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NUI Honorary Conferring of Mohamad Al-Rubeai

NUI Honorary Conferring of Mohamad Al-Rubeai


Monday, 24 April, 2023

The National University of Ireland honorary degree conferring ceremony took place on Tuesday the 7th of March 2023, in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

At the ceremony, the Chancellor of the University, Dr Maurice Manning, conferred honorary degree on Professor Mohamed Al-Rubeai for his contribution to science and noted contributions in public life.

Dr Mohamed Ali Fadhil Al-Rubeai pioneered work in the area of mammalian cell culture, apoptosis, flow cytometry and production of biopharmaceuticals. In parallel to his own ground-breaking research in University of Birmingham and UCD, he has worked with many governments, industries, and academics around the world to establish national research centres, compounding his global impact. He is one of the founding fathers of the UK Biotechnology Industry. His work was pivotal in the approval of major national funding to establish the Irish National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training.

His impressive body of work, including his editing of various publications, membership of the editorial teams of several journals, authorship, consultancy and work as adviser to such groups as UNESCO and the Ministry of Higher Education, Iraq, reflects his broad interests in the production of biopharmaceuticals, mammalian cell culture, tissue engineering, stem cell bioprocessing, metabolic engineering, and biomaterials. For his work, he has received many scientific awards such as the Donald Medal and Asellus Prize. Further, he is a prolific writer who has written numerous articles and books in Arabic about education, identifying problems facing Arabic and Iraq’s system of education at all levels and promoting European academic values.