Department of Microbiology
 


INTRODUCTION


Department of Microbiology was established in 2018 in the faculty of Veterinary Science with the aim to generate and disseminate scientific knowledge relating to Microbiology. Microbes, minute living things such as bacteria, viruses and fungi are the most abundant species on our planet. Regardless of microscopic size, microbes affect the world of human beings in monumental ways, colonize humans, animals and sustain their physiology, ranging from infectious diseases to healthful livings and from food production to waste treatment. The solution to many of the pressing challenges at global level, such as antimicrobial resistance; the emergence of new infectious diseases and the health of our planet’s ecosystem rely upon broadening the horizon of discoveries coming from basic Microbiology research and exploration.
Our research faculty are highly productive and impactful, consisting of 01 Professor and 07 Assistant Professors, housed at the department of Microbiology. All the faculty members are outstanding Microbiologists who are making exciting discoveries in the field of Microbiology while training students in cutting edge research. To meet their mission of skill development, research, education and translational opportunity, Microbiology department is offering undergraduate i-e- B.S. (Hons.) Applied Microbiology program and also teaching of Microbiology courses to Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) students. The B.S. (Hons.) Applied Microbiology program covers all major areas of Microbiology such as Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology, Vaccinology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, Cell Culture, Biotechnology, Biosafety & Biosecurity, Medical Microbiology, Industrial Microbiology, Environmental Microbiology and Public Health. The department is well equipped with modern tools of Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Cell Culture and the Lab animal facilities.
STAFF POSITION
Chairman

  • Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khalid Mansoor

Professor

  • Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khalid Mansoor

 

Assistant Professors

  • Dr. M. MoazamJalees
  • Dr. Rais Ahmed
  • Dr. Faisal Siddique
  • Dr. Kashif Rahim
  • Dr. Firasat Hussain
  • Dr. Waqas Ashraf
  • Dr. Waqas Ahmed

HEC Approved Supervisors

  • Dr. Rais Ahmed
  • Dr. Faisal Siddique
  • Dr. Kashif Rahim
  • Dr. Firasat Hussain

Lab. Assistants

  • Mr. Ejazulhaq
  • Ms. SadiaMahrukh

FACILITIES:


Principal Equipment

Salient Features/Services

  • Spectrophotometer
  • Refrigerated Centrifuge
  • Class I and II Safety cabinet
  • Autoclave
  • Hot air oven
  • -80 C Freezer
  • Horizontal Electrophoresis
  • Thermocycler
  • ELISA reader
  • Gel doc system
  • Compound Microscopes
  • Water bath
  • Incubator
  • CO2 Incubator
  • Ice Making Machine
  • Desiccator
  • pH meter
  • Magnetic Stirrer
  • Densitometer

 

  • Sterilization
  • High speed centrifugation at low temperature
  • Fluorescent antibody technique
  • Analysis of live cells/ cell culture
  • Biochemical analysis of samples
  • To provide sterile area for lab work
  • Storage of samples & long preservation of cultures
  • Storage of samples and short preservation of cultures
  • To run DNA samples
  • Laboratory animals: Balb C/J mice colony is reared for monoclonal antibody production

 

INDEPENDENT LABORATORIES

  • General Microbiology Lab
  • Immunology & Molecular Biology Lab
  • Bacteriology Lab
  • Mycology Lab

RESEARCH PROJECTS
Department of Microbiology holds long term history in research and academic activities. Its conviction for high level of research and academics is evident from the No. of PhD students and the publications in the journals of international standards. Researchers/teachers conduct research to solve problems of the industries such as poultry, livestock, bioacoustics, pharmaceutics, fish, equine and ordinary dairy farmers, milk processing, exporters and importers and government issues related to livestock. In universities every postgraduate research scholar is supposed to solve one problem of the industry/farmers. To minimize the financial consternation of the students, every Ph.D. faculty every year try to win at least one research grant on competitive basis from funding agencies of the country. On similar basis, following project of one faculty member has been shortlisted by Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF).
Project Short Listed:


Sr. #

Project Title

Funding Agency

Grant amounted

Principal Investigator

1

Molecular Characterization and drugs susceptibility patterns of major fungal diseases in shrimps at Pakistan

Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF)

Rs. 4.7 Million

Dr. Kashif Rahim

 

RESEARCH PRIORITIES:

  • Isolation and identification of the causative agents of the newly emerging microbial diseases
  • Preparation and evaluation of biologics (vaccines, probiotics, antimicrobials, diagnostic reagents, etc.)
  • Qualitative and quantitative detection of mycotoxins and measures to overcome mycotoxicosis in animals
  • Physico-chemical factors affecting the survival of microbial pathogens (Biosecurity)
  • Immunogenetics, Immunotherapy, Immunomodulation, ImmunoprophylaxisImmunoregulations and Immunodiagnosis of various diseases
  • Studies of the Zoonotic Diseases