Space Genomics: Scientific Advancements in the Study of Life in Microgravity

Space Genomics: Scientific Advancements in the Study of Life in Microgravity

Ever wondered how space health research can impact the healthcare technologies for diagnostics and research in space, and here on earth in hospitals too?

KAUST Smart-Health Initiative, invites you to attend this fascinating seminar and hear from experts from different fields:

  • Discussing the importance of space health research now and in the future.
  • Elaborating on the technologies for diagnostics and research in space and in hospitals.

Exploring new opportunities in computational biology, metagenomics, and machine learning.

With moderator: Dr. Bader Shirah (Saudi physician, researcher, and winner of the King’s Prize for Honoring Inventors and Talented).

And experts: Dr. Chris Mason (Professor of Genomics, Physiology, and Biophysics at Weill Cornell Medicine and Director of WorldQuant Initiative for Quantitative Prediction) and Dr. Braden Tierney, (Director of the Two Frontiers Project and Fellow of Weill Cornell Medicine and Harvard University).


  • Introduction and welcoming  – Dr. Bader Shirah (10 minutes)
  • Precision Aerospace Medicine and Planetary-Scale Genomics – Dr. Chris Mason (60 minutes)
  • Metagenomics Reveals Microbial Evolution and Movement During Spaceflight and on the ISS – Dr. Braden Tierney (60 minutes).
  • Panel Discussion – Dr. Shirah, Dr. Mason, and Dr. Tierney (20 minutes)
  • Audience Q&A to the Moderator and Speakers (30 minutes)

This event is open to researchers/students/faculty, healthcare professionals and students, computational biologists and general public interested in the topic.

See the full advertisement of the seminar here

No need for registration. If you cannot make it to the auditorium, join us on Zoom.

Light refreshments will be provided

Event Quick Information

29 Nov, 2022
04:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Auditorium btw. bldg. 2&3