Robert Hoehndorf

Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor​​​, Computer Science​


​Robert completed his PhD (Dr. rer. nat.) in computer science in 2009 at the University of Leipzig and the Max Planck Institute of Evolutionary Anthropology. He worked as postdoc at the European Bioinformatics Institute, University of Cambridge, and Aberystwyth University before joining KAUST in 2014.

Research Interests

​​My main academic interests are semantic integration, biomedical ontologies, and knowledge-based analysis of data in biology. We develop novel knowledge-based methods for analysis of large, complex and heterogeneous datasets in biology, and apply them to key problems in the domains of biomedicine and biodiversity.


​Ph.D., Computer Science, University of Leipzig, Germany, 2009

Dipl. Inf., University of Leipzig, Germany, 2005.

Professional Profile

2014-now: Assistant Professor, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

2013-2014: Research Fellow, Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth, Wales, UK

2010-2013: Research Associate, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK

2009-2010: Postdoctoral fellow, European Bioinformatics Institute, Hinxton, UK.

2009: Postdoctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany.

2005-2009: PhD Student, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Leipzig, Germany) and University of Leipzig (Leipzig, Germany).

Scientific and Professional Memberships

​International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB)

Non-KAUST Affiliations