Dr. Saeed received his M.Sc. in chemistry from the University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan with distinction (Punjab University topper with Gold Medal) in 1996. Before his Ph.D. research, he served at Research Assistant/Research Officer at H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi. During this time he was awarded DAAD fellowship to conduct PhD research at the University of Tübingen, Germany under the supervision of Prof. Dr. h.c.(mult.) Wolfgang Voelter.
In 1998, Dr. Saeed started his PhD research on the total synthesis of a,b-unsaturated d-lactone-containing natural products by using carbohydrate as chiral templates. In 2000, he was selected by the DAAD to represent its students in the 50th Annual Nobel Laureate Meeting at Lindau, Germany. By 2001, he was able to synthesize several natural products and their unnatural analogs, which earned him a PhD degree from the University of Tübingen in the span of less than three years.
From 2001 to 2009, Dr. Saeed conducted post-doctorate research in the area of chemical carcinogenesis and cancer biology, by investigating the metabolism of estrogens, formation of genotoxic metabolites and their reactions with DNA to induce cancer-specific mutations, and the initiation of cancer. In 2009, he joined Department of Chemistry of the University of Iowa as Research Scholar and visiting assistant professor. He has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles in reputed international journals, such as Journal of Biological Chemistry,International Journal of Cancer, Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Chemical Research in Toxicology, and Tetrahedron Letters. He has presented his research in several National and International meetings and conferences.
Since Aug 2014, Dr. Saeed is working at the Department of Chemistry/SBASSE LUMS as an associate professor.