Mohammad Farhan | Hamad Bin Khalifa University
Hamad Bin Khalifa University


Mohammad Farhan

Dr. Mohammad Farhan (PhD)

Assistant Professor
College of Health and Life Sciences

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Dr. Farhan did his Bachelors from Aligarh Muslim University and Masters from Jamia Hamdard, Delhi, India. He did Ph.D. from Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi, India and then moved to Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai to work as a Visiting Fellow before moving to Oxford University for his postdoctoral studies. At Oxford University Dr. Farhan worked on preparing a validated model of anxiety in the fruit fly. Later, he moved to Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A-STAR) and Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore. Where he worked on preparing optogenetic tools to inhibit neuronal activity in behaving animals.


Research Interests

  • Role of monoamines in neuromodulation of defensive behaviors.
  • The optogenetic control of feeding behavior.
  • Study on the molecular mechanisms of the interplay between gut and brain axis.
  • Screening candidate autism risk genes using a model of atypical sensory-response.
  • Role of candidate autism risk genes on synaptic architecture.
  • Intestinal and neuronal stem cell biology in neurodevelopmental disorders.


Assistant Professor

College of Health and Life Sciences, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Doha, Qatar

2018 - present
  • Senior Research Fellow;

    The Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders Programme (NBD); Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

    2017 - 2018
  • Research Fellow;

    The Neuroscience and Behavioural Disorders Programme (NBD); Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore

    2013 - 2017
  • Research Fellow

    Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology (IMCB); Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (A*STAR); Singapore

    2011 - 2013
  • Research Fellow;

    Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics (WTCHG); The University of Oxford; United Kingdom

    2009 - 2010
  • Visiting Fellow;

    Department of Biological Sciences (DBS); TATA Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR), Mumbai, India

    2008 - 2009


Ph.D. (Biotechnology);

Institute of Genomics & Integrative Biology (IGIB), CSIR, & Savitribai Phule Pune University; India

  • M.Sc. (Biotechnology);

    Center for Biotechnology, Jamia Hamdard; Delhi, India

  • B. Sc.;

    Aligarh Muslim University (A.M.U.), Aligarh, India


Selected Publications

  • Yonil Jung, Ann Kennedy, Hui Chiu, Farhan Mohammad, Adam Claridge-Chang, and David J. Anderson.

    Neurons that Function within an Integrator to Promote a Persistent Behavioral State in Drosophila.

  • Ulrich Stern, Hemant Srivastava, Hsueh-Ling Chen, Farhan Mohammad, Adam Claridge-Chang, Chung-Hui Yang.

    Learning a Spatial Task by Trial and Error in Drosophila.
    Current Biology.

  • Joel Selkrig†, Farhan Mohammad†, Soon Hwee Ng, Jia Yi Chua, Tayfun Tumkaya, Joses Ho, Yin Ning Chiang, Dirk Rieger, Sven Pettersson, Charlotte Helfrich-Förster, Joanne Y. Yew & Adam Claridge-Chang. (†Equal First Author).

    The Drosophila microbiome has a limited influence on sleep, activity, and courtship behaviors.
    Scientific Reports.

  • Shamprasad Varija Raghu†, Farhan Mohammad†, Jia Yi Chua, Joanne Shi Woon La, Mavis Loberas, Sadhna Sahani, Claudia S. Barros and Adam Claridge-Chang. (†Equal First Author).

    A zinc-finger fusion proteins refines Gal4-defined neural circuits
    Molecular Brain.

  • Farhan Mohammad, James Stewart, Stanislav Ott, Katarina Chlebikova, Jia Yi Chua, Tong-Wey Koh, Joses Ho, & Adam Claridge-Chang.

    Optogenetic inhibition of behavior with anion channelrhodopsins.
    Nature methods.

  • Farhan Mohammad, Joses Ho, Chun Lei Lim, Jia Hern Woo, Dennis Jun Jie Poon, Bhumika Lamba, & Adam Claridge-Chang.

    Concordance and incongruence in preclinical anxiety models: systematic review and meta-analyses.
    Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews.

  • Farhan Mohammad, Sameer Aryal, Joses Ho, James Charles Stewart, Nurul Ayuni Norman, Tan Teng Li, Agnese Eisaka & Adam Claridge-Chang.

    Ancient anxiety pathways influence Drosophila defense behaviors.
    Current Biology.

  • Tugce ildizoglu, Jan-Marek Weislogel, Farhan Mohammad, Edwin S.-Y. Chan, Pryseley N. Assam, & Adam Claridge-Chang.

    Estimating information processing through a memory system: the utility of metaanalytic methods for genetics.
    PLoS Genetics.

  • Priyanka Sharmaa, Gaurav Garg, Arun Kumar, Farhan Mohammad, Sudha Ramesh Kumar, Vinay Singh Tanwar, Satish Sati, Abhay Sharma, Ganesan Karthikeyan, Vani Brahmachari.

    Genome wide DNA Methylation Profiling for Epigenetic Alteration in Coronary Artery Disease Patient.

  • Priyanka Singh, Farhan Mohammad, & Abhay Sharma.

    Transcriptomic Analysis in a Drosophila Model Identifies Previously Implicated and Novel Pathways in the Therapeutic Mechanism in Neuropsychiatric Disorders. Front Neurosci.

  • Abhay Sharma, Farhan Mohammad, & Priyanka Singh.

    Gender Differences in a Drosophila Transcriptomic Model of Chronic Pentylenetetrazole Induced Behavioral Deficit.

  • Rajeev Rajendran, Shanker Jha, Kimberly A. Fernandes, Sunayana B. Banerjee, Farhan Mohammad, Brian G. Dias, & Vidita A. Vaidya.

    Monoaminergic Regulation of Sonic Hedgehog Signaling Cascade Expression in the Adult Rat Hippocampus.
    Neurosci. Lett.

  • Farhan Mohammad, Priyanka Singh, & Abhay Sharma.

    A Drosophila Systems Model of Pentylenetetrazole Induced Locomotor Plasticity Responsive to Antiepileptic Drugs.
    BMC Syst. Biol.

  • Bhavana Prasher, Sapna Negi, Shilpi Aggarwal, Amit K Mandal, Tav P Sethi, Shailaja R Deshmukh, Sudha G Purohit, Shantanu Sengupta, Sangeeta Khanna, Farhan Mohammad, Gaurav Garg, Samir K Brahmachari, Indian Genome Variation Consortium1 & Mitali Mukerji

    Whole Genome Expression and Biochemical Correlates of Extreme Constitutional Types Defined in Ayurveda.
    J. Transl. Med.

  • Anjali Verma, Kangkan Halder, Rashi Halder, Vinod Kumar Yadav, Pooja Rawat, Ram Krishna Thakur, Farhan Mohd, Abhay Sharma & Shantanu Chowdhury.

    Genome wide Computational and Expression Analyses Reveal G quadruplex DNA Motifs as Conserved Cis Regulatory Elements in Human and Related species.
    J. Med. Chem.