KAUST Research Conference

Computational Advances in Structural Biology

May 1 - 3, 2023 Auditorium between building 4 & 5

The Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is pleased to announce that the KAUST Research Conference on Computational Advances in Structural Biology will be held May 1-3, 2023 at the auditorium between buildings 4 and 5.

Structural biology is an extremely powerful means of unraveling the fundaments of life, but also of diseases. It is at the heart of medical therapies, including drug design, and has enabled the development of many biotech and industrial applications of biological entities, in particular of proteins and nucleic acids. The visualization of complex nanometer-sized structures has always heavily relied on computational methods. However, recent developments in AI and big data analyses are now truly transforming structural biology: AI-based methods have substantially advanced our capability to confidently predict the complex three-dimensional structure of a protein, composed of tens to hundreds of thousands of atoms. AI-based analysis and computer-assisted visualization have also empowered experimental methods, such as electron microscopy. Therefore, the possibility for visualizing cellular structures in atomic details has finally come within reach.

Yet, important key aspects remain poorly determined and are an area of intense method development. These include prediction of ligand interactions, nucleic acid structures, and of complexes made of many biological macromolecules. Successfully solving these issues would revolutionize our understanding of living organisms and our capability for harnessing the immense power of biological macromolecules for “green” industrial applications for curing or preventing diseases.

Considering the transformative impact that computational analysis has on structural biology, this conference is extremely timely. We invite you to join our field-leading speakers to learn about and to discuss the latest developments in this fast-developing field.

At CBRC, we strongly believe that this conference will provide a unique forum for the active exchange of ideas and experiences among researchers in this rapidly evolving subject.

On behalf of the Organizing and Program Committees, we would like to invite you to our three day event. As always, we look forward to welcoming you and to a fruitful interchange of ideas. 



Professor Xin Gao, Interim Director of CBRC and Conference Co-Chair

Professor Stefan Arold, Conference Co-Chair


This event is organized by CBRC with financial support from the Office of Research Administration (ORA).

Organizing Committee

Prof. Xin

Xin Gao

Interim Director of CBRC

Professor, Computer Science

Conference Co-Chair

Stefan Arold

Stefan Arold

Professor, Bioscience

Conference Co-Chair

Robert Hoehndorf


Robert Hoehndorf

Interim Associate Director, CBRC

Associate Professor, Computer Science



Lukasz Jaremko

Assistant Professor, Bioscience 



Boris Jankovic

Senior Computational Scientist



Ivan Viola

Professor, Computer Science




Andreas Naschberger

Assistant Professor, Bioscience



Tasneem Dalwai

Marketing and Communications Specialist

Ahmed Al oafi


Ahmed Alaofi

Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Biotechnology      

Mohammed Alarawi


Mohammed S. Alarawi

Research Specialist  



Linda Remil

Business Specialist



Alfredo De Biasio

Assistant Professor, Bioscience




Salim Bougouffa

Senior Computational Biologist



Daniela Bianco

Administrative Assistant