Malak Kawan

Masters Students


Research Interests

​Malak’s research focuses on understanding the formation of supported lipid bilayer on conjugated polymer films using advanced electrochemical characterization techniques. She also aims to characterize tumor-derived extracellular vesicles (EVs) to investigate their mechanism of action using organic electrochemical transistors for biosensing applications. 

Selected Publications

  • Neonatal ethanol exposure impairs long-term context memory formation and prefrontal immediate early gene expression in adolescent rats
    N.A. Heroux, P.A. Robinson-Drummer, M. Kawan, J.B. Rosen, M.E. Stanton
    Behavioral Brain Research, 359, 386-395, (2019)
  • Differential expression of the immediate early genes c-Fos, Arc, Egr-1, and Npas4 during long-term memory formation in the context preexposure facilitation effect (CPFE)
    N.A. Heroux, B.F. Osborne, L.A. Miller, M. Kawan, K.N. Buban, J.B. Rosen, M.E. Stanton
    Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 147, 128-138, (2018)



  • ​B.Sc., Neuroscience, University of Delaware, USA, 2017​

Professional Profile

  • ​2018- present: MS/PhD Student, Organic Bioelectronics Lab, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2016- 2016: Visiting Summer Research Student, KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
  • 2015- 2018: Research assistant, University of Delaware, USA​

KAUST Affiliations

​Biological and Environmental 
Science & Engineering Division (BESE)

Research Interests Keywords

Biomedical devices Bioelectronics Tissue engineering Lipid membrane Bioengineering