The Microbial Environmental and Chemical Engineering Laboratory (MECEL), focuses on applying biotechnology tools and engineering principles to address challenges facing society in the areas of energy, climate change, and the effects of environmental change and invasive species on ecosystem health. The MECEL laboratory team works on isolating and characterizing microalgae species from the United Arab Emirates, identifying the microbial composition of camel gut ecosystem, and investigating the effect on natural ecosystems by invasive microbiological species from shipping lanes in the Gulf waters around the United Arab Emirates.