Research Grants


  1. Principal Investigator: Evaluation of mangrove plants growing in coastal region of Ras Al Khaimah for their phytomedicinal (antifungal) properties. American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) Seed Grant Program 2014-2015 Award, AED 10,000.00.
  2. Co-Investigator: Lipid content assessment for biodiesel production from mangrove’ fungi. American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) Seed Grant Program 2014-2015 Award, AED 10,000.00.
  3. Co-Investigator: Delineating DNA repair mechanisms and micro RNA regulation of cancer cells when treated with phytochemicals. American University of Ras Al Khaimah (AURAK) Seed Grant Program 2014-2015 Award, AED 10,000.00.


  1. Principal Investigator: Antifungal properties of the Cholistan desert (Bahawalpur) medicinal plants (Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Startup funds, Rs. 1.0 million (2007 – 2009).
  2. Principal Investigator: Molecular techniques in biological research, (The Higher Education Commission of Pakistan, Rs.351, 000/-) (2007 – 2008).
  3. Principal Investigator: Molecular Techniques in Biological Research, (The National Commission on Biotechnology of Pakistan, Rs.200, 000/-) (2007 – 2008).
  4. Principal Investigator: Effects of human immunodeficiency virus type I-induced oxidative stress on an in vitro blood-brain-barrier model, [11/1/2000 – 10/31/2004] Translational research award 20,000.00 from Department of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA.
  5. Principal Investigator: “Statins, cholesterol and HIV-1 neuropathogenesis”, [7/1/ 2002 – 6/30/2005] Atorvastatin Research Award: A focus on the sciences 2002. $50,000 from Pfizer Inc. USA.
  6. Principal Investigator: “Hypoglycemia effects on the in vitro blood-brain barrier”, [11/1/04 – 10/31/05] Research Enhancement Award ($5,000), Thomas Jefferson University, Dean’s Office.
  7. Co-Investigator: “Gene therapy of AIDS dementia”, [7/25/2001 – 5/31/2005] PI: Roger J. Pomerantz, [1R01NS044513-01, NIH/NINDS].
  8. Co-Investigator: “Alcohol’s effects on HIV-1 and the blood-brain barrier”, [9/1/2002 – 5/31/2005] PI: Roger J. Pomerantz, [1R21AA013849-01].
  9. Co-Investigator: “Effects of HIV-1 proteins on the blood-brain-barrier”, [9/21/2000 – 8/31/2005] PI: Roger J. Pomerantz, [RO1-NS41864-01].
  10. Principal Investigator: “Targeted vectors to block HIV-1 replication”, [2/15/00 -1/31/06] 1 R01 AI46149-02A1, NIH/NIAID.
  11. Principal Investigator: “Astrocytes and restricted HIV-1 replication”, [9/15/2005 – 8/31/2006] 1R01MH074375-01A1.
  12. Co-Investigator: “RNAi and HIV-1 infection of the CNS”, [3/17/2005 – 2/28/2006] PI: Zahida Parveen, [1R01MH074359-01].
  13. Co-Investigator: “Transmigration of HIV-1-infected cells in NeuroAIDS”, [12/20/2004-11/30/2006] PI: Kevin Jon Williams, [1 R21MH070279-01A1].
  14. Co-Investigator: “Osteopontin: A novel intrinsic islet protective gene”, [1/1/2005 -12/31/2007] PI: Hwyda Arafat, [American Diabetes Association Award].
  15. Principal Investigator: “Impact of glycemic variations on the transmigration of immune cells across the blood-brain barrier”, [7/1/2005 – 6/30/2007] Diabetes Trust Foundation Award