Astronomers Discover Rapidly Changing Jets from a Black Hole System 8,000 Light Years Away from Earth

April 29, 2019 | Assistant Professor of Physics David Russell and a group of collaborators have been taking radio and X-ray observations of a black hole system 8,000 light years away from Earth. Their unique findings have been published in the journal Nature

Dark Matter Detector Observes Universe’s Rarest Decay Process Ever Measured

April 24, 2019 | NYU Abu Dhabi researchers are part of an international research team whose findings are featured on the cover of the journal Nature.


NYU Abu Dhabi's research program continues to evolve, thus helping Abu Dhabi become a recognized world center for scientific discovery and innovation.

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    February 27, 2019 - Assistant Professor of Biology Shady Amin gave an invited presentation entitled: "Roseobacteria Dominate Interactions Between a Diatom and its Microbiome" at the Associations for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
    Genetics and Identity Conference February 19, 2019 - Professors Stephane Boissinot, Youssef Idaghdour, Piergiorgio Percipalle and Kirsten Sadler-Edepli co-organized an international symposium on the topics of genetics and identity. This symposium brought to campus distinguished scientists and social scientists to discuss the issues raised by recent progress in genetics. This symposium was co-organized by colleagues in the Division of Social Science.    
    weSTEM Conference

    February 16, 2019 - NYU Abu Dhabi's weSTEM student interest group hosted its annual High School Conference at NYUAD.  More than 80 girls from over 15 Abu Dhabi high schools attended a day of STEM-related events at NYUAD. Associate Professor of Biology and Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity Kirsten Sadler Edepli served as the faculty sponsor, gave the introductory remarks and hosted two workshops.
    Coral Algal Paper

    February 11, 2019 - Associate Professor of Biology John Burt and Research Scientist Edward Smith published an article entitled SymPortal: a novel analytical framework and platform for coral algal symbiont next-generation sequencing ITS2 profiling. Hume, B. C., Smith, E. G., Ziegler, M. , Warrington, H. J., Burt, J. A., LaJeunesse, T. C., Wiedenmann, J. and Voolstra, C. (2019). Mol Ecol Resour

    This paper introduces a novel analytical platform for the analyses of genes of coral-associated symbionts to identify hidden diversity.
    New Species of Frog Paper February 12, 2019 - Professor of Biology Stephane Boissinot published a manuscript entitled A New Species of Puddle Frog from an Unexplored Mountain in Southwestern Ethiopia (Anura, Phrynobatrachidae, Phrynobatrachus). Goutte, S., Reyes-Velasco, J., & Boissinot, S. (2019). Zookeys, Vol. 824, pp.53-70.

    The article describes a new species of frog that was previously unknown to science. It was discovered in an unexplored forest in the southwest of Ethiopia.
    Reptile Genomes Paper
    February 9, 2019 - Professor of Biology Stephane Boissinot published a manuscript entitled The Mobilome of Reptiles: Evolution, Structure and Function. Boissinot, S., Bourgeois, Y., Manthey, J.D., & Ruggiero, R.P. (2019). Cytogenetics and Genome Research, 157:21-33.

    This is the first review of the genomic era on the evolution of transposable elements in reptile genomes.
    Genomes Presentation February 3, 2019 - Associate Professor of Biology Kourosh Salehi-Ashtiani gave a presentation entitled Genomes and Metabolomes of Coastal UAE Microalgae at a bioengineering workshop at The American University of Sharjah.
    Travel Award February 1, 2019 - Postdoctoral Associate Basma Radwan from the Chaudhury Lab won a travel award for the meeting Advances in Sleep and Circadian Sciences held in Clearwater Florida February 1-4, 2019. She presented a poster and was also asked to present a two-minute Data Blitz as a result of her travel award.

Featured Media Articles

Atlantic Sea-Surface Temperatures Could Affect Monsoons

Changes in the sea-surface temperatures in the equatorial Atlantic Ocean have gained influence on India’s summer monsoon and could affect the rains the way El Nino of the Pacific Ocean does, studies suggest.
The Telegraph | May 17, 2019

NYU Abu Dhabi Scientists Solve 40-year Antarctic Hole-in-the-Ice Mystery

Scientists in Abu Dhabi have solved the mystery of how an open body of water formed in the middle of thick ice during the Antarctic winter.
The National | May 09, 2019

Artificial Tidal Pools to be Built to Promote Marine Biodiversity

Artificial tidal pools will be built along the coastline of Ras Al Khaimah as part of a pilot project to provide a habitat for marine creatures and organisms.
The National | May 06, 2019

Huge Dancing Jets from a Spinning Black Hole

The violent jets of matter emitted from a black hole can rapidly change direction in a matter of hours.
Nature Middle East | April 29, 2019

Why the UAE's Mangroves are so Important - and How to Save Them

Mangroves are estimated to cover more than 150 square kilometres of the UAE's coastline, acting as a "green lung" for big cities such as Abu Dhabi and Dubai, while also providing habit for wildlife and recreation grounds for humans.
The National | April 12, 2019

Lighting up Crystalline Fireflies

Heat stimulates light-emitting reactions in solid crystals, with potential applications in materials research and life sciences.
Nature Middle East | March 01, 2019


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