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Dr Sumaira Ashraf PhD

Marie Curie Fellow Biochemistry


Personal Statement

I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan where I was studying in the Institute of Chemistry. My PhD is from the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan with one year split research work in Philipps University of Marburg, Germany. The research was focused on the synthesis and self-assembly of metal nanoparticles/nanomaterials to fabricate nanostructures using various templates for a variety of applications especially in the field of bio-medicines and electronics.

After the completion of my PhD, I was appointed as Assistant professor in the Department of Metallurgy and Materials Engineering at the Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Nilore, Islamabad, Pakistan, where I had served for almost one year. After this, I undertook a postdoctoral position (Alexander von Humboldt fellowship) in the Biophotonics group at Philipps University of Marburg, Germany, working with Prof. Dr Wolfgang J Parak. My postdoctoral project was related to the synthesis of polyelectrolyte micro-capsules and checking the interaction of a variety of nano/micro materials with cell lines.

I joined the University of Liverpool to undertake a Marie Curie Fellowship in collaboration with Dr Raphaël Lévy. My project will investigate the development of multimodal preclinical imaging probes to evaluate the safety and efficacy of regenerative medicine therapies.

Funded Fellowships

  • Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (European Commission, 2016)
  • Humboldt Research Fellowship (Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, 2014)