Salim Habib University is committed to transform society through quality education, learning, and research at the high quality. As a Dean, Faculty of Science, I welcome you to the University.

The Faculty of Science is a dynamic Faculty where new knowledge, leading scientists, and technologist are developed through innovation. The Faculty creates, applies, and disseminates new knowledge for the advancement in different fields of science.

Department of Biosciences has highly qualified faculty with diversified expertise and experience who facilitates your development by providing deep insights into the discipline of Bioscience. Biosciences graduates have a great future. There is a huge need of qualified and skilled Bio-scientist world-wide to resolve health and health related issues, for examples food security and food related problems, fighting diseases, developing vaccines, medicine, diagnostic tests and searching for strategies to delay ageing and death.

SHU provides friendly environment to develop meaningful skills in scholars such as reading and critical ability, independent thinkers, consideration and maintaining ethical standards, use variety of methods for investigation and analysis. Upon completion of the program, students will have the capacity to build a career as a basic science faculty or researcher for a variety of fields including allied health, diagnostic or research laboratories with respect to bioinformatics, genetics, veterinary medicine and biotechnology.

Dr. Aqeel Ahmad
Professor
Dean, Faculty of Science


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Dr. Aqeel Ahmed

Dean and Chairperson

Professor (Department of Biosciences)

  • PhD (Immunology), University of Birmingham, UK
  • PhD (Microbiology), University of Karachi, Karachi
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Dr. Aqeel Ahmed

Dean and Chairperson

Professor (Department of Biosciences)

  • PhD (Immunology), University of Birmingham, UK
  • PhD (Microbiology), University of Karachi, Karachi
Person

Dr. Aqeel Ahmed

Dean and Chairperson

Professor (Department of Biosciences)

  • PhD (Immunology), University of Birmingham, UK
  • PhD (Microbiology), University of Karachi, Karachi

The Department of Biosciences was established in 2016. The faculty of Biosciences brought with them years of teaching and research experience, who worked hard to develop curricula and laboratories. It is the only department at SHU with a large number of Ph.D. holders. from well renowned local and foreign universities. The laboratories are well equipped and sufficient in providing hands-on training and developing skills in their students. Biosciences labs cater to train students in basic and advanced techniques in biology and computer sciences to stay ahead in academia, research, and the industry market. There are several hundred quality books for Bioscience students in The Tariq Amin Library. The environment of Biosciences is conducive to motivate and inspire Faculty and students to achieve academic excellence.

Vision

The Department of Biological Sciences will be a leader in acquiring fundamental knowledge of the living world that will advance the health of the planet, including humans. We fully integrate instruction and research so that all students not only learn but also, through their learning, actively contribute to our understanding of life.

Mission

The mission of our department is to produce skilled graduates with comprehensive knowledge in life sciences through experiential learning and problem-solving abilities. We aim to foster an exciting learning environment, which provides intellectual development and stimulates students to serve as leaders.


The Department of Biosciences embraces the full breadth of modern, vibrant and internationally leading Biosciences programs. The MPhil program covers all aspects of the field, that strongly supports multidisciplinary integration and empowering students with flexibility to tailor their education to their skills and interests.

Students will gain skills and knowledge of their chosen field through a research project with planning research and the presentation their work through written, oral and visual communication.

Goals:
Our goal is to provide research friendly environment to develop meaningful skills in scientists such as reading and critical evaluation ability, independent thinking, consideration, and maintaining of ethical standards by using a variety of methods for investigation and analysis.

Objectives:
Provision of a research culture that will help students in lifelong learning and make them enable to understand the concept and difficulties of communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Eligibility:

  • Sixteen years of education or 4-year education (124 credit hours) after HSSC/ F. A./ F. Sc./ Grade12 or Equivalent
  • Minimum of 2.5 CGPA/60% marks in previous education in the same subject relevant to the field of study.

Duration:

  • Duration: 2 years
  • Semester: 4

Coursework:
Course work of 24 credit hours in the first year is required to be completed with a minimum of 3.0 CGPA on a scale of 4.0.

Semester I Semester II
Course Code Course Title Cr. Hrs. Course Code Course Title Cr. Hrs.
BSC501 Research Methodology 3+0 BSC502 Techniques in Biological research 3+0
BSC503 Biostatistics & Experimental design 3+0 BSC504 Cell to Systems 3+0
BSC505 Scientific Communication Skills 3+0 BSC506 Advanced Bioinformatics 3+0
BSC507 Biosafety & Biosecurity 3+0 BSC508 Advanced Biotechnology 2+1
Semester III & IV
Course Code Course Title Cr. Hrs.
BSC509 Thesis 6

Research Proposal/Synopsis:

  • Research proposal/synopsis of student fulfilling the coursework requirements is to be duly forwarded by the research supervisor(s), Chairperson, and Dean to the university's BASR in the prescribed format.
  • The synopsis shall be accompanied by an ethical approval from the university's ethical committee, only if the study involves interventions prescribed by the ethical committee.
  • Prior approval shall be requested from the BASR, before making any change in the previously approved research study.

Thesis

  • The thesis (equivalent to 6 credit hours) is to be submitted to the university's BASR after internal evaluation by the Chairperson.
  • 2 external examiners from any other university, shall evaluate the student's thesis. Their comments shall directly reach the BASR, which would further communicate the remarks to the student, research supervisor(s), and the Chairperson.
  • Oral defense of the research work shall be done in the presence of an external examiner accompanied by the Dean. On the basis of the final remarks of the external examiner and Dean, forwarded by the Chairperson, the BASR will decide on the award of the degree.

Prospects and Career Pathway:

  • Independently handle the issues about:
    • Environment
    • Agriculture
    • Research/academic organizations
    • Diagnostic and health industry
    • Food sector
    • Nutrition
    • Pharmaceutical industry
    • Biotechnological industry
  • Earn an entry into renowned national and international organizations/institutions
  • Can set up small businesses related to:
    • Healthcare
    • Food processing units
    • Biotechnological processes


Dr. Aqeel Ahmed

Dean and Chairperson

Professor (Department of Biosciences)

Email: aqeel.ahmad@shu.edu.pk

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Faculty Member

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Dr. Muhammad Shakeel Ahmed Khan

Professor

Email: shakeel.khan@shu.edu.pk

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Dr. Arshad Mahmood

Associate Professor

Email: arshad.mahmood@shu.edu.pk

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Dr. Affhan Shoaib

Assistant Professor

Email: affhan.shoaib@shu.edu.pk

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Dr. Shaheena Anwar

Assistant Professor

Email: shaheena.anwar@shu.edu.pk

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Maleeha Moin Silat

Lecturer

Email: maleeha.silat@shu.edu.pk

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Afira Waqar

Lecturer

Email: afira.waqar@shu.edu.pk

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