Dr. Richard O'Kennedy | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University

VP for Research at HBKU, and the VP for Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) at QF

Richard O'Kennedy, VP for Research at HBKU

Dr. Richard O'Kennedy

"We are committed to develop innovative research programs in alignment with the Qatar National Research Strategy and to help HBKU contribute towards realizing the Qatar National Vision 2030"

Dr. Richard O’Kennedy, B.Sc., Ph.D., C. Biol., FRSB., F.I.Biol.I., Dip. F.S., Dip. C.S., Dip. Computing, MRIA, is the Vice-President for Research at Hamad Bin Khalifa University, and the Vice-President for Research, Development and Innovation (RDI) at Qatar Foundation, Doha, Qatar. He is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and the Qatar RDI Council. 

Previously, he was a Professor and the Scientific Director of the Biomedical Diagnostics Institute at Dublin City University (DCU) Ireland. He is the past President of the London International Youth Science Forum, Past President of the Institute of Biology of Ireland, past Chairman/Founder of the Centre for Talented Youth (CTY) in Ireland, and has represented Ireland and the Royal Irish Academy (RIA) at the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB). In 2018, he was selected as the representative of the IUBMB for Qatar. He was a member of the Industrial Research and Commercialisation Committee of Enterprise Ireland, the National Bioethics Council for Ireland, and the Life Sciences and Health Committee of the RIA. 

Prior to this, he was the Vice-President for Teaching and Learning at DCU, Chair of the Management Committee of the Dublin Region Higher Education Alliance (11 Institutions and ca 66,000 students) and Visiting Scientist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Centre at the University of Texas at Houston, where his work was selected as ‘Invention of the Year’. 

He directs the Applied Biochemistry Research Group that is internationally recognized for its expertise in antibody generation and immuno/ biosensor assay development. He has published extensively (250 peer-reviewed papers, 51 reviews, 40 book chapters, 2 books + 1 in process), and has mentored 70 Ph.Ds to completion and has a Google Scholar H-Index of 54 with over 12,000 citations. 

He has academic collaborations worldwide, has carried out many collaborations with industry, has 7 patents, multiple licenses, and many of his reagents/innovations have been licensed and commercialized.

He is the Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of AbYBiotech, Chairman of the Scientific Board of Glycoselect – a highly innovative Biotech company, has acted as a reviewer for over 60 journals, is the Editor of three journals, and acts as a reviewer for ca 30 international funding bodies. 

He has a keen interest in innovative approaches to healthcare, and has received many awards for Research: Biochemistry Medal of the RIA; President’s Award for Research, 3 Fujitsu Awards for Innovation; Ireland’s Bioscience Lab of the Year, 2014, Teaching: President’s award, DCU; Outstanding Masters Programme Award, Graduate Ireland, 2011, and Outreach: Outstanding Education and Outreach Lab, 2017; CTY award, 2018.