KAUST Research Conference

Advances in Metagenomics & its Applications

May 23 - 25, 2022 Building 19, Level 3

Computational Bioscience Research Center (CBRC) at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) is pleased to announce the KAUST Research Conference 2022 on Advances in Metagenomics and its applications.

Metagenomics has a potential not only to reveal taxonomic and functional diversity of specific environments that could not be done otherwise, but also to revolutionize areas of biotechnology. The results of metagenomics analysis can be used in many different industrial applications, such as soil management, bioprospecting for industrially relevant enzymes and compounds, detection of novel genes and proteins, medical diagnostics, oil industry, epidemiology, and many others; warranting an additional avenue for the diversification of the Saudi economy. Potential industrial applications are still evolving and new ones are being identified regularly. Most recently, metagenomics allowed for better understanding of the nature of SARS-CoV-2 virus through mapping viral mutation dynamics.

The meeting will address metagenomics tools, resources, approaches, results and practical applications as well as present an opportunity for the participants to exchange data, ideas and practices in this field. I strongly believe that this conference will enrich our experiences through the exchange of ideas and inspire young research to undertake the grand challenges of our time

On behalf of CBRC and the organizing committee, I would like to welcome all participants. As always, I look forward to a fruitful exchange of ideas and hope that you will enjoy your stay at KAUST and Saudi Arabia.


Distinguished Professor Takashi Gojobori, Acting CBRC Director and Conference Chair

Organizing Committee


Takashi Gojobori

Acting Director, Distinguished Professor, Bioscience



Xin Gao

Acting Associate Director, Professor, Computer Science


Academic Members


Alexandre Rosado

Professor, Bioscience



Distinguished Professor, Marine Science


Carlos Duarte

Distinguished Professor, Marine Science



Daniele Daffonchio

Professor, Bioscience


Peiying Hong

Associate Professor, Environmental Science and Engineering




Robert Hoehndorf

Associate Professor, Computer Science


Stefan Arold

Professor, Bioscience


Mohammed Alarawi


Mohammed S. Alarawi

Research Specialist

Administrative Members


Boris Jankovic

Senior Computational Scientist


Tasneem Dalwai

Communications Coordinator


Linda Remil

Executive Secretary


Salim Bougouffa

Senior Computational Biologist


Sultan Ahmed

Business Manager