Dr Muhammad Hanif

Dr. rer. nat. (PhD, 2010) from the University of Vienna, Austria

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Research Fellow


2015-present, Research Fellow, University of Auckland (New Zealand

2013–2015, Erwin Schrödinger Fellow, University of Auckland (New Zealand)

2011-2013, Assistant Professor, COMSATS University of Islambad (Pakistan)

2007-2010, Research Assistant, University of Vienna (Austria)

Research | Current

My research interests are focused on coordination chemistry, bioinorganic chemistry and chemical biology; utilising an interdisciplinary approach for the design and development of metallodrugs. These projects encompass a variety of metal ions as well as numerous ligand systems. Moreover, wide panoply of bioanalytical techniques and methods is used for thorough understanding of their cellular modes of action. I have been very active in the area of medicinal bioinorganic chemistry, developing compounds that can target cancer cells effectively. For example, I contributed successfully in the designed of anticancer-active organometallic complexes appended with carbohydrate moieties as drug delivery vehicles (e.g. Chemistry – A European Journal 2008)  and I was also the first to develop a strategy to enhance the selective accumulation of organometallic anticancer agents in tumour tissues by using endogenous proteins as drug delivery vectors (Chemical Communications 2012).


2012 Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund

2010 Distinction in PhD


Areas of expertise

Biological Inorganic Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry, Design and Development of Anticancer Agents

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member – Royal Society of Chemistry UK
  • Full Member  – Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry
  • Full Member – New Zealand Institute of Chemistry
  • Affiliate Investigator Maurice Wilkins Centre

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
New Zealand

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