Nousheen Bibi (PhD Scholar) successfully defended her doctoral thesis

On Friday, 29 January 2016, Nousheen Bibi (PhD Scholar) successfully defended her doctoral thesis on “Determination of novel substrate candidates for protein kinases to explore their functional implications in cancer therapeutics”.

The Thesis Jury comprised of:

Dr. Asma Gul and Dr. Jamil Ahmed (External evaluators)

Dr. Sajid Rashid (Supervisor, Associate Professor and Chairman, NCB)

Dr. Amir Ali Abbasi (Internal examiners, Associate Professor, NCB)

Dr. Sikander-e-Azam (Internal examiners, Assistant Professor, NCB)


Nousheen Bibi completed main work in Functional Informatics Lab, National Center for Bioinformatics under the supervision of Dr. Sajid Rashid, while she spent a collaborative six month work period in Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, Edinburg.

Nousheen received excellent comments from foreign thesis evaluators. Prof. Dr. Gerhard Ecker from Duquesne University wrote that:

“The overall quality of thesis is excellent and is comparable to the thesis and dissertation of PhD students in Chemistry & Biochemistry at Duquesne University. The thesis is well structured and the references are up to date. With this work, Ms Nousheen Bibi presents excellent scientific contribution to the field of polo like kinases. The thesis is methodologically sound and the results are presented in proper form and discussion is appropriately addressing all aspects.”


Prof. Jeffry D. Madura from Duquesne University commented that:

“I found the thesis to be well written and scientifically interesting. Ms N. Bibi has brought together both experimental and computational tools to identify novel substrates for protein kinases with respect to cancer. Thesis is an outstanding contribution to the scientific field and find that thesis meets even surpasses the requirements of QAU for a PhD.”

Congratulations Nousheen! We look forward to continuing our successful collaboration in the future. 

Dr. Sajid Rashid Appointed as NCB’s New Chairperson

Dr. Sajid Rashid assumed the charge of Chairperson, National Center for Bioinformatics on November 13 2015 following his promotion as Associate Professor. He is one of the founders of NCB and he previously served as Head of Department for four years.

He will serve a five-year term of Chairperson starting in November 2015.

Dr. Syed Sikander Azam is awarded (RPA) by (PCST) for year 2015.

NCB is pleased to announce that Dr. Syed Sikander Azam  is awarded Research Productivity Award (RPA) by Pakistan Council of Science and Technology (PCST) under Category B for the year 2015.

Lecture Series on " Next Generation Sequencing: Application and Procedures"

National Centre for Bioinformatcis(NCB) is organized a lecture series on  " Next Generation Sequencing: Application and Procedures" The lectures will be delivered by Dr. Khurram Maqbool Assistant Professor Ph.D from Sweden. The Venue is the Lecture Room#1 at NCB QAU.

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NCB Produced its First Ever PhD Student

The National Centre for Bioinformatics(NCB) has successfully produced its first ever PhD student. Rashid Minhas (Studnet of Dr. Amir Ali Abbasi ) presented his research contribution (technically calls-public defense) before a highly diversified and qualified audience and awarded the title of doctor of philosophy at the end of presentation.

The two external evaluators appreciated the candidate on producing such a unique work of research. The participants congratulated Rashid Minhas for becoming the doctor of philosophy and appreciated  Dr. Amir Ali Abbasi who supervised and helped NCB to produce its first ever PhD.

First-ever transgenic zebrafish study in Pakistan reveals important aspects of gene regulation

Dr. Syed Sikander Azam is thankful to IFS included him in IFS Annual Report 2014

Dr. Syed Sikander Azam is thankful to International Foundation for
Science to included him in IFS Annual Report 2014