Kamal H. Bouhadir is an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry at the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon. In his research, he focuses on the design and preparation of modified synthetic nucleosides as potential building blocks for a variety of biomedical applications.
Nanomaterial science has evolved in recent years to cover novel applications in the medical field, including biomaterial composites for drug-delivery and tissue-engineering applications. In particular, synthetic materials responsive to external stimuli represent exciting and emerging areas of scientific interest. At the Radcliffe Institute, in collaboration with the Mooney Lab at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Bouhadir aims to explore the utility of combining functionalized nanoparticles and polysaccharide conjugates to form responsive hydrogels.
Bouhadir earned his BSc in chemistry at the American University of Beirut and his MSc in pharmaceutical sciences and PhD in chemistry at Auburn University, in Alabama. He pursued his postdoctoral training in the chemical engineering department at the University of Michigan before joining the American University of Beirut as a faculty member. He has been awarded fellowships from the Arab Fund Fellowships Program, the Fulbright Program, and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.