Human Resources

Prof. Dr. Talat Mirza

MBBS, M.Phil., Ph.D.
Executive Director Research &  Meritorious Professor

Prof. Dr. Talat Mirza is a leading Scientist and Histopathologist in Pakistan with extensive research experience along with teaching and training of postgraduate medical students leading to Masters and PhD in Pathology and in varied subject areas like Anatomy, Radiology, ENT Surgery, Oral Medicine and Pathology etc. She has more than 12 Masters and 6 PhDs at her credit with more registered presently for the same. She is a Dow University graduate and retired from there as Meritorious Professor of Pathology after serving in several commanding positions of Dean Basic Sciences, Director Institute of Postgraduates studies, Director Dow College of Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences. After retirement from Govt. job in the highest grade BPS-22, she joined as the Dean of Research at Ziauddin University where she is extensively involved in the research activities of faculty and postgraduate students at large. Presently she is working as Executive Director Research at Ziauddin University.

Her major areas of research interest have remained molecular oncogenetic mechanisms in different tumors with extended interest in Cancer Registration System. Tumor Pathology with a specific probe through the advanced molecular genetic techniques has been explored so far with curative prognostic and rehabilitation perspectives. She has more than 90 National and International Publications to her credit and with attendance as well as speaker/organizer of more than 135 workshops, seminars, conferences etc.

Dr. Rehan Ahmed 

BS.MT, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor & Incharge MDRL-2 

Dr. Rehan’s current research projects involve discovering novel natural and synthetic compounds in in vivo models of rhabdomyolysis-induced acute kidney injury, cisplatin-induced acute kidney injury and CCl4-induced hepatic damage. A variety of in vivo assays are employed to elucidate the mechanism(s) of action of the compounds. The study deals with the histological and molecular change(s) of liver and kidneys that occur in diseased mice and whether these changes can be prevented by different natural products. He is also working on histomorphometry of human placenta and umbilical arteries and morphological changes in benign and malignant breast tissue using high resolution eosin fluorescence and immuno-histochemical techniques. 

Dr. Shumaila Usman

BS., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Incharge Cell Culture Facility

Dr. Shumaila Usman is a Biochemistry graduate from Department of Biochemistry, University of Karachi. She completed her Ph.D in Molecular Medicine from Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine & Drug Research in 2017. Her research interests involve molecular mechanisms that are involved in differentiation induction of stem cells and mature cell types. She is particularly interested in the analysis of differentiation potential of umbilical cord and amniotic epithelial stem cells into hepatocytes for the treatment of hepatic disorders. In addition, she also uses preconditioning strategies by chemical and genetic modifications including hypoxia and reoxygenation, over-expression of transcription factors in stem cells to enhance their regeneration potential into various cell types.

 

Dr. Ambrina Khatoon

B.Sc. (Hons.) M.Sc., Ph.D. (Biotechnology)
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. Coordinator

Dr. Ambrina Khatoon graduated from the Department of Biotechnology, University of Karachi in 2007 and completed her PhD in Biotechnology from The Karachi Institute of Biotechnology; Genetic Engineering (KIBGE), University of Karachi in 2013. She held postdoctoral research and teaching experience at SIUT, NEDUET, DIHE and ICCBS. She has been worked at Jamil-ur-Rahman Center for Genome Research (JRCGR), PCMD, ICCBS, where she established microbial genomics lab. Dr. Khatoon is best known for bacterial pathogenesis and resistance. Using Sanger’s sequencing and Whole Genome Sequencing her group has identified numerous genes of Staphylococcus aureus and Salmonella enterica that are required for virulence. Her research group is currently working on drug targets identification and reverse vaccinology approach.

 

Dr. Rehan Imad

BS.MT, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor &
In charge MDRL-1

Dr. Rehan Imad has completed his BS in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from SIUT, and Ph.D in Molecular Medicine from Dr. Panwjani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug research, University of Karachi in 2019. His research interests include elucidation of molecular mechanism of diseases by employing various molecular techniques. In addition, he is also interested in studying the molecular mechanism of cell death induced by anti-cancerous compounds in various cancer cell lines. Currently he is working on anti-inflammatory effects of synthetic compounds in primary neuronal culture of rats. Furthermore, he is also working on gene and protein expression of potent disease biomarkers in oral submucous fibrosis and periodontitis.

 

 

Dr. Abdul Hameed

B.S., PH.D. Molecular Medicine (K.U),
POST-DOC (JAPAN)

Dr. Abdul Hameed did Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine from Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research (PCMD). He did Post-doctorate from the Department of Molecular Medicine, IMCR, Gunma University, Japan. Currently, he is working on Pathophysiology of diabetes by exploring the mechanism(s) of new anti-diabetic drug candidates on the key players of important signaling cascades e.g., cAMP/PKA, PLC/PKC MEK/ ERK½, AKAPs, and NTPDase3, for the hormonal regulation using cellular, molecular, and genetic approaches. He has pioneering contribution in establishing islets of Langerhans isolation and β-cell biological setup at PCMD, ICCBS. He has 23 research publication in the international well-reputed journals with Impact Factor of 87.76. In recognition of his scientific contributions, he has been honored the AASD Investigator Award for 2019 by AASD/JDS in Japan. He has also been honored the Excellent Award for his outstanding scientific work by Japan Endocrine Society in Japan.

 

 

Dr. Yamna Khurshid

B.Sc. (Hons.), M.Sc., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Dr. Yamna Khurshid earned her Ph.D. degree in Molecular Medicine from the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) at the University of Karachi in 2020. She joined Chapman University School of Pharmacy California, the USA in 2017 as a Predoctoral Fellow, where she worked on molecular characterization and anticancer activity of novel peptides/proteins from medicinal plants. Her research interests include peptides/proteins-based drug discovery, elucidation of their molecular mechanism and applying mass spectrometry-based short gun proteomics to get deep insight into the diseases. She has received numerous awards and honors such as outstanding research poster awards at the ABRF Annual Meeting (USA, 2020), Rinker Health and Science Research Conference (USA, 2018), and Chapman University School of Pharmacy Research Day (USA, 2018). In 2019 Dr. Khurshid was awarded a highly competitive and prestigious Boehringer Ingelheim Fonds travel award to attend a flow cytometry course at EMBL, Heidelberg. Recently she received Giersch Conference Summer School Fellowship (Germany, 2021).

Iqra Rehman

Biostatistician
B.Sc, M.Sc Statistics, M.Phil trainee (Biostatistics)

 

Ms. Iqra Rehman is experienced with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry. Skilled in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, Data Analysis, Visual Foxpro, SPSS and Management Information System. Strong administrative professional with a Master’s degree focused in Statistics and currently enrolled for M.Phil. program in Statistics. She has recently joined Ziauddin university as Biostatistician in Research department. She is actively involved in Biostatistical evaluation of the projects submitted in Guidance Examination Committee (GEC) and Clinical Research Committee (CRC). Furthermore, there is important involvement in the internship program for teaching Biostatistics to internees under supervision. She contributes for reviewing the articles with verification of statistical parts for Pakistan Journal of Medicine & Dentistry (PJMD). She has proficiency in research methodology for research software SPSS, R, MedCalc. She provides complete statistical consultation and data analysis to post graduate candidate thesis program at ZU which includes FCPS, MS/MD, MPhils and PhDs. Moreover, she also caters the faculty for their scientific publications. Her major skills include synopsis/dissertation and research projects, reviews for sample size calculation, data management with presentation, descriptive/inferential data analysis and final interpretations.

 

 

Staff Members

Mr. Moazzam Ali Shahid

M.Sc, M.Phil, Ph.D (Scholar)
Research Officer

Mr. Moazzam Ali Shahid has completed his M.Phil in Biochemistry from Ziauddin University, Karachi, and now he is enrolled in Ph.D.( Biochemistry) in Ziauddin university. His experience is more than 13 years in teaching and research techniques. He is skilled in various Research techniques for example PCR, HPLC, ELISA, Powerlab, spectrophotometric technique and electrophoresis. His area of research is Diabetes and Molecular biology.

 

 

 

Ms. Saadia Farrukh

Ph.D Student (Biochemistry)
Managing Editor PJMD

Ms. Sadia farrukh has completed Masters in Biochemistry from University of the Punjab and MPhil in Biochemistry from Ziauddin University in 2019. She is currently a PHD scholar in Biochemistry from Ziauddin University and also as managing editor of ziauddin journal, PJMD. She is a skilled professional with experience in journal editorship.

 

 

 

Ms.Syeda Memona

Assistant Editor PJMD
B.Sc (Hons), M.SC (Biochemistry)

Ms. Memuna Syed Bukhari has done her B.Sc. (Hons.) and M.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Karachi. Currently, she is working as an ‘Assistant Editor’ for the Pakistan Journal of Medicine and Dentistry (PJMD). Besides, her background includes 5 years of publication and editorial management experience at Bentham Science Publishers. Her job is to develop and implement editorial standards and work closely with PJMD Editorial management and other departments like marketing, designing, and IT.

 

 

 

 

Ms. Saba Farooq

Assistant Manager
B.Com, B.ed. M.A Economics, M.Ed

Ms. Saba Farooq is working as an Assistant Manager in the Research Department. She earned Master’s degree in Economics and Education. She act as the point of contact for all FHS PhD. /MPhil faculty and students, providing administrative support and managing their queries. Her main duties include managing PhD/M.Phil Record, preparing regular reports and organizing Office record, maintain policies, procedures, lecture plans and managing attendance as well. She also assisting students in academic and financial matters. She also works as an organizer of workshops and conferences and play a pivotal role in internal audit with QEC team. She is also a part of Guidance and Examination Committee. Moreover, she involves with ORIC in different operational and administrative activities.