College of Pharmacy research theme(s)

  • Translational Pharmacotherapy 
  • Population therapeutics and health outcomes research
  • Pharmacy Education: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning 

Research affiliations


  • Pharmacogenomics
  • Clinical pharmacy and pharmacology
  • Expanded scope of pharmacy practice
  • Innovative pharmacy education
  • Knowledge translation 
  • Implementation science
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Child and youth mental health

Research summary

The overarching aim of Maruf Lab is to facilitate the development, evaluation, and implementation of evidence-informed pharmacogenetic testing tools to guide the safe and effective use of medications with a primary focus on vulnerable populations. Our research program is collaborative and follows a teacher-scholar model that involves scholarly activities with students, innovative teaching approaches, and service activities to the institution, the profession, and society.
Our current research priorities are:

  • Translating pharmacogenetics (PGx) knowledge [Discovery] into action [Clinical Implementation] (#PGxK2A).
  • Conducting knowledge translation (#PGx-KT), implementation, and educational research (#PharmEd) to help expand the scope of pharmacy practice to precision medicine (#IP3). 
  • Conducting pharmacovigilance studies and developing toxicology tools to understand and prevent adverse drug reactions (ADRs).


Dr. Abdullah Al Maruf (pronouns: he/him) is a pharmacist by training. He earned a master's degree in clinical pharmacy and pharmacology from the University of Dhaka and a PhD in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Toronto. 

Dr. Maruf facilitated the development of pharmacogenetic research facilities in his home country of Bangladesh and published the first paper on drug-metabolizing enzyme polymorphisms in the Bangladeshi population during his master's studies.

During his PhD at the University of Toronto, Dr. Maruf investigated the connections between inflammation and xenobiotic-induced liver injury and the roles of carbonyl-metabolizing enzymes in health and disease. 

Dr. Maruf was also involved in a study that aimed to examine the associations between biomarkers of methylmercury exposure, biomarkers of country food nutrients, including selenium, n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, polyphenols, and the risk of developing cardiometabolic diseases among the Inuit of Nunavik in his first postdoctoral position at Québec National Institute of Public Health. 

Most recently, as a research scientist and a co-investigator, Dr. Maruf was instrumental in launching Canada’s first pharmacogenetic testing service in Alberta for children and youth seeking mental health care.

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College of Pharmacy
Apotex Centre
750 McDermot Ave W
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0T5 Canada