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Dr. Rumeza Hanif
Assistant Professor
Healthcare Biotechnology

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences
Tel : +92 51 9085 6155

Biochemistry (Cancer Genetics & Biometal Transport)

PhD (Biochemistry, University College London, UK)

Rumeza has joined National University of Science and Technology in 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry. She received her M.Sc. degree in Agricultural Chemistry from Agricultural University Peshawar in 2007. Then she moved to London for her PhD studies in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology after an award of overseas scholarship from Higher Education Commission, Pakistan. The focus of Ph.D. project at University College London (2007-2012) was on understanding the molecular mechanism of regulation of iron transport across placenta.  The influence of various plasma factors were quantified which alter as a result of iron deficiency, hypoxia, pregnancy and increased erythropoiesis and control intestinal iron absorption and cellular iron levels. The other objective was to determine the effect of varying iron levels on iron transporters. The regulatory mechanism helped us to understand hereditary haemochromatosis and thalassaemia.
Current areas of research interests are:
•    Identification of novel mutations in ß-thalassemia
•    Reproductive and developmental toxicity of Bisphenol A
•    Epigenetic alterations in ultraviolet-induced carcinogenesis
Balesaria S, Salama M, Hanif R, Hundley F, McArdle H, Srai K. Regulation of iron transporters and regulatory proteins in developing wild type (HFE+/+) and knockout (HFE-/-) neonate mice. American Journal of Hematology 2013; 88(5):E199-E200

Balesaria S, Hanif R, Salama M, Raja K, Bayele HK, McArdle H, and Srai SK. Fetal iron levels are regulated by maternal and fetal Hfe genotype and dietary iron. Haematologica. 2012; 97(5):661-669

Surjit KS, Chung B, Marks J, Pourvali K, Solanky N, Rapisarda C, Chaton TB, Hanif R, Unwin RJ, Debnam ES, Sharp PA. Erythropoietin regulates intestinal iron absorption in a rat model of chronic renal failure. Kidney International 2010; 78, 660-667

Hanif R, Iqbal Z, Iqbal M, Hanif S and Rasheed M. Use of Vegetables as Nutritional Food: Role in Human Health. J. Agri. and Biol. Sci. 2006. 1(1) 18-22.