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Adah Al-Mutairi

Adah Al-Mutairi is a Saudi Arabian American scholar of science and engineering, inventor, and entrepreneur. 

She was born on November 1, 1976 in Portland, Oregon and she is of Saudi descent. Adah is a professor of pharmaceutical chemistry at the University of California, San Diego and her work focuses on nanomedicine, nanotechnology, chemistry, and polymer science. 

Before her rise to fame, Adah received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Occidental College, her Ph.D in materials chemistry from the University of California, Riverside and completed her Postdoctoral Studies in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. 

Throughout her career, Adah received the National Institute of Health’s Director’s New Innovator Award, the phRMA foundation award, and the Thiema Chemistry Journal Award. Her work was also highlighted by the NIH as one of the 4 most important American technology breakthroughs of the year in 2012 and she was named one of Forbes top ten most influential female engineers in the world. 


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