Muhammad Zaman, PhD
Boston University College of Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

PhD, University of Chicago
MS, University of Chicago
BS, Arkansas Technical University

Muhammad Zaman is a Professor in the College of Engineering and the principal investigator of the Laboratory for Molecular & Cellular Dynamics at Boston University and a Faculty Fellow of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. He holds a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Chicago and was a Herman and Margaret Sokol Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in cancer research at MIT. He has been a recipient of the FEBS outstanding Young Investigator Award and was most recently awarded the Regents Teaching Award, the highest teaching award across the entire University of Texas System of Institutions. Professor Zaman joined BU from UT Austin in fall 2009.

Dr. Zaman’s research focuses on understanding the systems biology of tumor invasion and metastasis. The second main thrust of his research focuses on developing computational and experimental tools to improve the quality of life, education, and the practice of medicine in the developing world. He is working closely with institutions of higher learning in curriculum development and implementation. In addition, he partners with various nonprofits around the globe, in particular with the developing countries, to develop cheap, robust, and easy-to-use solutions to develop improved diagnostics in remote areas.

Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies
Boston University College of Engineering
Biomedical Engineering

Boston University School of Public Health
Global Health

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

D-ISN/Collaborative Research: Financial and Network Disruptions in Counterfeit and Illegal Medicines Trade
08/01/2022 - 07/31/2026 (PI)
National Science Foundation

US and EU Border Externalization Regimes: Ethics, Identities, and Impacts
01/01/2023 - 12/31/2024 (Multi-PI)
PI: Muhammad Zaman, PhD
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Governing the global antimicrobial commons in a sustainable, acceptable, fair and effective (SAFE) manner
10/01/2022 - 09/30/2024 (Subcontract PI)
York University, Toronto SoSci & Hum Res Coun

Evaluation of Feasibility for Grand Challenges Pakistan Partnership II
04/23/2020 - 09/30/2024 (PI)
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Health of Refugees and Forcibly Displaced Communities
06/16/2023 - 07/01/2024 (PI)
Wellcome Trust

Aptamer Development for the PharmaChk Platform
07/20/2020 - 06/20/2024 (PI)
Merck KGaA (Germany)

Fellowship in Quality of Medical Products at Boston University
05/08/2018 - 11/30/2023 (PI)
United States Pharmacopeial Convention

2021 DCLC - Dr. Muhammad Zaman
04/01/2021 - 03/31/2023 (PI)
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Measuring AMR footprint in Pakistan
01/01/2021 - 09/30/2022 (PI)

D-ISN: TRACK 2: Collaborative Research: Financial Network Disruptions in Illicit and Counterfeit Medicines (FIND-M)
09/01/2020 - 08/31/2022 (PI)
National Science Foundation

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Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2017 Modeling bi-directional signaling and cytoskeletal dynamics in 3D cell migrations 5U01CA177799-05 22
2016 Modeling bi-directional signaling and cytoskeletal dynamics in 3D cell migrations 4U01CA177799-04 22
2015 Modeling bi-directional signaling and cytoskeletal dynamics in 3D cell migrations 5U01CA177799-03 22
2014 Modeling bi-directional signaling and cytoskeletal dynamics in 3D cell migrations 5U01CA177799-02 22
2013 Modeling bi-directional signaling and cytoskeletal dynamics in 3D cell migrations 1U01CA177799-01 22
2011 Quantitative Analysis of Tumor Cell Migration in Three Dimensioinal Matrices 5R01CA132633-05 22
2010 Quantitative Analysis of Tumor Cell Migration in Three Dimensioinal Matrices 3R01CA132633-04S1 22
2010 Quantitative Analysis of Tumor Cell Migration in Three Dimensioinal Matrices 5R01CA132633-04 22
2009 Quantitative Analysis of Tumor Cell Migration in Three Dimensioinal Matrices 3R01CA132633-03S1 22
2009 Quantitative Analysis of Tumor Cell Migration in Three Dimensioinal Matrices 7R01CA132633-03 22
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  1. Sutradhar I, Kalyan P, Chukwu K, Abia ALK, Mbanga J, Essack S, Hamer DH, Zaman MH. Metal Ions and their Effects on Antimicrobial Resistance Development in Wastewater. bioRxiv. 2023 Jun 17.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37398478; PMCID: PMC10312816; DOI: 10.1101/2023.06.16.545339;
  2. Ching C, Zaman MH. Infectious disease burden among forcibly displaced populations: considerations for effective research. Pathog Glob Health. 2023 Jul; 117(5):435-436. PMID: 37218440; PMCID: PMC10262769; DOI: 10.1080/20477724.2023.2217401;
  3. Sutradhar I, Ching C, Desai D, Heins Z, Khalil AS, Zaman MH. Effects of antibiotic interaction on antimicrobial resistance development in wastewater. Sci Rep. 2023 May 13; 13(1):7801.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37179426; PMCID: PMC10183007; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-34935-w;
  4. Higgins G, Higgins F, Peres J, Lang DM, Abdalrahman T, Zaman MH, Prince S, Franz T. Intracellular mechanics and TBX3 expression jointly dictate the spreading mode of melanoma cells in 3D environments. Exp Cell Res. 2023 Jul 15; 428(2):113633. PMID: 37172754
  5. Karrobi K, Tank A, Fuzail MA, Kalidoss M, Tilbury K, Zaman M, Ferruzzi J, Roblyer D. Fluorescence Lifetime Imaging Microscopy (FLIM) reveals spatial-metabolic changes in 3D breast cancer spheroids. Sci Rep. 2023 Mar 03; 13(1):3624.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36869092; PMCID: PMC9984376; DOI: 10.1038/s41598-023-30403-7;
  6. Suprenant MP, Nyankesha E, Moreno-Garcia R, Buj V, Yakubu A, Shafique F, Zaman MH. Assessing the relationship between operationally defined zero-dose communities and access to selected primary healthcare services for children and pregnant women in emergency settings. PLoS One. 2023; 18(2):e0281764. PMID: 36795706; PMCID: PMC9934415; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0281764;
  7. Sutradhar I, Ching C, Desai D, Heins Z, Khalil AS, Zaman MH. Effects of Antibiotic Interaction on Antimicrobial Resistance Development in Wastewater. bioRxiv. 2023 Feb 10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36798199; PMCID: PMC9934683; DOI: 10.1101/2023.02.10.528009;
  8. Kiwanuka M, Higgins G, Ngcobo S, Nagawa J, Lang DM, Zaman MH, Davies NH, Franz T. Effect of paclitaxel treatment on cellular mechanics and morphology of human oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma in 2D and 3D environments. Integr Biol (Camb). 2022 Oct 15; 14(6):137-49. PMID: 36244059; PMCID: PMC9585394; DOI: 10.1093/intbio/zyac013;
  9. Ching C, Fuzail MA, Zaman MH, Wirtz VJ. Relative Risk Assessment for Substandard Antibiotics Along the Manufacturing and Supply Chain: A Proof-of-Concept Study. Ther Innov Regul Sci. 2023 Jan; 57(1):121-131.View Related Profiles. PMID: 36006562; DOI: 10.1007/s43441-022-00446-5;
  10. Acevedo AJ, Desai D, Zaman MH, Apiou-Sbirlea G. PharmaChk: a decade of research and development towards the first quantitative, field-based medicine quality screening instrument. Analyst. 2022 Aug 22; 147(17):3805-3816. PMID: 35579301
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8 bold agenda items for the World Health Organization as it turns 75

NPR 4/6/2023

Climate change, conflict, and resistant viruses

Inquirer 2/27/2022

Oxfam says the rich got richer in the pandemic, and the wealth gap is killing the poor

NPR 2/8/2022

Superbugs were already on the rise. The pandemic likely made things worse.

National Geographic 1/28/2022

The dangerous treatment

The Express Tribune 1/11/2022

Reflecting on a decade

The Express Tribune 1/4/2022

They're the invisible victims of climate change

NPR 11/9/2021

Fake, substandard vaccines and medicines spell trouble for controlling Covid-19

Stat 10/25/2021

How higher education can aid Afghanistan

Latitude(s) 8/23/2021

BU Community Writes Joe Biden’s Inaugural Address

BU Today 1/19/2021

8 Reads By New England Authors While You’re Socially Distancing

WBUR-FM 4/6/2020

You Can’t Do Social Distancing if You’re a Refugee

Foreign Policy Magazine 3/20/2020

Coronavirus could cause ‘carnage’ among the world’s refugees, aid groups say

NBC News 3/19/2020

Opinion: Refugees Are Especially Vulnerable To COVID-19. Don’t Ignore Their Needs

NPR 3/11/2020

How fake drugs can make you sicker — even if you never take them

The Verge 5/24/2018

Fake And Faulty Drugs: A Problem No One Wants To Talk About

Wesa 90.5 5/20/2018

Why Counterfeit Drugs Are A Global Problem With No Foolproof Solutions

WBUR 4/20/2018

What to do about the boom in dangerous counterfeit drugs

Futurity 4/12/2018

Medicines that Harm: The Global Problem of Substandard Drugs

Facebook 4/11/2018

The lessons of the camps

The Express Tribune 1/23/2018

Who owns the university?

The Express Tribune 1/9/2018

2018 Rice 360 Inspiration Award
2015 American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering: Fellow
2014 Institute for Advanced Studies on Science, Technology and Society: Fellow
2013 IEEE: Van Valkenburg Early Career Teaching Award
2013 IEEE-EMBS: Early Career Achievement Award
In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

Systems Biology of Cancer
Cell Adhesion and Migration in 3D environments
Cellular Mechanics
Applications of BME in the developing world
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