Dr Haroon Zafar

B.Sc., M.Sc., PhD

Contact Details

Cardiovascular Research Centre
Medicine
2nd Floor, Lambe Institute for Translational Research

M: +353(0) 86 872 0381
E: haroon.zafar@nuigalway.ie
 
researcher

Biography

Dr. Haroon Zafar is an Irish Research Council (IRC) investigator at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway. He graduated with a B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering in 2007. He received his first M.Sc. degree in Photonics from the University of St Andrews and Heriot Watt University, UK and received a second M.Sc. Engineering degree in Photonics from the Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium in 2011. He received his Ph.D. degree in Biophotonics from the NUI Galway, Ireland. Over the last 5 years, Dr. Zafar has published more than 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented his work at several renowned international platforms. Dr. Zafar is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Irish Research Council (IRC) “Enterprise Partnership Scheme” postdoctoral fellowship, the Hardiman Research Fellowship from NUI Galway, the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship from European Union, the IRC “New Foundations” grant, the “Key Scientific Article Certificate” by Advances in Engineering, Canada, the SPIE (The International Society for Optics and Photonics, USA) travel award. He was the founding president of the NUI Galway and University of Limerick, SPIE Chapter.   

Education:                                                                                          

2011-2016   PhD in Biophotonics, National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway, Ireland.

2010-2011   Erasmus Mundus M.Sc. in Photonics Engineering, Ghent University and Vrije                             Universiteit Brussel, Belgium.  

2009-2010   Erasmus Mundus M.Sc. in Photonics, University of St Andrews and Heriot Watt                           University, UK.

2003-2007   B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology Lahore,                       Pakistan.  

Honours & Awards:   

Awarded over 10 National and International Research/Professional Recognition Awards in the period from 2009-present, with a representative selection shown here: 

2016   Irish Research Council "Enterprise Partnership Scheme" Postdoctoral Fellowship

2016   Irish Research Council "New Foundations" Grant

2016   "Key Scientific Article Certificate" by Advances in Engineering, Canada

2011-2015   Hardiman Research Fellowship, NUI Galway  

2012-2013   President, SPIE (The International Society for Optics and Photonics, USA) NUIG-UL Chapter

2012   SPIE Travel Award, USA

2009-2011   Erasmus Mundus Scholarship by European Union

Selected Recent Publications: 

Over the last 5 years, Dr. Zafar has published more than 25 papers in peer-reviewed journals and presented his work at several renowned international platforms.
Vijay Raghavan et al.,"Dual plasmonic gold nanostars for photoacoustic imaging and photothermal therapy," Nanomedicine 12(5), 457-471 (2017). 

Barry O’Brien et al.,"Transseptal puncture - Review of anatomy, techniques, complications and challenges," International Journal of Cardiology 233, 12-22 (2017). 

Haroon Zafar, Faisal Sharif, "Reply to the letter to editor: A new technique to deal with challenging transseptal puncture," International Journal of Cardiology, 242, 25 (2017).  

Cliόna Murphy et al., "An updated Review of cardiac devices in heart failure," Irish Journal of Medical Science, in press (2017).

Aamir Hameed et al., "Recent Trends in Clot Retrieval Devices: A Review" Cardiology and Therapy, in press (2017).

Barry O'Brien et al., "Renal Nerve Stimulation for Treatment of Neurocardiogenic Syncope: A Review from Perspective of Commercialization Potential"  Irish Journal of Medical Science, in press (2017).

Barry O'Brien et al., "Stent Materials and Coatings: A Technology and Performance Update," Annals of Biomedical Engineering 44(2), 523-535 (2016).

Martin Leahy et al., "Functional Imaging for Regenerative Medicine," Stem Cell Research and Therapy 7:57 (2016).

Haroon Zafar, Aedán Breathnach, Hrebesh M. Subhash, Martin J. Leahy, "Linear-array based   photoacoustic  imaging of human microcirculation with a range of high frequency transducer probes,Journal of Biomedical Optics 20 (5), 051021 (2015).

Haroon Zafar, Joey Enfield, Marie-Louise O’Connell, Bart Ramsay, Maeve Lynch, Martin J. Leahy, "Assessment of psoriatic plaque in vivo with correlation mapping optical coherence tomography,"Skin Research and Technology 20(2), 141-146 (2014). 

Haroon Zafar, Ihsan Ullah, Kate Dinneen, Sajjad Matiullah, Alan Hanley, Martin J. Leahy, Faisal Sharif, "Evaluation of hemodynamically severe coronary stenosis as determined by fractional flow reserve with frequency domain optical coherence tomography measured anatomical parameters," Journal of Cardiology    64 (1), 19-24 (2014). 

Haroon Zafar, Faisal Sharif, Martin J. Leahy, "Measurement of the blood flow rate and velocity in coronary artery stenosis using intracoronary frequency domain optical coherence tomography: validation against fractional flow reserve," International Journal of Cardiology: Heart & Vasculature 5, 68-71 (2014).

Haroon Zafar, Faisal Sharif, Martin J. Leahy, "Assessment of coronary artery stenosis with frequency domain optical coherence tomography derived blood flow measurements: relationship with fractional flow reserve," Journal of the American College of Cardiology 64 (11_S), (2014).

Haroon Zafar, Faisal Sharif, Martin J. Leahy, "Feasibility of intracoronary frequency domain optical coherence tomography derived fractional flow reserve for the assessment of coronary artery stenosis," International Heart Journal 55(4), 307-311 (2014).


Selected Courses/Workshops:    

Attended over 15 National and International Educational Courses/Workshops, with a representative selection shown here:
2017   Innovators Day Paris and EuroPCR, Paris, France.

2015   Oxford Coronary Physiology and Imaging Course, Oxford, UK.

2015   Designing Cardiovascular Devices, Galway, Ireland.  

2014   26th Annual Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT), Washington DC, USA.

2012   SPIE Chapter Leadership Workshop, San Diego, USA.

2012   Biophotonics and Imaging Graduate Summer School (BIGSS 12), Galway, Ireland.

2011   Erasmus Mundus Summer School in Photonics, St Andrews, UK.

2010   Erasmus Mundus Summer School in Photonics, Edinburgh, UK.

Research Interests

Photoacoustic Imaging
Optical Coherence Tomography
Cardiovascular Imaging
Microcirculation Imaging
Translational Research
Medical Device Design


Peer Reviewed Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Dual plasmonic gold nanostars for photoacoustic imaging and photothermal therapy'
Vijay Raghavan, Cathal O'Flatharta, Roisin Dwyer, Aedán Breathnach, Haroon Zafar, Peter Dockery, Antony Wheatley, Ivan Keogh, Martin Leahy, Malini Olivo, (2017) 'Dual plasmonic gold nanostars for photoacoustic imaging and photothermal therapy'. Nanomedicine, 12 (5):457-471 [Details]
(2017) 'Transseptal puncture - Review of anatomy, techniques, complications and challenges'
Barry O’Brien, Haroon Zafar, Simon De Freitas, Faisal Sharif (2017) 'Transseptal puncture - Review of anatomy, techniques, complications and challenges'. International Journal Of Cardiology, 233 :12-22 [Details]
(2017) 'Renal Nerve Stimulation for Treatment of Neurocardiogenic Syncope: A Review from Perspective of Commercialization Potential'
Barry O'Brien, Haroon Zafar, Faisal Sharif (2017) 'Renal Nerve Stimulation for Treatment of Neurocardiogenic Syncope: A Review from Perspective of Commercialization Potential'. Irish Journal Of Medical Science, [Details]
(2017) 'Reply to the letter to editor: A new technique to deal with challenging transseptal puncture'
Haroon Zafar, Faisal Sharif (2017) 'Reply to the letter to editor: A new technique to deal with challenging transseptal puncture'. International Journal Of Cardiology, 242 [Details]
(2017) 'An updated Review of cardiac devices in heart failure'
Cliόna Murphy, Haroon Zafar, Faisal Sharif (2017) 'An updated Review of cardiac devices in heart failure'. Irish Journal Of Medical Sciences, [Details]
(2016) 'Functional Imaging for Regenerative Medicine'
Martin Leahy et al (2016) 'Functional Imaging for Regenerative Medicine'. Stem Cell Research & Therapy, 7 (57) [Details]
(2016) 'Stent Materials and Coatings: A Technology and Performance Update'
Barry O'Brien et al (2016) 'Stent Materials and Coatings: A Technology and Performance Update'. Annals Of Biomedical Engineering, 44 (2):523-535 [Details]
(2015) 'Linear-array based photoacoustic imaging of human microcirculation with a range of high frequency transducer probes'
Haroon Zafar, Aedán Breathnach, Hrebesh M. Subhash, Martin J. Leahy (2015) 'Linear-array based photoacoustic imaging of human microcirculation with a range of high frequency transducer probes'. Journal Of Biomedical Optics, 20 (5) [Details]
(2015) 'Design, development and microwave inter-comparison of dual slot antenna configurations for localized hepatic tumor management'
J Zafar et al (2015) 'Design, development and microwave inter-comparison of dual slot antenna configurations for localized hepatic tumor management'. Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences In Medicine, 38 (4):593-601 [Details]
(2015) 'Photoacoustic imaging in breast cancer'
MC Casey et al (2015) 'Photoacoustic imaging in breast cancer'. Irish Journal Of Medical Science, 184 (9) [Details]
(2014) 'Evaluation of hemodynamically severe coronary stenosis as determined by fractional flow reserve with frequency domain optical coherence tomography measured anatomical parameters'
Haroon Zafar, Ihsan Ullah, Kate Dinneen, Sajjad Matiullah, Alan Hanley, Martin J. Leahy, Faisal Sharif (2014) 'Evaluation of hemodynamically severe coronary stenosis as determined by fractional flow reserve with frequency domain optical coherence tomography measured anatomical parameters'. Journal Of Cardiology, 64 (1):19-24 [Details]
(2014) 'Feasibility of intracoronary frequency domain optical coherence tomography derived fractional flow reserve for the assessment of coronary artery stenosis'
Haroon Zafar, Faisal Sharif, Martin J. Leahy (2014) 'Feasibility of intracoronary frequency domain optical coherence tomography derived fractional flow reserve for the assessment of coronary artery stenosis'. International Heart Journal, 55 (4):307-311 [Details]
(2014) 'Assessment of psoriatic plaque in vivo with correlation mapping optical coherence tomography'
Haroon Zafar, Joey Enfield, Marie-Louise O’Connell, Bart Ramsay, Maeve Lynch, Martin J. Leahy (2014) 'Assessment of psoriatic plaque in vivo with correlation mapping optical coherence tomography'. Skin Research and Technology, 20 (2):141-146 [Details]
(2014) 'Assessment of coronary artery stenosis with frequency domain optical coherence tomography derived blood flow measurements: relationship with fractional flow reserve'
Haroon Zafar, Faisal Sharif, Martin J. Leahy (2014) 'Assessment of coronary artery stenosis with frequency domain optical coherence tomography derived blood flow measurements: relationship with fractional flow reserve'. Journal Of The American College Of Cardiology, 64 (11) [Details]
(2014) 'Measurement of the blood flow rate and velocity in coronary artery stenosis using intracoronary frequency domain optical coherence tomography'
Haroon Zafar, Faisal Sharif, Martin J. Leahy (2014) 'Measurement of the blood flow rate and velocity in coronary artery stenosis using intracoronary frequency domain optical coherence tomography'. International Journal Of Cardiology, 5 :68-71 [Details]
(2014) 'Development and microwave analysis of slot antennas for localized hyperthermia treatment of hepatocellular liver tumor'
T Zafar et al (2014) 'Development and microwave analysis of slot antennas for localized hyperthermia treatment of hepatocellular liver tumor'. Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences In Medicine, 37 (4):673-679 [Details]
(2013) 'Assessment of the Occupational Radiation Exposure Doses to Workers at INMOL Pakistan (2007-2011)'
K Masood et al (2013) 'Assessment of the Occupational Radiation Exposure Doses to Workers at INMOL Pakistan (2007-2011)'. Radiation Protection Dosimetry, 115 (1):110-114 [Details]
(2012) 'Assessment of Occupational Exposure Among Pakistani Medical Staff During 2007-2011'
K Masood et al (2012) 'Assessment of Occupational Exposure Among Pakistani Medical Staff During 2007-2011'. Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences In Medicine, 35 (3):297-300 [Details]
(2012) 'Design and analysis of a high power electron beam source (>50KW/cm2) confined in a highly uniform magnetic field region'
K Masood et al (2012) 'Design and analysis of a high power electron beam source (>50KW/cm2) confined in a highly uniform magnetic field region'. Ieee Transactions On Plasma Science, 40 (4):1064-1069 [Details]
(2009) 'E-Plane and H-Plane Slab Loaded Waveguide Solutions'
J Zafar et al (2009) 'E-Plane and H-Plane Slab Loaded Waveguide Solutions'. International Journal Of Electronics, 96 (1):79-92 [Details]
(2009) 'Twin Symmetric E-plane Slab Loaded Waveguide Structure for Point Beam Acceleration'
H Zafar et al (2009) 'Twin Symmetric E-plane Slab Loaded Waveguide Structure for Point Beam Acceleration'. International Journal Of Infrared And Millimeter Waves, 30 (2):159-171 [Details]
(2008) 'High Emittance Electron Beam Source Coupled to Slab Loaded Accelerating Structure'
J Zafar et al (2008) 'High Emittance Electron Beam Source Coupled to Slab Loaded Accelerating Structure'. International Journal Of Infrared And Millimeter Waves, 29 (12):1205-1214 [Details]
(2006) 'Fourth Order Antimetric Elliptic Band Pass Filter for C-Band Satellite Multiplexer'
J Zafar et al (2006) 'Fourth Order Antimetric Elliptic Band Pass Filter for C-Band Satellite Multiplexer'. European Journal of Scientific Research, 15 (1):26-37 [Details]

Conference Publications

  Year Publication
(2017) EuroPCR 2017, Paris, France
ZAFAR H., LEAHY M., JOHNSON N., WIJNS W., SHARIF F. (2017) Optimisation and first-in-man clinical evaluation of combined photoacoustic and duplex ultrasound imaging for carotid atherosclerosis and vulnerable plaques detection EuroPCR 2017, Paris, France [Details]
(2017) Photonics Ireland 2017
Haroon Zafar et al (2017) Non-invasive imaging of carotid artery using co-registered photoacoustic/ultrasound Photonics Ireland 2017 [Details]
(2017) Photonics Ireland 2017
Asma Shahzad et al (2017) Fully automated fractional flow reserve calculation from intracoronary optical coherence tomography imaging Photonics Ireland 2017 [Details]
(2016) SPIE BiOS 2016, San Francisco, USA
Haroon Zafar, Sean Gaynard, Cathal Ó Flatharta, Tatiana Doroshenkova, Declan Devine, Frank Barry, Jessica Hayes, Mary Murphy, Faisal Sharif and Martin J. Leahy (2016) To assess the reparative ability of differentiated mesenchymal stem cells in a rat critical size bone repair defect model using high frequency co-registered photoacoustics/ultrasound imaging and micro computed tomography SPIE BiOS 2016, San Francisco, USA [Details]
(2016) Advanced Laser Technologies (ALT) 2016, Galway, Ireland
Haroon Zafar, Faisal Sharif, Martin Leahy (2016) Multi-scale multi-modal structural and functional imaging of the human skin using combined co-registered photoacoustic/ultrasound and correlation mapping optical coherence tomography Advanced Laser Technologies (ALT) 2016, Galway, Ireland [Details]
(2015) Biophotonics and Imaging Conference (BioPIC) 2015, Galway, Ireland
Haroon Zafar, Faisal Sharif, Martin Leahy (2015) Multi-scale microcirculation imaging using correlation mapping optical coherence tomography and high frequency photoacoustic/ultrasound Biophotonics and Imaging Conference (BioPIC) 2015, Galway, Ireland [Details]
(2014) SPIE BiOS 2014, San Francisco, USA
Haroon Zafar, Faisal Sharif, Martin. J. Leahy (2014) Comparison of frequency domain optical coherence tomography and quantitative coronary angiography for the assessment of coronary lesions SPIE BiOS 2014, San Francisco, USA [Details]
(2014) SPIE BiOS 2014, San Francisco, USA
H Zafar et al (2014) Photoacoustic imaging of the human forearm using 40 MHz linear-array transducer SPIE BiOS 2014, San Francisco, USA [Details]
(2014) Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium 2014
Martin J. Leahy, Haroon Zafar, Sean O'Gorman, Aedan Breathnach, and Hrebesh M. Subhash (2014) Co-registered photoacoustic and ultrasound on humans with a range of high frequency probes Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium 2014 [Details]
(2014) Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium 2014
Martin J. Leahy, Haroon Zafar, Sean O'Gorman, Aedan Breathnach, and Hrebesh M. Subhash (2014) Microcirculation Imaging with Light and Sound Progress In Electromagnetics Research Symposium 2014 [Details]
(2013) Biophotonics and Imaging Conference (BioPIC) 2013, Dublin, Ireland
Haroon Zafar, Joey Enfield, Marie-Louise O’Connell, Bart Ramsay, Maeve Lynch , Martin J. Leahy (2013) In vivo microcirculation imaging of psoriatic plaque with correlation mapping optical coherence tomography Biophotonics and Imaging Conference (BioPIC) 2013, Dublin, Ireland [Details]
(2013) 2nd International Conference on Material Science & Engineering Technology 2013, London UK
J Zafar et al (2013) VPP processed phase controller for array antenna scanning 2nd International Conference on Material Science & Engineering Technology 2013, London UK [Details]
(2012) IEEE Thirteenth International Vacuum Electronics Conference/Ninth International Vacuum Electron Sources Conference 2012, Monterey, USA
J Zafar et al (2012) Electron Beam Emitter Characterization and its performance Analysis IEEE Thirteenth International Vacuum Electronics Conference/Ninth International Vacuum Electron Sources Conference 2012, Monterey, USA [Details]
(2012) International Conference on Radar Systems 2012, Glasgow, UK
J Zafar et al (2012) Finite Element Analysis of a High Power Broadband Circulator for Air Traffic Surveillance Radar System International Conference on Radar Systems 2012, Glasgow, UK [Details]
(2008) International Vacuum Electron Sources Conference (IVESC) 2008, London, UK
H Zafar et al (2008) Performance characteristics of directly heated point source emitter assembly International Vacuum Electron Sources Conference (IVESC) 2008, London, UK [Details]

Other Journals

  Year Publication
(2017) 'Recent Trends in Clot Retrieval Devices: A Review'
Aamir Hameed, Haroon Zafar, Darren Mylotte, Faisal Sharif (2017) 'Recent Trends in Clot Retrieval Devices: A Review' Cardiology and Therapy, . [Details]
(2015) 'Design and Analysis of an X-Band Isolator Coupled to an Accelerating Manifold'
J Zafar et al., (2015) 'Design and Analysis of an X-Band Isolator Coupled to an Accelerating Manifold' International Journal of Electronics and Electrical Engineering, 3 (5) . [Details]
(2014) 'VPP Processed Variable Phase Controller for Array Antenna Scanning'
J Zafar et al., (2014) 'VPP Processed Variable Phase Controller for Array Antenna Scanning' Advanced Materials Research, 856 . [Details]
(2014) 'An experimental inter-comparison of radiotherapic dosimetric delivery to assess X-Ray linear accelerator output characteristics'
K Masood et al., (2014) 'An experimental inter-comparison of radiotherapic dosimetric delivery to assess X-Ray linear accelerator output characteristics' Journal of Measurement Science & Instrumentation, 5 (3) . [Details]
(2012) 'Modal Coupling Coefficients and Frequency/Bias Planes for Gyromagnetic Boundary Value Problems'
J Zafar et al., (2012) 'Modal Coupling Coefficients and Frequency/Bias Planes for Gyromagnetic Boundary Value Problems' International Journal of Electrical and Computer Engineering, 2 (5) . [Details]

Honours and Awards

  Year Title Awarding Body
2016 Irish Research Council "Enterprise Partnership Scheme" Postdoctoral Fellowship Irish Research Council
2016 Irish Research Council "New Foundations" Grant Irish Research Council
2016 Key Scientific Article Certificate Advances in Engineering, Canada
2012 Founding President, SPIE NUIG-UL Chapter SPIE (The International Society for Optics and Photonics), USA
2011 SPIE Travel Award SPIE (The International Society for Optics and Photonics)
2011 Hardiman Research Fellowship NUI Galway
2009 Erasmus Mundus Scholarship European Commission

Employment

  Employer Position From / To
NUI Galway Programme Manager, Cardiovascular Research Centre 01-MAR-16 /
University of South Asia, Pakistan Lecturer 01-SEP-07 / 31-AUG-09

Education

  Year Institution Qualification Subject
2016 National University of Ireland, Galway PhD BioPhotonics
2011 Ghent University and Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium Msc Photonics Engineering
2011 University of St Andrews and Heriot Watt University, UK Msc Photonics
2007 University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore BSc Electrical Engineering