New Investigator: Mohd Wasim Nasser, Ph.D.

February 12, 2020

Image with caption: Mohd Wasim Nasser, Ph.D.

Mohd Wasim Nasser, Ph.D.

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony for UNMC's 2019 Scientist Laureate, Research Leadership, Distinguished Scientist and New Investigator Award recipients.

  • Name: Mohd Wasim Nasser, Ph.D.
  • Title: Assistant professor, UNMC Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Medicine
  • Joined UNMC: December 2015
  • Hometown: Pilibhit, Uttar Pradesh, India

Research focus:

  • Brain metastasis, breast cancer and lung cancer

The New Investigator Award

New Investigator Awards go to outstanding UNMC scientists who in the past two years have secured their first funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense or other national sources. New Investigators also had to demonstrate scholarly activity such as publishing their research and/or presenting their findings at national conventions.

The overall goal of my research program is: To develop novel therapeutic and preventive strategies for brain metastasis of lung and breast cancer patients.

My research will make a difference because: It is focused on the metastasis of breast and lung cancers. These cancers are highly aggressive and show higher rate of mortality due to the development of metastasis, especially brain metastasis. Brain metastasis is the leading cause of cancer-related death in breast cancer and small cell lung cancer. Recent research efforts suggest that cancer cells disseminated to the brain show entirely diverse gene signatures than their primary tumors. My research will elucidate the crosstalk between cancer cells and brain microenvironment and provide novel insights for the the development of preventive and therapeutic strategies for high-risk breast and lung cancer patients.

The best advice I've ever been given is:

"There is no substitute for hard work; if you work hard with integrity and honesty, you will surely be successful." This is what my father, who was a school teacher, always reminded me during my childhood. I have instilled his advice both in my personal and professional life and greatly benefited from it.

Three things you may not know about me are:

  • Apart from enjoying science, I am intrigued by world history and equally amazed by the beauty of urdu poetry.
  • I love watching Bollywood (Indian cinema), Hollywood movies and listening to retro Hindi songs.
  • My favorite place for family vacation is the Smoky Mountains, Tennessee.


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Ferdaus Hossain
March 05, 2020 at 12:29 AM

Fatty congratulations to you.....hope to meet you soon at UNMC

Wasim Nasser
February 21, 2020 at 6:14 PM

Thank you very much for your kind words and wishes

Parvez Khan
February 19, 2020 at 8:58 AM

Many many congratulations Dear Dr. Nasser.

amar singh
February 17, 2020 at 11:25 AM

Many congrats Wasim. Well deserving...

February 17, 2020 at 9:06 AM

Congratulations Dr. Nasser. you deserve the best.

Wasim Nasser
February 16, 2020 at 8:36 PM

Thank you all for your kind words!

Bilal Hafeez
February 15, 2020 at 12:43 PM

Congratulations my dear and near friend. You well deserve for it way before but everything you achieve in life has a time for it. You inspired not only your friends but also many youngsters here and back in our home institution. My all best wishes always with you. May God bestow many more success in near future. Bilal

Maneesh Jain
February 13, 2020 at 9:10 AM

Congratulations Wasim. Proud of you!!! An Award well deserved!

Dr Shahab Khan
February 12, 2020 at 10:09 PM

Congratulation Wasim. You fully deserve it

Amy Dodson
February 12, 2020 at 5:24 PM


Prakash Kshirsagar
February 12, 2020 at 2:19 PM

Many Congratulations Dr. Nasser

jawed siddiqui
February 12, 2020 at 1:21 PM

Congratulations to you.