Syed Salman Ashraf

Syed Salman Ashraf

Syed Salman Ashraf


Department of Chemistry

PO Box 127788, Abu Dhabi, UAE

+971 (0)2 501 8483



Salman received his BS (1988) and MS (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.

  • 1988 BS in Biochemistry  Iowa State University
  • 1991 MS in Biochemistry  Iowa State University
  • 1999 PhD in Biochemistry  North Carolina State University
  • General Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Toxicology

I have a strong interest in applied biochemistry and protecting our environment and so my laboratory deals with finding novel and effective biotechnological approaches for remediation of environmental (organic) pollutants in wastewater. In this regard, we have been using various aspects of ‘Advanced Oxidation Processes’ (AOP) as well as enzyme and microbial approaches to degrade various classes of organic pollutants. In addition to assessing the effectiveness of various remediation approaches, we have been using various analytical approaches (HPLC, LC/MS, and GC/MS) to study mechanistic pathways how these organic pollutants are broken down. Additionally, we have successfully isolated novel bacterial strains that can efficiently degrade various classes of these organic model compounds. More recently, we are focused on using molecular biology approaches to genetically engineer new types of peroxidases and immobilize them on novel surfaces for effective bioremediation.


Keywords: Applied Biotechnology, Environmental biochemistry, Enzyme engineering, Protein folding/structure & function, Natural products, Cancer biology, Effective Pedagogy

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