Thursday, May 21, 2020
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EDT

Via Zoom Webinar
(Link will be provided after registering)


Ali I. Fattom
Senior Vice President of Vaccines Research and Development, BlueWillow Biologics
Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences

Khalil E. Jahshan – Moderator
Executive Director, Arab Center Washington DC

Speaker Bios

Dr. Ali Fattom is Senior Vice President of Vaccines Research and Development at BlueWillow Biologics, and has 25 years of experience in vaccine research and development. He is also Adjunct Professor at the University of Michigan Nanotechnology Institute for Medicine and Biological Sciences. He initiated his career as a vaccinologist at the National Institutes of Health, where he helped develop several vaccines including Pneumococcus conjugate vaccine, and headed the effort for developing a vaccine for S. aureus. He later joined Univax Biologics to pursue the development of conjugate vaccines against bacterial infections including Staphylococci. Following the merger between Univax and North American Biologics to form Nabi Biopharmaceuticals, Dr. Fattom assumed responsibility for other research activities and served as Vice President of Research from 2003 to 2010. He earned a B.S. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an M.S. in microbiology from Tel Aviv University, and a Ph.D. in Microbial Ecology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. From 1983 to 1986, he held an assistant professorship at Birzeit University, West Bank. Dr. Fattom is the author of over 50 peer-reviewed publications and holds more than 10 patents.

Khalil E. Jahshan is a Palestinian American political analyst and media commentator. He serves as Executive Director of Arab Center Washington DC. Between 2004 and 2013, he was a Lecturer in International Studies and Languages at Pepperdine University and Executive Director of Pepperdine’s Seaver College Washington DC Internship Program. Previously, Jahshan served as Executive Vice President of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) and Director of its government affairs affiliate, National Association of Arab Americans (NAAA)-ADC.Throughout his career, he held numerous leadership positions in Arab American organizations, including Vice President of the American Committee on Jerusalem, President of the National Association of Arab Americans, National Director of the Association of Arab-American University Graduates, Assistant Director of the Palestine Research and Educational Center, and Lecturer in Arabic at the University of Chicago Extension and at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Jahshan also served on boards of directors and advisory boards of several Middle East-oriented organizations including ANERA, MIFTAH, and Search for Common Ground. He appears regularly as a political commentator on Arab and American media outlets.