Hossam Haick

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Hossam Haick
Native name
حسام حايك
ResidenceHaifa, Israel
EducationSt. Joseph High School
Alma materBen-Gurion University
Weizmann Institute of Science
Known forNa-Nose
AwardsHumboldt Research Award
Knight of the Order of Academic Palms
World’s Top 35 Young Scientists
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Award
Innovation and Entrepreneurship Prize in Chemical Engineering
Tenne Prize for Excellence in the Science of Nanotechnology
Halevy Award for Innovative Applied Engineering
Yanai Prize for Academic Excellence
Scientific career
Molecular electronics
InstitutionsRussell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute, Technion

Hossam Haick is an Israeli-Arab scientist and engineer, born in 1975. He is a pioneer known for inventing the Nano-electronic Nose (NA-NOSE) by which he was highlighted as MIT's Innovators under 35; and which is widely used for sniffing out diseases' biomarkers in labs and industries. He has many contributions in multidisciplinary fields such as Nanotechnology, Nanosensors and Molecular Electronics.[1][2]

Personal life[edit]

Hossam Haick was born into an Arab Christian family[3] in Nazareth. Haick graduated from a Catholic school St. Joseph Seminary & High School at Nazareth.

Academic life[edit]

Hossam Haick is a Full Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering and the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology and an expert in the field of nanotechnology and non-invasive disease diagnosis. He was born in Nazareth, Israel. In 1998, he received his B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering from the Ben-Gurion University, and in 2002, he got his Ph.D. in a direct track from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He spent two years (2004-2006) as a postdoctoral researcher at the California Institute of Technology-Caltech, after spending two years at the Weizmann Institute of Science (2002-2004). He went back to the Technion-Israel Institute of technology and became an assistant professor in 2006. He is now a full-academic professor in the department of Chemical Engineering and the Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute(RBNI), and the director of the Laboratory of Nanomaterials-based Devices(LNBD) at the Technion.[4]

Since 2017, Haick has been a deputy for the senior executive vice president of the Technion. He is now a Changjiang distinguished professor.


Hossam Haick was elected by the Senate to hold the prestigious “F.M.W Academic Chair" position at the Technion. He has made significant marks through his development of artificially intelligent nanoarray technology to detect diseases in non-invasive manner, which earned him a wide variety of prestigious grants and awards: Marie Curie Excellence Grant, ERC, Bill & Melinda Gates Award, coordinator of FP-7 consortium (LCAOS; 2011-2015), coordinator of a EuroNanoMed consortium (Volgacore; 2014-2017), coordinator of Horizon2020 ICT consortium (SniffPhone; 2015-2019), and many more. The device is named as "Na-Nose", also called "E-Nose." He also has several patents and contributions for creating artificial electronic skins used for prosthetics and robotics applications.[5]

He is the recipient of dozens of international honors and prizes for his achievements, including a Knight of the Order of Academic Palms (conferred by the French Government), the “List of the World’s Top 35 Young Scientists”, and the “Bill & Melinda Gates” Award, the "Innovation and Entrepreneurship" Prize in Chemical Engineering, the “Tenne Prize for Excellence in the Science of Nanotechnology”, Halevy Award for Innovative Applied Engineering, and many others. Besides his recent and past achievements in research, he had excellent achievements as a lecturer, expressed by a wide variety of prizes that he received for (constant) excellence in teaching (top 4%). He is also the recipient of the prestigious "Yanai Prize for Academic Excellence", which is given for exceptional and significant contribution in teaching and academic education. He also was appointed to be a board member of the “Scientific Reports." As an active innovative scientist and educational developer in his society, he attracted the attentions of the world's billionaires such as Bill Gates and Eric Schmidt, and he's been in collaboration with Bill and Melinda Gates foundation in the diagnostics of diseases arena. In 2018, he was granted the title of Changjiang distinguished professor by the ministry of education in China.

The research interests of Hossam Haick 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. ^ Grimland, Guy (2 July 2010). "The Israeli scientist who is sniffing out cancer". Haaretz. Retrieved 25 January 2015.
  2. ^ "Arab Israeli Professor Breaks Barriers at Home and Abroad". The New York Times. 23 February 2016.
  3. ^ Young Israelis of the year: Dr. Hossam Haick, 34: Sniffing out cance
  4. ^ "LNBD Home Page". Lnbd.technion.ac.il. Retrieved 16 February 2015.
  5. ^ "With a breath, Technion device finds lung cancer". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 16 February 2015.

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