A chemical engineer at the Technion who was named one of the world's 35 top young scientists after developing a device that can detect cancers by "sniffing out" biomarkers, has now discovered that it can also be used to discover the presence of kidney disease. It will "require a long and tiring path" to reach the target of diagnosis of kidney disease early enough to delay kidney failure and dialysis, says Dr. Hossam Haick, since 2006 a senior lecturer in chemical engineering, whose electronic "nose" can diagnose cancer in just two or three minutes by analyzing a patient's breath.
Raised in Nazareth, Haick, 34, received his bachelor's of science from Ben-Gurion University and doctorate from the Technion; he spent two years at the Weizmann Institute of Science and later pursued post-doctoral research at the equally prestigious California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he did much of the work leading to the device. He currently holds the position of senior lecturer in the Technion Faculty of Chemical Engineering and the university's Russell Berrie Nanotechnology Institute.
Last year, Haick was chosen for inclusion in a list known as the "TR35" from more than 300 nominees by a panel of expert judges and editorial staff at Technology Review, the magazine of innovation of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Previous TR35 lists have included Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page and Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg.
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