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Muhammad Shah Mukhtar

Muhammad Shah Mukhtar

American University of Ras Al Khaimah


Muhammad Mukhtar is Professor in the Department of Biotechnology and Chairman of the Department. Prior to his arrival at AURAK he was serving as Vice Chancellor/Professor of three Universities in Pakistan concomitantly a unique honor for any academic leader. Dr. Mukhtar received his Master and M.Phil in the field of Biochemistry from Pakistan and PhD in biosciences from the Drexel University of Philadelphia, USA. He served at various academic/administrative positions in the USA on an outstanding scientist (O-1) visa. Professor Mukhtar laboratory developed an in-vitro model of human blood-brain barrier to study viral neuropathogenesis, and with Dr. Mukhtar as Principal or Co-Investigator, has received several awards from organizations including American Diabetes Association, American Society for Microbiology, Diabetes Trust Foundation, US National Institutes of Health, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Furthermore, human blood brain barrier developed in his laboratory is extensively used to understand ferrying of viruses into the brain and finding cures for neurological ailments.

Research Interest

Dr. Mukhtar holds specialized Certificates in Research Management, Public Health, and Bioinformatics. Committed to the role of technology in biomedical research, he serves as managing editor of Frontiers in Bioscience and is on the editorial board of several research journals. He serves as a role model of a fine researcher, scientist, teacher and administrator for young committed professionals aspiring to excel in their practical life. He has several research publications, including peer-reviewed research, review articles, invited articles, book chapters, commissioned articles and critiques to his credit. Dr. Mukhtar foresee AURAK as hub of science and technology in the Gulf region. He believes in team efforts and striving to develop this department as leader in biotechnology education and translational research in the days ahead.