Dean, Research & Graduate Studies
The Dean of Research and Graduate Studies will develop, lead and oversee the University's thematic research initiatives across campuses in Karachi, Nairobi, Dar-es-Salaam, Kampala and London. He is responsible for advancing research at the University and oversees the solicitation of research funding, develops and implements the University's research policies, whilst promoting the highest standards for scholarship, academic achievement, and professional integrity in research.
Professor Dr El-Nasir MA Lalani joined Aga Khan University, as it's first Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, on July 1, 2008. He has a cross appointment at the University and Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi Department of Pathology and Microbiology as Professor of Molecular and Cellular Pathology.
Professor Lalani, a British national, acquired his BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry from the University of Dundee and his medical degree, MBChB from the University of Edinburgh. He has been a recipient of research fellowships from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research, UK) and the Medical Research Council, UK. He attained his PhD from University College, London and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists and the Higher Education Academy, UK. He has extensive research, teaching and administrative experience which he gained from the University of Leeds, Cancer Research, UK, Royal Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital London, Imperial College, London and the University of Birmingham, UK. He has published over 100 peer reviewed papers and contributed chapters in several books. He has co-edited and contributed chapters to a primary textbook on prostate cancer, 'Prostate Cancer: Clinical and Scientific Aspects: Bridging the Gap'. Professor Lalani has served as member of the Department of Health (UK) Human Tissue Authority and various research ethics committees (local, national and international). He is on the editorial board of several international journals. His research interests are in prostate/head and neck cancer, epithelial and stem cell biology and molecular pathology. He co-directed the Imperial College (adult) and MRC (foetal) human biomaterial resource centres (HBRC) and more recently he was the designated individual and head of the Birmingham University HBRC.
Professor Lalani was Chairman of the Aga Khan Education Board for the United Kingdom and Europe from 1990-1996 and member of the Ismaili Council for the European Union from 1997-2003. His last appointment, prior to joining AKU, was Professor and Head, Department of Pathology at the University of Birmingham, UK.