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.