Research Network for Metals in Medicine



Dr Fazlul Huq

BSc(Hons), MSc(Dharka), PhD(Lond), DIC, DipEd, MCAE, FRSC

Position: Senior lecturer

Affiliation: School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Sydney

Postal Address:
School of Biomedical Sciences
Faculty of Health Sciences, C42
The University of Sydney
PO Box 170
Lidcombe NSW 1825

Phone: +61 (2) 935 19522
Fax: +61 (2) 935 19520

Research Profile

For the last ten years I have been working on metal-induced carcinogenesis (especially that due to cadmium and nickel) and metal-based anticancer drugs. I have a group of seven postgraduate students working on metal-induced carcinogenesis and metal-based anticancer drugs. I have significant experience in studying metal-DNA interactions and designing new metal-based anticancer drugs. Some of our designed complexes have shown very significant activity against a number of human cancer cell lines. The University of Sydney had a provisional patent entitled: “Polynuclear compounds with therapeutic uses thereof” on some of the compounds.

Selected Publications

  1. Huq F and Peter MCR (2000). Interaction between NiCl2 and nucleobases, nucleosides and nucleotides. J Inorg Biochem 78, 217-226.
  2. Fenton RR, Huq F and Hambley TW (1999). Studies on the nature of close Pd...Pd and Pd...H(-C) contacts. The Crystal structures of R-aminohexahydroazepinedichloropalladium(II), and N-ethyl-R-aminohexahydroazepinedichloropalladium(II) and a molecular mechanics analysis of the close contacts. Polyhedron, 18 (16), 2149-2156.
  3. Davies MS, Fenton RR, Huq F, Ling ECH and Hambley TW (2000). Studies on the Nature and Strength of Pt...H(-N) Interactions. The Crystal structures of Chloro[N-(2-aminoethyl)-N-ammonioethyl)ethane-1,2-diamine]platinum(II) chloride and Dichloro[4,7-diaza-1-azoniacyclononane]platinum(II) Tetrachloroplatinate(II) water(1/2) and a Molecular Mechanics Analysis of the Pt … H(-N) Interactions. Aust J Chem, 53, 451-456.
  4. Huq F, Molecular Modeling analysis of the ease in oxidation of planar nickel-peptide complexes, J Mol Model, DOI 10.1007/s00894-001-0061-xURL: Online publication: November 30, 2001
  5. Hossain Z and Huq F (2002), Studies on the interaction between Cd2+ ions and nucleobases and nucleotides J Inorg Biochem, 90: 85-96.
  6. Zahed Hossain and Fazlul Huq (2002), Studies on the interaction between Cd2+ ions and DNA J Inorg Biochem, 90: 97-105.
  7. Zahed Hossain and Fazlul Huq (2002) Studies on the interaction between Ag+ and DNA J Inorg Biochem, 91: 398-404.


  • Cell culture laboratory
  • Animal House
  • High Pressure liquid chromatograph
  • Spectrofluorometer
  • Graphite Furnace Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometer
  • Lyophilizer
  • Gel electrophoresis set-ups

International Linkages

Professor Syed Safiullah (Department of Chemistry, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh)