Hafiz is an accomplished scientist with over 7 years of industrial experience in defining strategy and providing leadership in in vitro/ in vivo assay development/validation, target identification/validation, target engagement, mechanism of action and PD biomarkers, small molecule inhibitors. Hafiz completed his PhD in biochemistry at the University of Hyderabad (India) and postdoctoral studies at the University of Kentucky studying the role of oxidative stress in Alzheimer’s Disease. He continued his work on Alzheimer’s Disease at the Sander’s Brown Center on aging where he focused on neuro-immunology and neuro-inflammation. In 2011, he joined Proteostasis Therapeutics in Cambridge (MA) where he led drug discovery effort in identifying, validating and progressing drug targets for neurodegenerative diseases.
What is your role at Applied BioMath?
“My role as a biologist is to understand the disease and mechanism of action of drug molecules and to help modelers derive mathematical equations from this biological knowledge.”
What do you love most about working at Applied BioMath?
“One thing I like the most is how our approach is applicable across different stages of drug discovery. This gives me an opportunity to use my skill sets and at the same time, gain experience working with different aspects of drug discovery.”
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
“Knowing that my work is helping biotechs/pharmaceutical industries make informed decisions to move their best compound to the clinic, which would ultimately benefit patients and cure diseases, is the most rewarding part of my job.”
What was your specialty prior to coming to work for Applied BioMath?
“My specialty was, and still is, neuroscience. I have a passion for neuroscience, focusing primarily on Alzheimer’s."
What inspires you every day?
"Problem solving, innovative approaches, critical thinking, and working with such smart people inspires me every day."
Do you have a motto or personal mantra you live by?
“Be good, do good. I believe everyone should treat others with respect. Life is too short to waste by being otherwise.”
What do you like to do in your spare time?
“I really enjoy cooking. If I were not in science, I would have been a chef. I consider cooking to be all science. I also like to listen to music and hang out with my friends.”
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
“There are a couple of things: pay-off my home loan, focus on charity work... maybe open a restaurant."