The multidisciplinary approach at NYU Abu Dhabi encourages researchers to address some of the most pressing issues affecting the globe, while simultaneously asking questions that further the basic understanding of nature and the universe.

The fusion of science, math, and other academic disciplines has resulted in the creation of collaborative research projects and state-of-the-art core technology platforms, in which questions and problems are tackled by academics of international distinction.

Divisional Research

Our faculty belong to one of six divisional programs, each offering undergraduate majors, some offering graduate degrees, and all housing disciplinary labs and projects.

Multidisciplinary Research

The NYUAD Research Institute is a world-class center of cutting-edge and innovative research, scholarship, and cultural activity. Faculty from the Division of Science collaborate with other leading faculty and researchers from across disciplines to form multidisciplinary centers that address questions of global signficance and local relevance.

Research Institute Centers involving faculty from the Division of Science:

Center for Astro, Particle, and Planetary Physics

An alliance of faculty and scholars actively involved in research in astronomy, astrophysics, planetary, and particle physics. Their goal is to work toward providing answers to a series of fundamental questions related to the composition and evolution of our universe.

Center for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics

Research faculty from NYUAD and NYUNY collaborate in five projects spanning areas from the collaboration of multi-agent systems, perception and navigation, deep learning, brain-robot interface, and other applications.

Center for Brain and Health

The Center draws on existing strengths in the domains of Cognition, Health, and Data Science from NYUAD, the UAE, and NYU’s Global Network University (GNU). 

Center for Cyber Security

A world class cyber security center partnering with key local universities, industry, and government agencies to facilitate cyber security research, education, and practice in the UAE and GCC region.

Center for Genomics and Systems Biology

Providing a nexus for cutting-edge life sciences research in the UAE, with world-class facilities and resources to promote innovative advances in genomics and systems biology.

Center for Interacting Urban Networks (CITIES)

The rapid rate of urbanization is putting strain on urban systems and posing new challenges across a multitude of sectors. This center is developing fundamental research that can be translated into pragmatic ideas for increasing the livability of our cities.

Center for Quantum and Topological Systems

A nucleation point for cross-disciplinary expertise in theory and application of quantum and topological systems, with an emphasis towards the unifying goal of robust quantum computation.

Center for Smart Engineering Materials

Focusing on the research and development of smart materials and technologies that are relevant to the key sectors of the UAE's economy, NYUAD-CSEM aims to provide smart and sustainable solutions for sensing and diagnostics in the oil/gas and civil engineering sectors.

Center for Space Science

Focused on the study of the internal structure of the Sun and stars through stellar seismology and modeling, the Center seeks to address the role of rotating convection and large-scale flows in the generation and maintenance of magnetic fields in the Sun and stars.

Center for Stability, Instability, and Turbulence

Instability of dynamics flows and their transition to turbulence are widespread phenomena in engineering, computer science, geophysics, biophysics, and the natural environment. The Center's interdisciplinary research will develop novel enabling technology to deal with this phenomena.

Water Research Center

The Water Research Center (NYUAD-WRC) aims to promote innovative research in water desalination, wastewater treatment, environmental policy, and social issues. The center serves as an interdisciplinary innovation hub for water research where scientific knowledge is transformed into practical solutions.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Research is an integral part of the undergraduate experience at NYUAD and research opportunities are threaded throughout all six academic programs in the Division of Science.

Capstone Research

The Capstone Project is one of the culminating experiences for all students at NYUAD. It is a demanding, year-long endeavor that every science student completes in their fourth year.

Students work closely with one of our many research labs or groups to produce a signficant piece of research that is presented at the annual Science Capstone Festival.