Prof M. Iqbal Parker
Vice President, African Academy of Science and University of Cape Town
Prof Iqbal Parker is founding director of the International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB), University of Cape Town. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) and Federation of African Societies of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (FASBMB); founder of the Sec. Gen. of FASBMB; and Vice President of the Academy of Science of SA. He obtained his PhD from UCT in 1979. He and his research team have identified a novel transcription factor responsible for transcriptional modulation of collagen gene expression and identified several genetic polymorphisms that are important in gene-environment interaction in the etiology of esophageal cancer. His Awards include: DST/NRF Research Chair in cancer biology, an MRC-funded Oesophageal Cancer Research Group; Outstanding Scientist Award by the National Science and Technology Forum; Gold Medal from the South African Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Oettle Memorial Medal from the Cancer Association of SA. He is a founding member of ASSAf and a Member of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences.