Annual Conference 2021


KSHI R3T Exhibition —

November 23-25, 2021

Celebrate with us KAUST’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic

The KAUST Smart-Health Initiative (KSHI) is proud to invite you to the KAUST SHI R3T Exhibition which will celebrate the research carried by the Rapid Research Response Team (R3T).

During this three-day event, R3T KAUST faculty members will present their research, which focuses on the development of rapid diagnostic platforms, genomic analysis of the virus and bioinformatic tools to help track the spread and evolution of COVID-19.

The exhibition will feature E-poster sessions, device showcase and live presentations. All community members are invited to attend this exciting event which recognizes the efforts and talent of our faculty members.

No need to register, just walk in!
Light refreshments will be provided

About R3T: The R3T group was established in 2020 following a call by President Tony Chan for KAUST PIs to contribute through their research capabilities to alleviate the COVID-19 pandemic.

R3T Exhibition — Schedule


10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. 

Opening concert and guests arrival

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. >> Opening ceremony

  • 10:29-10:30: Introduction, Prof. Imed Gallouzi (host), Associate Director of KSHI
  • 10:30-10:40: Opening speech by Tony Chan, KAUST President
  • 10:40-10:50: Speech by Mohammed Alhayaza, President of AlFaisal University
  • 10:50-11:00: Speech by Lawrence Carin, KAUST Provost
  • 11:00-11:10: Speech by Najah Ashry, VP & Senior Associate to the President Saudi National Advancement (SNA)
  • 11:10-11:30: Speech by Pierre Magistretti, Distinguished Professor and Director of KSHI
  • 11:30 – 11:35: Launch of the KSHI website by Pierre Magistretti and Tony Chan

11:35-11:50: Signing of MOU between KAUST and AlFaisal University

12:30-2:00 p.m.: Lunch 2:00-4:30 p.m.: E-poster session and device showcase by the R3T teams 


10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. : Live presentations by R3T faculty members

  • Prof. Samir Hamdan: "Quick and easy assembly of a One-step qRT-PCR kit for COVID-19 diagnostics using in-house enzymes"
  • Profs. Stefan Arold & Sahika Inal: "Nanobody-OECTs: fast and ultrasensitive sensors for pathogens"
  • Prof. Charlotte Hauser: "Developing peptide-based antibody tests such as lateral flow immunochromatography assay (LFIA) for rapid detection of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies"
  • Prof. Mo Li: "Catch Me If You Can: A KAUST In-house High-throughput Platform for COVID-19 Diagnosis and Variant Tracking "
  • Prof. Ivan Viola: "MesoCraft – 3D Modeling Software for Creating Mesoscale Atomistic Models"

12:00-2:00 p.m.: Lunch
2:00-4:30 p.m. : E-poster session and device showcase by the R3T teams

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. : Live presentations by R3T faculty members

  • Prof. Magdy Mahfouz: "CRISPR Point-of-Care Diagnostics: COVID19 & Beyond"
  • Prof. Khaled Salama
  • Prof. Takashi Gojobori: "Next wave of COVID, active monitoring through CovMT mutation fingerprint"
  • Prof. Arnab Pain: "COVIDOMICS-KSA: towards monitoring the viral variants of interest and their roles at the virus-host interplay"

12:00 – 2:00 p.m.: Lunch and event closure

Picture gallery

R3T Researchers