Rafat Siddiqui, PhD
Director, Cellular Biochemistry Laboratory, Methodist Research Institute, Indianapolis
Dr. Siddiqui earned his BSc and MSc degrees in Biochemistry from the University of Karachi, in Karachi, Pakistan. He obtained his PhD from the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. While obtaining his PhD, he investigated the metabolic basis of cancer cachexia under the supervision of Professor John F. Williams, who is famous for his pioneer research on the pentose phosphate pathway. Dr. Siddiqui served as a postdoctoral fellow at Massey University in Palmerton North, New Zealand in the laboratory of Dr. Stuart McCutcheon (currently Vice Chancellor of Auckland University in New Zealand). Dr. Siddiqui immigrated to America in 1989 and worked as a Howard Hughes fellowship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville with Dr. John Exton. Dr. Siddiqui began his work as a researcher at Methodist Hospital in 1993 in the Bone Marrow Transplant Research Laboratory. He established his independent research laboratory in 1999 and is presently the Senior Investigator and Director of the Cellular Biochemistry Research Laboratory at the Methodist Research Institute. Dr. Siddiqui also has adjunct appointments in the Department of Biology, Indiana University-Purdue University and the Department of Medicine, Indiana University Medical School, Indianapolis. Dr. Siddiqui has received funding from the National Cancer Center (NIH), American Heart Association, Showalter Foundation, Abbott Pharmaceuticals and Baxter Nutrition.
Dr. Siddiqui's research interests are in the area of cancer, inflammation, and cardiovascular diseases. His research emphasis is on the synergistic modulation of breast cancer progression by combination of nutrients and drugs with omega-3 fatty acids.