Name: Dr. Imran Ullah
Designation: Assistant Professor
Department: Biochemistry (BMB)


Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

(March 2017 – 30th July 2019)

Division of Biotechnology, National institute of Animal Science (NIAS), Rural Development Administration (RDA), Republic of Korea


(2013 – 2017)

Gyeongsang National University, South Korea

(Biotechnology/Stem Cells Biology)


(2011 - 2013) 

Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan

(Biochemistry/Molecular Biology)

MSc (Master’s)

(2009 - 2011)

Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan

(Biochemistry/Molecular Biology)



Phone: +92-51 9064-3222
Status: On Job
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Research Interests Publications Conferences Research Projects

  1. Stem Cells Biology
  2. Inborn Metabolic Disorders
  3. Approach towards the treatment of Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 using stem cells and small molecules 

1.          Hammal Khan, Angie En Qi Chong, Muhammad Bilal, Shoaib Nawaz…, Imran Ullah, Hamid Ali, Shifeng Xue and Wasim Ahmad. Novel variants in the LRP4 underlying Cenani-Lenz Syndactyly syndrome. December 2021. Journal of Human Genetics;

2.          Ullah I, Kim Y, Oh KH, Hwang S, Im GS, Hur TY, Ock SA. Effect of sex-specific differences on function of induced hepatocyte-like cells generated from male and female mouse embryonic fibroblasts. January 2021. Stem Cell Research & Therapy 12(1) DOI: 10.1186/s13287-020-02100-z

3.          Muhammad Tahir, Maqsood Hayat, Imran Ullah, Kil To Chong. A deep learning-based computational approach for discrimination of DNA N6-methyladenosine sites by fusing heterogeneous features. November 2020Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems 206:104151. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemolab.2020.104151

4.          Imran Ullah, Kangmin Seo, Hayeon Wi, Sun A Ock. Induction of the differentiation of porcine bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells into premature hepatocyte-like cells in an indirect coculture system with primary hepatocytes. September 2020, Animal cells and systems the official publication of the Zoological Society of Korea 24(5):289-298. DOI: 10.1080/19768354.2020.1823473

5.          Imran Ullah, Ran Lee, Keon Oh, Sun A Ock. Transdifferentiation of α-1,3-galactosyltransferase knockout pig bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells into pancreatic -like cells by microenvironment modulation. February 2020, Asian Australasian Journal of Animal Sciences 33(11) DOI: 10.5713/ajas.19.0796

6.          Dinesh Bharti, Sharath Belame Shiva kumar, Imran Ullah, Young-Bum Son, Gyu-Jin. Differentiation potential of different regions-derived same donor human Wharton’s jelly mesenchymal stem cells into functional smooth muscle-like cells. August 2019, Cell and Tissue Research 377(2) DOI: 10.1007/s00441-019-03009-7

7.          Imran Ullah, Ran Lee, Keon Oh, Sun A. Ock. Stable Regulation of Senescence-Related Genes in Galactose-alpha1,3-galactose Epitope Knockout and Human Membrane Cofactor Protein hCD46 Pig. July 2019, Transplantation Proceedings 51(6):2043-2050 DOI: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2019.03.028

8.          Ullah I, Choe YH, Khan M, Bharti D, Shivakumar SB, Lee HJ, Shin Y, Lee SL, Park BW, Ock SA, Rho GJ. Dental pulp-derived stem cells can counterbalance peripheral nerve injury-induced oxidative stress and supraspinal neuro-inflammation in rat brain. Scientific Reports. 2018 Oct 25;8(1):15795. Doi 10.1038/s41598-0818-34151-x.

9.          Shivakumar SB, Bharti D, Subbarao RB, Park JM, Son YB, Ullah I, Choe YH, Lee HJ, Park BW, Lee SL, Rho GJ. Pancreatic endocrine-like cells differentiated from human umbilical cord Wharton’s jelly mesenchymal stem cells using small molecules. J Cell physiol. 2018 Oct 21. Doi: 10.1002/jcp.27184.

10.       Jang S, Kang YH, Ullah I, Shivakumar SB, Rho GJ, Cho YC, Park BW. Cholinergic Nerve Differentiation of Mesenchymal stem cells derived from Long-term cryopreserved human dental pulp in vitro and analysis of their motor nerve regeneration potential in vivo. Int J Mol Sci. 2018 Aug 1717; (19(8). Doi: 10.3390/ijms19082434

11.       Subbarao RB, Shivakumar SB, Choe YH, Son YB, Lee HJ, Ullah I, Jang SJ, Ock SA, Rho GJ. CD105+ porcine endometrial stromal mesenchymal stem cells possess differentiation potential toward cardiomyocyte-Like cells and insulin-producing B cell-like in vitro. Reprod Sci. 2018 Jan 1:1933719118786461. Doi: 10.1177.1933719118786461.

12.       Ock SA, Oh KB, Hwang S, Yun IK, Ahn C, Chee HK, Kim H, Ullah I, Im GS, Park EW. Immune molecular profiling of whole blood drawn from a non-human primate cardiac xenograft model treated with anti-CD154 monoclonal antibodies. Xenotransplantation. 2018; e12392.

13.       Bharti D, Shivakumar SB, Park JK, Ullah I, Subbarao RB, Lee SL, Park JS, Park BW, Rho GJ. Comparative analysis of human Wharton’s jelly mesenchymal stem cells derived from different parts of the same umbilical cord. Cell Tissue Res, 2018; 372:51–65

14.       Ock SA, Shin Y, Ullah I, Oh KB; Hwang S. Gender Based Transcriptome Expression in Induced Hepatocyte Like Cells (miHep). Transplantation. 102:S726, JUL 2018 DOI: 10.1097/ ISSN Print: 0041-1337

15.       Ullah I, Park JM, Kang YH, Byun JH, Kim DG, Kim JH, Rho GJ, and Park BW. Transplantation of dental pulp-derived stem cells (DPSCs) or differentiated neuronal cells from DPSCs identically enhances regeneration of the injured peripheral nerve. Stem Cells and Development. 2017 Jun 28. doi: 10.1089/scd.2017.0068. [Epub ahead of print]

16.       Ullah I, Kim Y, Lim M, Oh KB, Hwang S, Shin Y, Kim Y, Im GS, Hur TY, Ock SA In vitro 3-D culture demonstrates in competence in improving maintenance ability of primary hepatocytes. Animal Cells and Systems. 2017 21:5, 332-340

17.       Ullah I, Subbarao RB, Kim EJ, Bharti D, Jang SJ, Park JS, et al. In vitro comparative analysis of human dental stem cells from a single donor and its neuronal differentiation potential evaluated by electrophysiology. Life sciences. 2016 Jun 1;154:39-51. PubMed PMID: 27107840.

18.      Ullah I, Subbarao RB, Rho GJ. Human mesenchymal stem cells - current trends and future                                    prospective. Biosci. Rep. (2015) / 35 / art:e00191 / doi 10.1042/BSR20150025

19.          Subbarao RB, Ullah I, Kim EJ, Jang SJ, Lee WJ, Jeon RH, et al. Characterization and evaluation of neuronal trans-differentiation with electrophysiological properties of mesenchymal stem cells isolated from porcine endometrium. International journal of molecular sciences. 2015 May 14;16(5):10934-51. PubMed PMID: 26006231. Pubmed Central PMCID: 4463684.

20.          Shivakumar SB, Bharti D, Subbarao RB, Jang SJ, Park JS, Ullah I, et al. DMSO- and Serum-Free Cryopreservation of Wharton’s Jelly Tissue Isolated From Human Umbilical Cord. Journal of cellular biochemistry. 2016 Oct; 117(10):2397-412. PubMed PMID: 27038129.

21.          Sung IY, Son HA, Ullah I, Bharti D, Park JM, Cho YC, Byun JH, Kang YH, Sung SJ, Kim JW, Rho GJ, Park BW. Cardiomyogenic Differentiation of Human Dental Follicle-derived Stem Cells by Suberoylanilide Hydroxamic Acid and Their In Vivo Homing Property. International Journal of Medical Sciences. 2016; 13(11): 841-852. doi: 10.7150/ijms.16573

22.          Irfanullah, Khan S, Ullah I, Nasir A, Meijer CA, Laurense-Bik M, et al. Hypomorphic MKS1 mutation in a Pakistani family with mild Joubert syndrome and atypical features: Expanding the phenotypic spectrum of MKS1-related ciliopathies. American journal of medical genetics Part A. 2016 Aug 29. PubMed PMID: 27570071.

23.          Moon JY, Kim SW, Yun GM, Lee HY, Kim YD, Jeong GJ, Ullah I, Rho GJ, Jeon BG. Inhibition of cell growth and down-regulation of telomerase activity by amygdalin in human cancer cell lines. Animal Cells and Systems, 2015 Vol. 19, No. 5, 295–304,

24.          Khan S, Ullah I, Irfanullah, Touseef M, Basit S, Khan MN, et al. Novel homozygous mutations in the genes ARL6 and BBS10 underlying Bardet-Biedl syndrome. Gene. 2013 Feb 15;515(1):84-8. PubMed PMID: 23219996.

  1. 16th Annual meeting of Korean Society for Stem Cell Research (KSSCR)        KSSCR, Seoul Hilton Hotel, Seoul, South Korea                August 16-17, 2015
  2. 17th Annual KSSCR meeting, Seoul Hilton Hotel, Korea, August 26-27, 2016
  3. The 17th International Symposium on Developmental Biotechnology, Korean Society of Embryo Transplant (KSET), Chonnam, South Korea 2017
  4. The 111th SRD Annual Meeting of Society of Reproduction and Development, Ueda, Japan, 13-15th September, 2018
  5. One Day Conference " Awareness on the Psychological Consequences and Mental Health in Pandemics; A Case of COVID-19 Infodemic". Department of Biotechnology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, December 13, 2021
  6. National Invited Speaker at " 1st International Hybrid Mode Conference on Emerging Innovative Research Trends in Biology (EIRTB-2021). KOHAT University of Science & Technology (KUST), Kohat Pakistan. August 11-12, 2021
  7. Organized 4th International Conference on Applied Zoology, November 2021 (ICAZ 2021). Quaid-i-Azam University and GCU Faisalabad, 

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