PhD Student Hamed Albalawi named MIT Innovator under 35

PhD student Hamed Albalawi (pictured) under the supervision of Prof. Charlotte Hauser named MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 in the MENA region.

PhD student Hamed Albalawi has been named one of MIT Technology Review's Innovators Under 35 MENA. Albalawi's groundbreaking work in the development of calcium carbonate photo-initiated ink is shaping the future of scientific research.

Under the mentorship of Prof. Charlotte Hauser, Albalawi has emerged as a standout among the 15 honorees this year. His cutting-edge research focuses on 3D-bioprinting scaffolds for coral restoration and bone regeneration, aiming to replicate natural growth conditions. The results of his efforts have been nothing short of extraordinary, with the mechanical properties of the scaffolds not only mimicking ideal environments for coral and bone growth but also expediting the recovery process.

What sets Albalawi's work apart is the innovative nature of the calcium carbonate photo-initiated ink he has developed. This sustainable and cost-effective alternative to standard commercial products in similar applications is proving to be a game-changer. The ink not only meets the demands of precision in 3D-bioprinting but also addresses environmental and economic concerns associated with conventional methods.

Beyond his exceptional achievements in ink development and 3D-bioprinting, Hamed Albalawi is dedicated to advancing the entire field. His research interests extend to the design of 3D bioprinting nozzles and conducting mechanical analyses to enhance the overall capabilities of the technology. 

Hamed Albalawi's dedication to advancing scientific boundaries serves as an inspiration to aspiring innovators and underscores the importance of fostering groundbreaking research for a sustainable future.