Dr. Hafiza Fakhera Ikram
Assistant Professor, IRCBM
Area of Interest: Molecular Oncology, Molecular Genetics, Cell Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry
Tel # (Off): 111-001-007  

Dr. Fakhera Ikram is an Assistant Professor at Interdisciplinary Research Center in Biomedical Materials (IRCBM) COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore. Her research interests lie primarily in the area of Molecular Oncology, Biotechnology and Biochemistry. Her spectrum of methods is broad and includes deep sequencing techniques, primer designing, cloning, retroviral gene transfer, lentiviral shRNA knockdown, cell cycle analysis by FACS, immunofluorescence, western blotting and functional analyses. Previously, she worked on molecular basis of autosomal recessive deafness at Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), University of the Punjab, Lahore. At the University of Cologne (Germany), her research was focused of “Identification and Characterization of Genetic Alterations in Neuroblastoma and their Prognostic Relevance”. During her postdoctoral period, she worked on identification of fusion-transcripts in neuroblastoma. Dr. Ikram has published her research in a range of reputed journals, including Nature. She has presented her research in many international conferences and symposia. She has been the winner of best oral presenation award in the category of basic science in Adnvances in Neuroblastoma Research (ANR 2014) meeting which was held in May 2014 in Cologne, Germnay. She also won the lerner Family Foundation Early Career Travel award to participate in “Advances in Neuroblastoma 2016 Meeting”, held in June 19-23, 2016 in Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Her current research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of deadly disease, cancer. Currently, she is keen to investigate the molecular mechanism of cytotoxicity induced by metal nanoparticles in various cancer cell lines and animal models.


Journal Papers:
1. Fakhera Ikram, Sandra Ackermann, Yvonne Kahlert, Ruth Volland, Frederik Roels, Anne Engesser, Falk Hertwig, Hayriye Kocak, Barbara Hero, Daniel Dreidax, Kai-Oliver Henrich, Frank Berthold, Peter Nürnberg, Frank Westermann and Matthias Fischer (2016), "Transcription factor activating protein 2 beta (TFAP2B) mediates noradrenergic neuronal differentiation in neuroblastoma", Molecular Oncology, Vol: 2, Issue: 10, Impact Factor: 5.3   
2. Martin Peifer, Falk Hertwig, Frederik Roels, Daniel Dreidax, Moritz Gartlgruber, Roopika Menon, Andrea Krämer, Justin L. Roncaioli, Frederik Sand, Johannes M. Heuckmann, Fakhera Ikram, Rene Schmidt, Sandra Ackermann, Anne Engesser, Yvonne Kahlert, We (2015), "Telomerase activation by genomic rearrangements in high-risk neuroblastoma.", Nature, pp: 4, Vol: 526, Issue: 7575, Impact Factor: 41.2   


Department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology, University Children`s Hospital, Cologne, Germany
Dec 2014 to Dec 2015
Cologne Centre for Genomics (CCG), University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany
Oct 2009 to Dec 2014
Centre of Excellance in Molecular Biology (CEMB), University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Jan 2008 to Jul 2010
B.S (Hons)
Department of Zoology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Jun 2003 to Jun 2007
F.Sc (Pre-Medical)
Government College for Women, Gulberg, Lahore, Pakistan
Jul 1999 to Sep 2001
Government Girls High School, Kangan Pur, Kasur, Pakistan
Jan 1997 to Jun 1999


Assistant Professor
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore, Pakistan
Oct 2016 to Date
Assistant Professor
Centre for Apllied Molecular Biology (CAMB), University of the Punjab, Lahore
Jan 2016 to Oct 2016
Department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology, University Children`s Hospital, Cologne, Germany
Dec 2014 to Dec 2015

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