Dr. Syeda Sana Ali Shah


Dr. Syeda Sana Ali Shah

Assistant Professor (IPFP Fellow)


Dr Syeda Sana is a passionate cancer researcher who wants to excel and make a difference in the field of Oncobiology. She joined Pak Austria Fachhochschule – Institute of Applied Sciences and Technology (PAF-IAST) in 2024. Her PhD was entitled “Studies on the role of Vitamin D and associated genes in Haematological cancers”. She did her PhD from COMSATS University Islamabad and carried out in vitro validation of her study during her stay at University of Oxford, England. Her areas of interest in research are Cancer genomics and Therapeutics, Cancer Genetics, Cancer Diagnostic Research, Therapeutic role of Biomolecules and Cancer Prevention. Her work is being published in international well-reputed journals. She envisions better treatment plans for cancer which not only reduce the lethality of conventional chemotherapeutic drugs but also improve quality of life of patients.

Professional Appointments

  • Assistant professor (IPFP Fellow), Department of BMS, Pak-Austria Fachhochschule, Feb 2024-Present
  • Research Associate, COMSATS University Islamabad, 2014-2017
  • Researcher, Institute of Radiation and Nuclear Medicine (IRNUM), Peshawar, 2008-2009


  • Ph.D. in Biosciences, COMSATS University Islamabad 2022
  • Master of Science in Biosciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, 2013
  • Bachelor of Biotechnology, Center of Biotechnology and Microbiology, University of Peshawar, 2008


  • Sana, S., Kayani, M.A. Role of Vitamin D deficiency and mRNA expression of VDR and RXR in haematological cancers. Mol Biol Rep 48,4431–4439 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11033-021-06463-1
  • Bashir, N., Sana, S., Mahjabeen, I. et al. Association of reduced XRCC2 expression with lymph node metastasis in breast cancer tissues. Familial Cancer 13,611–617 (2014). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10689-014-9745-0


Fully Funded Documentary making on Monitoring, Review and Analysis. Funded by UKS research center and UNFPA in 2011

Awards & Prizes

  • Award Title: IPFP Fellowship
    • Awarding Institute Name: Higher Education Commission, Pakistan
    • Year: 2023
  • Award Title: International Research Support Initiative Programme Award
    • Awarding Institute Name: Higher Education Commission, Pakistan
    • Year: 2018
  • Award Title: Ist Prize in independent Project Reporting
    • Awarding Institute Name: University of Peshawar
    • Year: 2013
  • Award Title: Scholarship for attending 7th IAS on HIV Pathogenesis, treatment and prevention in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Awarding Institute Name: International Aids Society
    • Year: 2013
  • Award Title: Scholarship for 5th APCRSHR, Beijing, China
    • Awarding Institute Name: United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA)
    • Year: 2009
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