Zewail City Appoints Chair of Biomedical Sciences

Dr Nagwa El-Badri will be joining Zewail City as the Chair of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Science and Technology starting August 1, 2012.

“On behalf of the Supreme Advisory Board, I am pleased to have Dr El-Badri at the City. Dr El-Badri comes to us with a distinguished career in teaching and research. Her leadership in the biomedical sciences is at the core of our mission in the frontiers of education and research,” said Chairman of the Board Dr Ahmed Zewail.

Dr El-Badri will be joining Zewail City from the University of South Florida, where she was associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology as well as director of the women’s health graduate and undergraduate programs. Her main research interests have been focused on adult stem cell biology, autoimmune disease, and women’s health.

"It gives me a great pleasure to welcome Dr Nagwa El-Badri who brings to Egypt a wealth of scientific knowledge and an outstanding track record in teaching and administration,” said Dr Sherif Sedky, The University of Science and Technology’s Founding Provost. “This appointment supports the mission of Zewail City of attracting high caliber Egyptian scientists devoted to building post-revolution Egypt,” he said.

In addition to her professorial teaching duties, El-Badri’s background, which includes directing graduate programs in aging and neuroscience, will allow her to play a role in the Center for Aging and Associated Diseases (CAAD), a research center established under the umbrella of the Helmy Institute for Medical Sciences.

"The team at Zewail City, including the prestigious members of the Supreme Advisory Board chaired by Dr Zewail, the energetic Founding Provost, Dr Sedky, and the faculty and staff, have been entrusted to build a state-of-the-art scientific enterprise, a key step in moving Egypt forward,” commented El-Badri. “I am grateful for this opportunity and look forward to joining my fellow colleagues who care deeply about the future of the young men and women of Egypt,” she said.

Dr Nagwa El-Badri

El-Badri has a MB BCh with honors from Cairo University‘s College of Medicine and a Ph.D. with distinction from the University of South Florida‘s College of Medicine. She began her research career as a Fellow of the American Heart Association, studying immune tolerance and bone marrow transplantation. She was then awarded an Initial Investigatorship from the American Heart Association to study the role of stem cell transplantation in autoimmune disease.

El-Badri was awarded funding from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart Association, and several national organizations and foundations. Her 15 grants totaled more than US $1 million to support her research in the field of adult stem cell biology. She published more than 40 peer reviewed publications in high-impact scientific journals including the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and Experimental Hematology. She has several provisional patents in the field of cell biology.

El-Badri mentored and chaired the thesis projects of more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and medical students. Several of her students obtained research awards. Her extensive university service includes chairing the curriculum committee for Clinical Health Sciences and membership of the Faculty Senate, Education Counsel and the Graduate Committee at the College of Medicine.


El-Badri was selected among 145 highly qualified women scientists and physicians from all over the United States to acquire the knowledge and skills needed to follow the path to leadership in academic medicine. She was recently elected as a Fellow of the American College of Nutrition.


Dr Nagwa El-Badri received several national honors and awards from the University of South Florida and the Tampa Bay community in recognition for her service and scholarly achievements and for her efforts in promoting research and education in biomedical sciences.



For further details, contact Zewail City Director of Communications and Development, Nadia El-Awady, at: press at zewailcity dot edu dot eg.

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