The Red Sea Research Center

Inaugurated in early 2011, with the striking blue waters visible from its laboratory windows, the Red Sea Research Center is well-positioned and well-equipped to study the Red Sea with state-of-the-art facilities and world-class researchers. The Red Sea Research Center has delved into the volume of research necessary to formulate a comprehensive understanding of the Red Sea to conserve its rich ecology and sustain its economic eminence.

This unique waterway supports diverse coral reefs and many species of fish, invertebrates, seaweeds, phytoplankton, and bacteria in a great number of different environments. The incredible biodiversity of the Red Sea holds untapped potential for pharmaceutical and biotechnology applications, such as the development of new drugs, enzymes useful for catalysis, and nutraceutical compounds. Red Sea organisms may also serve as models for understanding biological systems and adaptation to extreme environments.

Studies conducted by scientists within and in collaboration with the Red Sea Research Center have already broken the boundaries of current marine research and are making waves in the field.

Mission and Aim

The mission of the RSRC is to contribute to the understanding of the role, functioning and response to pressures of the global ocean by using the unique opportunities offered by the Red Sea

RSRC Aim:  In doing so, the RSRC aims to provide critical scientific knowledge underpinning the role of the Red Sea in supporting the growth of a  Blue Economy for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“In any given morning, I can be out on a reef diving and collecting samples, have lunch at my house, be in a very modern lab facility in the afternoon, and teach class in the evening,” says Michael Berumen, Associate Professor of Marine Science with the Red Sea Research Center. “It’s a really unique situation that the University has such great access to very good coral reefs with such great world-class facilities right on the water.”

International Collaboration with a Regional Focus

The combination of extraordinary biological, physical, and chemical diversity within the Red Sea makes it a challenge to research, but worthwhile as models for ecosystems around the world and potential for pharmaceutical and biotechnology applications. Academic and private-sector collaborators come from around the globe.


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