Khalifa Center for Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology
The research at the KCGEB is primarily involved in the development of crops tolerant
to abiotic stresses through knowledge generation and translational research. The center
is also focused on developing crops with enhanced agronomic traits to expand value
chains of existing industrial crops. The Center has three research platforms:
Genetic Engineering for Crop Improvement
The strategy entails discovering genetic determinants from desert plants that confers
tolerance to various abiotic stresses and establishing a genetic transformation system
for the crop improvement. The primary aim is to ensure efficiency and sustainability
in research practices for producing resilient crops.
Genomics and Bioinformatics
As extraordinary amounts of genomic data are generated, this theme is focused to address
specific needs in the data acquisition, analysis, and integration. It covers a wide
range of areas: comparative bioinformatics, comparative genomics to gene function
and computational biology to understand biological systems and relationships.
Translational Research for Crop Development
This area of work encourages collaboration from the Genetic Engineering and Bioinformatics
group, to develop and promote strategies for crop improvement and sustainable agriculture
practices. This is achieved by using big data gathered by scientist through their
plant molecular research and computational biology.