Prof. Hossam Haick

Prof. Hossam Haick

Prof. Hossam Haick /

Head of the Group

Hossam Haick, an expert in the field of nanotechnology and non-invasive disease diagnosis, is a full professor and the F.M.W. Academic Chair in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Prof. Haick received his B.Sc. and Ph.D. (direct track) in Chemical Engineering from the Ben-Gurion University (1998) and the Technion (2002) respectively.  After a two-year period at the Weizmann Institute of Science (2002-2004), he moved to the California Institute of Technology – Caltech (2004-2006) for postdoctoral research, and then to the Technion as an assistant professor in 2006.

At the Technion, Prof. Haick has made a significant mark through his development of artificially intelligent nanoarray technology to detect diseases non-invasively.  This work has earned him prestigious grants: the Marie Curie Excellence Grant, the ERC and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Award. Among the many consortia Prof. Haick has coordinated are the FP-7 consortium (LCAOS; 2011-2015), a EuroNanoMed II consortium (VOLGACORE; 2014-2017), and the Horizon2020 ICT consortium (SNIFFPHONE; 2015-2019).

Prof. Haick has received almost four dozen prizes for his research, including a Knight of the Order of Academic Palms (Chevalier dans l’Ordres des Palmes Académiques)[1], the Advanced Alexander von Humboldt Research Award, a listing on the “`World’s 35 leading young scientists” of MIT’s Technology Review, a listing of the most 100 influential persons in the world in the Digital Technology in 2015 of the Nominet Trust, the listing of the 100 influential figures in 2016 published by the American GOOD Magazine, the “Bill & Melinda Gates” Awards, the “Innovation and Entrepreneurship” Prize in Chemical Engineering, the “Tenne Prize for Excellence in the Science of Nanotechnology”, the Horev Chair for Leaders in Science and Technology, the Halevy Award for “Innovative Applied Engineering”, the OXYGEN Prize, the Norman and Barbara Seiden Prize, the Israel-France Award for Academic Excellence, the Herschel Rich Innovation Award (2008, 2011, 2016), the Minerva Short-Term Research Award, the Bergmann Award for Excellent Young Scientists, the CREATE Award, the Al-Qendil Prize, and the YMCA and Rotary Honorary Decorations.  In addition, Prof. Haick was selected for the lists, the “50 sharpest minds in Israel” of the TheMarker (2013), the “Ten Most Promising Young Israeli Scientists” of Calcalist (2010), “Young Israelis of the Year” of the Jerusalem Post (2010), “50 Leading Israelis of 2007” and “Four Saluted Israeli Scientists” (2007) of Yedioth Aharonot.  Other honors and awards include the Fulbright fellowship, Israel Ministry of Science and Technology award, Prof. Avrahami prize, and the CNR-IMIP prize.

Besides Prof. Haick’s achievements in research, he has had considerable success as a lecturer, as expressed by the many prizes he has received for excellence in teaching. Prof. Haick is the recipient of the “Yanai Prize for Academic Excellence”, which is given for exceptional contribution in teaching and academic education.  In 2014, Prof. Haick designed and developed the first massive open online course (MOOC) in the Technion, and is the first person worldwide to do this in two languages: English and Arabic. This MOOC focuses on the fields of nanotechnology, and nanosensors stressing their implications for use in diagnosis and treatment of disease, as well as in personalized medicine. So far, the course has drawn more than 42,000 participants, thus disseminating knowledge about biomedical science and nanotechnology to people in both developed and developing countries, without admissions bureaucracy.

Prof. Haick has also supervised a broad range of talented graduate and undergraduate students worldwide. He serves as an associate editor of the Journal of Translational Engineering in Health and Medicine and member of the editorial board of several peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Nanoscience Letters, Hybrid Materials, Dataset Papers in Physical Chemistry and Frontiers in Respiratory Pharmacology. Prof. Haick serves as an advisory consultant to the Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS) – the world’s authority for chemical information, and is a senior scientific advisory member of several national and international companies and institutes, and a scientific evaluator in the European Commission.

Prof. Haick has published more than 170 publications in top-level journals in the field of nanotechnology and advanced/applied materials/chemistry, and more than five book chapters. Additionally, Prof. Haick holds more than 28 patents for his inventions.

Prof. Haick’s research interests include nano-array devices for screening, diagnosis and monitoring of disease, nanomaterial-based chemical (flexible) sensors, electronic skin, breath analysis, volatile biomarkers, and molecule-based electronic devices.

[1]  Established in 1808 by Napoleon Bonaparte, the prestigious Academic Palms is the oldest extant civilian accolade awarded by the French Government. The order was created to honor top, eminent academics and educators. The knights of this order wear a medallion on a ribbon on their left breast.