At IIB, we have a strong cross-disciplinary team of researchers and academics. The diversity of their backgrounds and current research interests allow us to work at different interfaces of biological sciences.
Meet the Team
Prof. Sohail Qureshi
Professor & Director
Dr Sohail Qureshi is Vice Chancellor at CECOS University, as well as Professor of Molecular Biology and Director at IIB. He has 25+ years of experience both in academia and industry in leading institutions including Glasgow, Imperial, Cambridge and Wisconsin-Madison. Dr Qureshi brings alot of energy and passion into the classroom and he strongly believes the next Abdus Salam is hidden in rural Pakistan.
Dr Faisal Khan
Assistant Professor, Founding Director
Dr Faisal Khan is an Assistant Professor and Founding Director at IIB. His group works in areas including systems biology, synthetic biology and bio-entrepreneurship. Dr Khan is super-passionate about the interface of biology with our industry. He holds a Masters and a Doctorate from the University of Oxford, where he also went to the Saïd Business School. Dr Khan advises the government on several boards.
Dr. Akhtar Nadhman
Assistant Professor & Chairman, Dept. of Biotechnology
Dr Akhtar Nadhman is Assistant Professor of Nanobiotechnology. His research group focuses on applications of nanotechnology in areas including infectious diseases, cancer therapeutics and the environment. Prior to IIB, Dr Nadhman was in the Khademhosseini Lab at MIT and Harvard. Dr Nadhman is also our Masters Programme Coordinator.
Dr Zia Ullah Shah
Assistant Professor & Chairman, Dept. of Allied Health Sciences
Zia Ullah Shah did his PhD in Microbial Biotechnology from Quaid-I-Azam University Islamabad. His research focuses on microbial biotransformation of synthetic polymers. He taught Pharmacy at Riphah Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences from 2007 to 2013. He has also been part of Institute of Biological Sciences, Sarhad University for 6 years. His recent research interests focus on the production of microbial enzymes for treatment of solid waste to produce value added products.
Lecturer & Academic Coordinator
Humaira Akhtar is Lecturer and the Academic Coordinator. Apart from teaching, she streamlines all academic and examination processes within the department and makes sure everything flows seamlessly all year along. Humaira has an MPhil from the University of Agriculture, Peshawar.
Sulaiman Faisal is Senior Lecturer at IIB. He has 10 years of research experience at the University of Heidelberg and Imperial College London where he worked on resistance pathways in Arabidopsis and the role of microtubule dynamics in axon steering.
Muhammad Adil Salim
Adil Salim is a Lecturer at IIB. His MPhil research was in the area of protein interaction networks of the Dengue Virus. Adil earned his MPhil and BS from the University of Peshawar and has also remained a global undergraduate exchange student at Shawnee State University.
Khansa Ahsan is a Lecturer and teaches microbiology at IIB. She holds an MPhil from Quaid-i-Azam University, where her research focused on Manganese oxidation by bacterial isolates. Khansa loves reading, watching wildlife documentaries and is also very passionate about arts and craft.
Asif Ali Shah
Asif Shah is a Lecturer at IIB where he teaches structures and metabolism of biomolecules. During his undergrad, Asif was an Erasmus Mundus Scholar For Science and Research at University College Dublin, Ireland. Prior to IIB, Asif was a cofounder at Robohealth, Asif is a fan of the science fiction show ‘West World’.
Osaama Bin Shahzad
Osaama Shehzad graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. Osaama has focused on analyzing microbiome diversity in biofilms using Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies and bioinformatics pipelines. Osaama has also developed android and iOS applications to complement classroom learning for biology curricula, and currently his research focuses on protein modeling.
Lab Instructor & Exam Coordinator
Nadeem is Lab Instructor and Exam Coordinator at IIB. Nadeem has an M.Phil in Biotechnology from Quaid-I-Azam University, Islamabad where his research focused on Nano-particle interactions and signalling in plant cells. Nadeem loves music, playing cricket and hiking.
STEM Outreach Coordinator
Adnan is the STEM Outreach and Education Lead at IIB. He passionately works towards taking the science at IIB to schools and colleges across the province. Adnan has spent 10+ years in the Education sector and has worked at British Council. When free, Adnan likes sketching and socialising with friends and family.
Support Services Manager
Asad is Support Services Manager at IIB and multi-tasks most of the Institute’s IT, finance, departmental administration and accounting demands. He holds a BBA (Hons) in Finance and an MS in Project Management and has 10 years of experience working for multi-national and international firms.
Research Assistant & Communications Intern
Muhammad Ismail is a Research Assistant and Communications Intern at IIB. He is a veteran from iGEM Peshawar 2016 – Pakistan’s first ever iGEM team and instructed the iGEM Peshawar 2017 team. Ismail aspires to solve and revolutionise the way we deal with real world problems with biotechnology. He also maintains all of IIB’s digital and social media presence, along with helping organise workshops and trainings. Ismail is very passionate about travel, adventure and meeting new people. When he is home, he spends his days off swimming and diving off the coast of Karachi.