Dr. Qaisar Raza, Assistant Professor 

Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences

Dr Qaisar Raza is currently working as Assistant Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Nur International University. He received his PhD in Public Health Nutrition from Free University Amsterdam, Masters in Public Health Nutrition from Maastricht University, M.Phil in Food and Nutrition from Agriculture University Faisalabad and Bachelors in Agriculture with specialization in Food and Nutrition from University of Agriculture, Faisalabad. Before joining NIU he has been working as a faculty member at the University of Amsterdam for the past two years. He has published extensively in various well reputed International journals. In addition he has also presented his work at various National as well as International conferences.  His areas of expertise include Food, Nutrition, Public Health, Community Medicine, Research Methods and Statistical Analysis.


2011-2016 PhD

Department of Health Sciences, VU University, Amsterdam and the EMGO+ Institute

Thesis: Diet and cardiovascular disease risk among the immigrant Pakistani population and South Asians living in The Netherlands.

The data from the Amsterdam municipality and other ethnic groups were used to compare the general health status of immigrant Pakistanis with the local Dutch population and other ethnic groups living in The Netherlands.

–       Supervisors: Mary Nicolaou, PhD, Jaap Seidell, PhD.


2009-2010 Master of Public Health

Specialization: Health Education and Promotion,

Maastricht University, the Netherlands


2005-2007 Research Masters

Food and Nutrition

Agriculture University, Faisalabad, Pakistan


2001-2005 Bachelors

Agriculture Sciences

Major: Food and Nutrition

Agriculture University, Faisalabad, Pakistan

Title Publication Author Year
Intake of foods related to cardiovascular disease and the change in dietary habits of the immigrant Pakistanis living in The Netherlands: a cross-sectional study. Journal of Pakistan Medical Association Qaisar Raza, Mary Nicolaou, Funda Çay and Jacob Seidell. 2019
Obesity is an eating disorder not a disease. European Journal of Food Science and Technology. Sarfraz Hussain, Qaisar Raza, Itrat Fatima, Syeda Mahvish Zahra and Farhat Rashid. 2018
Comparison of general health status, myocardial infarction, obesity, diabetes and fruit and vegetable intake between Javanese Surinamese and South Asian Surinamese population in the Netherlands. BMC Research Notes Qaisar Raza, Mary Nicolaou, Marieke Snijder and Jacob Seidell. 2017
Optimization of sensory properties of chemically preserved Mushrooms through response surface methodology International Journal of Scientific Innovations Sarfraz Hussain, Salim-ur-Rehman, Qaisar Raza, Itrat Fatima, Syeda Mahvish Zahra, 2017
Comparison of general health status, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and fruit and vegetable intake between the immigrant Pakistani population in The Netherlands and the local

Amsterdam population.

ETHNICITY & HEALTH Qaisar Raza, Mary Nicolaou, Henriette Dijkshoorn and Jacob Seidell. 2016
Dietary acculturation among the immigrant Hindustani Surinamese living in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Public Health Nutr. aisar Raza, Mary Nicolaou, Marieke Snijder and Jacob Seidell. 2016
Obesity and cardiovascular disease risk factors among the indigenous and immigrant Pakistani population: a systematic review. Obes Facts. Raza Q, Doak CM, Khan A, Nicolaou M, Seidell JC 2013
Working Paper
Internet Addiction and Dietary Behaiors of University Students rom 18-28 years
Compositional Comparison of commercial and locally prepared therapeutic milks for children
Intake of fruit, vegetables, salt and fat in relation to cardiovascular disease and related non-communicable diseases among indigenous and immigrant Pakistanis
Prevalence of Hepatitis B & C in Relation to Lifestyle and Socio-Demographic Characteristics Among Adults in  Lahore

News Paper Articles

Title Publication Author Year
Pakistan’s stagnant research culture Daily Times Dr Qaisar Raza 2018
South Asians prone to heart disease Express Tribune Dr Qaisar Raza 2017
Meer hart- en vaatziekten voor Zuid-Aziatische immigranten door het vergeten van hun diëten? One World Dr Qaisar Raza 2016
Prevalence of Hepatitis B and C in relation to lifestyle and sociodemographic characteristics among adults in Lahore
Course Title Semester Course Code Degree Level
Nutritional Epidemiology Fall 2018 FND 721 MS
Functional Foods, Ageing and Degerative Diseases Fall 2018 FND 703 MS
Clinical Aspects of Sports Nutrition Fall 2018 BCN 311 BS
Applied Community Nutrition Spring 2019 FND 706 MS
Nutritional Epidemiology and Public Health Nutrition Spring 2019 BCN 419 BS