Dr El-Nasir MA Lalani

Director, Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research

Dr El-Nasir MA Lalani is the Professor of Stem Cell Biology and Translational Medicine with a cross appointment in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine as Professor of Molecular and Cellular Pathology.

Dr Lalani was appointed as the Founding Director of the Aga Khan University-Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research (AKU-CRM) in 2016. The program is developed in partnership with the Eli and Edythe Broad Centre for Regeneration Medicine at ​University of California, San Francisco. His previous position at AKU was the Founding Dean of Research and Graduate Studies which he held for 8 years. Prior to joining AKU, he held academic appointments with University of Birmingham, UK and Imperial College, UK.

Dr Lalani is a member and Chair of the Executive Committee of the joint AKU-UCSF stem cell and regenerative medicine Research Capacity Development Program. He is an Executive Board member of the Asian Network of Research Resource Centres and serves as a member in the Asian and Pacific Rim Research Integrity Planning Committee; Aga Khan Foundation Canada, Central Asia Health Strengthening Committee; International Joint research Assessment Committee of the Programme for Cooperation in Science and Technology between MCTES and the Ismaili Imamat; New York Academy of Sciences; and American Association of Advancement of Science.

Dr Lalani is a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, UK and Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK.

He has served as Director of Pakistan Medical Research Council, Chairman of the Aga Khan Education Board, UK and as a member of the Department of Health (UK) Human Tissue Authority.

Dr Lalani's work spans the fields of basic science and clinical medicine, and is a member of various national and international ethics committees. Dr Lalani also served as Co-Director Imperial College (adult) and MRC (foetal) Human Biomaterial Resource Centres (HBRC) and the Human Tissue Authority Designated Individual at University of Birmingham, UK.

Dr Lalani has more than 150 papers, articles and book chapters published to his credit.

Research Interest

Dr Lalani's academic career and expertise include stem cell and cancer biology, pathology, bio-banking and bioethics. His research interests are in epithelial cell biology, prostate, breast and neck cancer, epithelial and stem cell biology, and molecular pathology. ​​​​