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Zafar Nawaz, PhD

Senior Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Associate Research Director, Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute
Primary Appointment of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
(305) 243-1456
Gautier Building Room #315
Research Summary: Understand the mechanisms of steroid hormone receptor and coactivator action in normal and cancerous tissues.
Publications: PubMed

Research Interests:

  • Investigation of the underpinnings of gene regulation by steroid hormone receptors and coregulators
  • Investigation of the pathobiology of endocrine cancers including Breast and Prostate Cancers
  • Investigation of the pathobiology of neuro-genetic diseases including Angelman Syndrome and Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Development of biomarkers for the diagnosis and therapy of neuro-genetic disorders
  • Development of novel animal models for Breast Tumorigenesis


  • 1995 Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine
  • 1992 Ph.D. University of North Texas
  • 1985 M.S. University of Karachi
  • 1983 B.S. University of Karachi


Dr. Nawaz is an internationally recognized scientist with over 20 years of experience investigating mechanisms of gene regulation by steroid hormone receptors in cancers and neurological diseases. He has authored over 80 peer-reviewed papers in this field of research.

Dr. Nawaz started his career as a Fellow and Assistant Professor in Bert W. O’Malley’s group at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, then as Cancer Center Molecular Biology Core Director at Creighton University, Nebraska. In December 2004, He moved to University of Miami as Associate Professor in the Department Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University of Miami and Associate Research Director of the BFBCI. In addition, Dr. Nawaz holds a Visiting Professor position at Behua University, China.

Dr. Nawaz has received several prestigious awards and honors. He is a member of several professional societies and serves on the review boards for a number of professional journals and funding agencies.