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Safwan Akram

01642 738102
Job title:
Research Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Biologics & Process Engineering Simulation
School of Science, Engineering & Design
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Science, Engineering and Design research

About Safwan Akram

Safwan Akram

Safwan Akram
Research Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Biologics & Process Engineering Simulation, School of Science, Engineering & Design
T: 01642 738102
Research: Science, Engineering and Design research

Dr. M. Safwan Akram is a Senior Lecturer in Biological & Process Engineering in the School of Science and Engineering. He has previously worked as an Assistant Professor at University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Safwan obtained his PhD in Analytical Biotechnology from the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge where he also completed a post-doc developing low cost diagnostics. Prior to that he completed his M.Phil in Bioscience Enterprise under the auspices of Cambridge/MIT Partnership.

His work has been published in reputed journals like Nature Biotechnology, Lab on a Chip and Annual Reviews of Analytical Chemistry. He has been awarded a MedImmune Award and Cambridge Sens Innovative Idea award for research excellence. He provides consultancy to venture capital funds, biotech and pharma companies. During his academic career, he has taught courses like Protein Design and Engineering, Recombinant DNA Technology and Stem Cells, Biosensors, Technology Enterprise and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology.

Research interests

1) Biomimetics for sensors and fermentation applications

2) Bioactive scaffolds for Tissue Engineering

3) Engineering Blood Vessels

4) Designing therapeutic proteins to fight unwanted calcification in the human body

5) Relationship between Inclusion Bodies and cell viability

6) Polymorphism in amyloid proteins

7) Start up valuations of Biotech businesses

Safwan’s lab is looking for PhD students for the above-mentioned projects. If interested e-mail him directly.

Enterprise interests

Dr. M. Safwan Akram has been involved with a start-up “YourBug” and a pharma company named “Renacon Pharma”. He is always on a look out for projects worth commercialising and making a difference to society.


1) Sarfraz, M., Sultana, N., Rashid, U., Akram, M.S., Sadiq, A. and Tariq, M.I., 2017. Synthesis, biological evaluation and docking studies of 2, 3-dihydroquinazolin-4 (1H)-one derivatives as inhibitors of cholinesterases. Bioorganic Chemistry.

2) Yasmeen, S., Sumrra, S.H., Akram, M.S. and Chohan, Z.H., 2016. Antimicrobial metal-based thiophene derived compounds. Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry, pp.1-7.
3) Amjad, M.; Sumrra, S. H.; Akram, M. S.; Chohan, Z. H. Metal-based ethanolamine-derived compounds: a note on their synthesis, characterization and bioactivity. Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry (2016)

4) Akram, M.S., Daly, R., Vasconcellos, F.C., Yetisen, A.K., Hutchings, I., Hall, E.A.H. Applications of Paper-Based Diagnostics. (161-195) Lab-on-a-Chip and Micro Total Analysis Systems – A Practical Guide, Ed. Castillo, J., Svendsen, W. Springer (2015) 

5) Chohan, Z.H., Akram, M.S., Hanif, M., Sumrra, S.H., Akhtar, J., Al-Shehri, S.M. Metal Based Drugs: Design, Synthesis and Antimicrobial activity of Co(II), Ni(II), Cu(II) and Zn(II) complexes of some new carboxamide derived compounds: Crystal structure of N-[ethyl(propan-2-yl)carbamothioyl]thiophene-2-carboxamide and its Cu(II) Complex. Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry (2015)

6) Yetisen, A.K., Martinez-Hurtado, J.L., Vasconcellos, C.F., Simsekler, M.C.E., Akram, M.S., Lowe, C.R., The regulation of mobile medical applications. 14, 833-840, Lab on a Chip (2014) 

7) Akram, M.S., Rehman, J.U., Hall, E.A.H. Engineered proteins for Bioelectrochemistry. Vol. 7, 257-274, Annu. Rev. Anal. Chem (2014)

8) Yetisen, A.K., Akram, M.S., Lowe, C.R., Paper based microfluidic point-of-care diagnostic devices. Lab on a Chip, 13 (12): 2210 – 2251 (2013) 

9) Martinez Hurtado, J.L., Akram, M.S., Yetisen, A.K., Iridiscence in meat caused by surface gratings, Foods, 2, 499-506 (2013) 

10) Smith, G., Akram, M.S., Redpath, K. & Bains, W. Wasting cash - the decline of the British biotech sector. Nature Biotech 27, 531-537 (2009) 

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