Having completed the majority of her education in France with gaps filled in Lebanon, Zein then went on to complete her undergraduate degree in Medical Materials at Queen Mary, University of London. This is where she developed a passion for this topic leading her to pursue Biomaterials research in Cambridge.
Zein completed her MPhil by Research in CCMM working on a European project concerned with the development of a novel polymeric bioresorbable stent with drug eluting properties for the treatment of coronary disease. She has investigated various combinations of polymer blends in an attempt to merge interesting properties found in each of the individual polymers used. These could then potentially make up the base material for the stent.
As of this year, her PhD project focuses on the degradation profiles of homopolymers and copolymers of natural Polyhydroxyalkanoates and synthetic PLLA derivatives, which are amongst those materials shortlisted for the stent scaffold in the European project. The future scope is to incorporate a drug delivery mechanism into their matrix.