Iqbal Hamza


Iqbal Hamza
Professor
Office Location: 2413 ANSC- Bldg 142
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Professor
Iqbal Hamza
hamza@umd.edu
University of Maryland
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Animal & Avian Sciences
1413 AnSc/AgEn Building
8127 Regents Drive
College Park, Maryland 20742-2311
Phone (main): 301 405-0649
Phone (alt): 301 405-0615
Phone (alt): 115
Fax: 301 405-7980

Our studies seek to address two highly relevant questions pertaining to iron deficiency. (a) What
are the molecules and mechanisms involved in iron and thus heme absorption in humans? (b) Can we
identify a universal Achilles heel, for example a worm-specific heme transport system, for
helminthic infections, including hookworms that exacerbate iron deficiency, which can be used as a
potential drug target? These studies could provide novel insights into the interplay between
genetics and nutrition in human populations, identify interacting nutrient deficiencies with other
micronutrients such as copper or zinc, and aid in controlling disease susceptibilities. Our
eventual goal is to obtain a comprehensive view of the pathways which mediate heme homeostasis in
mammals that have heretofore remained elusive.