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 knowledge representation and symbolic approaches to artificial intelligence, and using them to gain novel biological insights. We develop knowledge-based methods for the analysis of large, complex and heterogeneous datasets in biology, and apply them to understanding genotype-phenotype relations.


​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).

Editorial Positions:

2017-now: Associate Editor, BMC Bioinformatics

2016-now: Associate Editor, Data Science

2012-now: Associate Editor, Journal of Biomedical Semantics

Scientific and Professional Memberships

​International Society of Computational Biology (ISCB)

Non-KAUST Affiliations