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Dr. Haj-Ahmad graduated from Brock with his honours B.Sc. in 1980 and his M.Sc. in 1982. He continued his studies, earning a Ph.D. at McMaster University in 1986 but soon returned to Brock and now teachs undergraduate courses in molecular genetics and biotechnology as well as graduate courses in molecular virology and immunology.
As a pioneer in the biotech industry, Dr. Haj-Ahmad believes passionately that the 21st Century belongs to biotechnology. In 1998, Dr. Haj-Ahmad founded Norgen Biotek Company, which, among its dozen patents, has created a nucleic acid and protein isolation technology used for isolating and purifying DNA and RNA samples. This technology is helping scientists and clinicians around the world to study, identify and treat disease as well as develop new products for use in medicine and agriculture.
In addition to teaching at Brock, Dr. Haj-Ahmad commits himself to developing young minds through his involvement with the Niagara Regional Science Fair, the FUTURES program, and his organization of workshops for local school teachers. He continually impresses upon his students the notion that there is always a path to make great ideas or better techniques a reality.