Humaira Jamshed, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Integrated Sciences and Mathematics
Dhanani School of Science & Engineering


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.
  • Certificate of Mentoring and Leadership, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.
  • Diploma in Clinical and Translational Science, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nutrition, Aga Khan University.
  • PhD in Health Sciences, Aga Khan University, Pakistan.
  • M.Sc. in Biochemistry, University of Karachi, Pakistan.
  • B.Sc. in Botany, University of Karachi, Pakistan.

Awards & Honors

  • Higher Education Commission Indigenous PhD Scholarship, 2014.
  • Two research grants from the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Aga Khan University.
  • Young professional member of American Society of Nutrition and Canadian Society of Nutrition.
  • Reviewer of prestigious scientific journals such as Obesity, Journal of Nutrition, Nutrition and Metabolism, Nutrition Research, Nutrition Journal, Obesity Reviews etc.


  • Nutrition 2018 – Boston, Massachusetts, USA

  • Biography

    Dr. Jamshed has recently completed her second Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), the United States, where her research explored the effectiveness of 1) time-restricted feeding (a type of intermittent fasting) for obesity and diabetes; 2) plant-based diet for diabetes in the Republic of Marshal Islands; 3) circadian regulation of glucose, lipids, and energy metabolism; 4) Opioid-freedom-formula for withdrawal symptoms; 5) nuts versus nut oils for metabolic syndrome. While in the United States, Dr. Jamshed continued professional development at UAB and got a Diploma in Clinical and Translational Sciences and a training certificate in Mentoring and Leadership. In the last five years, she has published 10 research articles in international peer-reviewed journals with a cumulative impact factor of more than 30 with over 90 citations to-date.

    Dr. Jamshed completed her PhD in Health Sciences, and her first Postdoctoral Fellowship in Nutrition from the Aga Khan University, Pakistan. There, she conducted translational research on cardiometabolic effects on almonds. She was the first to combine mechanistic investigations with animal experimentation on isolated organs and a controlled clinical trial on heart patients. She was also the first to develop a rodent model of multi-organ dysfunction for testing novel drugs for chronic diseases. During her first postdoctoral research from Aga Khan University, she continued almond-research on heart patients; conducted another randomized controlled clinical trial of almonds on pregnant women; explored the therapeutic potential of indigenous medicinal plants; and reviewed the literature on dietary fibers.

    Dr. Jamshed has taught the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for almost three years, where she used pedagogies such as flip class, active learning, open-book exam, and others. Her students conducted research projects on topics such as cells on cell phones and laptops; bacteriological evaluation of contaminations in drinking water; how running affects heart rate; how placebo contributes to physical competencies; how mutations link to mental disorders; and the role of genetics in Cushing’s Syndrome. She also taught Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Microbiology courses to Doctor of Pharmacy for two years. Over the years, Dr. Jamshed has co-supervised several medical, pharmacy, and doctorate students both in Pakistan and the US. She is an active member of the American Society of Nutrition and the Canadian Society of Nutrition; and also serves as a reviewer for prestigious scientific journals in the field of nutrition and obesity.

    Selected Publications

    • Jamshed H, Beyl R, Bouslog S, Yang ES, Peterson CM. (2019) Early time-restricted feeding improves 24-hour glucose levels and affects markers of the circadian clock, aging, and autophagy in humans. Nutrients, 11(6): 1234
    • Davis B, Jamshed H, Peterson CM, Sabaté J, Harris R, Koratkar R, Spence J, Kelly JH. (2019) Design and methods of a lifestyle intervention trial to treat type 2 diabetes in the Republic of the Marshall Islands. Frontiers in Nutrition 6: 79
    • Jamshed H, Siddiqi HS, Arslan J, Sultan FAT, Qasim M, Gilani AH. (2019) Studies on antioxidant, hepatoprotective and vasculo-protective potential of Viola odorata and Wrightia tinctoria. Phytotherapy Research.
    • Arslan, J, Ahmed T, Khan SF, Jamshed H, Gilani AH, Kamal MA. (2019) Edible nuts for preventing and treating dementia. Submitted to CNS & Neurological Disorders – Drug Targets. (under review – manuscript ID BMSCNSNDDT-2019-28)
    • Jamshed H, Arslan J, Sultan FAT, Siddiqi HS, Qasim M, Gilani AH. (2019) Almonds protect liver in coronary artery disease – A randomized controlled clinical trial. Submitted to Journal of Pakistan Medical Association. (under review – manuscript ID 33-1548588717)
    • Poggiogalle E, Jamshed H, Peterson CM. (2017) Circadian regulation of glucose, lipid, and energy metabolism in humans. Metabolism – Clinical and Experimental. 84: 11-27
    • Usman NE, Bano R, Haroon S, Jamshed H. (2017) Student phones and laptops as probable source of community-acquired infections. MOJ Public Health. 6(5): 00183
    • Jamshed H, Gilani AH, Sultan FAT, Amin F, Arslan J, Ghani S, Masroor M. (2016). Almond supplementation reduced serum uric acid in coronary artery disease patients – A randomized controlled clinical trial. Nutrition Journal. 15(77): 1-5
    • Jamshed H, Sultan FAT, Iqbal R, Gilani AH. (2015) Dietary almonds increase serum HDL cholesterol in coronary artery disease patients in a randomized controlled trial. Journal of Nutrition. 145(10): 2287-92
    • Jamshed H, Gilani AH. (2015) Low doses of almonds exhibit vasculo-protective effects when given in empty stomach. International Journal of Pharmacology. 11(2): 122-129
    • Jamshed H, Arslan J and Gilani AH. (2014) Cholesterol-cholate-butterfat diet offers multi-organ dysfunction in rats. Lipids in Health and Disease. 13(194):1-10
    • Jamshed H, Gilani AH. (2014) Almonds inhibit dyslipidemia and vascular dysfunction in rats through multiple pathways. Journal of Nutrition. 144(11): 1768-1774
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