Dr. Rasha Hammamieh

U. S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research

Due to her discoveries with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), work as an expert systems biologist, and ongoing collaborations across the Department of Defense (DOD), Dr. Rahsa Hammamieh has been selected as the DOD Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter, Second Quarter, 2014. In the last 5 years, Dr. Hammamieh’s work in the PTSD Systems Biology Exemplar Program has established the basis for an objective molecular panel for PTSD that helps the Department and the health communities understand and treat our afflicted soldiers, sailors, airman, Marines and veterans.

Dr. Jeffrey Long with Mr. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense

Mr. Frank Kendall, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics presents Dr. Rasha Hammamieh with the Laboratory Scientist of the Quarter Award

Dr. Hammamieh currently serves as the deputy director for the Integrative Systems Biology Program at the U.S. Army Center for Environmental Health Research. Her work focuses on the development of diagnostic biomarkers and therapeutic strategies for diseases of military relevance, including PTSD, exposure to pathogens, battlefield-like stress, coagulopathy and pain. She is also involved in studying the effect of micogravity on bone regeneration and the immune system with the Space Shuttle Atlantis STS-135 in 2011, and future SPACE X missions.

Dr. Hammamieh was recently recognized as the author of the Army’s Best Science Paper, Achievement Medal for Civilian Service and many other awards from the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Gordon Conferences and Keystone Symposia.

Her work onboard the Space Shuttle has been selected as the "most compelling result from ISS 2013" at the International Space Station Conference 2014 and she was invited to be a member of the NASA’s GeneLab Steering committee.

Dr. Hammamieh has authored and co-authored over 40 publications on responses to stressors including pathogens, trauma, PTSD, battlefield-like stress and nutrigenomics. She is also a co-inventor on 2 patent applications identifying biomarkers of stress and PTSD.

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