Hassan Azzazy

Hassan Azzazy

Nationality : Egypt
Born : 1963
Position : Distinguished University Professor and Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at American University in Cairo
Field of study : Nanoformulation of natural extracts plus investigation of their biomedical applications, Development of biosensors and clinical assays, Wound healing formulas, and Chemosensors for detection of heavy metals
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Dr. Hassan Azzazy is a tenured Distinguished University Professor and Chairman of the Department of Chemistry at the American University in Cairo. He is also the director of the international medical laboratory scientists training program. Before joining AUC, Dr. Azzazy was a postdoctoral fellow and Assistant Professor at University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD. Dr. Azzazy received his B.Sc. and a post-graduate diploma in Biochemistry both from Alexandria University and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth, TX. He holds board certifications in Clinical Chemistry and Molecular Diagnostics from the American Board of Clinical Chemistry, Washington, DC. He is certified as a Specialist in Chemistry by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP, Chicago), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK), a Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Clinical Chemistry. He is the Vice-President of the National Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Committee and the Chairman of Egypt Chapter of BOC, ASCP. He has over 30 years of biomedical research experience with a focus on developing novel diagnostics for the detection of infectious agents and cancer markers, optical chemosensors for the detection of environmental toxins, biodegradable nanofibrous wound dressings, and smart drug delivery nanocarriers. He has published over 132 refereed articles, and 25 book chapters, and edited 2 books. Dr. Azzazy has received many awards including State Excellence Prize in Advanced Technological Sciences (Egypt), State Prize in Laboratory Medicine (Egypt), Global Innovator Award (Texas Christian University), Arab Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award (UAE), Shoman Award in Medical Sciences (Jordan), Life Achievement Award (American Society for Clinical Pathology), State Merit Prize in Advanced Technological Sciences (Egypt), and Georg Forster Research Award (Alexander von Humboldt Award, Germany). Dr. Azzazy is an inventor on several patent families granted by USPTO and the EU patent office. He is a strong advocate of technology-based innovation and entrepreneurship and has co-founded two biomedical startup companies which have won multiple prestigious awards and received competitive incubation packages from top regional and international business accelerators.

  • Certified Clinical Chemist & Molecular Biologist, American Board of Clinical Chemistry

  • Over 30 years of research and teaching experience in biomedical sciences in the USA, Egypt, and Germany

  • Distinguished University Professor, the American University in Cairo, Egypt

  • Co-founded a number of startup companies (developed bio/nano-medical prototypes)

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