29 April, 2021

How reef-building corals got their bones

Aranda lab graduate Xin Wang identified that coral ancestors had the genetic toolkit to make skeletal structures and only took simple evolutionary steps to begin building reefs.

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29 April, 2021

Coral symbionts have a genome like no other

New publication from Aranda group about the weird and wonderful genome of dinoflagellates. It looks nothing like other eukaryotic genomes.

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15 September, 2020

New publication out from Aranda Lab

A new publication titled "Temperature transcends partner specificity in the symbiosis establishment of a cnidarian" was published in 'THE ISME Journal'. This was part of thesis work done by Marcela Herrera, a Ph.D student from our lab.

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11 February, 2020

Intergenerational epigenetic inheritance in reef-building corals

​Our lab has just published a paper in Nature Climate Change, detailing the transmission of epigenetic information from corals to their progeny. This work, involving Yi Jin (co-first), Xin and Mani (sole PI), sequenced and analysed DNA methylation patterns from eight corals across three developmental stages.

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16 May, 2019

Documentary "Climate change: Could Red Sea corals save the world’s reefs?" by Alexis Barbier-Bouvet and this team featuring our lab's research published on France24

Documentary "Climate change: Could Red Sea corals save the world’s reefs?" by Alexis Barbier-Bouvet and this team featuring our lab's research published on France24

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23 April, 2019

Maha defends her PhD thesis !

Maha Cziesielski came to KAUST in 2014 as an intern in the Coral Symbiomics lab. During her internship she worked on the cnidarian symbiosis model system, the small sea anemone Aiptasia. Like corals, Aiptasia lives in symbiosis with the algae Symbiodiniaceae. She quickly developed an interest for the fine tuned and highly complex molecular mechanisms that underlie cnidarian symbiosis. Thus, she returned to KAUST in 2015 to begin her PhD studies.

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11 March, 2019

KAUST Research Conference: "Securing a Future for Red Sea Ecosystems"

The KAUST Research Conference: "Securing a Future for Red Sea Ecosystems" brings together experts from academia, industry and government to discuss the current state of research and to develop feasible strategies to improve current mitigation and restoration methods. This event aims to produce a set of targeted strategies that are sustainable, socioeconomically acceptable and aligned with public, academic, industry, and government interests.

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01 March, 2019

Aranda Lab @ASLO conference in Puerto Rico

Aranda Lab presents at the ALSO conference in Puerto Rico recent studies in epigenetics and assisted evolution.

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14 December, 2018


It's a week of graduation celebrations at Aranda Lab !!. As many as five students graduated this year from our lab, successfully stepping into next stage of their career! Smiles all around :-)

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22 November, 2018

Aranda Lab awarded with Competitive Research Grant 2018

Post-doctoral fellow Arun Prasanna and Prof. Manuel Aranda won research funding through “Competitive Research Grant (CRG)” starting 2019.

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18 November, 2018

Eric Guoxin Cui successfully defends his Ph.D. thesis

Thesis title: Unravelling the metabolic interactions of the Aiptasia-Symbiodiniaceae symbiosis.

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14 November, 2018

Céline Cousteau, granddaughter of Jacques Yves Cousteau, visits Aranda Lab

Diving into the Red Sea Research with Céline Cousteau

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17 October, 2018

Prof. Manuel Aranda will be one of the panelists at the SciCafe event

Assistant Professor Manuel Aranda from @RSRC_KAUST will be one of the panelists at the Sci-Café event on the theme of Extreme Marine Environments. Watch live on our KAUST Official Facebook page on Wednesday, October 17 at 4:00pm.

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07 October, 2018

PhD student Maha wins fourth place in the Falling Walls lab competition at KAUST

She presented her work on epigenetics, particularly histone modifications, and how this knowledge can aid us in training corals to have higher thermal resilience.

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06 October, 2018

Prof. Manuel's insight on teaching coral to toughen up to help reefs survive climate change

Manuel Aranda, a marine scientist at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia and the author of two studies published in June and August in the journal Science Advances, thinks the first warming event activates genes that prime the coral to cope with the next round of heat stress.

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13 September, 2018

First PhD student graduated from Coral Symbiomics Lab !

Wang Xin defended his thesis with presentation focussing on "How corals got bone -- comparative genomics reveals the evolution of coral calcification"

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30 August, 2018

PhD student Maha co-authored a book chapter in YOUMARES 8

The chapter is called: For a World without Boundaries: Connectivity between marine tropical ecosystems in times of change. It is focused on understanding climate change impacts such as rising sea levels, acidifcation and temperature on mangroves, seagrasses and coral reefs. We then discuss how these three ecosystems are connected and hence, a downfall in one will lead to loss and degradation in another.

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29 August, 2018

Prof. Manuel Aranda on the TalkRadio show with Paul Ross

Prof. Manuel Aranda interviewed by Paul Ross on the TalkRadio show. The interview was broadcasted live and is only 10min long, check the last slot 4:30-5:00 am starting around minute 2:22.

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15 August, 2018

Post doc fellow Yong Li's new publication in Science advances

The symbiotic relationship between cnidarians and dinoflagellates is the cornerstone of coral reef ecosystems.

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25 July, 2018

Prof. Manuel Aranda attended the ‘Gene technologies for the protection and restoration of coral reefs’ workshop on Magnetic Island

Reef Recovery on Magnetic Island is an innovative project in partnership with government, researchers, industry and community that aims to make a positive environmental, social and economic benefit for our local reefs and communities.

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