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Kamal Eldeirawi, Ph.D., R.N.

Dr. Eldeirawi received his PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the College of Nursing at UIC and an Affiliate Associate Professor at the UIC’s School of Public Health. He served as the director of the Chicago Asthma School Study (2000-2007). His interdisciplinary research focuses on individual and neighborhood factors associated with asthma and respiratory conditions in vulnerable populations. He has pioneered an area of inquiry on the effects of immigration/acculturation on the risk of asthma and atopic conditions in children of Mexican origin. He has garnered intramural and extramural support for his research and received several prestigious awards such as the Midwest Nursing Research Society’s (MNRS) 2009 New Investigator Award. Dr. Eldeirawi’s work has been disseminated widely in scientific conferences, top-tier journals, and media outlets (e.g., BBC News and Chicago Sun-Times). He teaches interdisciplinary courses and mentors students at both the College of Nursing and School of Public Health at UIC. He is actively engaged with community initiatives and professional organizations including the MNRS and American Public Health Association. Currently, he serves as the co-chair elect of the Health of Diverse Populations research section of the MNRS.