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50 Prescott, 2045
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krashid@wpi.edu

Kamal A. Rashid

I have over thirty years of academic experience in both research and Biotechnology educational program development. During my career I have developed, directed and implemented biotechnology training courses at Utah State University, Penn State University and internationally. I joined Utah State University in July 2000 as the Biotechnology Center’s Associate Director and Research Professor of Toxicology. During my tenure at Utah State University, I developed and equipped the bioprocess facility at the Center with the most advanced bioreactors and fermenters that are utilized in both research and training programs. While at Utah State University I received a multi-year, multimillion dollar grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to train employees of vaccine manufacturing facilities from eleven countries in the latest advances in cell-based vaccine production with emphasis of Influenza vaccines. These countries included Brazil, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Korea, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Romania, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam.

Prior to joining USU, I was a faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Pennsylvania State University. While at Penn State, I conducted research on the impact of environmental pollutants on human health, developed and taught biotechnology undergraduate courses, developed and directed the Penn State biotechnology training programs, directed the Summer Symposium in Molecular Biology for ten years and was the key faculty in the development of the biotechnology undergraduate degree and the course curriculum in the department. I have delivered numerous lectures and training programs in several countries, including Canada, China, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Indonesia, Iraq, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore and US. I am recognized for my continuing education, teaching and international programs. I received a national Faculty Service Award in 1997 from US University Continuing Education Association for my “meritorious service to Penn State University”. I was also honored in 2011 as the international professor of the year in College of Agriculture at Utah State University.

Recently I accepted a position at Worcester Polytechnic Institute as the Director of the newly established Biomanufacturing Education and Training Center and a Research Professor of Biology and Biotechnology starting August 1st 2013.

Research Interests

  • Bioprocessing
  • In vitro Toxicology

Education

  • BS. University of Baghdad, Iraq. Plant Protection
  • MS. Penn State University. Environmental Toxicology
  • Ph.D. Penn State University. Environmental Toxicology

Featured Publications

  • Rashid, K and Mardirosian, D., 2013.Training programs for today’s biomanufacturing workforce. Bioprocessing Journal 12(3) p.7-8.
  • Hatton, T., S. Barnett, R., M. Sha, K.A. rashid, 2013. A comparative study between conventional reusable (Glass) vs. Single-use disposable (CelliGen® BLU) bioreactors for the production of recombinant proteins. Bioprocessing Journal.12(1) p.21-28.
  • Tarbet, E. B., Dorward, J.T., Day, D.W. and Rashid, K.A. (2012) Vaccine production training to develop the workforce of foreign institutions supported by BARDA influenza vaccine capacity building program.  Elsevier Vaccine. In Press. Available on line: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0264410X12009073
  • Hatton, T., S. Barnett, A. Benninghoff, K.A. rashid (2012) Productivity studies utilizing recombinant CHO cells in stirred-tank bioreactors: a comparative study between pitch-blade and packed-bed bioreactor systems. Bioprocessing Journal, 11(2): p. 29-36.
  • Brown J., Signs, M., White, J., Viamajala, S., and Rashid, K. A. (2011) Large-scale, developmentally synchronous C. elegans liquid cultures using a new tangential-flow filtration method.  Bioprocessing Journal, Vol. 9 Issue 2, pp34-43.

Professional Highlights

  • International Professor of the Year 2011 Utah State University
  • Faculty Service Award 1997 at Penn State University
  • Member, WHO Organizing Committee. International Workshop on  Enhancing Workforce Development in Vaccine Manufacturing, Cape Town, South Africa. 2011.
  • Charter Member, Advisory Committee for FASEB- MARC Program, Washington D.C.
 
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