Distinguished National Professor / Director
Natural Product and Bioorganic Chemistry
International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences / Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research / H. E. J. Research Institute of Chemistry / University of Karachi.
Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary is a Professor of Natural Product and Bioorganic Chemistry at the ICCBS. He has, since 1990, been among the world leaders in the field of natural product chemistry, and has made pioneering contributions in the discovery of novel natural products. He has discovered many potent anti-epileptic, and anti-leishmanial compounds from indigenous medicinal plants that are under clinical trials. His studies to reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics represent seminal contributions in this important field. He leads the developing world’s finest research center of natural product chemistry (H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry) since 2002, and has trained hundreds of young researchers, especially women, from across the Afro-Asian region in natural product chemistry. He has established several research centers in Pakistan, and helped to setup research units in Africa, and South and Central Asia. His scientific and capacity building contributions have been recognized by prestigious national and international awards and honors, and fellowships of several academies of science. Prof. Choudhary has 1000 publications (Citations 13,000, h index 44) in the fields of organic and bioorganic chemistry, along with 60 international patents (46 US patents), 59 books and 40 chapters in books, published by major U.S. and European presses. On the basis of his researches, 73 students have been awarded Ph.D. degrees in various areas of natural product and bioorganic chemistry.