Bahaa Al-mhanawi

The Role of the MSC complex in White matter diseases 
Entrepreneurial PhD

Bahaa is a PhD candidate in Wolvetang research group at the Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN). His excellent achievements are evidenced by his academic record and multiple publications in reputable peer-reviewed international journals.

Bahaa's passion for science and research prompted him to pursue his PhD at AIBN University of Queensland. He has received the Earmarked Scholarship to support Category 1 project grants. His PhD focuses on white matter disease, specifically an ultra-rare inherited neuro degenerative condition known as Hypomyelination with brainstem and spinal cord involvement and leg spasticity (HBSL). 

In the Wolvetang Group, Bahaa is generating brain organoids that are used to test the underlying mechanisms that may lead to the signs and symptoms in HBSL patients. “Our goal is not only to understand this disease, but maybe the application it can be extended to other diseases in white matter,” he says.

As an entrepreneurial scholar in the UQ Entrepreneurial PhD Top-Up Scholarship program, he is also well aware of the importance of working with industry in mind – both because of commercial realities of research, and the potential to scale up the number of people who can be helped. 

Besides research, Bahaa is passionate about healthy living and physical fitness. He believes that physical health should be everyone’s top priority regardless of the situation or circumstances.