Dr Waqar Ahmed

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I obtained my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences and Master’s in Pharmacology from Sheffield Hallam University in 2012. I then worked for Parexel and the University of Surrey on clinical research studies before joining an EU Marie Curie funded PhD studentship at the University of Manchester in 2014. Here, I investigated volatile metabolite profiling methods for phenotyping respiratory disease with Profs Stephen Fowler and Roy Goodacre. During my PhD I had a two-year placement at Philips Research in Eindhoven.

After my PhD, I was a post-doc on an Innovate UK project with Profs Mike Turner and Krishna Persaud in the Department of Chemistry. I then moved to my second post-doc position with Prof Stephen Fowler working on respiratory disease breath biomarker development funded by NIHR grants and the Manchester BRC.

I am currently based in the Respiratory group at Wythenshawe Hospital and carry out my research within the Manchester Breathomics group and Centre for Precision Approaches to Combatting AMR.

I am interested in using metabolomics to understand respiratory disease metabolism and drug tolerance, particularly in asthma, interstitial lung diseases and ventilator-associated pneumonia.

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Education / academic qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, An investigation of volatile metabolite profiling methods for phenotyping respiratory disease, The University of Manchester (2014 - 2018)
  • Master of Science, MSc Pharmacology and Biotechnology, Sheffield Hallam University (2011 - 2012)
  • Bachelor of Science, BSc Biomedical Sciences (Hons), Sheffield Hallam University (2008 - 2011)

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