The Office of the Vice President for Research oversees activities
pertaining to two of the central pillars of King Abdullah
University of Science and Technology by fostering excellence in
research while contributing to the economic development of Saudi
The office develops strategies, initiates and oversees research
programs, manages space and resources, and establishes policies
to support both fundamental and goal-oriented interdisciplinary
research bridging science and engineering. Interdisciplinary and
collaborative research for societal benefit is the Office's
primary strategic focus.
Pierre J. Magistretti, received his MD in 1979 from the University of Geneva and his Ph.D. in Biology in 1982 from UCSD. He is Distinguished Professor at the Division at Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering at KAUST where he has been Dean from 2012 to 2020.