Dr Muhammad Hanif

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

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Biography

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

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

2011-2013, Assistant Professor, COMSATS Institute of Technology (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).

Distinctions/Honours

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

  • Associate Member – Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC), UK
  • Full Member  – Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry
  • Full Member – New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (NZIC)
  • Affiliate Investigator Maurice Wilkins Centre (MWC)

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 10, Room 1033
23 SYMONDS ST
AUCKLAND 1010
New Zealand

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