UAE Innovators

Dr. Youssef Idaghdour, left, is a biology professor and Dr. Pance Naumov is an associate professor of chemistry at NYU Abu Dhabi.

They're not just NYU Abu Dhabi professors and researchers. They're UAE innovators.

Dr. Pance Naumov, associate professor of chemistry, and Dr. Youssef Idaghdour, a biology professor who studies the relationship between genes and the environment, have each earned well-deserved recognition for their respective research aimed at making a practical difference for those who live and work in the UAE.

Both professors are featured in a science-themed article called UAE Innovators published by The National newspaper August 29.

Dr. Naumov, a recipient of the prestigious Humboldt Research Award, is leading a special project to identify methods for the oil industry to safely and efficiently clean wells and pipelines, while Dr. Idaghdour is determined to find a way to use genetic information to predict and prevent diseases, which includes studies of the Emirati population for genetic predisposition to cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

The Conversation video series, produced by NYUAD Public Affairs, also sat down with Dr. Idaghdour this year to talk about the importance of his research.