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
Dr Faisal Khan
Director & Assistant Professor
Dr Faisal Khan is the Director and an Assistant Professor. 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 Sohail Qureshi is Professor of Molecular Biology 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. Akhtar Nadhman
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 Abid Ali Khan
Dr Abid Ali Khan is Assistant Professor of Biochemistry. His doctoral work has focused on fungal secondary metabolites and their therapeutic applications which also took him work with Prof Russel Cox at the School of Chemistry, University of Bristol. Dr Khan’s research interests also included the synthesis of inorganic compounds and nanostructures.
Amjad Ali (On Leave)
Dr Amjad Ali is Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology. His postdoctoral studies have taken him from China to Brussels and most recently Toronto where he won a grant to work on novel metal complexes to treat different tumours at the Toronto General Hospital Research Institute. His areas of interest include mechanics of cancer progression, cancer cell signalling, immunology and stem cell biology.
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
Undergraduate Research Coordinator
Adil Salim is a Lecturer and the Undergraduate Research Coordinator. 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.
Abida Zulfiqar is a Lecturer and Research Associate at IIB. She is a passionate teacher and also keenly interested in promoting STEM to inspire the next generation of innovators and scientists. Abida earned her MPhil from NUST where she worked in the area of molecular immunology.
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.
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 new science fiction show ‘West World’.
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.
Jawad is the Communications Lead at IIB. A marketier by profession and a filmmaker by passion Jawad is keen on using his skills to take biotechnology skills to the next level. He has studied International Business and Marketing at NUST. Jawad is a big fan of House and alternative rock in music and claims to be the only filmmaker in Pakistan who colour corrects videos and pictures while being colourblind.
Muhammad Ismail is a Research Assistant in Dr Faisal Khan’s group. He is a veteran from iGEM Peshawar 2016 – Pakistan’s first ever iGEM team and is now the instructor with the iGEM Peshawar 2017 team. He aspires to solve and revolutionise the way we deal with real world problems with the help of synthetic biology. 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.
Sarah is a Research Assistant in Dr Faisal Khan’s group. Her intense passion in Arts and her love for Biology makes her a BioArtist. She believes that architects, artists and biotechnologist together can have a greater impact on the world’s technology, lifestyle and economy. When outside lab, she practices Archery and Karate or works to improve her Art business. She is an iGEM’16 alum, and an iGEM’17 instructor and holds a BS in Biotechnology.