Faculty Profile

Dr. Muhammad Saeed

Associate Professor

Department Of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering

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.


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Inhibition of Dengue Virus Protease by Eugeniin, Isobiflorin, and Biflorin Isolated from the Flower Buds of Syzygium aromaticum (Cloves)ACS OmegaSaleem H.N., Batool F., Mansoor H.J., Shahzad-Ul-Hussan S., Saeed M.2019
Potential targets for therapeutic intervention and structure based vaccine design against Zika virusEuropean Journal of Medicinal Chemistry2018
Synthesis of lignin model compound containing a ??-O-4 linkageZeitschrift fur Naturforschung - Section B Journal of Chemical Sciences2017
Erratum: Catechol-O-methyltransferase expression and 2-methoxyestradiol affect microtubule dynamics and modify steroid receptor signaling in leiomyoma cells (PLoS ONE (2013) 8:1 DOI: 10.1371/annotation/8c8c0cae-7f2f-4f37-9807- 2d02b6c14db1)PLoS ONESalama S.A., Kamel M.W., Botting S., Salih S.M., Borahay M.A., Hamed A.A., Kilic G.S., Saeed M., Williams M.Y., Diaz-Arrastia C.R.2013
Effect of Tumour Necrosis Factor-Alpha on Estrogen Metabolic Pathways in Breast Cancer CellsJournal of CancerKamel M., Shouman S., El-Merzebany M., Kilic G., Veenstra T., Saeed M., Wagih M., Diaz-Arrastia C., Patel D., Salama S.2012
Mechanism of DNA depurination by carcinogens in relation to cancer initiationIUBMB LifeCavalieri E., Saeed M., Zahid M., Cassada D., Snow D., Miljkovic M., Rogan E.2012
Formation of dopamine quinone-DNA adducts and their potential role in the etiology of Parkinson's diseaseIUBMB Life2011
Formation of diethylstilbestrol-DNA adducts in human breast epithelial cells and inhibition by resveratrolJournal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyHinrichs B., Zahid M., Saeed M., Ali M.F., Cavalieri E.L., Rogan E.G.2011
The effect of tamoxifen and raloxifene on estrogen metabolism and endometrial cancer riskJournal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology2011
Resveratrol and N-acetylcysteine block the cancer-initiating step in MCF-10F cellsFree Radical Biology and MedicineZahid M., Saeed M., Beseler C., Rogan E.G., Cavalieri E.L.2011
N-acetylcysteine blocks formation of cancer-initiating estrogen-DNA adducts in cellsFree Radical Biology and MedicineZahid M., Saeed M., Ali M.F., Rogan E.G., Cavalieri E.L.2010
Benzene and dopamine catechol quinones could initiate cancer or neurogenic diseaseFree Radical Biology and MedicineZahid M., Saeed M., Rogan E.G., Cavalieri E.L.2010
Catechol-O-methyltransferase expression and 2-methoxyestradiol affect microtubule dynamics and modify steroid receptor signaling in leiomyoma cellsPLoS ONESalama S.A., Kamel M.W., Botting S., Salih S.M., Borahay M.A., Hamed A.A., Kilic G.S., Saeed M., Williams M.Y., Diaz-Arrastia C.R.2009
NAD(P)H:quinone oxidoreductase 1 Arg139Trp and Pro187Ser polymorphisms imbalance estrogen metabolism towards DNA adduct formation in human mammary epithelial cellsJournal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology2009
Depurinating naphthalene-DNA adducts in mouse skin related to cancer initiationFree Radical Biology and MedicineSaeed M., Higginbotham S., Gaikwad N., Chakravarti D., Rogan E., Cavalieri E.2009
Mechanism of metabolic activation and DNA adduct formation by the human carcinogen diethylstilbestrol: The defining link to natural estrogensInternational Journal of CancerSaeed M., Rogan E., Cavalieri E.2009
Prevention of estrogen-DNA adduct formation in MCF-10F cells by resveratrolFree Radical Biology and MedicineZahid M., Gaikwad N.W., Ali M.F., Lu F., Saeed M., Yang L., Rogan E.G., Cavalieri E.L.2008
Resveratrol prevents estrogen-DNA adduct formation and neoplastic transformation in MCF-10F cellsCancer Prevention Research2008
Inhibition of catechol-O-methyltransferase increases estrogen-DNA adduct formationFree Radical Biology and Medicine2007
Estrogen metabolism and formation of estrogen-DNA adducts in estradiol-treated MCF-10F cells. The effects of 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin induction and catechol-O-methyltransferase inhibitionJournal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular BiologyLu F., Zahid M., Saeed M., Cavalieri E.L., Rogan E.G.2007
Formation of depurinating N3Adenine and N7Guanine adducts by MCF-10F cells cultured in the presence of 4-hydroxyestradiolInternational Journal of CancerSaeed M., Rogan E., Fernandez S.V., Sheriff F., Russo J., Cavalieri E.2007
Formation of depurinating N3adenine and N7guanine adducts after reaction of 1,2-naphthoquinone or enzyme-activated 1,2-dihydroxynaphthalene with DNA. Implications for the mechanism of tumor initiation by naphthaleneChemico-Biological InteractionsSaeed M., Higginbotham S., Rogan E., Cavalieri E.2007
The greater reactivity of estradiol-3,4-quinone vs estradiol-2,3-quinone with DNA in the formation of depurinating adducts: Implications for tumor-initiating activityChemical Research in ToxicologyZahid M., Kohli E., Saeed M., Rogan E., Cavalieri E.2006
Development of monoclonal antibodies to 4-hydroxyestrogen-2-N- acetylcysteine conjugates: Immunoaffinity and spectroscopic studiesChemical Research in Toxicology2005
Novel spiro-quinone formation from 3???-hydroxydiethylstilbestrol after oxidation with silver oxideTetrahedron LettersSaeed M., Rogan E., Cavalieri E.2005