Harold Monbouquette is Associate Dean for Research and Physical Resources. He earned a bachelor’s of science degree the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a bachelor of arts degree in biochemical sciences from Harvard College; an M.S. from the University of California at Davis; and in 1987 received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from North Carolina State University.
He joined UCLA Engineering in 1987, and served as chair of the school’s Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from 2007 to 2012. He also has served as chair of the HSSEAS UCLA Engineering Faculty Executive Committee, and as director of the UCLA-National Institutes of Health Biotechnology Training Program. He is a member of the California NanoSystems Institute.
Monbouquette’s research is focused on microsensors for neurochemical signaling compounds to aid study of neurological disorders including addiction and Parkinson’s disease; and on technology for detection of nucleic acids of specific sequence that enables identification of pathogens in body fluids, food and water.
He has developed and taught new courses on biochemical reaction engineering and bioseparations, has advised 30 Ph.D. candidates and 15 master’s students, and has authored more than 250 papers published in journals or delivered at seminars, symposia and conferences.
Among other honors and awards, Monbouquette received the Department of Energy Environmental Restoration and Waste Management Young Faculty Award, and was presented a TRW Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2007, he was elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.