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The educational mission of New York University Abu Dhabi emphasizes the integration of the life, physical, mathematical, and computer sciences with other academic disciplines. This integration manifests itself in the multidisciplinary nature of research at NYUAD, research that addresses some of the most pressing issues affecting the globe while simultaneously asking questions that further the basic understanding of nature and the universe.

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July 25, 2019: The NYU Abu Dhabi Research Institute has announced the opening of three new Research Centers. The new centers will capitalize on the existing interests and strengths of our faculty and researchers, whilst simultaneously utilizing the state-of-the-art facilities and infrastructure at NYUAD. They will promote multidisciplinary research, strengthening NYUAD's ability to address issues of national interest and global significance.

Lead Principal Investigator: Monica Menendez
Principal Investigators: Azza AbouziedSaif JabariKinga Makovi

The United Nations estimates over 60 percent of the population will live in urban areas by 2030. This rapid rate of urbanization is putting a strain on urban systems and posing new challenges across a multitude of sectors. The Center for Interacting Urban Networks has been established at NYUAD to develop fundamental research that can be translated into pragmatic ideas for increasing the livability of our cities. 

Lead Principal Investigator: Andrea Macciò
Principal Investigators: 
Francesco ArneodoIan Dobbs-DixonDave Russell

The Center for Astro, Particle, and Planetary Physics at NYUAD is an alliance of faculty and scholars actively involved in research in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary, and particle physics. The goal of the Center will be to work toward providing answers to a series of fundamental questions related to the composition and evolution of our universe.

Lead Principal Investigator: Nader Masmoudi
Principal Investigators: Tej GhoulTembine HamidouFrancesco Paparella

The mathematical description of the instability of flowing water is one example of a "dynamical system" in Mathematics. This center will design and study dynamical systems, with a focus on hydrodynamics, and leverage the theoretical developments to advance applied research on a range of areas, from the impact of ocean flows on marine ecosystems to the behavior of crowds. The Center for Stability, Instability, and Turbulence will develop novel enabling technology to deal with these phenomena.

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  • Genetic Adaptation Paper

    June 24, 2019 - Professor of Biology Stephane Boissinot published an article entitled Selection at Behavioral, Developmental and Metabolic Genes is Associated with the Northward Expansion of a Successful Tropical Colonizer in the journal Molecular Ecology. Researchers used genomic scans for selection to identify genes responsible for adaptation to temperate climate in a tropical species. They found that selection at behavioral and developmental genes was associated with this adaptation, in addition to the expected selection at metabolic genes.

    Bourgeois, Y., & Boissinot, S. (2019). Selection at behavioral, developmental and metabolic genes is associated with the northward expansion of a successful tropical colonizer. Molecular Ecology, 2019 Jun 24. DOI: 10.1111/mec.15162. 

    Liver Regeneration Paper

    June 20, 2019 - Professor of Biology Kirsten Sadler Edepli and her research group published a paper entitled Epigenetic Compensation Promotes Liver Regeneration in the journal Developmental Cell. The research reveals a new way in which the liver is primed to regenerate itself. Researchers found that by stripping parts of the epigenome, which plays a primary role in repressing “jumping genes” (i.e. transposable elements), other epigenetic marks were redistributed.

    Wang, S., Zhang C., Hasson D., Desai A., SenBanerjee S., Magnani E., Ukomadu C., Lujambio A., Bernstein, E., & Sadler K. (2019). Epigenetic compensation promotes liver regeneration. Developmental Cell, Volume 50, Issue 1, 43 - 56.e6. DOI: 10.1016/j.devcel.2019.05.034.

    Genetics Paper

    May 30, 2019 - Professor of Biology Stephane Boissinot published an article entitled On the Population Genomics of Junk: A Review on the Population Genomics of Transposable Elements in the journal Genes. It is the first review specifically dedicated to the population genetics of transposable elements in eukaryotic genomes.

    Bourgeois, Y., & Boissinot, S. (2019). On the population genomics of junk: a review on the population genomics of transposable elements. Genes, 2019 May 30;10(6). pii: E419. DOI: 10.3390/genes10060419.

    Algal Research Paper

    May 13, 2019 - Associate Professor of Biology Kourosh Salehi-Ashtiani published a manuscript entitled Advances in Microalgal Research and Engineering Development in the journal Current Opinion in Biotechnology. The paper provides a review of occurrent technologies in algal research and is expected to inform researchers involved in algal-based biotechnology on recent genomics and genome-editing tools. 

    Fu, W., Nelson, D.R., Mystikou, A.. Daakour, S. and Salehi-Ashtiani, K. (2019). Advances in microalgal research and engineering development. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, 59, 157 164. DOI: 10.1016/j.copbio.2019.05.013.