The Khan et al. 7:1444-1448, (2011) article is featured on the cover page of the July issue of the journal "Ophthalmology".

About me

After obtaining an M.Sc. in Biochemistry from the University of Peshawar, I worked as a Scientific Officer at the National Institute of Health, Islamabad, Pakistan. I then proceeded to USA to work towards my Ph.D in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, USA.

During my stay in the US I worked as a Research Assistant at the Department of Biochemistry, University of North Texas and as a Research Associate at the Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Fort Worth, Texas, USA. After completing my Ph.D. I came back to Pakistan and joined Dr. A. Q. Khan Research Laboratories as a Senior Scientific Officer and was subsequently promoted to the position of Principal Scientific Officer. From 1998 to 2001 I worked for a while, with Dr. Chris Tyler-Smith at the Department of Biochemistry, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK in the lab of Prof. E.M. Southern. In 2002 I joined Shifa College of Medicine as Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and in 2003 was promoted to the post of Associate Professor & also appointed as the Director of PCR Labs. .....Read more

My Presentations

Invited Presentations

  1. Research, Innovation and Commercialization: Innovation of thought; the Way to Economic Prosperity". 2nd Looking Ahead Forum. Organized by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Abbottabad, Pakistan, 18th-20th August, 2013.
  2. Bioethics". Joint International Workshop on Nanotechnology: Policy, Ethics and Science. Organized by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology-University of Delaware-National Science Foundation, Islamabad, Pakistan, 25th-27th March, 2013.
  3. "Genetics of Retinal Dystrophies in Pakistan". 4th International Symposium-cum-Training Course on Molecular Medicine and Drug Research. Organized by Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine and Drug Research, International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan, 7th-10th January, 2013.
  4.  “Research Bioethics". 19th International Psychiatric Conference. Organized by Pakistan Psychiatry Society, Islamabad, Pakistan, 28th-30th December, 2012.
  5. “Analysis of Inherited Disorders by Using High Throughput Bio-Techniques”. International Workshop on Biotechnology for Economic Development. Organized by OIC Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH), Islamabad, Pakistan, 16th-18th February, 2011.
  6. “Bioinformatics”. Role of Media in Promoting Bioinformatics in the Country. Organized by International Islamic University, Islamabad, Pakistan, 9th December, 2010.
  7. “The use of Nanoparticles in Cancer Treatment” Advanced Diagnostics and Drug-delivery at the Nanoscale: Sate of the Art and Possible Applications to Orphan Diseases.  Organized by International Centre for Science and High Technology-United Nation Industrial Developmental Organization (ICS-UNIDO), Trieste, Italy, 13th-15th October, 2009.
  8. “Population Genetics” 1st CIIT Science Conference.  Organized by COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, CIIT Abbottabad Campus, Abbottabad, 28th-29th July, 2009.
  9. “Bioinformatics in Pakistan" An International Conference and Workshop on "Bioinformatics: Current Progress and Practical Applications" dedicated to the 80 years jubilee celebrations of Academician Professor Jalal Aliyev.  Organized by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies, Azerbaijan, COMSTECH and COMSATS Institute of Information Technologies, Baku, Azerbaijan 23rd-28th June, 2008.
  10. “Use of SNP Analysis in Population Genetics" An International Conference and Workshop on "Bioinformatics: Current Progress and Practical Applications" dedicated to the 80 years jubilee celebrations of Academician Professor Jalal Aliyev.  Organized by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies, Azerbaijan, COMSTECH and COMSATS Institute of Information Technologies, Baku, Azerbaijan 23rd-28th June, 2008.
  11. “Real Time PCR” A workshop on Hematology organized by the Pakistan Association of Pathologist, at the Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan, 29th November to 2nd December 2007.
  12. “Primer 3: Design of primers for PCR Amplification” A workshop on Bioinformatics, organized by the Centre for Molecular Genetics, at L.E.J. National Science Information Center, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan, 28th-30th June, 2007.
  13. “Phylogenetic Analysis” A workshop on Bioinformatics, organized by the Centre for Molecular Genetics, at L.E.J. National Science Information Center, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan, 28th-30th June, 2007.
  14. ”Biology: Protein Structure” COMSTECH - COMSATS IIT National Workshop on Bioinformatics for Computer Scientists, organized by COMSTECH and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology at the COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan, 21st-25th May, 2007.
  15. “Introduction to Biology & DNA” COMSTECH - COMSATS IIT National Workshop on Bioinformatics for Computer Scientists, organized by COMSTECH and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology at the COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan, 21st-25th May, 2007.
  16. "Bioinformatics: A New Frontier of Life Sciences"  1st National Conference on Life Sciences organized by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) Core Group in Life Sciences at the Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan, Pakistan, 13th-14th December, 2006.
  17. “How to Improve University-Industry Interaction in Developing Countries”. Panel discussion with Nobel Laureate Prof. Dr. Ivar Giaever on “University Industry Collaboration in Developing Countries” organized by the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, 30th March 2006.
  18. “Identification and Characterization of Leishmania Strains.  4th International Symposium on Genetic Engineering & Biotechnolgy titled “Genetics, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and Economic Development” organized by the Centre for Molecular Genetics, Genetics Department, Karachi University, Karachi, Pakistan, 4th-8th December 2005.
  19. “Nanomedicine”.  Science Club presentation.  Organized by the Science Club, Islamabad Chapter, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2nd July 2005.
  20. “The Use of Nanotechnology in Medicine”.  National Commission on Nanoscience and Technology (NCNST) Conference on Nano-Science and Technology in Pakistan.  Organized by NCNST & COMSATS, Islamabad, Pakistan, 13th-14th June 2005.
  21. “Using Internet Resources to Design PCR Primers”.  HEC sponsored Training Course for Researchers to Equip with Latest Bioinformatics Tools.  Organized by the Kohat University of Science and Technology, Kohat (NWFP), Pakistan, 15th-17th April 2005.
  22. “Role of Molecular Biology in the Diagnosis of Diseases”.  Continuing Medical Education (CME) program of Isra University.  Organized by the Rahila Research & Reference Labs, Isra University, Hyderabad, Pakistan, 26th of March 2005.
  23. “HCV PCR Screening of Donated Blood and Clinical Samples”.  National Commission on Biotechnology (NCB) Seminar on the Use of Therapeutic Agents & Diagnostic Kits.  Organized by Department of Biochemistry, University of Arid Agriculture, Rawalpindi, Pakistan, 14th-16th February 2005.
  24. “The use of Real-Time PCR in Medical Diagnosis”.  HEC workshop on Genetics for Medical Professionals.  Organized by the Centre for Molecular Genetics, Genetics Department, Karachi University, Karachi, Pakistan, 6th-11th December 2004.
  25. “PCR based Diagnosis of Diseases”.  HEC workshop on Genetics for Medical Professionals.  Organized by the Centre for Molecular Genetics, Genetics Department, Karachi University, Karachi, Pakistan, 6th-11th December 2004.
  26. “Routine HCV PCR Screening of Donated Blood”.  Shifa International Hospital, 1St National Conference on Infectious Diseases, Islamabad, Pakistan, 19th-21st March 2004.
  27. “Web Based Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Primer Design”.  COMSTECH-PTCL Frontier Technologies Research Center (CPC), International Workshop On Bioinformatics, Islamabad, Pakistan, 22nd-25th April 2003.
  28. “Introduction to the Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA)”.  COMSTECH-PTCL Frontier Technologies Research Center (CPC), International Workshop On Bioinformatics, Islamabad, Pakistan, 22nd-25th April 2003.
  29. "A survey of Y chromosomal DNA variation within Pakistan".  Biomedical & Genetic Engineering Division, Dr. A. Q. Khan Research Laboratories, Conference on Human Genome Diversity Workshop, Islamabad, Pakistan, 9th-14th October 2000.
  30. "The genetic history of Pakistani ethnic groups".  Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT), Conference on Molecular Biology and Genetics in Humans: Health, Disease and the Environment, Karachi, Pakistan, 3rd-12th May 1999.
  31. Exposure of Women to Environmental Pollutants/Mutagens.”  International Symposium on Hazardous Effects of Pollutants on Women Workers.  Organized by Centre for Molecular Genetics & The British Council.  Karachi, Pakistan, 16th-18th December 1996.
  32. "Kinetic Mechanism of the Adenosine 3',5'-Monophosphate Dependent Protein Kinase Catalytic Subunit in the Direction of Magnesium Adenosine 5'-Diphosphate Phosphorylation."  Pakistan Physiology Society 4th Biennial and 1st International Physiology Conference.  Lahore, Pakistan, 21st-23rd December 1993.
  33. "Kinetic and Acid-Base Chemical Mechanism of cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase in the Direction of MgADP Phosphorylation."  American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Keystone Conference on Structure and Function of Protein Kinases and Phosphatases.  Keystone, Colorado, U.S.A., 24th October 1992.
  34. "Dependence of the Kinetic Mechanism of Adenosine 3',5'-Monophosphate Dependent Protein Kinase Catalytic Subunit in the Direction of Magnesium Adenosine 5'-Diphosphate Phosphorylation on pH and the Concentration of Free Magnesium [II] Ions."  Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of North Texas/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine.  Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A., 28th October 1992.

POSTERS PRESENTED & ABSTRACTS PUBLISHED 

  1. Satti, R. Qamar, R.  Different Seroprevalence Rates of Hepatitis C Virus in the Twin Cities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad, Pakistan.  Hepatitis C-The Third International Conference, The Third Decade and Beyond.  Dublin, Ireland, 17th-19th June 2009.
  2. Akhter, N., Ajmal, M., Khalid, A., Qamar, R.  Identification of a novel Low Density Lipoprotein Receptor (LDLR) variant, ASP748GLY, in a Pakistani family, with familial hypercholesterolemia.  The 7th Gulf Heart Association Conference, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 9th-11th April 2009.
  3. Chohan, SN., Qamar, R., Sadiq, I., Holford, P. and Beattie, A.  Huanglongbin (Citrus Greening), A Major Threat to Citrus in Pakistan.  16th Biennial Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference, Australian, 2007.
  4. Chohan, SN., Qamar, R., Sadiq, I., Azam, M., Holford, P. and Beattie, A.  Back to Basics: Mapping Plant Disease.  9th annual Australasian Mycological Society Meeting, Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia, 24-27 September 2007.
  5. Chohan, SN., Qamar, R., Tariq, A., Akhtari, M., Smith, C.I.E., Nore B. and Cullum, J.  Phylogenetic relationship and evolution of Tec kinases among lower and higher metazoan.  Bioinformatics 2007, Red Iberoamerican Bioinformatica Workshop on Collaborative Bioinformatics, Torremolinos, Málaga, Spain, 11th-14th June 2007
  6. Zhu, Y., Malik, A., Aziz, A., Maqbool, C. A., Qamar, R., Chohan, B., Sindhi, M., Shami, S. A., Stone, E., Dearden, P., Denton, M. and Maw, M. A.  Identification of a homozygous deletion in CNGA1 in a consanguineous Pakistani Family with autosomal recessive retinitis pigmentosa.  The Queenstown Molecular Biology Meeting 2005: The Fifteenth Annual Meeting "Celebrating the Successes of Molecular Biology", Queenstown, New Zealand, 30th August-2nd September 2005.
  7. Qamar R., Ayub, Q., Mohyuddin, A., Zerjal, T., Mehdi, S.Q. and Tyler-Smith, C.  Y-chromosomal DNA variations in Pakistan.  American J. Human Genetics, 65(4): 228 (1999).
  8. Novelleto A., Mehdi, S.Q., Qamar R., and Malaspina, P.  Y Chromosome diversity in eastern caucasians.  European Science Foundation Conference on “Inherited disorders and their genes in different European populations”.  Obernai, Strasbourgh, France.  6th–10th May, T33, (1999).
  9. Zerjal, T., Qamar, R., Ayub, Q., Mohyuddin, A., Mehdi, S.Q., Bao, W., Zhu, S., Xu, J., Shu, Q., Du, R., Yang, H., Pearson, N., Yuldasheva, N., Ruzibakiev, R., Wells, S.P., Jobling, M.A. and Tyler-Smith, C.  Y-chromosomal DNA diversity in Asia and Europe.  The Third Biennial Euroconference of the European Human Genome Diversity Project held at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research on “Human diversity in Europe and beyond: retrospect and prospect”.  University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK.  9th-13th September, p37, (1999).
  10. Mehdi, S. Q., Qamar, R., Mansoor, A., Ayub, Q., Khaliq, S., Mazhar, K., Karafat, T. and Hammer, M.F.  Y Chromosome Polymorphism and the History of Pakistan.  Human Evolution meeting at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, 4-8 October 1997, New York, USA, p54 (1997).
  11. Qamar, R., Mansoor, A., Hammed, A., Khaliq, S. and Mehdi, S. Q.  Y-chromosome Polymorphism of Different Ethnic Groups of Pakistan.  Inaugural International Conference on Genetics, p 12 (1996).
  12. Naim, A.B., Mohyuddin, A., Qamar, R., Khaliq, S., Mansoor, A., Hameed, A., Mazhar, K. and Mehdi, S.Q.  HLA-allele and Haplotype Frequencies in Pakistan.  Inaugural International Conference on Genetics, p 13 (1996).
  13. Hameed, A., Khaliq, S., Khaliq, T., Qamar, R. and Mehdi, S.Q.  Frequency of p53 Gene Mutations in Primary Breast Cancer Patients in Pakistan. Inaugural International Conference on Genetics, p 41 (1996).
  14. Mohyuddin, A., Ismail, M., Hameed, A., Qamar, R. and Mehdi, S.Q.  A New Gene Causing Non-syndromic Deafness in Pakistan.  Inaugural International Conference on Genetics, p 42 (1996).
  15. Mansoor, A., Qamar, R., Hameed, A., Khaliq, S. and Mehdi, S.Q.  Beta-thalassemia Mutations in Patients and Carriers from Pakistan.  Inaugural International Conference on Genetics, p. 43 (1996).
  16. Hameed, A., Khaliq, S., Qamar, R., Khaliq, T., Mehdi, S. Q.  Mutations in p53 Gene in Primary Breast Cancer Patients in Pakistan.  7th National Chemistry Conference, p. 25 (1996).
  17. Qamar, R., Mansoor, A., Hasnain, S. S., Hameed, A., Khaliq, S., Talat, A., Mehdi, S. Q.  The Spectrum of Beta-Thalassemia Mutations in Patients and Carriers from Punjab & N.W.F.P.  7th National Chemistry Conference, p. 59 (1995).
  18. Hameed, A., Khaliq, S., Khaliq, T., Qamar, R., Mehdi, S. Q. The Genetics of Breast Cancer Susceptibility in Pakistan.  Second National Symposium on Basic and Applied Research in Health Care and Social Development at The Aga Khan University, Karachi, 23 & 24 September, 1995.
  19. Qamar, R., Cook, P. F.  Kinetic Mechanism of the Adenosine 3',5'-Monophosphate Dependent Protein Kinase Catalytic Subunit in the Direction of Magnesium Adenosine 5'-Diphosphate Phosphorylation.  4th Biennial and 1st International Physiology Conference, 31 (1993).
  20. Qamar, R., and Cook, P. F.  Kinetic Mechanism of the Adenosine 3',5'-Monophosphate Dependent Protein Kinase Catalytic Subunit in the Direction of MgADP Phosphorylation.  American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Keystone Symposium on Protein Kinases and Phosphatases, Keystone, Colorado, October, 1992.
  21. Qamar, R., Cook, P. F.  Examination of the Kinetic Mechanism of the cAMP-Dependent Protein Kinase in the Direction of MgADP Phosphorylation as a Function of pH.  FASEB Meeting, Houston, USA.  FASEB Journal, 6, A36 (1992).
  22. Qamar, R., McClure, G. D., Jr., Cook, P. F. A Procedure for Estimating the Number of Protein Kinase A Active Sites in Solution.  FASEB Meeting, Atlanta, USA.  FASEB Journal, 5, A799 (1991).

Workshops & Conferences Organized as a Resource Person

  1. Workshop on Ethics at the 19th International Psychiatric Conference. Organized by Pakistan Psychiatry Society, Islamabad, Pakistan, 28th-30th December, 2012.
  2. 1st CIIT Science Conference “BICMAPE-2009”.  Organized by the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology at CIIT Abbottabad Campus, 38th-29th July, 2009.
  3. International Conference and Workshop dedicated to the 80 years jubilee celebrations of Academician Professor Jalal Aliyev on "Bioinformatics: Current Progress and Practical Applications".  Organized by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technologies, Azerbaijan, COMSTECH and COMSATS Institute of Information Technologies at Baku, Azerbaijan 23rd-28th June, 2008
  4. 31st annual Conference of Pakistan Association of Pathologist, Hematology workshop on “Real Time PCR” organized by the Pakistan Association of Pathologist, at the Khyber Medical College, Peshawar, Pakistan, 29th November to 2nd December 2007.
  5. National workshop titled “A Workshop on Bioinformatics”, organized by the Centre for Molecular Genetics, at L.E.J. National Science Information Center, University of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan, 28th-30th June, 2007.
  6. COMSTECH - COMSATS IIT National Workshop on "Bioinformatics for Computer Scientists", organized by COMSTECH and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology at the COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan, 21st-25th May, 2007.
  7. International Thematic Workshop on the “Use of Bioinformatics in Genomics Research” organized by the OIC Ministerial Standing Committee on Scientific and Technological Cooperation (COMSTECH) and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) held at COMSTECH Secretariat, Islamabad, Pakistan, 19th August to 2nd September 2006.
  8. 4th International Symposium on Genetic Engineering & Biotechnolgy titled “Genetics, Bioinformatics, Biotechnology and Economic Development” organized by the Centre for Molecular Genetics, Genetics Department, Karachi University, Karachi, Pakistan, 4th-8th December 2005.
  9. Real time PCR, organized by the PCR Laboratories, Shifa College of Medicine & Sure Bio Diagnostics, Islamabad, Pakistan, 12th August 2005.
  10. HEC workshop on Genetics for Medical Professionals, organized by the Centre for Molecular Genetics, Genetics Department, Karachi University, Karachi, Pakistan, 6th-11th December 2004.
  11. Shifa International Hospital, 1St National Conference on Infectious Diseases, Islamabad, Pakistan, 19th-21st March 2004.
  12. COMSTECH-PTCL Frontier Technologies Research Center (CPC), International Workshop on Bioinformatics, Islamabad, Pakistan, 22nd-25th April 2003.
  13. Biomedical & Genetic Engineering Division, Dr. A. Q. Khan Research Laboratories, Conference on Human Genome Diversity Workshop, Islamabad, Pakistan, 9th-14th October 2000.
  14. Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation (SIUT), Conference & Workshop on Molecular Biology and Genetics in Humans: Health, Disease and the Environment, Karachi, Pakistan, 3rd-12th May 1999
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