Irum Perveen
Email: irum (at) mit (dot) edu

Irum Perveen was born and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan. She completed her master and PhD studies from Department of Microbiology, Quiaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan. She conducted her 3 years PhD research at Department of Chemistry, Texas A and M University (TAMU) under the supervision of Professor Dr. Coran Watanabe and in 2017 she successfully defended her PhD thesis.

During that period, She investigated the enzymatic approach capable of degrading the lipofuscin, A2E and cycloretinal (all-trans retinal dimer), largely implicated in the pathogenesis of Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in elderly.

Since November 2018, she is a member of the Stephanopoulos Research Lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow. Her research focuses on investigating ways of metabolic engineering of the E. coli  to produce isoprenoids.

Selected publications:

Irum Perveen, Muhammad Asam Raza, Shama Sehar, Iffat Naz, Safia Ahmed. (2019). Purification of recombinant peroxidase from Thermobifida fusca IP1 for β-carotene degradation in to industrial flavouring agents. International Food Research Journal. 26(2): 731-736.

Shama Sehar, Iffat Naz, Irum Perveen, Safia Ahmed. (2019). Superior industrial dye degradation efficiencies in hybrid SnO2-ZnO heterostructure. Korean journal of chemical engineering. 36(1): 56-62.

Irum Perveen, Shama Sehar, Iffat Naz, Muhammad Asam Raza, Safia Ahmed. (2018). Studies on degradation of 7-ketocholesterol by environmental bacterial isolates. Applied Biochemistry and Microbiology. 54(3): 262–268.

Irum Perveen, , Muhammad Asam Raza, Tahir Iqbal, Iffat Naz, Shama Sehar,  Safia Ahmed. (2017). Isolation of anticancer and antimicrobial metabolites from Epicoccum nigrum; endophyte of Ferula sumbul. Microbial Pathogenesis. 110:214-224.

Irum Perveen, Safia Ahmed. (2016). Enzymatic degradation of 7-Ketocholesterol (7-KC), a new strategy for the treatment of atherosclerosis.  Atherosclerosis, DOI:

Irum Perveen, Shama Sehar, Iffat Naz, Muhammad Asam Raza, Azim Jahangir Khan, Safia Ahmed. (2016). Biodegradation of 7-ketocholestrol (7-KC) by Thermobifida fusca IP1. International Journal of Biosciences. 8(4):83-93.