Dr. Abdel Bachri
Interim Dean, College of Science and Engineering, Chair of Engineering and Physics Department / Associate Professor of Physics
Abdel Bachri, completed a B.S degree and an M.S. from the University of Hassan II, Casablanca, Morocco, where he majored in Physics. He also received a Master in High Energy Physics from the International Center of Theoretical Physics, in Trieste, Italy, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical Particle Physics from Oklahoma State University. Dr. Bachri’s main research revolved around the study, via theoretical modeling, of matter-antimatter asymmetry in the universe and the mechanism of Baryogenesis. Dr. Bachri joined Southern Arkansas University (SAU) in 2007, since then he took an in interest in experimental particle physics. He served as fellow scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, during that time he was involved with the effort to observe neutrinoless double beta decay using high-pressure xenon time projection chamber. More recently, Dr. Bachri developed an interest in the field of Radiation Biology and has since been awarded a Research Development Grant for $265,000 to explore the effect of space radiation in a near-zero gravity environment on human cells and chromosomes. The grant was funded by the National Institutes of Health and was awarded from the AR IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence.
Dr. Bachri currently serves as Associate Professor of Physics, Interim Dean of the College of Science and Engineering, and the Chair of Department of Engineering and Physics at Southern Arkansas University. Dr. Bachri favorite activity with students is probing earth stratosphere via high altitude scientific ballooning. He has led students on a number of ballooning experiments funded by NASA and flew several payloads for various reasons, from measuring radiation and other atmospheric parameters at high altitude to flying spore-forming bacteria isolated from spacecraft assembly clean-rooms, to help understand the nature of extremophilic bacteria in the context of microbial life on Mars or other extreme environments.
Dr. Abdel Bachri enjoys teaching the following courses: Modern Physics, Physical Optics, Analytical Mechanics, Classical Electrodynamics, Advanced Physics Laboratory, and Radiobiology.
- “High-pressure xenon time projection Titanium chamber: a methodology for detecting background radiation in neutrinoless double-beta decay experiments” A. Bachri et al2017 Journal of Instrumentation JINST 12 T10004
- “The Vitamin E Analog Gamma-Tocotrienol (GT3) Suppresses Radiation-Induced Cytogenetic Damage”
Pathak, R., Bachri, A., Ghosh, S.P. et al. Pharmaceutical Research (2016) 33: 2117. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11095-016-1950-0