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Imran Ali

Assistant professor

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About me

With a PhD in Medical Sciences (Toxicology) and extensive experience in Environmental Monitoring,  I am currently working at the Unit of Biochemical Toxicology, the Institute of Environmental Medicine. The unit performs studies to understand the connection between chemicals and cancer. We employ Text mining-based approach  for the analyses of databases and cellular models to study the mechanisms behind chemically-induced carcinogenesis. 

Research description

Identification of potential hazards posed by environmental contaminants through toxicological and mechanistic studies, in parallel with epidemiological studies is very important in order to establish a link between exposure and human diseases. The main focus of my research projects are; 

  • to characterize and investigate the role of oxidative stress in cancer susceptibility differences between men and women
  • use of text mining-based CRAB tool to aid in the process of risk assessment.
  • to semantically classify the scientific literature according to Hallmarks of Cancer and literature-based discoveries

Teaching portfolio

In addition to research activity, I am for teaching where being a course leader, I am responsible for coordinating the courses and giving lectures to students in International Master Program in Toxicology and Biomedicine, at the Institute of Environmental Medicine, Karolinska Institutet. 


PhD (Medical Sciences)

MSc (Biochemistry)

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Awardee of NSERC Fellowship for postdoctoral studies in Health Canada 2014 

Awardee of HEC Overseas Scholarship for Postgraduate studies 2007-2011 

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