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Dr. Shah Rukh Abbas
Assistant Professor
Industrial Biotechnology

ASAB
National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
H-12 Sector Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel : +92 51 9085 6125

Specialization
Nano and micro-particles and bubbles as Ultrasound contrast agents for diagnostic imaging and therapeutic applications. Biomaterials and natural polymers, Biosensors, targeted microbubbles with proteins.

Education
BS (Hons.) in Biotechnology, University of Peshawar (UOP), Peshawar, Pakistan.  PhD in Biotechnology, Aug 2014, University of Cambridge, UK.

I joined ASAB as Assistant Prof. in Sept, 2014 after finishing my PhD degree from University of Cambridge, UK. I have been working on synthesising nano and micro scale particles and bubbles and investigating their potential to be used as Ultrasound contrast agents (USCAs) for diagnostic and drug delivery applications. I have expertise in formulating microbubbles using multiple techniques such as layer by layer and dispersion polymerisation on sacrificial core template to make its shell from different natural polymers. Microbubbles as USCAs has the potential to be used as targeted and non-targeted imaging agent for molecular diagnostic and therapeutic applications. I have also worked on making microbubbles targeted with protein of interests using a small peptide of natural origin ‘R5-silaffin’ peptide as a linker. This provides a unique and simple way of making the template targeted with the proteins using simple molecular techniques.
Biosensors, Ultrasound contrast agents for molecular diagnostics and therapeutics, Drug delivery, Nano and micro scale particles and bubbles from different biocompatible and/or biodegradable polymers and hydrogels, Biomaterials, Nanotechnology.
Biotechnology (UG-3 credit hour)