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multi-organism approach
maternal-embryonic interaction
membrane trafficking
inter-tissue communication
organismal heme transport
macrophage heme recycling

More about Professor Hamza


  • 2021 Visiting Professor, University of Torino, Italy
  • 2019 Sabbatical, Genetics and Molecular Biology Branch, NHGRI/NIH;  Dr. David Bodine
  • 2010-2011 Sabbatical, Translational and Functional Genomics Branch, NHGRI/NIH;  Dr. Paul Liu
  • 1997-2002 Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine; Mentor: Dr. Jonathan Gitlin
  • 1991-1997 Ph.D., Biochemistry, SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine; Mentor: Dr. Mark O'Brian
  • 1985-1991 B.Sc. & M.Sc., Biochemistry, University of Bombay, India


  • 2019 Chair, Gordon Research Conference, Cell Biology of Metals
  • 2018 Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility Fellow, European Union (Lund University, Sweden)
  • 2018 Chair, Gordon Research Conference, Chemistry and Biology of Tetrapyrroles
  • 2017 Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 2012-16 Standing Member, Integrative Nutrition and Metabolic Processes Study Section, NIH
  • 2012 Fellow, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
  • 2011 Faculty Excellence Award, AGNR, University of Maryland
  • 2011 Excellence in Research, 44th Annual Alumni Awards Celebration, AGNR, University of Maryland
  • 2010 Kirwan Faculty Research and Scholarship Prize
  • 2010 Best Inventor Pitch, Professor Venture Fair, University of Maryland
  • 2006 Junior Faculty Excellence Award, AGNR, University of Maryland
  • 2005 Outstanding Invention of 2004, University of Maryland
  • 2003 Member of Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
  • 2002 NIH K01 Research Career Development Award, NIDDK
  • 2001 Top 30 Outstanding Alumni, Canada World Youth, Montreal, Canada
  • 2000 NIH Post-Doctoral NRSA Fellowship, NHLBI
  • 1987 Duke of Edinburgh's Award Silver Standard

Professional activities (advisory panels, editorial boards, consulting):

Grant review panels
NIH, Integrative Nutrition and Metabolic Processes (INMP) Study Section, NIH, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2016; 2011, AARA RC1, AARA R15, Special Emphasis Panel – ZRG1 EMNR-H, EMNR-P; NSF, Metabolic Biochemistry Study Section, 2003, 2004, 2006; Telethon Foundation (Comitato Telethon Fondazione ONLUS), Milan, Italy, 2003, 2006, 2015, 2016; Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) UK, 2006, 2014, 2015, 2018; March of Dimes 2010; Research Foundation - Flanders (Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek - Vlaanderen, FWO), Belgium 2012; Israel Science Foundation 2013; Barth Syndrome Foundation 2015.

Manuscript Reviewer
Aging Research Reviews; American Journal of Hematology; Biochimica et Biophysica Acta; Blood; BMC Cell Biology; BMC Genomics; Cell Reports; Cell Stem Cell; Current Biology ; eLife; Eukaryotic Cell; Experimental Biology and Medicine; Experimental Cell Research; Experimental Parasitology; FASEB Journal; FEBS Letters; Food and Chemical Toxicology; Frontiers in Pharmacology; Frontiers in Immunology; Genetics; Genome Biology; Hematology; International Journal for Parasitology: Drugs and Drug Resistance; Journal of Biological Chemistry; Journal of Biological Inorganic Chemistry; Journal of Clinical Investigation; Journal of Molecular Biology; Journal of Nutrition; Molecular Metabolism; Nature; Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews; Pest Management Science; PLoS Biology; PLoS Computational Biology; PLoS Genetics; PLoS ONE; PLoS Pathogens; Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA; Science; Science Translational Medicine; Scientific Reports; The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition; The American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology; Toxicological Reports; Translational Research.
Editor: PNAS, eLife.
Editorial Board: eLife.

Founder and President: Rakta Therapeutics, Inc. (Incorporated: Sep 26, 2011). 

Patent: Compounds for treating parasitic infections. Inventors: Iqbal Hamza, Fengtian Xue. Patent number: 10227320; Filed: May 6, 2016, Date of Patent: March 12, 2019

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