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. In 2004 I was appointed as the Research Director of Shifa College of Medicine. In 2005 I joined COMSATS University as Professor of Biosciences and also served as the Chair of the Department of Biosciences till 2008 when I was appointed as the Dean of the Faculty of Sciences. In the meanwhile I am continuing to serve as the Research & PCR Lab Director at the Shifa College of Medicine.
My training has been in Chemical pathology, Biochemistry, Biomedical & Genetic Engineering. I have completed courses in DNA Cloning & Sequencing from the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom. In Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Applications from the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), Rockville, Maryland, USA., a course in operation of the DNA sequencer Model 377 from Applied Biosystems, A Division of Perkin Elmer American, at the Foster City, USA and a fourth course in DNA Sequencer Training from the Beckman centre, High wycombe, UK.
My research specialization includes Enzymology, Population & Molecular Genetics and Molecular Pathology. I am particularly interested in searching for the molecular basis of all forms of inherited diseases in the Pakistani populations and my research group, comprising of 4 PhD, 5 MS students, 4 Assistant Professors and 3 Foreign Professors, is currently working on a number of different projects along these lines.
On the 14 of August 2007 the President of Pakistan General Pervez Musharraf conferred Tamgha-i-Imtiaz on Prof. Raheel Qamar. The investituture cermony took place at Governer House, Peshawar on the Pakistan Day, 23rd March, 2008
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
“DNA Sequencer Training” Beckman centre, High wycombe, UK, 2006 “Model 377 Training Course”, Applied Biosystems, A Division of Perkin Elmer American, Foster City, USA, 1996. “Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Applications”, American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), Rockville, Maryland, USA, 1994. “DNA Cloning & Sequencing Workshop 1993”, University of Portsmouth, UK. Supervised by Dr. Keith Firman.
2011-2013 “Genetic Analysis of Recessive Retinitis Pigmentosa in Pakistani Population”. Rs. 1.99 Million under the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS) Research Grant Award as PI, grant no. PAS/I-9/Project. 2011-2013 “Assessment of Genetic Risk Factors of Glaucoma”. Rs. 1.32 Million under the Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF) Grant Award as PI, grant no. PSF/RES/C-COMSATS/MED(280). 2009-2010 “Genetic Studies of Inherited
Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences, 2009-for life. Vice-Chairman of the Ethics Committee of Shifa International Hospital (SIH) and Shifa College of Medicine (SCM) 2012-present. Vice-Chairman of the Institutional Review Board of Shifa International Hospital (SIH) and Shifa College of Medicine (SCM) 2012-present. Convener of the CIIT Research Grant Program 2011-present. Convener of the