College of Pharmacy research themes

  • Translational pharmacotherapy and practice
  • Population therapeutics and health outcomes research

Research achievements

Research summary

The overarching aim of the MARUF LAB is to facilitate the development, evaluation and implementation of evidence-informed precision medicine tools using quantitative and qualitative methodologies and implementation science techniques. The lab has both wet and dry lab spaces to conduct cutting edge research to bring clinical innovation into practice.

Dr. Maruf’s research program is collaborative and follows a teacher-scholar model that involves scholarly activities with students from various levels, innovative teaching approaches, and service activities to the institution, the profession, and the society. As a first-generation academic, and a former international student in Canada, Dr. Maruf upholds a strong appreciation for supporting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusiveness in his personal and professional life. He strongly emphasizes student mentorship and profoundly cares about their success in and out of academia.

Current research priorities:

  • Pharmacogenomic and pharmacovigilance studies to understand inter-individual variation in drug response. 
  • Knowledge translation, implementation, and educational research to help expand the scope of pharmacy practice to evidence-based precision medicine.
  • Patient-oriented research to optimize precision health/medicine tools for diverse populations.
  • Global precision public health research utilizing "omic" technologies.

Research affiliations


  • Clinical pharmacy and pharmacology
  • Implementation science
  • Innovative pharmacy education
  • Knowledge translation
  • Pharmacogenomics    
  • Pharmacovigilance
  • Precision medicine
  • Precision public health 


Dr. Maruf is currently a tenure-track assistant professor at the University of Manitoba College of Pharmacy. He is a pharmacist by training and earned a master’s degree in clinical pharmacy and pharmacology and a PhD in toxicology.

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

Dr. Maruf also co-founded Bangladesh Pharmacogenomics Research Network (BdPGRN) to facilitate collaborations among researchers, healthcare providers, industry partners, and policy makers. During his PhD studies at the University of Toronto, Dr. Maruf investigated the connections between inflammation and drug-induced liver injury and the roles of carbonyl metabolizing enzymes in health and disease.

Most recently, as a senior scientist and co-investigator, Dr. Maruf was instrumental in launching Canada’s first pharmacogenetic testing service in Western Canada to improve drug treatment outcomes in patients receiving mental health care.

Dr. Maruf has secured research funding (approximate combined total of $1.1 million) from various granting agencies and anonymous donations as a principal investigator or co-applicant.


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Toronto, Canada
  • Master of Pharmacy (MPharm), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh 
  • Bachelor of Pharmacy (BPharm), University of Dhaka, Bangladesh


  • Pharmacist Appreciation Award, Academic Excellence (Association of Bangladeshi Pharmacists in Canada)
  • Connaught International Scholarship for Doctoral Students (University of Toronto) 
  • Dean's Merit Award (University of Dhaka)

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