Dean Fouad Hashwa joined LAU in 1994 after a long career in research and teaching.
He was a post-doctoral fellow and an instructor at the University of Bonn, Germany, between 1972 and 1976. He then joined the University of Jordan in Amman as an assistant professor of microbiology and was promoted to associate professor in 1981. He spent a sabbatical year as a senior Fulbright Fellow at Kansas State University, Manhattan, and University of Maryland, College Park, in 1983–84. In 1991 he joined AUB as a visiting professor.
Dr. Hashwa has an extensive publication and research record and is an active member in several international scientific societies. He is a recipient of several research awards and grants from the Ford Foundation, Fulbright Program, USAID, German Academic Exchange Program (DAAD), German Research Council (DFG), CNRS–France, European Union, Royal Scientific Society in Jordan, and the World Bank. He has presented several papers at international conferences and has organized many scientific meetings, workshops and excursions — local, regional and international.
In May 2007, Dr. Hashwa received an award and a prize from the Society of Human Genetics and Fertility for his pioneering work in the field of in vitro fertilization (IVF & ART).
He was the chairperson of the Department of Natural Sciences in Byblos between October 2003 and September 2005. He was appointed dean of the School of Arts and Sciences in Byblos in October 2003. He is a professor of microbiology and biotechnology.
Dr. Hashwa has spearheaded scientific cooperation agreements between LAU and the Technical University of Hamburg, Germany, Heidelberg University, Germany, and the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.
Dr. Hashwa's most recent journal publications:
- Tokajian S., Hashwa, F., Hancock, I and Zalloua, P. Identification of Heterotrophic Bacteria from a Water Distribution System Using 16S rDNA Sequencing. Canadian Journal of Microbiology. 51:25-35, 2005.
- Tokajian, S., Al-Medawar, S., Hashwa, F. Use of the 16S-23S ribosomal genes spacer region for the molecular typing of sphingomonads. Accepted: Canadian Journal of Microbiology 54 (8), pp. 668-676, 2008.
- Tokajian, S., Farah, M and F. Hashwa. Rapid Identification of Yellow Pigmented Colonies Isolated from Drinking Water Samples Using a 16S rRNA Gene-Based PCR Assay. Water Quality Research Journal of Canada. Volume 43, No. 4, 2008.
A recent book chapter:
- Fuad Hashwa and Elias Mhanna: Aerobic and Anaerobic Bio-treatment of Olive Oil Mill Wastewater (OMW) in Lebanon. In Efficient Management of Wastewater: Its Treatment and Reuse in Water Scarce Countries; I. Baz, R. Otterpohl & C. Wendland, Editors. Springer, ISBN 978-3-540-74491-7, 2008.
- Ph.D. (D.Sc.) in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology, 1972, University of Goettingen, Germany
- M.S. in Microbial Genetics, 1967, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
- B.S. in Biology, 1965, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences