Dr. Faiza Sharif
Assistant Professor, IRCBM
Area of Interest: Developing Biomaterials for Regenerative Therapies, Tissue Engineering using adipose stem cells, Biosynthesis of Cellulose. Integrative Zoology / Molecular Biology
Tel # (Off): 111-001-007  

Dr Faiza Sharif is working as an Assistant Professor at IRCBM CUI Lahore. Her main research interests are in the area of tissue engineering and regenerative biomaterials. She is involved in several funded projects for the development of degradable implant materials to repair skin and other soft tissues. in addition she is also developing materials for bone and dental repair. Her recent research fellowship in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Sheffiled University UK enriched the desire of successfully developing smart and cell based biomaterials from Pakistan. She is fabricating these  materials from polymers, polymer composites and ceramic polymer composites. Her wish to make cost effective life saving materials motivated her to biologically synthesize membranes which can heal wounds faster. She is also isolating stem cells from human fat and using biomaterials as carreir of these stem cells to the wound site for most effective wound regeneration. As part of biomaterail development in vitro testing on pre osteoblast, fibroblast, keratinocytes and many cancer cell lines is essential which is being carried out by her and her students at IRCBM cell culture lab. From her projects she has published 18 research articles. Her PhD from the department of Integrative Zoology, Leiden University the Netherlands under HEC scholarship in Sep 2011 liberated the will to do applied research for the benefit of Pakistan and its people. Prior to this she did Masters in Zoology from University of the PUnjab Lahore and served as a lecturer in Biology with Govt of the Punjab Lahore. She studied bachelors from Lahore College for Women University after gaining her entire initial qualifications from Army Public School for Girls Lahore (Prior Azam Garrison Girls College Lahore Cantt). 

She is currently working in collaboration with plastic surgeons of Lahore who are actively involved in translational research with her in her projects. She has presented in at least 22 national and international conferences, has travelled to many European Countries and has travelled far and wide in Pakistan. Currently she is working on the translation of her valuable work towards the development of indigenus life saving biomaterials.  


Journal Papers:
1. Faiza Zarif, Faiza Sharif, Madeeha Batool, Ammar Haider, Urooj Gul, Mazhar A. Gilani, Ayesha Idrees, Sobia Tabassum Chemistryselect (2019), "Enhanced Surface Properties of Hydroxyapatite by Grafting Tartaric Acid for Sustained Release of Moxifloxacin", Chemistryselect, pp: 4105-4111, Vol: 4 , Issue: 14, Impact Factor: 1.5    (External URL)
2. Zuhra Tayyab, Sher Zaman Safi, Abdur Rahim, Amir Sada Khan, Faiza Sharif, Zia Ul Haq Khan, Fozia Rehman, Zahoor Ullah, Jibran Iqbal & Nawshad Muhammad (2019), "Preparation of cellulosic Ag-nanocomposites using an ionic liquid", Journal of Biomaterials Science, Polymer Edition , pp: 785-796 , Vol: 30, Issue: 9, Impact Factor: 1.91    (External URL)
3. Faiza Zarif, Sobia Tabassum, Arshad Jamal, Urooj Gul, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Faiza Sharif, Saba Zahid, Anila Asif, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Ihtesham Ur Rehman, Faiza Zarif, Sobia Tabassum (2019), "Surface-grafted remedial hydroxyapatite nanoparticles to avoid operational infections", Monatshefte für Chemie - Chemical Monthly, pp: 605–615, Vol: 150, Issue: 4    (External URL)
4. Faiza Sharif Sobia Tabassum Waleed Mustafa Anila Asif Faiza Zarif Muhammad Tariq Saadat Anwer Siddiqui Mazhar Amjad Gilani Ihtesham Ur Rehman Sheila MacNeil (2018), "Bioresorbable antibacterial PCL-PLA-nHA composite membranes for oral and maxillofacial defects", Polymer Composites, Impact Factor: 2.8    (External URL)
5. Bushra iqbal, Abdur Rahim, Faiza Sharif, Sher Zaman Safi, Maliha Uroos, Nawshad Muhammad (2018), "Development of collagen/PVA composites patches for Osteochondral defects using a green processing of ionic liquid", The International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials , Impact Factor: 1.5   
6. Rabia Zeeshan, Zeeshan Haider,Haffsah Iqbal, Moazzam,Farasat Iqbal,Kashif Ijaz,Faiza Sharif, Asma Tufail Shah,Aqif Anwar Chaudhry,S Fluan, Muhammad Yar, Ihtesham Ur Rehman, Ather Farooq Khan Carbohydrate Polymers. (2018), "Hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC) crosslinked Chitosan (CH) based scaffolds containing Bioactive glass (BG) and Zinc oxide (ZnO) for Alveolar Bone Repair.", Carbohydrate Polymers, pp: 9-18, Vol: 193, Impact Factor: 5.1    (External URL)
7. Faiza Sharif, Farrukh Mahmood, Muhammad Jamil Azhar, Anila Asif, Muhammad Zahid, Nawshad Muhammad, Ihtesham Ur Rehman, Sheila MacNeil (2018), "Incidence and Management of Cleft Lip and Palate in Pakistan", Journal of Pakistan Medical Association, Impact Factor: 0.4   
8. Fatima Imran Butt, Nawshad Muhammad, Almas Hamid, Muhammad Moniruzzaman, Faiza Sharif (2018), "Recent progress in the utilization of biosynthesized polyhydroxyalkanoates for biomedical applications–Review ", International journal of biological macromolecules, pp: Pages 1294-1305, Vol: Volume 120, Issue: Part A, Impact Factor: 3.9    (External URL)
9. Sobia Tabassum, Faiza Sharif (2018), "Surface-grafted remedial hydroxyapatite nanoparticles to avoid operational infections", Monatshefte für Chemie - Chemical Monthly, Standard: DOI: 10.1007/s00706-018-2339-z, Impact Factor: 1.2   
10. N Muhammad, G Gonfa, A Rahim, P Ahmad, F Iqbal, F Sharif, AS Khan, (2017), "Investigation of ionic liquids as a pretreatment solvent for extraction of collagen biopolymer from waste fish scales using COSMO-RS and experiment ", Journal of Molecular Liquids , pp: 258-264, Vol: 232,, Impact Factor: 2.7    (External URL)
11. Peter Steenbergen, Nabila Bardine, Faiza Sharif (2017), "Kinetics of glucocorticoid exposure in developing zebrafish: a tracer study", Chemosphere, Impact Factor: 4.1   
12. Riaz Hussain, Sobia Tabassum, Mazhar Amjad Gilani,Ejaz Ahmed, Ahsan Sharif, Faisal Manzoor, Asma Tufail Shah, Anila Asif, Faiza Sharif, Farasat Iqbal, Saadat Anwar Siddiqi (2016), "In situ synthesis of mesoporous polyvinyl alcohol/hydroxyapatite composites for better biomedical coating adhesion", Applied Surface Science, pp: 117-123, Vol: 364, Issue: 28 Feb 2016, Impact Factor: 2.7    (External URL)
13. Faiza Sharif, Ihtesham Ur Rehman, Nawshad Muhammad, Sheila MacNeil (2015), "Dental materials for cleft palate repair", Materials Science and Engineering C, Impact Factor: 3.08    (External URL)
14. Faiza Sharif, Peter J Steenbergen, Juriaan R Metz, Danielle L Champagne (2015), "Long-lasting Effects Of Dexamethasone On Immune Cells And Wound Healing In the Zebrafish", Wound Repair and Regeneration, Standard: WRR-13-11-0330.R2, Impact Factor: 2.74   
15. Faiza Sharif, Merijn A.G.de Bakker, Michael K Richardson (2014), "Osteoclast-like Cells in Early Zebrafish Embryos", Cell Journal (Yakhteh), Vol: 16, Issue: 2, Impact Factor: 1.2   
16. Faiza Sharif, Fabiola Porta, Annemarie H. Meijer, Alexander Kros, Michael K. Richardson (2012), "Mesoporous Silica Nanoparticles as a Compound Delivery System in Zebrafish Embryos", International Journal of Nanomedicine (IJNM) , pp: 1875 - 1890, Vol: 2012, Issue: 7, Impact Factor: 4    (External URL)
17. deVrieze E.; Sharif,F.; Metz,J.R.; Flik,G.; Richardson,M.K (2011), "Matrix metalloproteinases in osteoclasts of ontogenetic and regenerating zebrafish scales", Bone, pp: 704–712, Vol: 48, Issue: 4, Impact Factor: 4.2    (External URL)
18. Faiza Sharif, Firdausia Azam Ali (1997), "Effects of Dichlorovos on the brain and Fat Body Cells of the Adult Musca Domestica (MUSCIDAE: DIPTERA) Faiza Sharif, Firdausia Azam Ali.Punjab University. J. Zool; Vol 12, pp97- 106, 1997.", PUJZ, pp: 97- 106, Vol: Vol 12   
19. Faiza Sharif, Firdausia Azam Ali (1996), "Cellular components of the brain of Musca Domestica L. (MUSCIDAE: DIPTERA)", PUJZ, pp: 57-66, Vol: Vol 11   
Conference Papers:
1. Faiza Sharif, Peter Steenbergen, M.K.Richardson, Danielle Champagne. (2011) " Acute exposure to dexamethasone has a delayed effect on the regenerating caudal fin in the zebrafish embryos. ", 7th Zebrafish Meeting   
2. Fabiola Porta, Faiza Sharif, Alexander Kross and Michael K. Richardson (2011) " In vivo evaluation of modified mesoporous silica nanoparticles", European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) Nice France   
3. Fabiola Porta, Faiza Sharif, Alexander Kross and Michael K. Richardson (2011) "In vivo evaluation of modified mesoporous silica nanoparticles ", Plenary Session, Chemistry meeting, Eindhoven   
4. Faiza Sharif, Fabiola Porta, Alexander Kross, Michael K. Richardson (2011) "Silica nanoparticles for protein release in zebrafish larvae. ", Smartmix symposium Leiden   
5. Faiza Sharif, J.Metz, M.K.Richardson (2010) " Expression of MMP9 in Adult Regenerating Zebrafish Scales.", Department of Oral Cell Physiology, Vrij Universitiet, Amsterdam   
6. Faiza Sharif, Danielle L Champagne, M.K. Richardson (2010) "Acute Exposure to Dexamethasone Causes a Persistent Deficit in Wound Healing in Zebrafish Larvae.", Smartmix Symposium Leiden   
7. Erik de Vries, Faiza Sharif, Jurian Metz, Gert Flick, Michael K Richardson (2010) "Martix Metalloproteinase 2 and 9 in osteoclasts of Regenerating and ontogenetic zebrafish scales. ", 17 Benelux Conference of Zoology    
8. Faiza Sharif, M.A.G. De Bakker, M.K.Richardson (2009) " Are osteoclasts present in early zebrafish embryos?", 1st Meeting on Emerging Technologies in Zebrafish,    


Institute of Biology, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Nov 2007 to Oct 2011


Assistant Professor
Jan 2014 to Date
Post Doc Fellowship
Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering
Oct 2014 to Mar 2017
Higher Education Department
Sep 1997 to Jan 2014

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