School of Pharmacy
The University of Mississippi

Dr. Mohammad Khalid Ashfaq

Posted on: August 27th, 2014 by akhayes
Principal Scientist in the National Center for Natural Products Research
TCRC 2047


  • Ph.D. Cornell University
  • M.S. Cornell University
  • DTVM University of Edinburgh, Scotland
  • DVM University of Agriculture, Pakistan


  • Principal Scientist


The development of natural products requires pre-clinical assessment in vertebrate animals. Dr. Ashfaq has developed several disease models in lab animals to evaluate novel compounds for infectious diseases, (like cryptococcosis, candidiasis, MRSA infections, Influenza virus), cancer and metabolic diseases like type-2 diabetes and obesity. Assessment of botanicals and commercially available medicines for potential liver injury in laboratory animals is also investigated. Using a guinea pig model, Dr. Ashfaq has worked on the development of prophylactic treatment of poison ivy contact dermatitis.