Abdul Qadir Syed, PhD

Senior Staff Scientist

Joined the IBRI in February 2023

Abdul Qadir Syed, PhD

Abdul Qadir Syed, PhD, is a molecular biologist with extensive experience in stem cell biology, induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs), cancer biology and disease modeling.

In his role at the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI), he is involved in many collaborative research projects that include generation of iPSC lines from human fibroblasts and peripheral blood mononuclear cells and differentiation of these iPSC lines into various cell types such as β-cell-like cells, Schwann cells and many other cell lineages for use in translational studies. He also will use CRISPR/Cas9-based technology to genetically-modify healthy and patient-derived iPSC lines to create disease model systems.

Prior to arriving at the IBRI, he served as a research assistant professor at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), where he developed iPSC-derived human vascularized lung organoids for lung disease modeling and injury mechanism. He generated a 3D lung organoid platform by co-culturing of differentiated epithelial, endothelial and immune cells from iPSC line.

Prior to his work at UIC, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Marcus Peter's lab at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago. There, he investigated mechanism of CD95/Fas (death receptor) and interferon mediated cancer stem cell formation. During this project he used CRISPR-based technology to generate multiple KO in different human and mouse cancer cell lines to uncover this mechanism.

Syed also worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the school of dentistry at Seoul National University, South Korea. Syed received his PhD from the department of molecular genetics, Seoul National University, South Korea in 2013, where he investigated the role of microRNA in mesenchymal stem cell fate determination specially for osteogenesis, myogenesis and adipogenesis.

He has published and contributed to multiple papers in peer-reviewed international journals. For a full list of Syed's published research, click here.

Areas of Expertise

  • 2D/3D cell culture
  • Cellular and molecular biology
  • Confocal microscopy
  • Developmental and cancer biology
  • Differentiation of immune, epithelial and endothelial cell from iPSC
  • Disease modeling
  • Ex vivo assay
  • Flow cytometry
  • Genetic engineering
  • Tumor organoid culture


  • Doctor of Philosophy (Molecular Genetics and Dental Science), Seoul National University, South Korea, 2013
  • Master of Science (Biotechnology), Pondicherry University, India, 2003
  • Bachelor of Science (Botany, Zoology and Chemistry), Deen Dayal Upadhayaya Gorakhpur University, India, 1999

Awards & Certifications

  • Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University, Cancer Immunotherapy Travel Fellowship Award, 2018
  • Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Nasreen and Imtiaz Rizvi Travel Scholarship, 2017
  • Korean Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Annual Meeting, Best Poster Award, 2014
  • Genomic Research Asia, Best Poster Award, 2012
  • Korea BK21 Conference, Best Poster Award, 2011
  • Seoul National University, GSIS Fellowship, 2009
  • Korean Oral Biology Conference, Best Presentation Award, 2010
  • Kangwon National University, BK21 Scholarship, 2007