Professor Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar is currently serving as Founding Vice Chancellor of National Skills University Islamabad. Dr. Muhammad Mukhtar PhD has served in the Department of Biotechnology as Professor of Biotechnology. Prior to his arrival at AURAK he served as Vice Chancellor/Professor of three Universities in Pakistan concomitantly - a unique honor for any academic leader. Through his judicious academic leadership and innovative governance he converted a regional university in Pakistan into one of the top ranked in the country. Dr. Mukhtar received his Master and MPhil in the field of Biochemistry from Pakistan and his PhD in biosciences from the Drexel University of Philadelphia, USA, and also completed a Graduate Certificate in Research Management from Thomas Jefferson University of Philadelphia, USA. He served at various academic/administrative positions in the USA on an outstanding scientist (O-1) visa.
Professor Mukhtar is an avid researcher also. His laboratory developed an in-vitro model of human blood-brain barrier to study viral neuropathogenesis, and with Dr. Mukhtar as Principal or Co-Investigator, has received several awards from organizations including American Diabetes Association, American Society for Microbiology, Diabetes Trust Foundation, US National Institutes of Health, Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Human blood brain barrier model developed in his laboratory is extensively used to understand ferrying of viruses into the brain and finding cures for neurological ailments.
Dr. Mukhtar holds specialized Certificates in Public Health, and Bioinformatics. Committed to the role of technology in biomedical research, he serves as managing editor of Frontiers in Bioscience and is on the editorial board of several research journals. He has several research publications, including peer-reviewed research, review articles, invited articles, book chapters, commissioned articles and critiques to his credit. A book describing accomplishments of Dr. Mukhtar’s academia leadership has been published in Urdu language entitled “Hayat Zauq e Safar Kay Siwa Kuch Aur Naheen” and it’s English Version "The Making of a Best National University” is in progress.