Dr Muhammad Hanif

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

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Senior Research Fellow


2019-present, Senior Research Fellow, the University of Auckland (New Zealand)

2015-2019, Research Fellow, the University of Auckland (New Zealand)

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

2011-2013, Assistant Professor, COMSATS University Islamabad (Pakistan)

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

Research | Current

My research interests are in synthetic inorganic chemistry at the interface with biology and medicine. The particular focus is on the design and development of metal complexes as anticancer agents and for catalysis in cells. These projects encompass a variety of metal ions as well as numerous carefully designed ligand systems. Moreover, a vast panoply of biophysical techniques and cellular analyses is used for a thorough understanding of their reactivity and modes of action.

Teaching | Current

TFC CHEM 91F Foundation Chemistry 1 - Semester One 2019

CHEM 735 Advanced Medicinal Chemistry - Semester One 2019



2019 Sir Charles Hercus Fellowship of the Health Research Council of New Zealand

2019 CLeaR Academic Development Bursary, the University of Auckland

2019 Contributed to the ChemComm-Emerging Investigators Issue

2013 Research Productivity Award by Pakistan Council of Sciences and Technology

2012 Erwin Schrödinger Fellowship of the Austrian Science Fund

2012  Outstanding Research Award for the best paper by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan

2010 Distinction in PhD, University of Vienna

2006 Doctoral Scholarship by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan

Areas of expertise

Medicinal Bioinorganic Chemistry, Coordination Chemistry, Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry and Organometallic Chemistry

Committees/Professional groups/Services

  • Member – Royal Society of Chemistry UK
  • Member  – Society of Biological Inorganic Chemistry
  • Member – New Zealand Institute of Chemistry
  • Affiliate Investigator – Maurice Wilkins Centre
  • Guest Associate Editor – Frontiers in Chemistry (Inorganic Section) 
  • Editorial Board Member – Frontiers in Chemistry (Inorganic Section) 
  • Editorial Board Member – Biomedicines
  • Editorial Board Member – Advances in Chemical Research

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

Contact details

Primary office location

SCIENCE CENTRE 302 - Bldg 302
Level 10, Room 1033
New Zealand

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