Prof. Hala Zreiqat
Hala Zreiqat AM is Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Sydney and Director of the Australian Research Council’s Training Centre for Innovative BioEngineering. She leads pioneering research developing innovative biomaterials, devices and 3D-printing technologies for tissue regeneration, as well as novel nanospheres for the delivery of drugs, cells and growth factors to repair damaged tissues and organs. This work has led to several patents and partnerships with industry.
Highly recognised for her research, Professor Zreiqat is an elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Health & Medical Sciences, the Australian Academy of Technology & Engineering, and the International Orthopaedic Research Societies. She was the second Australian to become a Radcliffe Fellow at Harvard University. She has been a Senior Research Fellow of the Australian National Health & Medical Research Council for many years and has held honorary professorial positions at universities in the US, Europe and China. In 2020 she was acknowledged as one of Australia’s ‘most innovative engineers’.
Her honours and awards in the last three years include: Member of the Order of Australia; King Abdullah II Order of Distinction of the Second Class (highest civilian honour bestowed by the King of Jordan, her country of birth); New South Wales Premier’s Woman of the Year (state government), Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology (Australian Museum); and Payne-Scott Professorial Distinction (University of Sydney).
Many years before founding the IDEAL Society, Professor Zreiqat established another, highly successful international entity: the Alliance for Design & Application in Tissue Engineering (2006). This is a research network that has expanded under her leadership to include leading scholars from universities in the US, Europe, Asia and Australia.
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