Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar PhD is serving in the Department of Biotechnology as Professor of Biotechnology and Chairman of the Department at the American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK), United Arab Emirates. Prior to his arrival at AURAK he served as Vice Chancellor/Professor of three Universities in Pakistan concomitantly; a unique honor for any academic leader. Through his judicious academic leadership and innovative governance he converted a regional university in Pakistan into one of the top ranked in the country. Dr. Mukhtar received his Master and MPhil in the field of biochemistry from Pakistan and his PhD in biosciences from the Drexel University of Philadelphia, USA, and also completed a Graduate Certificate in Research Management from Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia, USA. He served at various academic/administrative positions in the USA on an outstanding scientist (O-1) visa.
Professor Mukhtar is an avid researcher also. His 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. His work on the potentials of cholesterol depleting drugs statins to inhibit transmission of virally infected cells¬ is in Phase IV clinical trials to make use of old invention for new indications. Human blood brain barrier model developed in his laboratory is extensively used to understand ferrying of viruses into the brain and finding cures for neurological ailments. Dr. Mukhtar holds specialized Certificates in Public Health, and Bioinformatics. Committed to the role of technology in biomedical research, he serves as consulting editor of Neurobehavioral HIV Medicine, an international journal, managing editor of Frontiers in Biosciene, and is on the editorial board of several research journals.
Overview of viral infections in brain; Cellular and molecular aspects of viral neuropathogenesis; Cells involved in viral infections of brain; Cells involved in viral transfer to brain; Cellular receptors involved in traversing viruses into the brain; Molecular markers of viral mediated neurodegeneration; Blood-brain barrier and viral infections; Emerging viruses and brain disorders; Harnessing neurotrophic nature of viruses.