Dr. Hassan Ahmad, Professor

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Office: SCIE 3.316
Phone: (956) 665-3372


Dr. Hassan Ahmad

Research Summary:

Hassan Ahmad received his B. S. in Chemistry from Aligarh Muslim University, India in 1976 and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Aligarh Muslim University, India in 1983. He was a postdoctoral fellow at Universitat Kaiserslautern, Germany from 1985-1986 and at University of Texas Medical Branch from 1987-1991. In 1992 he was appointed Assistant Professor of Chemistry at The University of Texas Pan-American; he was promoted to Associate Professor in 1996 and became Professor in 2001. He served as Interim Chair 1999-2001 and become Chair of Chemistry in 2003.

He has 51 reviewed publications in areas including biochemistry, toxicology, carcinogenesis and ophthalmology. He has served as the member of the Minority Education Sub-committee of Society of Toxicology from 1997-1999. He is currently serving as the member of the Board of Directors of South Texas Education Technology, Inc. a state-supported charted High School in Weslaco, TX since 2000. He received the prestigious Chancellor's outstanding teaching award at UTPA in 2003.

Current research interest includes structure function relationship of proteins specially that of glutathione S-transferase (GST), a ubiquitous group of detoxification enzymes. Investigations are underway to determine the potential of phytochemicals, such as myristicin, limonoids, and flavonoids in inducing GSTs in animal models as well as cell culture system. Since the GSTs are strongly implicated in metabolism of a variety of carcinogens, their induction in tissues is considered as a possible mechanism of anti­carcinogenesis. These studies are expected to help design effective long term strategies for cancer prevention by these naturally occurring phytochemicals. These studies are supported by grants from USDA and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.