“You must always find the next step further in your career and life journey. Make your own story as a woman in science—that is the most important thing. Don’t be shy and go for it with your ideas!


  • Synthetic Biology and Biotechnology
  • Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Med.

Education Profile

  • ​Ph.D., University of Cologne, Germany, 1990
  • M.Sc., Chemistry, University of Cologne, 1986
  • B.Sc., Chemistry, University of Cologne, Germany, 1983
  • B.Sc., Physics, University of Cologne, Germany,1980​

Editorial Profile

  • Academic Editor of PLoS One
  • Associate Editor of Frontiers in Chemical Biology
  • Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Bioprinting

Education and early career

Professor Hauser has held faculty positions in Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology in Singapore and Ludwig-Maximilians-University in Germany. She received a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Cologne in Germany. 

Areas of expertise and current scientific interests

Her research interests align at the interfaces between chemistry, biomedicine, bioengineering and nanotechnology. Focus is on the development of platform technologies, using smart nanomaterials for regenerative, biomedical and environmental applications.

Her interest refers to the rational molecular design, synthesis and mechanistic understanding of novel supramolecular structures. Investigated systems include peptide-based nanostructures with an innate propensity to self-assemble to biomimetic architectures applicable for biomedical applications such as cell substrates, sensors and 3D tissue scaffolds for regenerative medicine. Bottom-up nanofabrication is a powerful tool for the development of functional tissue equivalents, organotypic tissues and devices. Moreover, these biomimetic supramolecular constructs will be used for the design and fabrication of novel organ-on-a-chip devices and disease models.

Furthermore, Professor Hauser is interested in 3D bioprinting, using supramolecular organotypic constructs to fabricate high-throughput platforms for drug screening, pathogen detection, and other diagnostic purposes. Synthetic biology approaches are explored for the generation of functional biomaterial.

Career recognitions

Prof. Hauser has received many honors and awards throughout her career.  She has received the Bavarian Research Association Award in 2008 and the French Société des Amis des Sciences Award in 1993.  In 2015, she was elected to the rank of NAI Fellow by the National Academy of Inventors (NAI).

Why Bioscience?

My research in bioscience regarding tissue engineering and regenerative biomedical applications in combination with computational bioscience gives me strong satisfaction when considering that new relevant research findings might help to improve general health care.


KAUST with its international ambitious academic community and its top standard and well-maintained research facilities is an excellent hub for doing high standard research. The beautiful setting makes it even more attractive and mind set to work here. I particularly enjoy the alertness and responsiveness of the colleagues.