Welcome to the first edition of the American University of Ras Al Khaimah’s (AURAK) Research Newsletter.

The purpose of this publication is to reach out to other academics interested in the research areas at AURAK, share the results, and promote collaboration in projects.

This newsletter contains research from a range of disciplines carried out at AURAK. The focus this time is on the work of the School of Arts and Sciences, but in future this publication will feature all the research fields of the university.

AURAK plans to publish this newsletter every six months. Any faculty with ideas or topics they would like to include in this publication are welcome to contact the Office of Research and Community Service.

Not surprisingly, COVID-19 dominates this edition of the AURAK Research Newsletter. This issue features:

The Effect of Covid-19 on Research Productivity by Dr. Ali Maalaoui, Associate Provost, Office of Research and Community Service, AURAK.

Dr. Rachel Matar, Department Chair and Associate Professor in Biotechnology in AURAK’s Biotechnology Department, talks about the work of the department, biotechnology in general, and gives her thoughts on the COVID-19 crisis.

 Professor Hamid Berriche, Department Chair and Professor – Physics, Mathematics & Natural Sciences Department, AURAK, talks about his research work.

Recent Articles

The Effect of COVID-19 on Research Productivity


Many research labs have shut down because of the COVID-19 virus except the ones dealing with infectious disease. It is worth asking how that has affected research productivity.

Research Activity of AURAK’s Biotechnology Department


Exactly how disruptive or productive the COVID-19 situation proves to be for academic research has yet to become clear.

Interview with Professor Hamid Berriche


Prof. Berriche has a PhD in Quantum Physics from Paul Sabatier University, France, was a research fellow at the Emerson Centre for Scientific Computing at Emory University, Atlanta, USA, and has received the President’s Outstanding Research Award at AURAK twice (2016, 2018).

Last updated: May 25, 2022 @ 9:47 am

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