Dr. Syed Salman Ashraf
Dr. Syed Salman Ashraf Professor & Acting Department Chair, Biology
Teaching Areas
Research Interests

Professor & Acting Chair, Department of Biology

Dr. Salman received his BSc (1988) and MSc (1991) in Biochemistry from Iowa State University and a doctorate from North Carolina State University in 1999. He has worked in biotech companies in Toronto (Canada) and North Carolina (US) for over 6 years in the areas of drug discovery, molecular biology and protein purification, as well as high-throughput screening. He also has over 15 years of experience in academia as a research-active faculty member in the area of chemistry and biochemistry. Prior to joining Khalifa University, he was a Professor of Biochemistry at UAE University in Al Ain.

His current research interests are in the areas of environmental remediation, applied biotechnology, and protein structure and function. He has strong research interests in exploiting novel bacterial isolates as well as peroxidase enzymes for the degradation and detoxification of emerging environmental pollutants. He also has a long-standing interest in exploring effective pedagogical approaches that incorporate some elements of his research into teaching of classes and labs. He has been an editorial board member of Wiley’s Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education since 2013.

  • PhD, Biochemistry, North Carolina State University, 1999
  • MSc, Biochemistry, Iowa State University (USA), 1991
  • BSc, Biochemistry, Iowa State University (USA), 1988
Teaching Areas
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Toxicology
Research Interests
  • Applied biiotechnology
  • Environmental biochemistry
  • Enzyme engineering
  • Protein folding/structure & function
  • Natural products
  • Cancer biology
  • Effective pedagogy