University Research Council

URC.jpgChair: Dr El-Nasir Lalani

Approved and endorsed by the BoT in 1998, the University Research Council carries forward and supports the research mission of AKU by

  • Developing the University's research focus via a thematic approach;
  • Monitoring of research integrity;
  • Developing research policies and guidelines; and
  • Conducting an annual review of research activities.
Related: URC Terms of Reference (under review)

Given the diverse geographical positions of AKU, the URC ensures that research-related policies are applicable across all campuses.

The URC has a number of standing committees to accomplish its tasks. These are as follows:

  • Grants Review Committee 
  • Committees for Ethics Review in Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and United Kingdom
  • Ethics Committee for Animal Care and Use, Pakistan
  • Health and Safety Committees (under development); and
  • Registries (under development).



  • Dr Greg Moran, Provost
  • Dr Farhat Abbas, Dean Medical College
  • Dr Rafat Jan, Dean School of Nursing and Midwifery
  • Dr Sarfaroz Niyozov, Director, Institute for Educational Development, Pakistan
  • Dr Kofi Marfo, Director, Institute for Human Development, East Africa

Representatives of Constituencies:

  • D​r Anwar Ali Siddiqui​, Director Research, ORGS &  Professor of Biochemistry
  • Dr Mohammed Wasay, Professor of Neurology, Department of Medicine, Medical College, Pakistan
  • Dr Sarah Bowen Savant, Associate Professor, Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilzations, UK
  • Dr Anjum Halai, Professor & Head Research, Institute for Educational Development, East Africa
  • Dr Ayesha Bashiruddin, Associate Professor & Head Research & Policy, IED, Pakistan
  • Dr Farrok Karsan, Section Head Cancer, Department of Medicine, Medical College, East Africa
  • Chris Handley, Chief Information Officer, Informationa Technology

For queries related to the University Research Council, please contact:

Jack Fernandes
Secretary, URC