KAUST researchers named Lindau Nobel Laureates

24 May, 2023

Three researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) are among some 600 young scientists from around the world invited to attend the 72nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings, June 25-30, 2023. Hajar Al-Zarah is recognized for excellence in the fields of bioscience. 

For more than seven decades, the small German town of Lindau on Lake Constance has hosted the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings for science’s brightest minds. The annual forum was launched in 1951 by Franz Karl Hein and Gustav Wilhelm Parade and opened itself up to graduates, Ph.D. students and postdoctoral researchers two years later. Each meeting revolves around a different scientific focal point. The 72nd edition is dedicated to physiology and medicine, with around 40 Nobel Laureates expected to contribute to a wide-ranging program of discussions and activities.

The Lindau meeting offers a unique networking opportunity. Each student will get the chance to listen to lectures, Agora Talks and panel discussions, and enjoy personal exchanges with the Nobel Laureates as well as the other young scientists representing various institutions the world over. 

Fellow Ph.D. student Hajar Al-Zarah works in the area of DNA nanotechnology in KAUST’s Molecular Imaging and Microscopy Lab, led by Professor Satoshi Habuchi. Her research specifically focuses on DNA-protein hybrid nanostructures using a variety of imaging techniques.

“The ability to visualize, design and manipulate materials at the nanoscale is captivating to me, as I work at this level of precision,” Al-Zarah commented. “Ultimately, I aspire to apply the knowledge I have acquired in this field and make a meaningful impact in the scientific community.”

Al-Zarah studied clinical pharmacy at King Faisal University in Saudi Arabia before joining KAUST, where she now contributes to the institution’s vision to propel the country to the forefront of the biotech sphere. Representing KAUST at the 72nd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting is one small part of this. 

 “I am thrilled and honored to have been selected for this incredible opportunity, and I'm eager to learn from the Nobel Laureates and engage with other young researchers from around the world,” she added.

For more information on 2023’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, view the program and list of participants here.