Dr. Hector H. Hernandez

Dr. Hector H. Hernandez

Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering


Khalifa University of Science & Technology

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Office: +971 2 810 9333

Direct: +971 2 810 9201

Fax:  +971 2 810 9901

Email: hector.hernandez@ku.ac.ae




Dr. Hector H. Hernandez is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the Khalifa University of Science and Technology (KUST). He joined the Masdar Institute (MI) Chemical Engineering Program in July of 2011. Dr. Hernandez then joined the Department of Biomedical Engineering at KU in 2017. Dr. Hernandez received his PhD in Chemical Biology from the Chemistry Department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Prior to joining the MI, Dr. Hernandez was an MIT Energy Initiative Fellow and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at MIT. Dr. Hernandez has been engaged in the development of academic and research initiatives and programs at MIT and KU.

  • Ph.D. Biological Chemistry 2008 Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
  • B.A. Chemistry 2000 University of South Florida Tampa, FL
  • A.A. 1998 Valencia Community College Orlando, FL
  • Physiological Systems and Modeling I BMED211
  • Advanced Techniques in Molecular Engineering | BMED794
  • Advanced Techniques in Molecular Sensing | CHE620

Ensuring food security in the UAE is becoming increasingly challenging as climate change and population growth strain local resources. Providing nutritious food for future generations will require a paradigm shift in the agricultural industry. We need a holistic approach designed to incorporate agritech principles to the developing of next generation Sustainable Food Production Systems (SPFSs). Agritech and synthetic biology offer the potential to address these challenges. However, if we are to use these methods to develop SFPSs, we need a fundamental understanding the central role interactions between microorganisms and plants play in sustaining agricultural ecosystems. Dr. Hernandez’s research laboratory focuses on agritech and synthetic biology engineering principles to understand the intricate exchange of chemical and genetic information between microorganisms and plants. These include isolation and characterization of previously unidentified high value microbial species, the use genetically engineering techniques to produce desired nutritional products, the design of growth facilities, as well as techno-economic analysis of the entire value chain.

  • Salinity resistance of crops
  • Secondary use of nutrient rich food processing effluent
  • Integrating Big Data and robotics into food production and processing
  • Developing closed loop integrated self-sustaining systems in agriculture

  • NurshaunSreedharaNavyaThomasaOraibAl-KetanaRezaRowshanbHector H.HernandezaRashid K.Abu Al-RubaHassan A.ArafatMass transfer analysis of ultrafiltration using spacers based on triply periodic minimal surfaces: Effects of spacer design, directionality and voidage. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.memsci.2018.05.028
  • Al Ali A, Al Hashmi A, Nejatian A, Roobas B, Howarth B, Varadharajulu S, Hamza W, Al-Oun M, Al Shihi R, Khan R, Javid S, Ksiksi T, Elhassan E, AlHantobi F, Feulner G R, Ali H, Hernandez HH, Al Shehhi H, Judas J, Bhargavan J, Els J, Burt J, Al Suwaidi K, Hebbelmann L, Kabshawi M, Russo M, Shahid M, Abdulrahman M, Al Faqeer M, Aloun M, Al Kharji M, Al Muhairi M, Al Shamsi M, Noobi N, Hawamdeh N, Al Shamsi O, Soorae P, Al Qayadi S, Al Zaabi R, Al Muhairi R, Al Awaash S, Bakheet S, Al Falasi S, Shohail S, Ghanem S, Chalmers V, Wong L J, Pagad S (2017): GRIIS Checklist of Introduced and Invasive Species – United Arab Emirates (UAE). v2.3. Invasive Species Specialist Group ISSG. Dataset/Checklist. http://doi.org/10.15468/ig826c
  • Sreedhar N, Thomas N, Al-Ketan O, Rowshan R, Hernandez HH, Al-Rub RK, Arafat HA. 3D printed feed spacers based on triply periodic minimal surfaces for flux enhancement and biofouling mitigation in RO and UF. Desalination. 2018 Jan 1;425:12-21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.desal.2017.10.010
  • Peet KC, Freedman AJE, Hernandez HH, Britto V, Boreham C, Ajo-Franklin JB, Thompson JR. Microbial growth under supercritical CO2. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. April 2015 vol. 81 no. 8 2881-2892 http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/AEM.03162-14
  • Patwardhan P, Timko M, Class C, Bonomi R, Kida Y, Hernandez HH, Tester J, Green, W. Supercritical water desulfurization of organic sulfides is consistent with free radical kinetics. Energy & Fuels 2013 27 (10), 6108-6117 https://doi.org/10.1021/ef401150w
  • Mieseler M, Atiyeh MN, Hernandez HH, Ahmad F. Direct enrichment of perchlorate reducing microbial community for efficient electroactive perchlorate reduction in biocathodes. Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology 40(11): 1321-1327. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10295-013-1318-y
  • Santos S, Stefancich M, Hernandez HH, Chiesa M, Thomson NH. Hydrophylicity of a single DNA molecule. J. Phys. Chem. C, December 2012, 116 (4), 2807–2818 https://doi.org/10.1021/jp211326c
  • Akerboom J, Vélez Rivera JD, Rodríguez Guilbe MM, Alfaro Malavé EC, Hernandez HH, Tian L, Hires SA, Marvin JS, Looger LL, Schreiter ES. Crystal structures of the GCaMP calcium sensor reveal the mechanism of fluorescence signal change and aid rational design. J. Biol. Chem., Mar 2009; 284: 6455 – 6464 https://doi.org/10.1074/jbc.M807657200
  • Hernandez HH, Jaquez OJ, Hamill MJ, Elliott SJ, Drennan CL. Thioredoxin Reductase from T. Acidophilum: a new twist on redox regulation. Biochemistry. 2008 Sep 16;47(37):9728-37 https://doi.org/10.1021/bi8006753
  • Hamill MJ, Chobot SE, Hernandez HH, Drennan CL, Elliott SJ. Direct electrochemical analyses of a thermophilic thioredoxin reductase: interplay between conformational change and redox chemistry. Biochemistry. 2008 Sep 16;47(37):9738-46 https://doi.org/10.1021/bi800676g
  • Chobot SE, Hernandez HH, Drennan CL, Elliott SJ. Direct Electrochemical Characterization of Archaeal Thioredoxins. Angew Chem Int Ed Engl. 2007; 46(22) :4145-7 https://doi.org/10.1002/anie.200604620
  • Midelfort KS, Hernandez HH, Lippow SM, Tidor B, Drennan CL, Wittrup KD. Substantial energetic improvement with minimal structural perturbation in a high affinity mutant antibody. J Mol Biol. 2004 Oct 22;343(3):685-701.https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmb.2004.08.019


  • Al Harethi A, Hernandez HH, High salinity tolerant microalgae strains, products derived therefrom, and methods of producing the same – US 20140113340 A1

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