Dr. Ali Khademhosseini, CEO and Director of the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation, receives the 2019 Mustafa Prize

May 19, 2020

Award recognizes Dr. Khademhosseini’s contributions to hydrogel development for biomedical application 


(LOS ANGELES) — Dr. Ali Khademhosseini was recognized as the 2019 laureate for his achievements and contributions to the field of “Nano and Micro fabricated Hydrogels for Biomedical Applications” in the Life & Medical Science and Technology category.

His work in micro-engineered hydrogels further improves the basic foundation materials used across multiple biomedical applications.  To name a few, hydrogels are used in engineering artificial tissue for transplantation, biomedical devices, and organ-on-a-chip, which is a miniaturized in vitro organ system used to model disease and screen drugs.


Established in 2015, the Mustafa Prize is a biennial science and technology award granted to the top researchers and scientists of the Islamic World.  This event aims to improve scientific relations between academics and researchers in order to facilitate the growth of science in the Islamic World.  The awards ceremony took place in Tehran, Iran on November 11, 2019. 

Dr. Khademhosseini named interest and curiosity as the main motivations for people to be successful and productive.  He said, “I’m very honored to be recognized by the Mustafa prize. This is an honor that has been bestowed on only a few distinguished scientists before whose ranks I am humbled to join. I am hoping that it will inspire young students to pursue a career in science.”


The other recipient in the same category of Life & Medical Science and Technology was Dr. Ugur Sahin.  The prize for each category comes with a special medal, certificate, and $500,000 made possible through private endowments to the prize.


Dr. Khademhosseini has recently started as the CEO and Director at the Terasaki Institute for Biomedical Innovation where he will continue to innovate personalized health solutions.  Previously, he was a professor at Harvard University and the University of California-Los Angeles.

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