Shafqat Ahmad

post doctoral at Department of Medical Sciences, Molecular epidemiology

Visiting address:
EpiHubben,Dag Hammarskjölds väg 14B
SE-751 85 Uppsala
Postal address:
EpiHubben, MTC-huset
SE-751 85 Uppsala

Short presentation

I am Dr Shafqat Ahmad, postdoctoral research fellow in the Molecular Epidemiology research group. My research focuses on understanding cardiovascular disease development. My research combines methods from the molecular and genetic epidemiology field including biochemistry, genomics, metabolomics, microbiota with relation to lifestyle factors in large scale population based studies to better understand the pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease and to improve disease prediction.

Keywords: obesity metabolomics gut microbiota type 2 diabetes epidemiology population genetics cardiovascular disease

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Dr. Ahmad obtained his PhD (2011-2015) at Lund University Sweden (supervisor: Prof Paul W Franks). Shafqat’s thesis subject was “Genetic and Environmental Risk Factors in the Development of Obesity” using epidemiological cohorts and clinical trials data for comprehensive understanding of the epidemiology and pathophysiology of obesity related traits, and how genes interact with different lifestyle exposures employing a range of complex statistical analyses. In 2013, as a part of his PhD studies, Shafqat also got the chance to study these interactions in transethnic prospective while visiting Dr. Danish Saleheen’s lab at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, USA. After his PhD, Dr. Ahmad pursued his postdoctoral research (2016-2018) at Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School, Harvard University, USA (mentors: Prof. Frank B Hu, Dr. Daniel I Chasman and Dr. Samia Mora). At Harvard, Shafqat extended his expertise by a) analyzing the gene-lifestyle interactions in lipoprotein subfractions and cardiometabolic disease incidence, and b) expanding understanding of the role of diet and cardiovascular diseases. In 2018, Dr. Ahmad was awarded a research fellow position at Uppsala University, Sweden and he is proceeding with postdoctoral research at the Department of Medical Sciences, Uppsala University Sweden under the mentorship of Dr. Tove Fall.

Selected Publications

  1. Ahmad S, Mora S, Ridker PM, Hu FB, Chasman DI. Gene-Based Elevated Triglycerides and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Risk in the Women's Genome Health Study. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2019 Jan;39(1):97-106. doi: 10.1161/ATVBAHA.118.311562.
  2. Ahmad S, Moorthy MV, Demler OV, Hu FB, Ridker PM, Chasman DI, Mora S. Assessment of Risk Factors and Biomarkers Associated With Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Among Women Consuming a Mediterranean Diet. JAMA Netw Open. 2018 Dec 7;1(8):e185708. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.5708.
  3. Ahmad S, Mora S, Franks PW, Orho-Melander M, Ridker PM, Hu FB, Chasman DI. Adiposity and Genetic Factors in Relation to Triglycerides and Triglyceride-Rich Lipoproteins in the Women's Genome Health Study. Clin Chem. 2018 Jan;64(1):231-241. doi: 10.1373/clinchem.2017.280545.
  4. Ahmad S, Poveda A, Shungin D, Barroso I, Hallmans G, Renström F, Franks PW. Established BMI-associated genetic variants and their longitudinal associations with cardiometabolic traits: the GLACIER Study. (Int J Obes (Lond). 2016 Sep;40(9):1346-52. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2016.72.
  5. Ahmad S, Zhao W, Renström F, Rasheed A, Samuel M, Zaidi M, Shah N, Mallick NH, Zaman KS, Ishaq M, Rasheed SZ, Memon FU, Hanif B, Lakhani MS, Ahmed F, Kazmi SU, Frossard P, Franks PW, Saleheen D. Physical activity, smoking, and genetic predisposition to obesity in people from Pakistan: the PROMIS study. BMC Med Genet. 2015 Dec 18; 16:114. doi: 10.1186/s12881-015-0259-x.
  6. Rukh G, Ahmad S, Ericson U, Hindy G, Stocks T, Renström F, Almgren P, Nilsson PM, Melander O, Franks PW, Orho-Melander M. Inverse relationship between a genetic risk score of 31 BMI loci and weight change before and after reaching middle age. Int J Obes (Lond). 2015 Sep 16. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2015.180.
  7. Ahmad S, Zhao W, Renström F, Rasheed A, Zaidi M, Samuel M, Shah N, Mallick NH, Shungin D, Zaman KS, Ishaq M, Rasheed SZ, Memon FU, Hanif B, Lakhani MS, Ahmed F, Kazmi SU, Deloukas P, Frossard P, Franks PW, Saleheen D. A novel interaction between the FLJ33534 locus and smoking in obesity: a genome-wide study of 14 131 Pakistani adults. Int J Obes (Lond). 2015 Aug 17. doi: 10.1038/ijo.2015.152.
  8. Ahmad S, Rukh G, Varga TV, Ali A, Kurbasic A, Shungin D, Ericson U, Koivula RW, Chu AY, Rose LM, Ganna A, Qi Q, Stančáková A, Sandholt CH, Elks CE, Curhan G, Jensen MK, Tamimi RM, Allin KH, Jørgensen T, Brage S, Langenberg C, Aadahl M, Grarup N, Linneberg A, Paré G; InterAct Consortium; DIRECT Consortium, Magnusson PK, Pedersen NL, Boehnke M, Hamsten A, Mohlke KL, Pasquale LT, Pedersen O, Scott RA, Ridker PM, Ingelsson E, Laakso M, Hansen T, Qi L, Wareham NJ, Chasman DI, Hallmans G, Hu FB, Renström F, Orho-Melander M, Franks PW. Gene × physical activity interactions in obesity: combined analysis of 111,421 individuals of European ancestry. PLoS Genet. 2013;9(7):e1003607. doi: 10.1371/journal.pgen.1003607.
  9. Ahmad S, Varga TV, Franks PW. Gene × environment interactions in obesity: the state of the evidence. Hum Hered. 2013;75(2-4):106-15.
  10. Marouli E, Del Greco MF, Astley CM, Yang J, Ahmad S, Berndt SI, Caulfield MJ, Evangelou E, McKnight B, Medina-Gomez C, van Vliet-Ostaptchouk JV, Warren HR, Zhu Z, Hirschhorn JN, Loos RJF, Kutalik Z, Deloukas P. Mendelian randomisation analyses find pulmonary factors mediate the effect of height on coronary artery disease. Commun Biol. 2019 Mar 27;2:119. doi: 10.1038/s42003-019-0361-2. eCollection 2019.


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