JB Jawabrah Al Hourani

Job Title

  • Associate Professor of Chemistry
    Chemistry, College of Arts and Sciences


JB (Baker Jawabrah Al Hourani) is an Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry in the Chemistry Department.

Started at Bethel



  • University of Jordan - B.S. in Chemistry, 1993
  • Mu'tah University - M.S. in Chemistry, 1999
  • Chemnitz University of Technology - Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, 2005


JB grew up in a Christian family in Jordan. After completing his M.Sc. in Chemistry in Jordan, he spent 5 years in Germany where he obtained his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 2005. Later, during his 4.5 years of postdoctoral research in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, JB began his research in drug design, synthesis and discovery, specifically as it relates to cancer treatment, which he has continued. JB met his wife Erica, after he returned to teach at the American University of Madaba in Jordan, where she was serving at a local Jordanian church. They have four lively children who delight in conducting their own “experiments” and turning their home into a laboratory. Besides JB’s research in medicinal chemistry, he also loves using his organic chemistry skills in the kitchen making hummus, falafel, yogurt, kefir cheese, and mansef (a yogurt and lamb dish served over rice).