D.! Congratulations

04
Jan
1/4/2016

First publication in 2016. Have a read how Red Sea coral microbiomes are affected by anthropogenic stress.

01
Jan
1/1/2016

Happy New Year to everyone!

28
Dec
16
Dec
12/16/2015

The Mideast Coral Reef Society newsletter (December 15) features an article about our effort in characterizing the recent coral mass bleaching event in the central Red Sea.

14
Dec
12/14/2015

Our latest publication describes temporal and spatial calcification trends of corals and algal crusts in the central Red Sea. 

11/16/2015

Moe defended his Master thesis. Congratulations!





21
Oct
10/21/2015
In the Sci-Cafe How do we explore the Red Sea?​ Christian Voolstra, Burton Jones, and Michael Berumen discuss how they do research on and in the Red Sea with KAUST scientists and community members.​​​
15
Oct
10/15/2015
Corals of the region - the Red Sea and the Persian/Arabian Gulf - provide a model for adaptation to extreme environment. Have a read how coral reef research efforts in the region​ use these organisms to tackle questions on climate change induced problems for corals worldwide.​
15
Oct
10/15/2015
Nature Middle East reports on our recent finding of Deep Sea corals in the unusual warm depth of the Red Sea. Stop and have a read why this finding may give hope for ccorals facing climate change.
13
Oct
10/13/2015
Together with Greta Aeby from the University Hawaii we have started a coral disease survey in the Red Sea
15
Sep
9/15/2015
In our latest publication the ReFuGe 2020 Consortium outlines a genomics framework to assess adaptability and resilience of coral holobionts.​
11
Sep
9/11/2015
We assessed the transcriptomic response of Orbicella faveolata collected at reef sites off Puerto Rico​ to White Plague disease.
31
Aug
8/31/2015

Assessing the symbiosis between coral host and algal symbiont in corals is difficult. The small sea anemone Aiptasia provides an experimentally tractable model system to elucidate the molecular and cellular biology underlying the symbiosis and its susceptibility or resilience to stress.

10
Aug
8/10/2015
Check out our video explaining the latest publication from Rädecker et al.

09
Aug
8/9/2015
Check out the cover story and picture in the  latest issue of Trends in Microbiology!

06
Aug
8/6/2015
Choosing a partner in non-ideal environments - different startegies in the host-symbiont association influences Red Sea corals ability to adapt to niche habitats. ​
30
Jun
6/30/2015

Wanna see sharks and whales together in one dive? Maybe you are lucky in the Red Sea.​

26
Jun
6/26/2015

The current Mideast Coral Reef Society newsletter (July 2015) is featuring some of our research. Check it out :)

25
Jun
6/25/2015

Our collaborators from the Oregon State University published a fascinating article about coral reefs, their struggle caused by anthropogenic activities, and the scientific work in this beautiful environment.

23
Jun
6/23/2015
We welcome Shobhit, Franscesca, and Lojain in our lab
11
Jun
6/11/2015
We welcome Hanover and Danielle in our lab
04
Jun
6/4/2015
We published a new open access paper on bicarbonate transporter in corals. Check it out!
28
May
5/28/2015
Our new paper on microbiome structure of the fungid coral Ctenactis echinata in relation to their environmental settings has been published
18
May
5/18/2015
Claudia wrote and published an article about her work at KAUST. Check it out :)
14
Apr
4/14/2015

We are proud to announce that Aubrie defended her PhD! Congrats!

10
Apr
09
Apr
4/9/2015

Chris Voolstra is one of the ‘Top Reviewer for Molecular Ecology 2015′. Good job!

02
Apr
4/2/2015

KAUST news is featuring our study on the HIV inhibitory features of the marine brown algae Lobophora variegata.

27
Mar
3/27/2015

The latest feature of the ISRS REEF ENCOUNTER is highlighting our student Anna Roik as recipient of the “Best Student Presentation” award at the 'Coral Reefs of Arabia' conference in Abu Dhabi. ​

25
Mar
3/25/2015
Nature Middle East reports on our acclimation potential study in Red Sea corals. This research has been a collaboration between KAUST, KAU, and the German GEOMAR institute.  
19
Mar
3/19/2015

Chris is giving a presentation about Coral Reef Genomics in the Red Sea at the Justus-Liebig-University in Giessen, Germany.

10
Mar
3/10/2015
In this study we investigated seasonal changes in metabolic performance of the widely distributed hermatypic coral Pocillopora verrucosa along a latitudinal gradient.
03
Mar
23
Feb
2/23/2015

Check the 'Positions' section for details!

17
Feb
2/17/2015

At the 'Coral Reefs of Arabia' conference at the New York University in Abu Dhabi Anna Roik held the best student presentation. Congratulations!

11
Feb
2/11/2015

A new open access paper on the genetic differentiation in the coral Pocillopora verrucosa along environmental gradients of the Saudi Arabian Red Sea has been published.



09
Feb
2/9/2015

Frontiers sends out tweet about our latest publication.

06
Feb
2/6/2015

A new article on mesophotic corals has been published in Frontiers.

26
Jan
1/26/2015

The Thai TV station PPTV was reporting on Frarahs graduation.

20
Jan
1/20/2015

Our new study on the Red Sea deep-sea coral Eguchipsammia fistula has been published.

18
Jan
1/18/2015
WEP session on the Red Sea Robotics, a collaboration between KAUST Red Sea Research Center, Stanford University, and Meka Robotic.
18
Jan
1/18/2015

Welcome Oussama Khatib and Gerald Brantner from Stanford University.

17
Jan
1/17/2015

We welcome Nils, Anny, Ghaida, Mohammad, Maren, Shobhit, and Theresa in our lab!

01
Jan
1/1/2015

Happy New Year from the Voolstra lab

07
Nov
11/7/2014

Aldebaran is also featuring our article on the HIV inhibition potential of the brown algae Lobophora.

11/6/2014

Lauren Yum successfully defended her PhD. Congratulations!

04
Nov
11/4/2014
The German Leibniz society is featuring our study on the HIV inhibition of the brown algae Lobophora.
10/27/2014

Farah defended her PhD!

24
Oct
10/24/2014

The publication describes the influence of hypersaline desalination discharge on the Red Sea coral Fungia granulosa.

22
Sep
9/22/2014
'Marine brown algae may inhibit HIV infection' - Nature Middle East article on our PLOS publication
21
Aug
8/21/2014
In this study we show for the first time that Lobophora variegata extracts inhibit HIV-1 entry, thereby suggesting this alga as promising source for the development of novel HIV-1 inhibitors.
20
Aug
8/20/2014

Please have a look at our new publication on Spatio-Temporal Analyses of Symbiodinium Physiology of the Coral Pocillopora verrucosa along Large-Scale Nutrient and Temperature Gradients in the Red Sea​

14
Aug
8/14/2014

Maren successfully defended her PhD thesis today!

14
Aug
8/14/2014
New open access manuscript that details availability of three Endozoicomonas genomes from cultured resources published.
26
Jul
7/26/2014
Read about the physiological plasticity of  P. verrucosa in changing light regimes and how this explains this species' observed depth pattern on the eastern shore of the central Red Sea
23
Jul
7/23/2014

Check out our new paper on assessing Symbiodinium diversity via next-generation sequencing-based genotyping

24
Jun
6/24/2014
Our most recent ISME publication on bacterial profiling in coral disease, this time we looked at coral transcriptome states and Symbiodinium association too :)
14
Jun
13
Apr
4/13/2014
FEATURED ARTICLE

The effect of overfishing and eutrophication on coral reefs in the Central Red Sea

APRIL 8, 2014 - In the Central Red Sea, healthy coral reefs meet intense coastal development, but there are almost no data on the effects of this development on coral reefs. This in situ study investigated how the settlement of reef invertebrates might be affected by overfishing and eutrophication via fertilizer. The results suggest that if these effects are not brought under control, we may see a shift from dominance by hard corals to that of other invertebrates at shaded reef locations, hence affecting coral reef ecology Read more

09
Apr
4/9/2014

New open access  study on 'In situ effects of simulated overfishing and eutrophication on settlement of benthic coral reef invertebrates in the Central Red Sea' published. Check it out!


21
Mar
3/21/2014

New open access papper on the 'Identification of MicroRNAs in the Coral Stylophora pistillata' out

09
Jan
1/9/2014

Check out our publication section. A great start in 2014 with four papers!

01
Jan
1/1/2014

Happy New Year from the Voolstra lab.

In 2013 Sebastian Baumgarten and Vanessa Robitzch graduated with MSc degree, both continue their scientific career as PhD students in KAUST. Till Bayer left the working group, we wish him a successful future.

We published 11 scientific papers and are looking forward to a productive and exciting year 2014.

20
Oct
10/20/2013

we are happy to announce that the article is highly accessed! keep reading and citing :)

17
Oct
10/17/2013

This is a good one: In dinoflagellates the plastid genes are located on small plasmids, commonly referred to as 'minicircles'. In this article, we characterized the chloroplast genome from an environmental coral isolate, in this case containing a symbiont belonging to the Symbiodinium sp. clade C3. The gene content of the genome is well conserved with respect to previously characterised genomes. However, unlike previously characterized dinoflagellate chloroplast genomes we did not identify any 'empty' minicircles. The sequences of this chloroplast genome shows a high rate of evolution relative to other algal species. Particularly notable was a surprisingly high level of sequence divergence within the core polypeptides of photosystem I, the reasons for which are currently unknown. This chloroplast genome also possesses distinctive codon usage and GC content. These features suggest that chloroplast genomes in Symbiodinium are highly plastic.

15
Oct
10/15/2013

Here I was asked to provide an opinion on a recently published article on '"a 2010 white plague outbreak in the Virgin Islands, (where) researchers analyzed the viruses present in diseased and healthy corals." by Joseph Castro, LiveScience Contributor.

Read the whole article in the link provided below.

12
Oct
10/12/2013
Have a look at our paper that identifies microRNAs in Symbiodinium. It also comes with a massive transcriptome dataset :)
12
Oct
10/12/2013
The discovery of corals in warm nutrient-poor waters in the Red Sea offers a look at adaption to environmental changes.

by Louise Sarant

The discovery of corals in the warm, deep waters of the Red Sea will help scientists understand how reefs respond to climate change and which genetic and epigenetic adaptations allow them to survive warm temperatures. A team from the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) found six species of corals dwelling between 200 and 800 metres in Red Sea waters, at temperatures exceeding 20C, previously thought too warm to support corals usually found in cooler, shallower waters.

Read more in the link provided!
09
Oct
10/9/2013
"Coral reefs are biodiversity hotspots in the ocean; so they are very important because they sustain a high number of species. Corals are the nurseries for many fish," explained Prof. Christian Voolstra from the KAUST Red Sea Research Center. But over the last decades, marine scientists have observed the decline of healthy coral reefs around the world.

As a paper published in August by Nature through The ISME Journal, co-authored by Prof. Voolstra and colleagues from KAUST and Chulalongkorn University in Thailand, explains: "A major factor contributing to their decline is outbreaks and propagation of coral diseases."            

03
Oct
10/3/2013
Our manuscript 'First biological measurements of deep-sea corals from the Red Sea' just got published in Scientific Reports. Here we report on the first measurements of biological characters of deep-sea corals from the central Red Sea, where they occur at temperatures exceeding 20C in highly oligotrophic and oxygen-limited waters.

If you are interested, the manuscript is freely accessible at below link.
01
Sep
9/1/2013

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) has recently acquired Saudi Arabia's first research vessel, the R/V Thuwal.

This vessel will help bolster innovative research and knowledge of this largely unexplored resource at our doorstep, shared President Jean-Lou Chameau. Our scientists and students are now equipped to explore the Red Sea aboard the R/V Thuwal with greater flexibility and access. This new tool will accelerate discoveries in marine science research, enhance teaching opportunities, and strengthen partnerships with industry, governments, and academia.

29
Aug
8/29/2013

Molecular Ecology 'News and Views' perspective article on a research paper about population genetic data of Aiptasia that reveal remarkable symbiotic specificity and vectored introductions across ocean basins

08
Aug
8/8/2013

For those interested in coral disease, please allow me to draw your attention to a new open access article published in the ISME journal about bacterial community structures in healthy and White Plague Diseased coral species.

In our 16S comparative framework analysis,  corals displayed species-specific bacterial communities that are different from disease-associated bacteria. Health and disease were as strong a discriminator between colonies as species indicating that bacterial community structure of disease is conserved over coral species boundaries.

23
Jul
7/23/2013

Are bacteria in corals a middle man between coral host and algal symbiont? Read about corals harboring bacteria inside their cells in the latest NATURE Middle East article.

08
Jul
7/8/2013

​New study shows healthy Red Sea corals carry bacterial communities within​

04
Jul
7/4/2013
The laboratory of Christian R Voolstra (reefgenomics.kaust.edu.sa) is seeking a postdoctoral associate in the areas of functional genomics and bioinformatics analysis.

The successful candidate will collaborate as part of a funded framework on establishing gene knockdowns in the photosynthetic dinoflagellate Symbiodinium sp. A1 and subsequent transcriptome- and proteome-wide analysis in regard to functional validation and pathway interactions.

Please navigate to Positions for the full ad!
27
Jun
6/27/2013
The effect of substratum colour on the formation of micro- and macro fouling communities was investigated in the Marina Bandar al Rowdha (Muscat, Sea of Oman). The study demonstrates that the colour of the substratum can affect the formation of biofouling communities in short-term experiments. For antifouling screening, darker substrata are recommended, as they promote a higher density of fouling organisms. However, white or light coloured coatings would be preferable to maximise the protection of structures against marine fouling.
25
Jun
6/25/2013
We are happy to announce our second article under our coral reef monitoring project that looked at 'In-Situ Effects of Simulated Overfishing and Eutrophication on Benthic Coral Reef Algae Growth, Succession, and Composition in the Central Red Sea' .. have fun reading and let us know how you like it! The project was a collaboration between ZMT, Bremen, Germany and KAUST, Saudi Arabia.
24
May
5/24/2013

Here's an article from Arab News reporting on Intel's ISEF titled 'Saudi students reap honors in US science fair'. Our SRSI 2012 intern Reem Al Rabiah from Altarbia Alislamia Schools in Riyadh, received the fourth award, worth $ 500 in environmental sciences for her research on the effects of ecological differences on biofilm composition in the Red Sea.

24
May
5/24/2013
Till Bayer et. al described the microbiome of Stylophora pistillata being dominated by Endozoicomonas bacteria. The bacteria appear to have an intimate relationship with the coral.
17
May
07
May
5/7/2013

Voolstra group and collaborators left for 3 week cruise.

22
Apr
4/22/2013
The results of our work on the 'In-situ Effects of Eutrophication and Overfishing on Physiology and Bacterial Diversity of the Red Sea Coral Acropora hemprichii ' have been published in PLoS ONE.
20
Mar
3/20/2013

Reem AlRabiah wins first place at the IBDA’A National Olympiads.

17
Feb
2/17/2013

Christian Voolstra and Cornelia Roder hosting a session at ALSO in New Orelans.

08
Feb
2/8/2013

Christian Voolstra on 'Top Reviewer for Molecular Ecology 2012' list

27
Jan
1/27/2013

During WEP (http://www.kaust.edu.sa/academics/wep/) a session was teaching basics in how to make science understandable in short movie trailers. Enjoy the results explaining coral reef monitoring. (A description of the WEP course Lab to Film can be found here: http://www.acadox.com/class/439#info)

09
Jan
1/9/2013
Banguera-Hinestroza et al. published a new paper in Conservation Genetics Resources. It characterizes new microsatellite loci for population genetic studies in the Smooth Cauliflower Coral (Stylophora sp.). Click on the link below!

24
Dec
12/24/2012
2012 was a successful year full of changes: Manuel Aranda, Javier Villa Lizcano, and Xianzhe Gong completed their work in our group. We wish them all the best for their further career. We welcomed 2 new postdocs (Camille Daniels, Matthew Neave), 4 new PhD students (Anna Roik, Aubrie O’Rouke, Maren Ziegler, Till Röthig), two new MSc students (Sebastian Baumgarten, Vanessa Robitzch), and 1 new technician (Craig Michell) in our team. Our SRSI 2012 intern, Reem AlRabiah, is currently successfully competing with her project ‘Biofilm Characterization in the Central Red Sea’ on the Saudi National Science Fair which may lead to international competitions.
17
Dec
12/17/2012
the new webpage format goes live and hopefully we and you are back for more soon :)
11
Mar
3/11/2012

We are please to announce the addition of 3 new PhD students to our lab.​​​

18
Aug
8/18/2011
Nature Middle East: KAUST launches offshore research station to study Red Sea coral reefs

​In a bid to better understand how Red Sea corals are responding to climate change and human activity, the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is strategizing on a monitoring program to study coral reefs in a physical, chemical, and biological context. To read the full story click on the link below​, and also have a look at our Research Section! 



20
Jun
6/20/2011
We have recently completed a study on the effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) to coral larvae of Montastraea faveolataWe have recently completed a study on the effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) to coral larvae of Montastraea faveolata. It seems that coral larvae are susceptible to UVR during the motile planula stage and we find neurogenic genes differentially expressed. These genes could explain the aberrant settlement behavior upon exposure to UVR that has been observed in previous studies. This is the first study that uses our new generation of cDNA microarrays (>10,000 clones) to assay transcriptomic changes. To have a look, click on the link below!
10
Jun
6/10/2011
We have been recently awarded a grant to sequence the genome of a Symbiodinium species (dinoflagellates). The group consists of Chris Voolstra, Tim Ravasi, and Vladimir Bajic at KAUST and Gos Micklem at University of Cambridge.​​​
27
May
5/27/2011
We are proud to announce that Chatchanit wong the Bert and Lucy Williams Student Achievement Award for the 2nd best verbal paper presentation for her talk 'Bacterial Profiling of White Plague Disease in a comparative coral species framework' at the 3th Scientific Conference of the Association of Marine Laboratories of the Caribbean (AMLC), 23-27 May 2011, in San José, Costa Rica
25
May
5/25/2011
Fresh from the press: We have recently completed a study on rapidly evolving genes in Acropora millepora and Acropora palmata. We found a number of interesting candidate genes, many of them potentially symbiosis-related. To our knowledge this is one of the first studies that conduct a transcriptome-wide screen between related coral species. We are pleased that our paper has been published by PLoS one.
01
May
5/1/2011
Fresh from the press: We are pleased that our paper has been accepted by BMC Systems Biology. One of the first Coral Systems Biology papers!
09
Apr
4/9/2011
Join us for this exciting meeting with world-renowned speakers!
30
Oct
10/30/2010
We are pleased to announce that our paper has been accepted by the Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution
25
Jun
6/25/2010
We are pleased to announce that our proposal 'The genetic basis of obesity/diabetes in the Saudi population' has been awarded!
20
Jun
6/20/2010
We are pleased to announce that postdoc Manuel Aranda, postdoc Till Bayer, and AssProf Chris Voolstra all get the chance to present their recent work on the 2nd Asia Pacific Coral Reef Symp​osium. Meet us there!​​
18
May
5/18/2010
We have been recently awarded a grant to sequence the genome of a Symbiodinium species (dinoflagellates). The group consists of Chris Voolstra, Tim Ravasi, and Vladimir Bajic at KAUST and Gos Micklem at University of Cambridge.
17
May
5/17/2010
Our project 'Red Sea Biogeographic Information System (RBIS)' is a Seed Fund Grant Awardee. Congrats to Fahmi Machda, Chandra Prasetyo, and Noru Moreno.
08
Mar
3/8/2010
Our work on the Red Sea Biogeographic Information System (RBIS) has been accepted as a paper and talk at the OCEANS'10 IEEE conference. Congrats to Fahmi Machda, Chandra Prasetyo, and Noru Moreno.
02
Mar
3/2/2010
Dr. Bayer's project 'Comparative transcriptome analysis of dinoflagellate symbionts from reef-building corals' was highly rated and recommended for funding in the first competitive CTF round.
02
Mar
3/2/2010
Dr. Aranda's project 'Effects of UV stress on gene expression in larvae of the coral Montastraea faveolata' was highly rated and recommended for funding in the first competitive CTF round
02
Mar
3/2/2010
Prof. Voolstra's project 'A Bayesian Regression approach to the modeling of gene expression data' was highly rated and recommended for funding in the first competitive CTF round.
25
Feb
2/25/2010
Our analysis 'Identification of a gene expression core signature for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) via integrative analysis reveals novel potential compounds for treatment' has been accepted as a paper and poster at at the 2010 IEEE Symposium on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. Congrats to Noru, Manuel, and Chris!