Dr. Nessar Ahmed holds the position of Reader in Clinical Biochemistry at the School of Healthcare Science, Manchester Metropolitan University. He is an Adjunct Professor of Biochemistry at the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi and Honorary Professor of Biochemistry at the Ziauddin Medical University in Karachi. He is also a Visiting Scientist at the King Fahad Medical Research Centre, King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Dr Ahmed holds a BSc (Hons) degree in Biomedical Science and a PhD in Medical Biochemistry. He received postdoctoral training as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Biochemistry, New York Medical College, USA and then as a Clinical Biochemist with the West Midlands Regional Health Authority and University of Birmingham in the UK. He has worked at the Warwick Hospital, University of Birmingham Wolfson Research Laboratories, City Hospital and Birmingham Heartlands Hospital.
Dr Ahmed is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science (FIBMS) and holds membership of the Biochemical Society, Association of Clinical Biochemistry, Diabetes UK, Diabetes and Obesity Research Network and the International Maillard Reaction Society, USA. He has been awarded Chartered Scientist (CSci) status by the UK Science Council in recognition of his achievements in biomedical science.
Dr Ahmed was awarded the Young Investigators Award in 2003 by the World Association for Societies in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. In 2004, he received the Exemplary Research Award by the Research Institute of Health and Social Change at the Manchester Metropolitan University. He received the MMU Teaching Award for Best Supervisor by Manchester Metropolitan University Student’s Union in 2010.
Dr Ahmed heads a large research group with a major interest in the biochemistry underlying diabetic complications and the possible therapeutic potential of natural products. His research activities have generated over a million pounds of income most of which is external from charities, pharmaceutical industry and international governmental organisations. He has attracted major funding from the Nestle Foundation to conduct a study in Karachi investigating blood and hair lead and manganese levels in children with iron deficiency anaemia. Recently, he has attracted funding for over four million rupees from the Higher Education Commission in Pakistan to undertake a project in Karachi aimed at identifying new natural products with therapeutic potential for diabetic patients. He has supervised numerous research projects involving postdoctoral scientists, PhD students and examined up to PhD level for UK, Pakistani and overseas universities.
Dr Ahmed has published high quality papers in international journals and has been an invited speaker at conferences world-wide including Pakistan, Europe, USA, South Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Indeed, one of his papers published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice has been ranked Number 1 by ScienceDirect in their Top 25 Hottest Articles being the most frequently downloaded article for this journal in 2005. He is an author/editor of three highly regarded textbooks used world-wide on biomedical science programmes. These include Biology of Disease published in 2007 by Taylor and Francis Group and Clinical Biochemistry and Biomedical Science Practice both published in 2011 by the prestigious Oxford University Press. Dr Ahmed is on the editorial board for the Pakistan Journal of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Journal of the Bahria University Medical and Dental College and the International Journal of Nanomedicine and Nanoengineering. He has acted as a referee for over thirty different international journals. He has been invited to review grant applications for the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Diabetes UK, Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council, American Diabetes Association, Philip Morris External Research Grants, Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, Health Research Council of New Zealand and Czech Science Foundation.
Dr Ahmed is an international consultant providing advice on the development of biomedical science programmes at the Omdurman Ahlia University in Sudan. Dr Ahmed acted as a consultant for the Government of Pakistan under the TOKTEN Programme in 2001 (funded by the United Nations) where he has advised on the development of research at universities in Pakistan. He was invited again to act as a consultant for the Government of Pakistan under their scheme entitled Availing the Services of Expatriate Pakistani’s and Foreign Academicians for Science and Technology Organisations and Universities in 2003 (funded by the Pakistan Ministry of Science and Technology). Following these visits, Dr Ahmed has submitted reports aimed at improving research capacity and PhD education in Pakistan. This advice is based on his own experience of research assessment and quality assurance procedures used in the UK.