Academic Director- Institute of Sustainability and Food Innovation (IoSFI)
Hamad joined Reaseheath College in January 2023. Prior to his current role, he served as a Senior Scientist in the Research and Development department of Germains Seed Technology, where he played a pivotal role in successfully completing numerous research projects. His professional journey includes working as a Postdoctoral Scientist at prestigious institutions such as Royal Holloway University of London, University of Warwick, and John Innes Centre. Furthermore, he held positions as a Scientific Officer at the Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC) and Pakistan Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (PCSIR). Hamad expertise is centred in molecular biology and plant physiology, fields in which he has conducted extensive research on diverse range of topics. His contributions span investigations into leaf senescence, light signalling, circadian clock, RNA-directed DNA methylation, starch biosynthesis pathways, and various aspects of seed biology. Hamad holds a PhD in Plant Molecular Biology from the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Plant Physiology and the University of Potsdam, Germany, along with M.Sc. (Hons) and B.Sc. (Hons) degrees in Agriculture from the University of Arid Agriculture, Pakistan
As the Academic Director, Hamad provides leadership to shape a clear and ambitious mission for IoSFI that aligns with the strategic goals of Reaseheath College, the University Centre, and the University of Chester. Hamad leads a high-performing team, optimizing physical and financial resources to identify efficient and successful uses of college facilities for academic, research, and commercial purposes.