Gulfaraz Khan

Gulfaraz Khan is professor of viral pathology and former Chair of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology at the College of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University. He received his undergraduate and postgraduate training in London (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College). He did his postdoctoral training in the Laboratory of the late Prof David Thorley-Lawson at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, followed by senior postdoctoral fellowship in the Laboratory of Prof Ruth Jarrett at LRF Virus Centre, University of Glasgow, UK. He is Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists (UK) and has held faculty positions in universities in UK before moving to his current post in UAE. He has extensive experience in teaching and supervising undergraduate and post graduate students. In recognition of his teaching, he received the UAEU College of Medicine and Health Sciences Teaching Award on two separate occasions (2013 & 2017).

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Prof Khan’s research interests are in viral pathology, virology and viral infections of public health concern. He has published over 105 articles in peer‐reviewed international journals (Google Scholar: H‐ index: 41, i10‐index: 70, total number of citations: over 30,000). He has also written 9 book chapters, including the 4 volume Encyclopedia of Infection and Immunity, published by Elsevier in 2022. Additionally, his research has led to one US Patent. In recognition of his research, Dr Khan has received a number of awards, including the UAEU College of Medicine and Health Sciences Award for Excellence in Research (2013 & 2017), University Award for Excellence in Scholarship (2017), Outstanding Service Award During COVID-19 (2020) and several certificates of achievement for publishing in top 1%, 5% and 10% journals. In 2017, Dr Khan was a nominee for the UAE Prime Minister’s Medal for Scientific Excellence, and recently (2021), he was listed in Stanford’s Top 2% Scientists in the World (in two separate categories). Dr Khan serves on various national and international committees, including: UAE National Immunization Technical Advisory Group, UAE National COVID-19 Research Committee, and the Sheikh Hamdan Scientific Awards Committee. At the international level, he is member of the MENA Regional Advisory Board for US NIH-NIAID, and member of the editorial board of several journals, including PloS One and Virology Journal.


  • Virology
  • Viral pathology
  • Viral infections of public concern.