Department of Bio-Technology

Introduction:

Biotechnology is a multidisciplinary field which refers to the application of various types of “technology” to use, exploit, modify or improve existing biological processes for the benefit of human beings. Biotechnology employs the knowledge of Microbiology, Genetics, Molecular Biology, Animal and Plant Sciences, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, and Bioinformatics for production and/or development of effective biologicals (e.g. vaccines, hyper immune sera, diagnostic kits, etc), pharmaceuticals, bioenergy, disease-resistant and high yielding crops as well as animals, and microbes for remediation in an efficient, cost-effective and ethically acceptable manner. The tremendous advances in Biotechnology have a profound impact in the fields of medicine, agriculture and environment. About 20% of all world pharmaceuticals are produced today using biotechnological processes. For example, insulin (used in diabetes) and interferons (for treatment of viral hepatitis) are manufactured using biotechnological processes. Many antibiotics are also produced using genetically modified organisms. Genetically modified crops have been developed that can produce their own ‘pesticides’ internally.

The Department of Biotechnology was established in 2001 as one of the pioneer Departments of the University of Malakand. At that time, the Department started 4-year Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology (BS) program in which 50 students from across the province were enrolled. This is one of the pioneer Departments in the country where 4-year BS program in the subject of Biotechnology was started. The Department started M. Phil program in the year 2008. During 2011, several faculty members with Ph. D from various technologically advanced countries like the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Sweden, etc. joined the Department and thus Ph. D program was started in 2011. The Department has qualified faculty comprising 8 Ph. D and four M. Phil faculty members. The faculty members are actively involved in teaching and research and have received Research Productively Awards from Pakistan Council for Science and Technology as well as research funding from various organizations including Higher Education Commission, Pakistan Science Foundation, Directorate of Science & Technology, etc.

Besides 4-year BS program, the Department currently offers M. Phil and PhD programs with specialization in the areas of Health Biotechnology, Animal Biotechnology, Plant Biotechnology, Environmental Biotechnology and Microbial Biotechnology. Alumni of this Department are currently serving in various national and international organizations. Details of alumni can be found in relevant section.

Mission of the Department

Mission of the Department is to enhance knowledge of the students in the new spheres of Biotechnology and to acquire new skills and techniques in the field of life sciences by providing them excellent learning environment, quality education and mentoring.

Objectives

  • To provide students with basics and advanced knowledge, true understanding and practical skills in the field of Biotechnology.
  • To prepare students to pursue a professional carrier in the field of Biotechnology.
  • To prepare students to apply their knowledge to cater needs of the market.

Marketability and Job Opportunities

  • Federal and Provincial public sector organizations like Ministry of Health, Ministry of Food Security & Research, National Institute of Health (NIH), Health Regulatory Authority, National Council for Conservation of Wildlife (NCCW), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Pakistan Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (PCSIR), Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission, etc
  • ¬†Educational and Research Organizations like, Universities and Degree awarding institutes and vaccine/biological production organizations
  • International/Inter-Governmental Organizations like World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), World Animal Health Organization (OIE), etc
  • Non-Governmental Organizations and Private sector organizations Industries

Degree Programs:

  • Doctor of Philosophy
  • Master of Philosophy (2-year programs, leads to 18-years education)
  • BS Programs (4-year programs, leads to 16-years education)

Teaching Feculty


  1. Dr. Syed Muhammad Jamal
    Associate Professor/Chairman
    Ph.D (Microbiology/Virology) from QAU, Islamabad, Pakistan
    M.Phil (Microbiology) from QAU, Islamabad, Pakistan
    M. Sc (Epidemiology) from The Netherlands
    D.V. M from College of Veterinary Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan
    jamal115@yahoo.com


  2. Dr. Fazal Hadi    
    Assistant Professor
    PhD Plant Molecular Physiology/Biotechnology from Plymouth UK
    M.Phil Biotechnology from QAU Islamabad
    dr.fhadi@uom.edu.pk


  3. Dr. Alam Zeb
    Associate Professor
    MSc, MPhil Biochemistry (Pakistan)
    PhD Biochemistry (Institute of Biochemistry, Technical university of Graz, Austria)
    alamzeb01@yahoo.com


  4. Dr. Ayaz Ali Khan
    Assistant Professor
    M.Sc. Hons (M.Phil) UVAS, Lahore
    D.V.M. AU, Faisalabad
    PhD in progress, University of Malakand
    lalatejan@gmail.com


  5. Dr. Waqar Ali
    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D (Plant Biotechnology/Plant Molecular Stress Physiology) from University of York, UK
    M.Phil (Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering) from IBGE, The University of Agriculture,
    Peshawar, Pakistan
    B.Sc (Hons) (Agriculture) from the University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan
    waqarali@uom.edu.pk



  6. Dr. Aftab Ali Shah
    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D (Medical Biotechnology/Human Genetics) from
    Eberhard Karls University, Tuebingen, Germany
    Master of Science (M.Sc.) from Eberhard Karls University, Tuebingen, Germany
    BS (Hons) (Biotechnology) from University of Malakand, Pakistan
    aftab.ali.shah@uom.edu.pk


  7. Dr. Muhammad Aasim
    Assistant Professor
    Ph.D (Biochemical Engineering) from Jacobs University Bremen, Germany
    B.S (Hons) (Biotechnology) from University of Peshawar, Pakistan 
    draasim@uom.edu.pk



  8. Dr. Nadir Zaman
    Assistant Professor
    PhD (Plant molecular biology) from University of Gothenburg, Sweden
    M.Phil (Biotechnolgy) from IBGE, University of Agriculture Peshawar, Pakistan 
    B.Sc (Hons) (Agriculture) from the University of Agriculture, Peshawar, Pakistan
    nadir.zaman@uom.edu.pk



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