|Current Position||Deputy Chief Scientist Department of Biological Sciences Jhang Road (NIBGE), Faisalabad||Phone No.||92-41-265 1475|
|Born in||Karachi, Pakistan in 27/10/1962||Year Elected||2014|
University of Karachi: B.Sc. (Hon)., 1986, M.Sc., 1987; Ph.D., Department of Virus Research, The John Innes Centre Norwich, U.K and the degree awarded by Department of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, 1999.
Research Fellow, National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Faisalabad, 1988-1989; Scientific Officer, NIBGE, Faisalabad, 1989; Visiting Scientist, Department of Health Effect ENEA CRE Casaccia, Rome, Italy, 1990-1991; Visiting Scientist, Department of Virus Research, John Innes Centre, 1993-1993; Senior Scientific Officer, NIBGE, Faisalabad, 1994; Post-Doctoral Fellow, Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich, UK under Royal Society Fellowship, 2000; Principal Scientific Officer, NIBGE, Faisalabad, 2002; Head Agricultural Biotechnology Division, NIBGE, Faisalabad 2006-2013; Fulbright Scholar at Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory, University of Georgia, Athens, 2011-2012; Deputy Chief Scientific, NIBGE, Faisalabad, 2012; Director, NIBGE, Faisalabad, 2013 to date.
First class position in B.Sc. (Hons) Biochemistry and M.Sc. Biochemistry, University of Karachi; Awarded Royal Society UK Fellowship; Sitara-e-Imtiaz by President of Pakistan, 2009; HEC Outstanding Performance Award (Research Paper 2005, 2006, 2011; Research Productivity Award for PCST for the last ten years; HEC Distinguished National Professor, 2014.
Fellowships / Memberships
Royal Society UK Fellowship 2000, One year sponsored by The Royal Society, UK in the laboratory of Prof. David, Baulcombe, Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK on “Manipulation of Rx gene for resistance against geminiviruses and characterization of begomoviruses and small circular DNA molecules associated with cotton leaf curl virus and Ageratum yellow vein virus in Pakistan. Fulbright Scholar 2011-12, one year at Plant Genome Mapping Laboratory, University of Georgia, Athens, under the leadership of Prof. Andrew Paterson on genomics of cotton.
Molecular characterization of economically important geminiviruses, their gene function, geminivirus-host interactions and development of novel sources of virus resistance, genomic characterization of whitefly biotypes and development of insect resistant plants; Novel uses of RNA interference technology, Genome biology of cotton, whitefly and livestock in Pakistan and their applications in novel traits development.