Dean’s Message

The Faculty of Life Sciences aims at undertaking research in life sciences at a molecular and cellular level in healthy and diseased organisms with an emphasis on the discovery of interventional molecules and Identification of targets with respect to bacterial and viral infections, cancer and neurodegenerative diseases. Our experienced Faculty believe to offer cutting edge, interdisciplinary courses in Biotechnology, Microbiology, Biochemistry and Food Science & Technology keeping in view the demands by the student community, The Government Sector, Private Sector and other related Industries.

The major focus of our research groups is the development of expertise in bacterial genomics, enzymology, protein structure & function, food biotechnology, microbiology and computational biology. We have established eight well-equipped labs for biotechnology, microbiology, biochemistry and food science & technology as well as temperature and R.H controlled animal house for experimentation. The faculty of Life Sciences has developed linkages with foreign universities (Univ. of Edinburgh UK; Umm-ul-Qura Univ. Makkah KSA; Res. Institute for Food Sci. & Tech. Mashhad, Iran and Lincoln Hospital NHS Trust, UK etc.) as well as universities in Pakistan to undertake collaborative research on contemporary biological issues. The students joining FoLS will have ample opportunities to interact with eminent scientists of the country and visiting scientists from abroad.

Prof. Dr. Mushtaq A. SaleemDean

Faculty of Life Sciences (FoLS)

FoLS offers innovative quality education with a focus on research excellence to produce world-class scientists to meet the increasing challenges of this country and abroad.

Programs

  • BS Biotechnology
  • BS Microbiology
  • BS Biochemistry
  • BS Food Science & Technology
  • M.Sc. Biotechnology
  • MS Biotechnology
  • MS Microbiology
  • MS Biochemistry
  • Ph.D. Microbiology
  • Ph.D. Biochemistry

Departments of Faculty of Life Sciences:

Biochemistry

Biochemistry is a central discipline to all Branches of Biology/Life Sciences. It deals with the chemical nature, function, structure, energetic and pathways of synthesis and degradation of simple to complex biological and/or cellular molecules to understand the various aspects of cellular and molecular functions in development, health and disease with applications in Biotechnology, Microbiology and Medicine. Biochemistry at FoLS is one of the most vibrant and visible faculty among the Pakistani Universities because of its location, the competition for admission in the Ph.D., MS and BS Programs. FoLS has ideal students to the faculty ratio, teaching experience of the faculty, publications, extra research grants/support that faculty generates from National and International Organizations and in terms of infrastructural facilities. In addition, the faculties are able to fortify collaboration in the new and interdisciplinary research areas such as Nano-Biology, Medical Biotechnology, and Stem Cell Biology etc.

Microbiology

Advances in medicine, greater longevity and a rapidly expanding world population continue to increase the numbers of people at the risk of infection. The situation compounded by the emergence of multi-drug resistant microbes and the lack of new clinically effective anti-infective agents compelled us to establish Microbiology section under FoLS. Research within the Molecular Microbiology Group will be directed towards the acquisition of novel molecular and cellular insights into host-pathogen interactions, quorum sensing and the evolution of virulence and drug resistance with a view to the discovery of new therapeutic and preventative strategies against Viral, Bacterial and Fungal Pathogens.

Biotechnology

In the discipline of Biotechnology, Degrees are offered at the level of MS, M.Sc. and BS. Faculty is highly competitive and strives to fulfill significant demand in Biomedical, Pharmaceutical and Industry. A large number of students are seeking admission during each semester to qualify for higher research programs within the university while a good proportion of meritorious students aim to pursue further research studies in different overseas universities after completing degrees from FoLS. Graduating students may seek employment in the renowned organizations in this country as well as abroad.

Food Science & Technology

In the discipline of Food Science & Technology, Degrees are offered at the level of BS. Faculty is highly competitive and strives to fulfill significant demand in Food Industry. A large number of students are seeking admission during each semester to qualify for higher research programs within the University while a good proportion of meritorious students aim to pursue further research studies in different overseas universities after completing degrees from FoLS. Graduating students may seek employment in the renowned organizations in this country as well as abroad.