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Abdul Latif Abu Hijleh

Influential Academic and Chemistry Researcher

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Date of Birth:



Tulkarem, Palestine

Place of Birth:

Why Featured?

Abdul Latif Abu Hijleh is recognized for his significant contributions to the field of chemistry, particularly in the synthesis and characterization of copper complexes, and for his leadership in Palestinian academia as the President of Birzeit University.

Brief bio

Dr. Abdul Latif Abu Hijleh is a renowned figure in the Palestinian academic community and the field of chemistry. He holds a PhD in Chemistry and has served as a faculty member at several international universities. His most notable work includes research on copper components and their application in treating cancer and diabetes. He has been President of Birzeit University since 2015.

Major Milestones


  • 1981: Obtained a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Mississippi, USA.

  • 2002-2008: Served as Vice President of Academic Affairs at Birzeit University.

  • 2012: Appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Science at Birzeit University.

  • 2015: Began his term as President of Birzeit University.

  • 2015-Present: Continues to serve as President of Birzeit University and contributes to its growth and international recognition...See More

  • Research in Copper Complexes: Focused on copper complexes of biological ligands as models of copper-containing enzymes.

  • Publications: Authored more than 24 publications in the field of chemistry.

  • Academic Leadership: Contributed significantly to the academic growth and development of Birzeit University.

  • International Experience: Served as a faculty member at the University of Bergen, Norway, and universities in Tennessee and Mississippi, USA.

  • Research on Cancer and Diabetes Treatments: His notable work includes the use of copper components with antibiotics such as aspirin to create antioxidant enzymes.

Date of Last Update: 
January 14, 2024

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