Current Work Experience

Aug. 2017 – Present

Professor (Teaching Track)
Carle Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Champaign, IL
Course Director, Respiratory Block
University of Illinois College of Medicine, Urbana, IL

Jun. 2016 – Present

Visiting Research Professor/Course Director, Physiology
Department of Medical Information Science
University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign
Urbana, IL

  • Responsible for directing, designing, implementing and teaching the full medical physiology course for first-year (M1) medical students that includes patient-based learning, interactive lectures and small group learning
  • Designed and implemented a new physiology curriculum incorporating modern technologies such as Educreations® and Mentimeter®
  • Engaged in educational innovation research, measuring the usefulness of novel tools in teaching and surveying learning attributes of medical students
  • Implementing vertical integration of basic science courses with clinical sciences via COPPS (Clinically Oriented Physiology Pharmacology Session)
  • Engaging students in research projects to hone their research skills
  • Principal Investigator/Advisor on health fair research with Campaña de Salud (organized by medical students)
  • Winner of 1st place Poster Award at the 1st Annual Carle Foundation Hospital Research Day on April 6, 2017 with poster Community health fairs: Implementing research, reporting and quality improvement. The Campaña de Salud research team, Emily K. Acton (MS1), Angelina S. Kim (MS1), and Victoria Kuritza (MS1), was organized by Carlos R. Dostal (MS1, PhD Candidate) and co-advised by C.R.D. and Medical Physiology Course Director Kashif Ahmad MD, PhD
  • Working with Bill Cope, PhD (College of Education, Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) to partner/collaborate on the “Scholar Project” (Ahmad, Bansal, Cope)
  • This is a collaborative project where the Department of Educational Policy Studies will potentially use the physiology course as a testing site for their “Scholars” program.
  • Use of educational technology and innovation in education is a highlight of the University of Illinois Campus Wide Initiative. We have demonstrated the usefulness and high satisfaction of using Mentimeter®, a novel tool that can enhance learning in curricula and encourage faculty to explore and incorporate these new tools in their course assessment and evaluation.
  • Co-Chair, Basic Sciences Subcommittee, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana- Champaign
  • Writing an app for a multiple choice question i-book in physiology (independent project)

Spring 2017 (planning stage) Inaugural Course Director, Respiratory Medicine
Carle Illinois College of Medicine
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Lead a team comprised of myself and two associate course directors, such that team members represent the biomedical science, engineering, and clinical domains during course development and planning for education delivery activities
  • Develop and oversee the delivery of the respiratory module and review subsequent evaluation for effectiveness
2012 – Present

Extension Instructor
University of California Extension, Berkeley, CA

Teaching responsibilities:

  • General Human Anatomy (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Human Physiology (3 credits)
  • Introduction to Pathophysiology (3 credits) to begin in 2017
  • Courses taught at UC Berkeley Extension (Online) are considered pre-professional courses for medicine, dentistry, nursing, physician assistant and physical therapy.
  • Responsible for selecting cases, developing test questions and assessing curriculum needs

2012

  • Mentor, Cogito Research Award
  • Center for Talented Youth
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Baltimore, Maryland

2012

  • Seasonal Instructor (Summer)
  • Center for Talented Youth
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Baltimore, Maryland

Course: Human Anatomy and Physiology (College level)

2015 – Present

Editorial Board (Associate Editor), Medical Education Online, Taylor and Francis Publishing (eISSN 10872981)

2014 – Present

Reviewer, Nutrition and Cancer (Impact factor 2.635), Taylor and Francis (ISSN: 0163-5581)

2013 – Present

Editorial Board, EC Nutrition (ECronicon), Open Access

2013 – Present

External Thesis Evaluator for foreign universities (confidential)

2012 – Present

Reviewer, Medical Education (Impact factor 3.175), Wiley (ISSN:1365-2923) peer-reviewed international journal

2011 – Present

Medical Advisor, Medical Assisting Program

Rasmussen College, Blaine, MN

Remote meetings, provide advisement and counsel on curricular assessment and accreditation for program

Work Experience

Dec. 2015 – Aug 2016

Professor of Basic and Clinical Sciences
Northwestern Health Sciences University
Bloomington, MN

Course Director

Physiology I (11120) and Physiology II (11230) (4.5 credits each, total 9 credits)

Clinical Nutrition Intervention 2 (NUTR5102): Gastrointestinal/Endocrine (2 credits)

Undergraduate teaching included:

Biology Today (2 credits, hybrid)

Service included:

Provost Task Force (Development of Online Programs)
Provost Task Force (Development of New Programs and Course Offerings)
Quality Matters Coordinator

Fall 2015 – Spring 2016

Adjunct Professor
Department of Human Health and Performance
University of St. Thomas
St. Paul, MN

Teaching responsibilities:

EXSC (Exercise) 214/42151 and EXSC 214/42152 Physiology Lab (Physiology, 4 credits)

2013 –  2016

Associate Director, Office of Faculty Development
Northwestern Health Sciences University
Bloomington, MN

Program Development and Administration

  • Worked with the Provost in developing a master faculty development plan in support of University’s goals
  • Oversaw a collaborative initiative with the website services to build a state of the art faculty development website
  • Assisted the Provost/Dean in reviewing accreditation reports to ensure good quality in reporting
  • In liaising with the Director, responsible for organizing, developing and coordinating faculty development workshops, training and seminars for clinical and teaching faculty that encompasses improvement in areas of curriculum design and assessment
  • Organized monthly faculty conferences that offer continuing education credits for clinical and non–clinical faculty
  • Provided individual consultations to faculty and adjuncts with instructional personnel related to effective teaching practices and methods

Academic Technology

  • Quality Matters Coordinator, Quality Matters, an internationally recognized program that deals with Quality Assurance in online and blended education
  • Assisted the Dean to develop and implement the creation and revision of instruction and orientation materials for resident faculty and newly hired faculty and to facilitate implementation of online assessment tools
  • Provided support to the Educational Technology Director in reviewing new instructional technology tools and assisted in the use and implementation of these new tools to enhance the classroom experience

Research

  • Conducted educational research on the effectiveness of novel instruction delivery and emerging new tools in student learning (papers published in journals and conference proceedings)
  • Addressed faculty needs in educational research and promoting scholarly work that fulfills faculty criteria for promotion and contract renewal
  • Conducted faculty surveys to manage a cycle of continuous improvement using evaluation and assessment to ensure effectiveness and applicability to faculty needs and institutional objectives
Jan 2008 – Nov 2015
  • Associate Professor of Basic and Clinical Sciences
  • Northwestern Health Sciences University
  • Bloomington, MN

Teaching

  • First faculty to initiate and adopt changes towards a new basic science curriculum incorporating modern technologies such as Educreations® and Camtasia into physiology and pathology courses
  • Course Director for several basic and clinical sciences courses; designed, implemented and taught a variety of graduate level courses towards a professional degree that includes:
  • Physiology I (11120) and Physiology II (11230) (4.5 credits each, total 9 credits)
  • Pathology I (17030) and Pathology II (17140) (3 credits each, total 6 credits)
  • Dermatology (23890) (1 credit)
  • Pharmacology (25980) (2 credits)
  • Clinical Nutrition Intervention 2 (NUTR5102): Gastrointestinal/Endocrine (2 credits)
  • Undergraduate teaching included:
  • General Biology I and II (4 credits each, accelerated)
  • Biology Today (2 credits, hybrid)
  • Principles of Nutrition (2 credits, hybrid)
  • Scholarship
  • Developed and recorded courses for allied health professionals at the current University’s Continuing Education Department
  • Involved with a variety of basic science and educational research projects with published work in reputable international journals (see publications)

Service

  • Served on the board that oversees academic standards at Northwestern Health Sciences University (2008-2015)
  • Served as an examiner for tri-yearly standardized assessment tests as approved by the University Council (2008-2014)
  • In a curriculum design team and the under the direct supervision of the Provost, developed the Masters of Health Science in Applied Clinical Nutrition course (33 credits) and taught four 3 credit 5000 level online courses in the first cohort (Nutrition in Life Cycle, Women’s Health, GIT and Human Nutrition). The course was approved by North Central Accreditation Council in the USA (2009-2014)
  • Served on Faculty Affairs Committee responsible for maintaining the faculty handbook and policies and procedures of the faculty (2010-2013)
  • Curriculum Coordinator for Summer Science Academy, a program that invites underserved and underrepresented grades 7-12 youth to spend a science learning week on campus (2008-2013)
  • Volunteered for several community projects at the University that include “Appreciation Day”, “Discovery Day” and “Legislative Day” (2008-2014)
  • Served on the founding Advisory Board, H.C. Sweere Center for Clinical Biomechanics and Applied Ergonomics, Bloomington, MN (2012-2016)

Faculty advisor: soccer club, functional medicine club (2009-2016)

2006 – 2008

Assistant Professor
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities – V.A. Medical Center
Minneapolis, MN

Project: Role of CK2 in regulation of apoptosis

Responsible for setting up lab experiments, supervising students and looking at overall operations of the lab

2004 – 2006

Postdoctoral Associate
V.A. Medical Center (Research Service), University of Minnesota
Dept. of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Minneapolis, MN
Researched and published quality papers in high impact factor journals Advisor: Prof. Khalil Ahmed, PhD

2000 – 2004

Research Scholar
National University of Singapore (NUS), Department of Physiology

I was the recipient of a full 4-year scholarship and investigated in the area of apoptosis and intracellular redox function. Researched and published in high impact factor journals and was the recipient of the university gold medal. My additional responsibilities were working as a graduate assistant at the School of Medicine in conducting labs and patient-based learning sessions for first-year medical students. Advisor: Prof. Shazib Pervaiz, MBBS, PhD

2013 – 2015

Business Advisory Board Member (Invited), Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, Cardinal Stritch University, WI

2011 – 2012

Chair, Promotions and Contract Committee
Northwestern Health Sciences University, Bloomington, MN

2008 – 2013
  • Physiology Test Committee Member, Part I Boards with the National
  • Board of Chiropractic Examiners, Greeley, Colorado
  • Participated in physiology exam development and nationwide dissemination
2007 – 2010

Adjunct Faculty, National American University, Bloomington, MN

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology (3 courses, 3 credits each)
  • Essentials of Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • Principles of Nutrition (3 credits)
  • General Biology (3 credits)
2006 – 2008

Adjunct Professor, College of Liberal Arts
Hamline University, St. Paul, MN

Teaching responsibilities:

  • Human Biology to non-biology majors (4 credits)
  • Neurophysiology (3 credits)
  • Human Endocrinology (3 credits)
2001 – 2004

Graduate Teaching Assistant, National University of Singapore
Department of Physiology, Graduate Program in Life Sciences

Delivered open format lectures, lab sessions, small group and problem based learning for first-year medical students.

2001 – 2002

Vice President, Graduate Students Society
National University of Singapore, Singapore

1998 – 1999

Senior Registrar in Dermatology
Department of Dermatology
Jinnah Medical College and Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan

I was in-charge of the outpatient clinic at the hospital and was in involved in training medical students and nurses in basic dermatology.

1997 – 1998

Postgraduate Clinical Trainee (Residency)
St. Johns Institute of Dermatology, Guy’s King’s and St. Thomas Hospital Kings College, London

1995 – 1996

Medical Intern
Dept. of General Medicine and Dept. of Plastic Surgery
Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center, Karachi, Pakistan