Leading researchers from NYU Abu Dhabi's four academic divisions and at the NYU Abu Dhabi Research Institute have propelled the University to the forefront of 21st century research in the UAE and Middle East region.
NYUAD has more than 80 faculty labs and projects, and designated Research Institute centers — many are multidisciplinary in line with NYUAD's vision to be one of the world's great research universities that addresses complex challenges of global significance.
AMMLab is currently working with diverse facets of miniaturization and integration in biology, life sciences, and medicine, which includes the conception, engineering, and utilization of novel micro and nanotechnologies to manipulate, stimulate and study biological entities.
Akkasah explores the histories and contemporary practices of photography in the Arab world from comparative perspectives: it fosters the scholarly study of these histories and practices in dialogue with other photographic cultures and traditions from around the world.
The mission of Advanced Materials and Building Efficiency Research Laboratory (AMBER Lab) is to tackle pressing societal issues through fundamental and practical research in innovative and new construction materials. Our research interests encompass a wide range from materials characterization, mechanical and durability assessment to building applications and development of sustainable urban infrastructure.
AIM Lab research interests include the conception, engineering, and utilization of novel haptic interfaces as a new media in Human-Computer Interaction.
Established in 2013, the Astroparticle Physics Lab at NYU Abu Dhabi focuses on the intersection between astrophysics and particle physics.
Baias Research Group is focused on developing methods for high-pressure NMR crystallography with the aim of characterizing polymorphism in complex crystalline materials when subjected to high pressure conditions.
The Center for Astro, Particle, and Planetary Physics at NYU Abu Dhabi 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.
The Center for Cyber Security aims to establish a world class cyber security center by partnering with key local universities, industry and government agencies in order to facilitate cyber security research, education and practice in the United Arab Emirates and more generally in the GCC region.
The Center for Genomics and Systems Biology was established to provide a nexus for cutting-edge life sciences research in the United Arab Emirates, with world-class facilities and resources to promote innovative advances in genomics and systems biology.
The Center for Sea Level Change combines observations and computer models to understand past, and project future, sea-level rise.
The United Nations estimates over 60 percent of the population will live in urban areas by 2030. This rapid rate of urbanization is putting strain on urban systems and posing new challenges across a multitude of sectors. The Center for the Interacting Urban Networks has been established at NYU Abu Dhabi to develop fundamental research that can be translated into pragmatic ideas for increasing the livability of our cities.
The primary mission of the Center for Prototype Climate Modeling is to bridge the gap between climate theory, modeling, and observation, with the goal of better understanding fundamental processes in the earth system, and improving our ability to predict future climate.
The Center for Space Science is primarily focused on the study of the internal structure of the Sun and stars through stellar seismology and modeling.
Instability of dynamics flows and their transition to turbulence are widespread phenomena in engineering, computer science, geophysics, biophysics, and the natural environment. Stability, Instability, and Weak Turbulence research center will develop novel enabling technology to deal with this phenomena.
CTED houses several research projects that aim to tackle a wide range of developmental problems across five areas including food and water, healthcare, financial access, energy, and education.
The Communication Networks lab (ComNets) focuses on bridging the digital divide between the developed and developing regions.
CAMeL's mission is research and education in natural language processing, computational linguistics, and data science.
Computational neuroscience is one of the most outstanding and challenging fields of scientific endeavor, with potential benefits not only for highly enhanced theoretical understanding, but also for important practical applications such as in mental-health studies.
The Rhythm Project will help to better understand the similarities and differences between rhythms of different cultures and ultimately provide a deeper insight into the musical behavior of humans as a species.
The Cyber Security and Privacy Lab researches the security and privacy of current and future IT and communication systems. Specific interests include the security of wireless systems and applications, such as secure localization and jamming-resistant communication, mobile-, protocol- and system-level security as well as other aspects of privacy.
The Data Science and AI Lab is interested in modeling, simulating, and analyzing social phenomena using computational methods.
Electronic chips manufactured today exhibit a higher defect rate, fail more often during their mission-mode operation, die quicker in the field, and thanks to globalization and outsourcing, are more prone to security threats such as counterfeiting, IP piracy and hardware trojans. Our mission is to design these electronic chips with built-in defense mechanisms.
Technology influences and shapes society. Our mission is to develop a generation of designers and entrepreneurs who will lead technological development.
Dhakira works in close cooperation with scholars, heritage communities, heritage authorities, and UNESCO to address the many regional and global challenges of the relatively young discipline of heritage studies.
To increase our understanding of biology and medicine, the scientific community requires the continued development of new technologies for studying and manipulating cell physiology. The research interests of the Dore Laboratory lie at the interface of chemistry and biology, creating new technology to study complex biological systems.
With a view to interdisciplinary cooperation and coordination, faculty, researchers and students from the Arts and Humanities together with other academic divisions will explore the major transformational challenges arising from a rapidly changing climate.
Evolutionary Genomics Lab uses the tools and concepts of population genetics and molecular evolution to address two main questions: (1) Why do vertebrate genomes differ so much in size and structure? and (2) What are the genetic bases of adaptation to extreme environments?
In the Middle East and North Africa, it is estimated that more than 80 percent of businesses are family-owned and run. This project brings together scholars from across the disciplines to compile, document and analyze the history of selected regional family businesses to better understand past challenges and decision-making, as well as commercial legacies.
FieldLab DRC aims to strengthen research capacities in the Democratic Republic of Congo and help researchers in the Congo conduct research.
Despite our sophisticated brains with immense processing capacity there are strong capacity limits in what we can perceive, attend to, and remember about the world. The Fougnie Lab attempts to characterize and understand the nature of these limits.
Cell Death Signaling Laboratory
This research group focuses on unraveling the mechanisms that control different modes of programmed cell death with special emphasis on its clinical relevance to anticancer therapeutics.
NYU Abu Dhabi's Galaxy Formation Group uses state of the art numerical cosmological simulations to study galaxy formation and evolution during cosmic times with the aim to use the visible part of the Universe to unveil its dark side.
Global Asia is an interdisciplinary network of faculty working on Asia in the broadest sense.
Global TIES designs, evaluates, and advises on programs and policies to improve the lives of children and youth in the most vulnerable regions across the globe.
This program aims to help create an energetic, multi-faceted research environment for the Humanities at NYUAD's campus.
The goal of the Human Data Interaction Lab (HuDa) is to research methods at the intersection of data management, data science, and interactive systems to enable the derivation of insights from data and to support data-driven decision-making.
We are interested in studying the role genetic and environmental factors play in shaping health-related phenotypes and how interactions between these effects trigger disease and modulate its outcome.
Ideas of India seeks to further the study of modern Indian political thought by drawing attention to the vibrant public sphere that took shape in the century prior to independence.
The identity and politics workgroup is a multidisciplinary and open forum where researchers from fields in the social and natural sciences as well as humanities meet to discuss ongoing work and its significance for how we think of who people are at different scales - from the cellular to the complex society level.
The Integrated BioElectronics Lab aims at advancing the engineering and applications of silicon integrated technology interfacing with biology in a variety of forms ranging from implantable biomedical devices to unobtrusive wearable sensors.
The lab uses Molecular Dynamics (MD) simulations, one of the powerful theoretical approaches to study the structure, molecular interactions, and resulted dynamics in a unified framework.
The Ramadi Lab for Advanced Neuroengineering and Translational Medicine develops innovative approaches for the modulation of neural activity throughout the body.
Our research aims to explore fundamental questions on evolution, phenotype-genotype relations, and metabolism of algae.
Laboratory of Applied Nonlinear Dynamics (L.A.N.D.) focuses on understanding various nonlinear phenomena and applying this understanding to resolve issues related to power generation, manufacturing, microelectromechanical systems, and origami structures.
The Laboratory of Cell and Molecular Biology is primarily interested in how the genome is organized and maintained in the eukaryotic cell nucleus.
Our research focuses on bridging the worlds of science and film by challenging and expanding the role of science in the current cultural discourse.
Deciphering the role of mechanical factors on immune cells through basic research, to unveil new insights into immune homeostasis and dysregulation for innovative translational applications. Our team achieve this overall goal through the use of model systems that integrates Immuno-mechanobiology, Microenvironment Mimicry, and Video-omics.
Patients suffering from depression are known to exhibits aberrations in circadian rhythms and sleep/wake cycle. The increase in reported cases of global depression is thought, in part, to be due to the modern lifestyle where increasing number of people are exposed to situations that may effect circadian and sleep/wake rhythms such as extended nighttime exposure to bright lights and prolonged shift work.
Language is a complex mental faculty, recruiting and integrating several interacting representational and computational architectures in the mind. We investigate the nature of the cognitive and neural architecture that supports the human language system and how it interfaces with other cognitive faculties.
The Library of Arabic Literature offers Arabic editions and English translations of significant works of Arabic literature, with an emphasis on the 7th to 19th centuries.
Our research team is actively developing novel drug delivery systems – peptides, liposomes and nanoparticles – to enhance the targeting and cellular uptake of therapeutics in order to maximize their efficacy.
Our research uses the Arabian Gulf as a natural laboratory to study coral reef ecology in extreme environments and to understand how these may serve as a model for the possible impacts of future climate change on reefs elsewhere.
Research in the Amin Lab is focused on studying how seawater organisms interact with each other and how these interactions influence their ecosystem, from coral health to algal blooms to bioprospecting.
Our research areas include liquid biopsy on microfluidic biochips and high throughput drug screening using whole model organisms such C. elegans.
Our research explores all aspects of modern microprocessors.
The lab serves as an intellectual hub for faculty, researchers, and students from both the New York and Abu Dhabi campuses to study and address the key challenges in multimedia and visual data processing.
Our research is focused on the development of supercritical CO2-based processes to create nanoscale building blocks and their self-assembly into novel materials.
We focus on problems or questions in the realm of information, communication, and electronic systems.
The Naumov research group is the leading team with regards to chemistry research in the UAE, with research output that according to the Nature Index, accounts for an impressive 63 percent in 2015 and 67 percent in 2016 of the total chemistry publications from groups within the country, both in fractional count and weighed fractional count.
Blending theory with experiments, we focus on the behavior of networks with particular emphasis on synthetic biology applications.
Our research explores how the ability to use natural language is implemented in the brain.
Research activities headed by Rino Esposito focus on the application of high resolution NMR methods to proteins.
The general research goal of the lab is to understand how the human brain perceives the visual world, and how such processes are influenced by experience and learning.
We are working to develop novel photonic/optoelectronic components for next generation optical and data communication networks.
The center addresses critical topics for Abu Dhabi in public health science, including diabetes and obesity.
This project presents numerical information about the Middle East in the past including data on population, imports, exports, the cost of travelling and shipping goods overland and across the oceans, and more.
This research group explores the causal mechanisms and processes involved in migrant labor recruitment, particularly in migrant sending countries.
This research group of social scientists has breadth in terms of substantive areas, ranging from neighborhood segregation, to boundary conditions of diffusion, to trust and betrayal, to firm networks.
Our laboratory uses motion perception as a model system in which to explore the relationship between sensory input, neural activity, and visual perception. Our work answers fundamental questions on the nature of neural computation, lays the foundation for novel treatments of visual disorders, and informs technological innovation in domains such as virtual and augmented reality.
Despite the remarkable regenerative capacity of the liver, it is not always able to undergo efficient repair. Thus, diseases of the liver are common and a long-term goal of our research is to identify targets to treat them. We use zebrafish as a model system to accomplish these goals.
In response to the severe dearth of graded reader fiction in Arabic and the absence of any scale of simplification, the main objective of the project is to create a standard for the simplification of modern fiction in Arabic to school-age learners and to use this standard to simplify a number of Arabic fiction masterpieces.
Sustainable and resilient construction
Modularization and lean construction
Robotic systems and automation
Technology integration and information modeling
Our aim is to create mutually beneficial relationships with local universities, organizations, and the wider community by offering their members a useful opportunity to participate in social science research activities.
Carlos Guedes, associate arts professor, takes his classes to Sir Bani Yas Island to record free roaming animals and birds. The recordings are then uploaded onto an interactive website.
The Sport and Wellness Science Lab offers a platform for multi-disciplinary research projects that integrate cutting edge technologies (e.g., MRI) to explore exercise-induced effects on the physical and mental health and wellbeing of students and the general population.
Our primary focus is the neurobiological basis of working memory, which is the process that allows us to actively hold onto information over brief periods.
We study enzyme structure and functions to characterize a disease mechanism or biology function using X-ray crystallography and a variety of different biophysical and biochemical techniques.
Our research includes all aspects of planning and management of surface transportation infrastructure.
We are particularly interested in studying the interrelatedness of controlled and automatic processes of self-regulation within various sociocultural contexts and how these processes conjointly and uniquely contribute to other developmental outcomes.
Our group uses concepts of molecular/ionic recognition coupled to self-assembly for the fabrication of multi-functional materials.
Areas of research include the question of whether attention is a single psychological kind; the relation between attention and agency; and the ethical implications of habits of attention.
The Volcic Lab studies the mechanisms underlying multisensory perception and motor behavior to understand how sensory information is used to guide our actions and how our interactions with the surrounding environment shape our perception.
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.
Working Group in African Political Economy is an international forum for academic researchers who combine deep field research experience in Africa with training in political economy methods.