Hosam Zowawi, PhD is a clinical microbiologist and infectious diseases scientist. Dr Zowawi and his team are on a mission to monitor the spread and emergence of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Dr Zowawi is also focusing on developing innovative tests to rapidly identify infectious diseases to aid rapid implementation of targeted medical managements.
Dr Zowawi has advised for the Review on AMR www.amr-review.org, which was commissioned by, and reported to, the former UK Prime Minister David Cameron. He was consulted for the GCC Strategic Plan to combat antimicrobial resistance, chaired the National AMR Awareness Sub-committee, a former member in the Saudi National AMR Committee and was consulted to firm the strategy of the Saudi Centre for Disease Control and Prevention. His published work has created a profound impact in the field. This is demonstrated by the enormous citations of his work in policy and practice documents issued by local and regional ministries as well as international agencies such as the WHO and European CDC.
Dr Zowawi is also dedicated to public engagement and believes that better science communication could publicize science, raise awareness and transform healthcare. Utilizing cinematography (e.g., The Cave documentary), engaging directly with the public through op-eds (e.g. The Guardian), school visits, public talks (e.g. TEDx), leveraging social and mainstream media to communicate science, and organise charity events to raise research fund (e.g. Superbug Slayers), Hosam is committed to raise the global awareness of infectious disease to create an impact.
The significance of his multidisciplinary work to combat epidemics is widely recognized and has received multiple national and international awards and recognitions. These include the Rolex Awards for Enterprise, Next Generation Leader by TIME Magazine, NHMRC Peter Doherty Fellowship, Tall Poppy Science Award, Queensland Science and Innovation Champion, and the junior researcher award by King Abdullah International Medical Research Center.