Dr. Syed Salman Ashraf
Prof. syed salman ashraf Professor Department Chair Biological Sciences

Contact Information
syed.ashraf@ku.ac.ae +971 2 312 4118


Professor Ashraf got his BS in Biochemistry from Iowa State University in 1988 and then an MS from the same university in 1991, and finally a doctorate from North Carolina State University in 1999. He has worked in biotech companies in North America for over 6 years in the areas of drug discovery and applied biotechnology. Additionally, he has over 19 years of experience in academia as a faculty member teaching Chemistry and Biochemistry courses, as well as establishing a vibrant and independent research program. His current research interests are in the areas of environmental remediation, applied biotechnology, enzyme engineering, as well as protein structure and function. He has strong research interests in exploiting novel bacterial isolates as well as oxidoreductase enzymes for environmental remediation. His lab has developed sensitive LC-MSMS-based assays to detect and identify various organic pollutants and their transformation products. Additionally, his group works on creating novel biocomposites by immobilizing various peroxidases on various porous supports. He has also spearheaded the creation of the undergraduate program in Cell & Molecular Biology as well as MSc and PhD programs in Molecular Life Sciences. Dr. Ashraf has over 120 publications and holds 4 US patents. He is currently a professor and Chair of Biological Sciences at Khalifa University, having previously served as an Associate Dean for Postgraduate Studies..

  • BSc in Biochemistry (Iowa State University)
  • MSc in Biochemistry and Biophysics (Iowa State University)
  • PhD in Biochemistry (North Carolina State University)

  • Biochemistry
  • General Chemistry

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Affiliated Centers, Groups & Labs

Research Interests
  • Wastewater remediation using enzymatic and microbial approaches
  • Enzyme engineering and protein structure and function
  • Applied biotechnology

Research Staff and Graduate Students:

Dr. Khadije Ahmed Amin Postdoctoral Fellow
Ashfaq Ahmed Postdoctoral Fellow
Nada Alhaati MSc (Applied Chemistry)
Aya Ayman Nasser MSc (Applied Chemistry)
Aryam Alkaabi PhD Molecular Life Sciences
Sumayya Al Ali PhD Molecular Life Sciences