Dr. Muhammad Yar
Associate Professor, IRCBM
Area of Interest: Tissue Engineered Skin for full thickness burn patients, Smart anti-bacterial wound dressings, Controlled and targeted drug delivery, Drug development
Tel # (Off): 111-001-007   (829)


Dr Muhammad Yar is serving as Associate Professor for Interdisciplinary Research Center in Biomedical Materials, COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore Campus. Prior to that, Dr Muhammad Yar worked as Assistant Professor of Synthetic Chemistry for Department of Chemistry, GC University Lahore. Before joining GCU, he worked as Assistant Professor at Department of Chemistry, King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia (in top 250 universities in World).

   He earned his PhD Degree in Chemistry from Bristol University of United Kingdom in 2010. He was awarded with 2003 Gold Medal and Orient Dr Atta-ur-Rehman Science award for Distinction in MSc Chemistry.

   Dr Muhammad Yar has been actively involved in the sulfur ylides based methods development and made excellent contributions in this field. During his research at Bristol, he has established a short and simple method to synthesize bromoethyl sulfonium salt, which is now commercially available by Sigma-Aldrich. He has a number of good quality publications in high standard international chemistry Journals (Angew Chem, Org Lett, Chem. Asian. J. and Eur J Org Chem) and various patents have been appeared (by UCB Pharma, UK and KUDOS Pharma, UK) using the method developed by Dr Yar. He is working in collaboration with Prof Varinder Aggarwal and Dr Eoghan at University of Bristol, Bristol, UK. At King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals he was MEMBER OF Faculty Appointment Evaluation Committee and Committee for selecting Teaching and advising awards for KFUPM faculty year 2010-2011.

  Recently, Dr M Yar secured a very competitive Post-doctoral Fellowship at the World Premier International Research Center (WPI), Institute of Transformative Bio-molecules (ITbM), Nagoya University Japan. There he was involved in three core projects, collaborated with World’s leading  scientists and had opportunity to learn cutting edge advance technologies, which he is establishing at IRCBM and believe will be able to produce high impact results. His research results from ITbM are being submitted to well reputed journals and a patent is also under preparation.

Active Projects

(1) Tissue Engineered Skin for full thickness burn patients
(2) Smart anti-bacterial wound dressings
 (3) Controlled and targeted drug delivery
 (4) Anti-cancer and anti-diabetes drugs development
 (5) Chorioanlantoic membrane assay (CAM) for agiogenesis investigations
 (6) Tissue Culture



(1) National (Pakistan)

Muhammad Yar; A novel and efficient synthesis of dihydro 1,4-benzoxazines using sulfonium salts; Pakistan Patent Application No. 262/2013, filed April 29, 2013.

(2) International (US Patent)

Muhammad Yar; “Dihydro 1,4-benzoxazines and method of synthesizing the same using sulfonium salts” USPTO Patent Publication No. US 20140323720A1.                                                                                                                                                

(3) International (Japan Patent)

Muhammad Yar et al.,Title: "Method for producing triarylacetonitrile" The application No. JP 2014-252389; Filing date:12th Dec. 2014.


1)     Austin Journal of Bioorganic & Organic Chemistry 
2)     Current Research in Chemical Sciences


Book Chapters:
1. Muhammad Yar, Eoghan M. McGarrigle, and Varinder K. Aggarwal (2012), " “Sulfonium , ethenyldiphenyl-,1,1,1-trifluoromethanesulfonate,” ", Encyclopedia of Reagents for Organic Synthesis, , edited by: Paquette, L.A.; Crich, D.; Fuchs, P. L.; Molander, G. A., published by: John Wiley and Sons Ltd, , pp: DOI:10.1002/047084289X.rn01409; , Standard: Online ISBN: 9780470842898    (External URL)
Journal Papers:
1. Abdur R Aleem 1 2 3, Lubna Shahzadi 1, Muhammad Nasir 1, Pegah Hajivand 4, Farah Alvi 2, Amna Akhtar 5, Mubashra Zehra 1 6, Azra Mehmood 6, Muhammad Yar 1 (2021), "Developing sulfur doped titanium oxide nanoparticles loaded chitosan/cellulose based pro-angiogenic dressings for chronic ulcer and burn wounds healing", Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B: Applied Biomaterials, DOI: 10.1002/jbm.b.34981, Impact Factor: 3.368    (External URL)
2. Evaluation of angiogenic potential of heparin and thyrWaliya Zubairi,Mubashra Zehra,Azra Mehmood,Farasat Iqbal,Rida Badar,Anwarul Hasan &Muhammad Yar (2021), "Evaluation of angiogenic potential of heparin and thyroxine releasing wound dressings", International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials , DOI: 10.1080/00914037.2021.1960335, Impact Factor: 2.604    (External URL)
3. Serkan Dikici,1,2,* Muhammad Yar,3 Anthony J. Bullock,2 Joanna Shepherd,4 Sabiniano Roman,2 and Sheila MacNeil2,* (2021), "Developing Wound Dressings Using 2-deoxy-D-Ribose to Induce Angiogenesis as a Backdoor Route for Stimulating the Production of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor", International Journal of Molecular Sciences, pp: 11437, Vol: 22, Issue: 21, DOI: 10.3390/ijms222111437, Impact Factor: 5.923    (External URL)
4. Lubna Shahzadi,Arshad Jamal,Pegah Hajivand,Nasir Mahmood,Aqif Anwar Chaudhry,Ihtesham ur Rehman,Muhammad Yar (2021), "Synthesis and wound healing performance of new water-soluble chitosan derivatives", Journal of Applied Polymer science , DOI: 10.1002/app.51770, Impact Factor: 3.125    (External URL)
5. SadiaFazilbHumairaShahbMamoonaNoreencMuhammadYaraAtherFarooq KhanaSherZaman SafiaSulimanYousef AlomardAfrahFahad AlkhurijidHananMualla AlharbidMuhammadSohail Afzalb (2021), "Evaluation of Molecular mechanisms of heparin - induced angiogenesis, in human umbilical vein endothelial cells", Journal of King Saud University - Science, pp: 101534, Vol: 33, Issue: 6, DOI: 10.1016/j.jksus.2021.101534, Impact Factor: 3.74    (External URL)
6. Muhammad Amin Abid, Shabbir Hussain, Azeem Intisar, Muhammad Rizwan, Quratul Ain, Zeeshan Mutahir, Muhammad Yar, Aqsa Aamir, Ahmad Kaleem Qureshi & Muhammad Jamil (2021), "Synthesis, characterization, hydrolytic degradation, mathematical modeling and antibacterial activity of poly[bis((methoxyethoxy)ethoxy)phosphazene] (MEEP)", Polymer Bulletin, pp: 6059–6072, Vol: 78, DOI: 10.1007/s00289-021-03625-w, Impact Factor: 2.014    (External URL)
7. Amna Akhtar 1, Anisa Andleeb 2, Tayyba Sher Waris 2, Masoomeh Bazzar 3, Ali-Reza Moradi 4, Nasir Raza Awan 5, Muhammad Yar 6 (2021), "Neurodegenerative diseases and effective drug delivery: A review of challenges and novel therapeutics", Journal of Controlled Release, pp: 1152-1167, Vol: 330, DOI: 10.1016/j.jconrel.2020.11.021, Impact Factor: 7.727    (External URL)
8. Griselda V. Nájera-Romero, Muhammad Yar & Ihtesham Ur Rehman (2020), "Heparinized chitosan/hydroxyapatite scaffolds stimulate angiogenesis", Functional Composite Materials:, pp: 10-31, Vol: 1, DOI: 10.1186/s42252-020-00012-y, Impact Factor: 1.960    (External URL)
9. Lubna Shahzadi 1, Mustehsan Bashir 2, Saimoon Tehseen 3, Mubashra Zehra 4, Azra Mehmood 4, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry 3, Ihtesham Ur Rehman 5, Muhammad Yar 6 (2020), "Thyroxine impregnated chitosan-based dressings stimulate angiogenesis and support fast wounds healing in rats: Potential clinical candidates", International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, pp: 296-306, Vol: 160, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2020.05.127., Impact Factor: 4.784    (External URL)
10. Serkan Dikici 1, Anthony J Bullock 1, Muhammad Yar 2, Frederik Claeyssens 1, Sheila MacNeil 3 (2020), "2-deoxy-D-ribose (2dDR) upregulates vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and stimulates angiogenesis", Microvascular Research, pp: 104035-104046, Vol: 131, DOI: 10.1016/j.mvr.2020.104035, Impact Factor: 2.675    (External URL)
11. Ayesha Bari 1, Zulfiqar Ali Khan 1, Sohail Anjum Shahzad 2, Syed Ali Raza Naqvi 1, Shakeel Ahmad Khan 3, Hira Amjad 4, Ahsan Iqbal 1, Muhammad Yar 5 (2020), "Design and syntheses of 7-nitro-2-aryl-4H-benzo[d][1,3]oxazin-4-ones as potent anticancer and antioxidant agents", Journal of Molecular Structure, pp: 1214:128252, Vol: 15, DOI: 10.1016/j.molstruc.2020.128252, Impact Factor: 2.011    (External URL)
12. M. Rizwan, Yasaman Ganjkhani, V. F. Rad, Maasoomeh Bazzar, M. Yar, R. Yahya, A. Moradi (2020), "Surface characterizations of membranes and electrospun chitosan derivatives by optical speckle analysis. ", SURFACE AND INTERFACE ANALYSIS, pp: 132-139, Vol: 52, DOI: 10.1002/sia.6731, Impact Factor: 1.319    (External URL)
13. Anisa Andleeb 1, Serkan Dikici 2, Tayyaba Sher Waris 1, Muhammad Mustehsan Bashir 3, Shahid Akhter 4, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry 1, Sheila MacNeil 2, Muhammad Yar 1 (2020), "Developing affordable and accessible pro-angiogenic wound dressings; incorporation of 2 deoxy D-ribose (2dDR) into cotton fibres and wax-coated cotton fibres", Journal of Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, pp: 973-988., Vol: 14, Issue: 7, DOI: 10.1002/term.3072, Impact Factor: 3.319    (External URL)
14. Mubashra Zehra,Azra Mehmood,Muhammad Yar,Lubna Shahzadi,Sheikh Riazuddin (2020), "Development of NSAID loaded nano-composite scaffolds for skin tissue engineering applications", Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, pp: 1-12, Vol: 108, DOI: 10.1002/jbm.b.34634, Impact Factor: 2.674    (External URL)
15. Serkan Dikicia , Anthony J. Bullocka , Muhammad Yarb , Frederik Claeyssensa , Sheila MacNeila,? (2020), "2-deoxy-D-ribose (2dDR) upregulates vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and stimulates angiogenesis: understanding the mechanism of action of 2dDR", Microvascular Research, pp: 104035-73, Vol: 131, DOI: 10.1016/j.mvr.2020.104035, Impact Factor: 5.203    (External URL)
16. Mubashra Zehra,1 Waliya Zubairi,2 Anwarul Hasan,3,4 Hira Butt,1 Amna Ramzan,1 Maryam Azam,2 Azra Mehmood,1 Mojtaba Falahati,5 Aqif Anwar Chaudhry,2 Ihtesham Ur Rehman,6 and Muhammad Yar2 (2020), "Oxygen Generating Polymeric Nano Fibers that Stimulate Angiogenesis and Show Efficient Wound Healing in Diabetic Wound Model", International Journal of Nanomedicine, pp: 3511–3522, Vol: 15, DOI: 10.2147/IJN.S248911, Impact Factor: 4.471    (External URL)
17. S. Shahzad, Ayesha Sarfraz, M. Yar, Z. Khan, S. A. Naqvi, S. Naz, Nazeerullah Khan, U. Farooq, Razia Batool, Muhammad Ali (2020), "Synthesis, Evaluation of Thymidine Phosphorylase and Angiogenic Inhibitory Potential of Ciprofloxacin Analogues: Repositioning of Ciprofloxacin from Antibiotic to Future Anticancer Drugs", Bioorganic chemistry, pp: 103876-103888, Vol: 100, Impact Factor: 3.926    (External URL)
18. Ayesha Bari,Ahsan Iqbal,Zulfiqar Ali Khan,Sohail Anjum Shahzad &Muhammad Yar (2020), "Synthetic approaches toward piperidine related structures: A review", Taylor & Francis Group, LLC, pp: 2572-2589, Vol: 50, DOI: 10.1080/00397911.2020.1776878, Impact Factor: 2.175    (External URL)
19. Fatma Z. Kocak,1 Abdullah C.S. Talari,1 Muhammad Yar,2 and Ihtesham U. Rehman1,*† (2020), "In-Situ Forming pH and Thermosensitive Injectable Hydrogels to Stimulate Angiogenesis: Potential Candidates for Fast Bone Regeneration Applications ", International journal of molecular sciences, pp: 1633., Vol: 21, Issue: 5, DOI: 10.3390/ijms21051633, Impact Factor: 2.011    (External URL)
20. Muhammad Hamza Malik 1, Lubna Shahzadi 1, Razia Batool 1, Sher Zaman Safi 1, Abdul Samad Khan 2, Ather Farooq Khan 1, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry 1, Ihtesham Ur Rehman 3, Muhammad Yar 4 (2020), "Thyroxine-loaded chitosan/carboxymethyl cellulose/hydroxyapatite hydrogels enhance angiogenesis in in-ovo experiments.", International journal of biological macromolecules , pp: 1162-1170, Vol: 145, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2019.10.043., Impact Factor: 4.78    (External URL)
21. Maryam Azam 1, Serkan Dikici 2, Sabiniano Roman 2, Azra Mehmood 3, Aqif A Chaudhry 1, Ihtesham U Rehman 4, Sheila MacNeil 2, Muhammad Yar 1 (2019), "Addition of 2-deoxy-D-ribose to clinically used alginate dressings stimulates angiogenesis and accelerates wound healing in diabetic rats", Journal of Biomaterials Applications, pp: 463-475, Vol: 34, Issue: 4, DOI: 10.1177/0885328219859991   
22. Abdur Raheem Aleem,Lubna Shahzadi,Saimoon Tehseen,Farah Alvi,Aqif Anwar Chaudhry,Ihtesham ur Rehman,Muhammad Yar (2019), "Amino acids loaded chitosan/collagen based new membranes stimulate angiogenesis in chorioallantoic membrane assay", International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, pp: 401-406, Vol: 140, DOI: 10.1016/j.ijbiomac.2019.08.095, Impact Factor: 6.953    (External URL)
23. Saba Zahid 1, Hamad Khalid 2, Fakhera Ikram 1, Haffsah Iqbal 1, Muhammad Samie 1, Lubna Shahzadi 1, Asma Tufail Shah 1, Muhammad Yar 1, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry 1, Sana Javaid Awan 3, Ather Farooq Khan 4, Ihtesham Ur Rehman 5 (2019), "Bi-layered a-tocopherol acetate loaded membranes for potential wound healing and skin regeneration", Materials Science and Engineering: C, pp: 438-447, Vol: 101, DOI: 10.1016/j.msec.2019.03.080, Impact Factor: 5.88    (External URL)
24. Muhammad Rizwan 1, Rosiyah Yahya 2, Aziz Hassan 1, Muhammad Yar 3, Adyani Azizah Abd Halim 4, Anis Rageh Al-Maleki 5, Lubna Shahzadi 3, Waliya Zubairi (2019), "Novel chitosan derivative based composite scaffolds with enhanced angiogenesis; potential candidates for healing chronic non-healing wounds", Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, pp: 72, Vol: 30, Issue: 6, DOI: 10.1007/s10856-019-6273-3, Impact Factor: 2.448    (External URL)
25. Dikici S1, Mangir N, Claeyssens F, Yar M, MacNeil S. (2019), "2-deoxy-D-ribose and 17ß-Estradiol as alternatives to VEGF to promote angiogenesis in tissue engineered constructs", Regenerative Medicine, pp: 179-197, Vol: 14, Issue: 3, Impact Factor: 2.868   
26. Samreen Ahtzaz,Tayyaba Sher Waris,Lubna Shahzadi,Aqif Anwar Chaudhry,Ihtesham Ur Rehman &Muhammad Yar (2019), "Boron for tissue regeneration-it’s loading into chitosan/collagen hydrogels and testing on chorioallantoic membrane to study the effect on angiogenesis", International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials, Impact Factor: 2.127   
27. Zulfiqar Ali Khan,Shahrin Jamil,Amna Akhtar,Muhammad Mustehsan Bashir &Muhammad Yar (2019), "Chitosan based hybrid materials used for wound healing applications- A short review", International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterial, Vol: doi.org/10.1080/00914037.2019.1575828, Impact Factor: 2.127   
28. Sohail Anjum Shahzad, Muhammad Yar, Zulfiqar Ali Khan Lubna Shahzadi Syed Ali Raza Naqvic Adeem Mahmood SamiUllah Ahson Jabbar Shaikh Tauqir Ali Sherazi Adebayo Tajudeen Bale Jedrzej Kukulowicz Marek Bajda (2019), "Identification of 1,2,4-triazoles as new thymidine phosphorylase inhibitors: Future anti-tumor drugs", Bioorganic Chemistry, pp: 209-220, Vol: 85 , Impact Factor: 3.9   
29. Muhammad Yar, Aneeqa Masood, Razia Batool, Lubna Shahzadi, Ather Farooq Khan, Zunaira Yousaf, M Yasir Rafique and Aamir Razaq (2019), "Nano MnO2 immobilized covalently cross-linked chitosan and PVA based highly flexible membranes", Materials Research Express, Vol: 6 , Issue: 8, Impact Factor: 1.151   
30. Muhammad Rizwan, Tahir Rasheed, Ali Raza. Muhammad Bilal, Rosiyah Yahya, Muhammad Yar, Hafiz M.N.Iqbal (2019), "Photodynamic-based therapeutic modalities to fight against cancer – A review from synergistic viewpoint", Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology, pp: 70-82, Vol: 51 , Impact Factor: 2.297   
31. Lubna Shahzadi, Rabia Zeeshan, Muhammad Yar, Saad Bin Qasim, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Ather Farooq Khan & Nawshad Muhammad (2018), "Biocompatibility through Cell Attachment and Cell Proliferation Studies of Nylon 6/Chitosan/Ha Electrospun Mats", Journal of Polymers and the Environment, pp: 9-18, Vol: 26, DOI: 10.1007/s10924-017-1100-8, Impact Factor: 1.87    (External URL)
32. Rabia Zeeshan, Zeeshan Mutahir , Haffsah Iqbal , Moazzam Ali ,Farasat Iqbal, Kashif Ijaz, Faiza Sharif, Asma Tufail Shah, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry , Muhammad Yar , Shifang Luan, Ather Farooq Khan, Ihtesham-ur-Rehman (2018), "(Hydroxypropyl)methyl cellulose (HPMC) crosslinked Chitosan (CH) based 2 scaffolds containing Bioglass (BG) and Zinc oxide (ZnO) for Alveolar Bone 3 Repair", Carbohydrate Polymers Publishing country, pp: 9-18, Vol: 193:, Impact Factor: 4.8   
33. Lubna Shahzadi, aAqif Anwar Chaudhry, Abdur Raheem Aleem, Muhammad Hamza Malik, Kashif Ijaz, Hafsah Akhtar, Farah Alvi, Ather Farooq Khan, Ihtesham Ur Rehman, Muhammad Yar (2018), "Development of K-doped ZnO nanoparticles encapsulated crosslinked chitosan based new membranes to stimulate angiogenesis in tissue engineered skin grafts", International Journal of Biological Macromolecules, pp: , 721-728, Vol: 120, Part A, Impact Factor: 3.909   
34. Jamal, A., Shahzadi, L., Ahtzaz, S., Zahid, S., Chaudhry, A.A., ur Rehman, I. and Yar, M. (2018), "Identification of anti-cancer potential of doxazocin: loading into chitosan based biodegradable hydrogels for on-site delivery to treat cervical cancer", Materials Science and Engineering C, pp: 102-109, Vol: 82 , Impact Factor: 4.1   
35. Ilyas K1, Qureshi SW2, Afzal S, Gul R, Yar M, Kaleem M, Khan AS (2018), "Microwave Assisted Synthesis and Evaluation of Type 1 Collagen-Apatite Composites for Dental Tissue Regeneration", J Biomaterials Applications, pp: 103-115 , Vol: 33:, Issue: (1), Impact Factor: 2.7   
36. Naseer Iqbal, Abdul Samad Khan, Anila Asif, Muhammad Yar, John W. Haycock & Ihtesham Ur Rehman (2018), "Recent concepts in biodegradable polymers for tissue engineering paradigms: a critical review", International Materials Review, pp: 91-126, Vol: 64, Issue: 2, Impact Factor: 12.7   
37. Rizwan, M., Yahya, R., Hassan, A., Yar, M., Anita Omar, R., Azari, P., Danial Azzahari, A., Selvanathan, V., Rageh Al-Maleki, A (2018), "Synthesis of novel organo-soluble, biocompatible and anti-bacterial chitosan derivative for biomedical applications", Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Vol: 135, Impact Factor: 1.86   
38. Muhammad Aamir Sajid, Sohail Anjum Shahzad, Fatima Hussain, W. G. Skene, Zulfiqar Ali Khan & Muhammad Yar (2018), "Synthetic modifications of chitin and chitosan as multipurpose biopolymers: A review", Synthetic Communications, , pp: 1893-1908, Vol: 48, Issue: 15, Impact Factor: 1.06   
39. Ahtzaz S, Nasir M, Shahzadi L, Amir W, Anjum A, Arshad R, Iqbal F, Chaudhry AA, Yar M, ur Rehman I. (2017), "A study on the effect of zinc oxide and zinc peroxide nanoparticles to enhance angiogenesis-pro-angiogenic grafts for tissue regeneration applications", Materials & Design, pp: 409–418, Vol: 132 , Impact Factor: 4.3   
40. Rehman, T.U., Khan, I.U., Ashraf, M., Tarazi, H., Riaz, S. and Yar, M. (2017), "An efficient synthesis of bi-aryl pyrimidine heterocycles: Potential new drug candidates to treat Alzheimer’s disease", Archiv der Pharmazie, pp: 1-9, Vol: 350 , Impact Factor: 1.994   
41. Shahzadi, L., Zeeshan, R., Yar, M., Qasim, S.B., Chaudhry, A.A., Khan, A.F. and Muhammad, N. (2017), "Biocompatibility through Cell Attachment and Cell Proliferation Studies of Nylon 6/Chitosan/Ha Electrospun Mats", Journal of Polymers and the Environment, pp: 1-9, Impact Factor: 1.87   
42. Iqbal, H., Ali, M., Zeeshan, R., Mutahir, Z., Iqbal, F., Nawaz, M.A.H., Shahzadi, L., Chaudhry, A.A., Yar, M., Luan, S. and Khan, A.F. (2017), "Chitosan/ hydroxyapatite (HA)/ hydroxypropylmethyl cellulose (HPMC) spongy scaffolds-Synthesis and evaluation as potential alveolar bone substitutes", Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces, pp: 553–563, Vol: 160 , Impact Factor: 3.88   
43. Khan, A.S., Hussain, A.N., Sidra, L., Sarfraz, Z., Khalid, H., Khan, M., Manzoor, F., Shahzadi, L., Yar, M. and Rehman, I.U. (2017), "Fabrication and in vivo evaluation of hydroxyapatite/carbon nanotube electrospun fibers for biomedical/dental application", Materials Science and Engineering C, pp: 387-396, Vol: 80 , Impact Factor: 4.1   
44. Yar, M., Shahzad, S., Shahzadi, L., Shahzad, S.A., Mahmood, N., Chaudhry, A.A., ur Rehman, I. and MacNeil, S., (2017), "Heparin binding chitosan derivatives for production of pro-angiogenic hydrogels for promoting wound healing", Materials Science and Engineering C, pp: 347–356, Vol: 74, Impact Factor: 4.1   
45. Yar, M., Shahzadi, L., Farooq, A., Imran, S.J., Cerón-Carrasco, J.P., den-Haan, H., Kumar, S., Peña-García, J., Pérez-Sánchez, H., Grycova, A. and Dvorak, Z (2017), "In vitro modulatory effects of functionalized pyrimidines and piperidine derivatives on Aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AhR) and glucocorticoid receptor (GR) activities", Bioorganic Chemistry, pp: 285-293, Vol: 71 , Impact Factor: 3.23   
46. Babar, A., Yar, M., Tarazi, H., Duarte, V., Alshammari, M.B., Gilani, M.A., Iqbal, H., Munawwar, M.A., Alves, M.J. and Khan, A.F. (2017), "Molecular docking and Glucosidase inhibition studies of novel N-arylthiazole-2-amines and Ethyl 2-[aryl(thiazol-2-yl)amino]acetates", Medicinal Chemistry Research, pp: 3247-3261, Vol: 26, Issue: 12, Impact Factor: 1.28   
47. Mutahir, S., Khan, M.A., Khan, I.U., Yar, M., Ashraf, M., Tariq, S., Ye, R.L. and Zhou, B.J. (2017), "Organocatalyzed and mechanochemical solvent-free synthesis of novel and functionalized bis-biphenyl substituted thiazolidinones as potent tyrosinase inhibitors: SAR and molecular modeling studies", European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, pp: 406-414, Vol: 134 , Impact Factor: 4.5   
48. Rizwan, M., Yahya, R., Hassan, A., Yar, M., Azzahari, A.D., Selvanathan, V., Sonsudin, F. and Abouloula, C.N. (2017), "pH sensitive hydrogels in drug delivery: brief history, properties, swelling and release mechanism, material selection and applications ", Polymers, pp: 1-37, Vol: 9 , Impact Factor: 3.364   
49. Aleem, A.R., Shahzadi, L., Alvi, F., Khan, A.F., Chaudhry, A.A., ur Rehman, I. and Yar, M. (2017), "Thyroxin releasing chitosan/collagen based smart hydrogels to stimulate neovascularization", Materials & Design, pp: 416-425, Vol: 133 , Impact Factor: 4.3   
50. Shahzad, Sohail, Lubna Shahzadi, Nasir Mahmood, Saadat Anwar Siddiqi, Abdul Rauf, Faisal Manzoor, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Ihtesham ur Rehman, and Muhammad Yar. (2016), "A new synthetic methodology for the preparation of biocompatible and organo-soluble barbituric-and thiobarbituric acid based chitosan derivatives for biomedical applications", Materials Science and Engineering: C, pp: 156-163, Vol: 66, Impact Factor: 3.08   
51. Sadaf Mutahir; Jakub Jonczyk; Marek Bajda; Islam U Khan; Muhammad A Khan; Nisar Ullah; Muhammad Ashraf; Sadaf Riaz; Sajjad Hussain; Muhammad Yar; (2016), "Novel Biphenyl bis-Sulfonamides as Acetyl and Butyryl Cholinesterase Inhibitors: Synthesis, Biological Evaluation and Molecular Modeling Studies", Bioorganic Chemistry, pp: 13-20, Vol: 64, Impact Factor: 2.141   
52. Yar, Muhammad, Ariba Farooq, Lubna Shahzadi, Abdul Samad Khan, Nasir Mahmood, Abdul Rauf, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, and Ihtesham ur Rehman. (2016), "Novel meloxicam releasing electrospun polymer/ceramic reinforced biodegradable membranes for periodontal regeneration applications", Materials Science and Engineering: C , pp: 148-156, Vol: 64, Impact Factor: 3.08   
53. Muhammad Yar, Giulia Gigliobianco, Lubna Shahzadi, Lindsey Dew, Saadat Anwar Siddiqi, Ather Farooq Khan, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Ihtesham ur Rehman, Sheila MacNeil (2016), "Production of chitosan PVA PCL hydrogels to bind heparin and induce angiogenesis", International Journal of Polymeric Materials and Polymeric Biomaterials, Vol: Accepted for Publication, Impact Factor: 3.568   
54. Lubna Shahzadi, Muhammad Yar, Arshad Jamal, Saadat Anwar Siddiqi, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Saba Zahid, Muhammad Tariq, Ihtesham ur Rehman and Sheila MacNeil (2016), "Triethyl orthoformate covalently cross-linked chitosan-(poly vinyl) alcohol based biodegradable scaffolds with heparin-binding ability for promoting neovascularisation", Journal of Biomaterials Applications, Vol: DOI: 10.1177/0885328216650125, Impact Factor: 2.197   
55. Ather Farooq Khan, Adeel Afzal, Aqif Anwar Chaudhary, Muhammad Saleem, Lubna Shahzadi, Arshad Jamal, Muhammad Yar, Amir Habib, Ihtesham ur Rehman (2015), "(Hydroxypropyl)methylcellulose mediated synthesis of highly porous composite scaffolds for trabecular bone repair applications", Science of Advanced Materials, Vol: Accepted for Publication, Impact Factor: 2.908   
56. Sohail Shahzad, Muhammad Yar*, Saadat Anwar Siddiqi, et al., (2015), "Chitosan-based electrospun nanofibrous mats, hydrogels and cast films: Novel anti-bacterial wound dressing matrices for controlled release of cefixime", Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine, Vol: Accepted for Publication, Impact Factor: 2.379   
57. Abdul Rauf, Sohail Shahzad, Marek Bajda, Muhammad Yar*, Faiz Ahmed, Nazar Hussain, Muhammad Nadeem Akhtar, Ajmal Khan, Jakub Jonczyk; (2015), "Design and synthesis of new barbituric- and thiobarbituric acid derivatives as potent urease inhibitors: structure activity relationship and molecular modeling studies", Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, Vol: DOI: 10.1016/j.bmc.2015.05.038 , Impact Factor: IF 2.951   
58. Aamir Razaq, Muhammad Idrees, Adeel Malik, Nafeesa Mushtaq, Irshad Hussain, Muhammad Yar (2015), "Dielectric Studies of Composite Paper Reinforced with Polypyrrole Coated Pulp Fibers from Wasted Egg Holders", Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Vol: Accepted for Publication, Impact Factor: 1.6   
59. Muhammad Yar, Marek Bajda, Sohail Shahzad, Nisar Ullah, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Muhammad Ashraf, Abdul Rauf, Ayesha Shaukat (2015), "Organocatalyzed solvent free an efficient novel synthesis of 2,4,5-trisubstituted imidazoles for ?-glucosidase inhibition to treat diabetes", Bioorganic Chemistry, Vol: Accepted for Publication, Impact Factor: 2.141   
60. Ariba Farooq, Muhammad Yar, Abdul Samad Khan, Lubna Shahzadi, Saadat Anwar Siddiqi, Nasir Mahmood, Abdul Rauf, Zafar-ul-Ahsan Qureshi, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Ihtesham ur Rehman (2015), "Synthesis of Novel Electrospun Biodegradable Nanocomposite Scaffolds for Periodontal Regeneration", Materials Science and Engineering C, pp: 104-113, Vol: 56, Impact Factor: 2.736    (External URL)
61. Sadaf Mutahir, Muhammad Yar, Muhammad Asim Khan, Nisar Ullah, Sohail Anjum Shahzad, Islam Ullah Khan, Rana Atif Mehmood, Muhammad Ashraf, Rumana Nasar, Eleni Pontiki (2015), "Synthesis, Characterization, Lipoxygenase inhibitory activity and in silico Molecular Docking of Biaryl bis(benzenesulfonamide) and Indol-3-yl-hydrazide derivatives", JICS, Vol: Accepted for Publication, Impact Factor: 1.4   
62. Sohail Anjum Shahzad*, Muhammad Yar*, Marek Bajda, Lubna Shahzadi, Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Syed Ali Raza Naqvi, Sadaf Mutahir, Nasir Mahmood, Khalid Mohammed Khan (2015), "Synthesis, thymidine phosphorylase inhibition and molecular modeling studies of 1,3,4-oxadiazole-2-thione derivatives", Bioorganic Chemistry, Vol: Accepted for Publication, Impact Factor: 2.141   
63. Masakazu Nambo, Muhammad Yar, Joel Smith,Cathleen Crudden, (2015), "The Concise Synthesis of Unsymmetric Triarylacetonitriles via Pd-Catalyzed Sequential Arylation: A New Synthetic Approach to Tri and Tetraarylmethanes", Organic Letters, Vol: Accepted for Publication, Impact Factor: 6.3   
64. Muhammad Yar*, Sohail Shahzad, Saadat Anwar Siddiqi, Nasir Mahmood, Abdul Rauf, Muhammad Sabieh Anwar, Aqif Anwar Chaudhry, Ihtesham ur Rehman (2015), "Triethyl orthoformate mediated a novel crosslinking method for the preparation of hydrogels for tissue engineering applications: characterization and in vitro cytocompatibility analysis", Materials Science and Engineering C, pp: 154-164, Vol: 56, Impact Factor: 2.736     (External URL)
65. Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Syed Ali Raza Naqvi, Ammara Mukhtar, Zaib Hussain, Sohail Anjum Shahzad, Asim Mansha, Matloob Ahmad, Ameer Fawad Zahoor, Iftikhar Hussain Bukhari, Muhammad Ramazan Saeed Ashraf Janjua, Nasir Mahmood, Muhammad Yar (2014), "Antioxidant and antibacterial activities of Hibiscus Rosa-sinensis Linn flower extracts", Pak J Pharm Sci, pp: 469-474, Vol: 27, Issue: 3, Impact Factor: 0.947    (External URL)
66. Muhammad Yar, Marek Bajda, Rana Atif Mehmood, Lala Rukh Sidra, Nisar Ullah, Lubna Shahzadi, Muhammad Ashraf, Tayaba Ismail, Sohail Anjum Shahzad, Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Syed Ali Raza Naqvi, Nasir Mahmood; (2014), "Design and Synthesis of New Dual Binding Site Cholinesterase Inhibitors: in vitro Inhibition Studies with in silico Docking", Letters in Drug Design and Discovery, pp: 331-338, Vol: 11, Issue: 3, Impact Factor: 0.845    (External URL)
67. Nasir Mahmood, Mariyah Ahsan, Ishafaq Ahmad, Syed Ali Raza Naqvi, Muhammad Yar, Zulfiqar Ali Khan and Sohail Anjum Shahzad; (2014), "Molecular expression profile of different cellulolytic enzyme genes in Aspergillus niger in response to UV and chemical mutagenesis", Cellulose Chemistry and Technology, Vol: Accepted for publication, Impact Factor: 0.825   
68. Sadaf Riaz, Islam Ullah Khan, Muhammad Yar*, ? Muhammad Ashraf, Tanzeel Ur Rehman, Ayesha Shaukat, Syed Babar Jamal, Vera C. M. Duarte, Maria J. Alves (2014), "Novel pyridine 2,4,6-tricarbohydrazide derivatives: Design, synthesis, characterization and in vitro biological evaluation as ?-glucosidase inhibitors", Bioorganic Chemistry, Impact Factor: 2.141   
69. Muhammad Yar; Marek Bajda; Lubna Shahzadi; Sohail A Shahzad; Maqsood Ahmed; Muhammad Ashraf ; Umber Alam; Islam U Khan; Ather F Khan (2014), "Novel synthesis of dihydropyrimidines for a-glucosidase inhibition to treat type 2 diabetes: in vitro biological evaluation and in silico docking", Bioorganic Chemistry, pp: DOI: 10.1016/j.bioorg.2014.05.003, Impact Factor: 2.141    (External URL)
70. Sohail Anjum Shahzad, Muhammad Yar, Marek Bajda, Bushra Jadoon, Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Syed Ali Raza Naqvi, Ahson Jabbar Shaikh, Khizar Hayat, Adeem Mahmmod, Nasir Mahmood, Slawomir Filipek (2014), "Synthesis and biological evaluation of novel oxadiazole derivatives: A new class of thymidine phosphorylase inhibitors as potential anti-tumor agents", Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry, pp: 1008-1015, Vol: 22, Issue: 3, Impact Factor: 2.903    (External URL)
71. Muhammad Yar*, Muhammad Arshad, Ariba Farooq, Mazhar Amjad Gilani, Khurshid Ayub, Asma Ejaz, Anupriya Kumar, Ichiya Ninomiya (2014), "Synthesis and DPPH scavenging assay of reserpine analogues, computational studies and in silico docking studies in AChE and BChE responsible for Alzheimer's disease", Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol: Accepted for Publication, Impact Factor: 0.302   
72. Muhammad Yar . Lala Rukh Sidra . Eleni Pontiki . Nafeesa Mushtaq . Muhammad Ashraf Rumana Nasar . Islam Ullah Khan . Nasir Mahmood . Syed Ali Raza Naqvi . Zulfiqar Ali Khan . Sohail Anjum Shahzad (2014), "Synthesis, in vitro lipoxygenase inhibition, docking study and thermal stability analyses of novel indole derivatives", J Iran Chem Soc; In Press, pp: 369–378, Vol: 11, Impact Factor: 1.467    (External URL)
73. Syed Ali Raza Naqvi, Muhammad Yar, Sohail Anjum Shahzad, Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Syed Ali Raza Naqvi, Nasir Mahmood, (2013), "Antioxidant, Antibacterial and Antiproliferative Activities of areal parts of Swertia chirata (Bush Ham) Plant Extracts Using in vitro Models", Asian Journal of Chemistry; , Vol: 25, Impact Factor: 0.247   
74. Syed Ali Raza Naqvi, Nasir Mahmood, Sohail Anjum Shahzad, Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Muhammad Yar, Abdullah Ijaz Hussain, Ameer Fawad Zahoor, Rifaqat Waseem (2013), "Antioxidant, antibacterial potential and phenolic acid content of selected wild medicinal plants flowers and fruits indigenous to Pakistan", Science Asia (accepted for publication), Standard: 1513-1874, Impact Factor: 0.344   
75. Maqsood Ahmed, Muhammad Yar, Ayoub Nassour, Benoît Guillot, Claude Lecomte, and Christian Jelsch (2013), "Experimental and Theoretical Charge Density Analysis of a Bromoethyl Sulfonium Salt", J. Phys. Chem. A, pp: 14267-14275, Vol: 117, Issue: 51, Impact Factor: 2.771    (External URL)
76. Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Sohail Anjum Shahzad, Muhammad Yar, Syed Ali Raza Naqvi, Nasir Mahmood: (2013), "Facile Synthesis and Herbicidal Evaluation of 2-Aryl-4H-3,1-benzoxazin-4-ones:", J. Chem. Soc. Pak, , pp: 449-455, Vol: 35, Issue: 2, Impact Factor: 1.3   
77. Syed Ali Raza Naqvi, Sohail Anjum Shahzad, Muhammad Yar, Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Nasir Mahmood (2013), "Novel indium-111 labeled gastrin peptide analogues (MG-CL1-4): Synthesis and quality control", Pak. J. Pharm. Sci. , pp: 299-305, Vol: 26, Issue: 2, Impact Factor: 1.103   
78. ZULFIQAR ALI KHAN, SYED ALI RAZA NAQVI, SOHAIL ANJUM SHAHZAD, NASIR MAHMOOD, MUHAMMAD YAR and AMEER FAWAD ZAHOOR (2013), "Synthesis and Antimicrobial Activity of 2-Aryl-4H-3,1-benzoxazin-4-ones", Asian Journal of Chemistry, pp: 152-156, Vol: 25, Issue: 1, Standard: 0970-7077, Impact Factor: 0.247    (External URL)
79. Muhammad Yar, Nafeesa Mushtaq, Sadia Afzal, Abdul Samad Khan, Islam Ullah Khan, Muhammad Nadeem Akhter, Seema Zareen, Sohail Anjum Shahzad, Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Syed Ali Raza Naqvi, Nasir Mahmood, Lubna Tahir, Muhammad Saleem (2013), "Synthesis, biological evaluation and study of the effect of various N-substituents on the thermal stabilities of some new diethanolamine derivatives", Asian Journal of Chemistry; , Vol: 25, Impact Factor: 0.247   
80. Muhammad Yar, Nafeesa Mushtaq and Sadia Afzal (2013), "Synthesis, reactions, applications and biological activities of diethanolamine and its derivatives", Russian J Org Chem; In Press, Impact Factor: 0.6   
81. Lala Rukh Sidra, Islam Ullah Khan, Muhammad Yar and Jim Simpson (2012), "2-(1H-Indol-3-yl)acetohydrazide", Acta Crystallographica Section E, pp: 03140–03141 , Vol: E68, Standard: 1600-5368, Impact Factor: 0.3    (External URL)
82. Sohail Anjum Shahzad, Muhammad Yar, Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Islam Ullah Khan, (2012), "Microwave-assisted solvent free efficient synthesis of 1,3,4-oxadiazole-2(3H)- thiones and their potent in vitro urease inhibition activity", European Journal of Chemistry, pp: 143-146, Vol: 3 , Issue: 2, Standard: 2153-2257 (Online)    (External URL)
83. Nafeesa Mushtaq, Islam Ullah Khan, Muhammad Yar, Sadia Afzal and Jim Simpson: (2012), "N,N-bis(2-hydroxyethyl)-4-methylbenzenesulfonamide", Acta Crystallographica Section E, pp: 03142, Vol: E68, Standard: 1600-5368, Impact Factor: 0.3    (External URL)
84. Muhammad Yar, Muhammad Arshad, Muhammad Nadeem Akhtar, Sohail Anjum Shahzad, Islam Ullah Khan, Zulfiqar Ali Khan, Nisar Ullah, Ichiya Ninomiya, (2012), "Studies towards the synthesis of (±)-reserpine: Photocylization mediated a novel and efficient synthesis of 11,18-dimethoxy-(20a)-18,19-didehydro-yohimban-17-one;", Eur. J. Chem. , pp: 26-31, Vol: 3 , Issue: 1, Standard: 2153-2257 Online    (External URL)
85. Muhammad Yar, Sven P. Fritz, Paul J. Gates, Eoghan M. McGarrigle, and Varinder K. Aggarwal; (2012), "Synthesis of N-Vinyloxazolidinones and Morpholines from Amino Alcohols and Vinylsulfonium Salts: Analysis of the Outcome’s Dependence on the N-Protecting Group by Nanospray Mass Spectrometry,", Eur. J. Org Chem. , pp: 160–166 , Impact Factor: 3.2    (External URL)
86. Eoghan M. McGarrigle, Sven P. Fritz, Ludovic Favereau, Muhammad Yar, and Varinder K. Aggarwal (2011), "An efficient Synthesis of Imidazolinium salts using vinyl sulfonium salts", Organic Letters, pp: 3060–3063 , Vol: 13, Impact Factor: 5.4    (External URL)
87. Muhammad Yar, Matthew Unthank, Eoghan M. McGarrigle, and Varinder K. Aggarwal (2011), "Remote chiral induction in the vinylsulfonium salts mediated ring expansion of hemiaminals into epoxide-fused azepines", Chemistry An Asian Journal, pp: 372-375, Vol: 6, Impact Factor: 4.4    (External URL)
88. Sven P. Fritz, Amara Mumtaz, Muhammad Yar, Eoghan M. McGarrigle, and Varinder K. Aggarwal (2011), "Sulfinamides as highly effective amine protecting groups and their use in the conversion of aminoalcohols into morpholines", European Journal of Organic Chemistry, pp: 3156–3164, Impact Factor: 3.2    (External URL)
89. Muhammad Yar, Eoghan M. McGarrigle, and Varinder K. Aggarwal; (2009), "Bromoethylsulfonium salt – a more effective annulation agent for the synthesis of 6- and 7-membered 1,4-diheterocyclic compounds", Organic Letters, pp: 257-260 , Vol: 11 (Highlighted in Aldrichimica Acta), Impact Factor: 5.4    (External URL)
90. Varinder K. Aggarwal, Nekane Barberos, Eoghan M. McGarrigle, Greg Mickle, Raquel Navas, José Ramón Suárez,Matthew G. Unthank, Muhammad Yar (2009), "The fate of tert-butylsulfinyl auxiliary – a method for recycling t-BuSO", Tetrahedron letters, pp: 3482–3484 , Vol: 50 (50th Anniversary Tetrahedron lett special iss, Impact Factor: 2.7    (External URL)
91. Muhammad Yar, Eoghan M. McGarrigle, and Varinder K. Aggarwal; (2008), "An annulation reaction for the synthesis of morpholines, thiomorpholines and piperazines from beta-heteroatom amino compounds and vinyl sulfonium salts", Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., pp: 3784-3786, Vol: 47, Impact Factor: 12.73    (External URL)


University of Bristol, UK
Oct 2005 to Apr 2010


Associate Professor
Jan 2018 to Date
Assistant Professor
IRCBM, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Lahore
Feb 2012 to Dec 2017
Visiting Research Fellow
Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering section, The university of Sheffield
Oct 2014 to Sep 2016
Post Doctoral Research Fellow
Institute of Transformative Bio-Molecules (WPI), Nagoya University, Japan
Jun 2013 to Jul 2014
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry GC University Lahore Pakistan
Aug 2011 to Feb 2012
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemistry King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia
Aug 2010 to Jul 2011

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