20 March, 2013Reem has won the IBDA’A National Olympiads in Riyadh
Reem AlRabiah wins first place at the IBDA’A National Olympiads.
03 February, 2013Saudi - Egypt bridge: natural resources vs. short term gains
Saudi - Egypt bridge: natural resources vs. short term gains
27 January, 2013Coral Reef Monitoring trailer
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)
24 December, 2012Happy Holidays and a successful 2013 from the Voolstra lab :)
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.
18 August, 2011Nature Middle East: KAUST launches offshore research station to study Red Sea coral reefs
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 June, 2011Paper published Aranda et al. 'Differential sensitivity of coral larvae to natural levels of ultraviolet radiation during the onset of larval competence
We have recently completed a study on the effects of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) to coral larvae of Montastraea faveolata. We 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 June, 2011AEA proposal 'The genome sequence of the dinoflagellate Symbiodinium sp., a symbiont from Red Sea corals' awarded
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.
04 June, 2011Ryu et al. "Unexpected complexity of the Reef-Building Coral Acropora millepora transcription factor network" paper is highly accessed!
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27 May, 2011PhD student Chatchanit Arif to win 2nd place in best student presentation at AMLC
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, 2011Paper published Voolstra et al. "Rapid Evolution of Coral Proteins Responsible for Interaction with the Environment"
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, 2011Paper accepted Ryu et al. "Unexpected complexity of the Reef-Building Coral Acropora millepora transcription factor network"
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 April, 2011Red Sea Research Center Symposium and Official Lab Opening
Join us for this exciting meeting with world-renowned speakers!
30 October, 2010Paper accepted Heyland et al. "The Developmental Transcriptome of Aplysia californica"
We are pleased to announce that our paper has been accepted by the Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution