Message from the HOD

Welcome to the Department of Biosciences at CIIT. The Department of Biosciences was established in 2003 with an aim to offer courses in emerging areas of biology. Our department’s mission is to train young brain in various fields of modern biology. Modern biology cross-links to nearly all branches of knowledge. At CIIT, the Department of Biosciences, offers a unique opportunity of learning various emerging disciplines of life sciences. Our research oriented and liberal academic culture empowers our students with a profound understanding of living systems through genetic, molecular, electrochemical and computational methods of investigation. Since its inception, the department has grown appreciably in various branches of biosciences offering BS, MS and PhD programs in the fields of Bioinformatics, Biochemistry, Molecular Genetics, Cancer Genetics, Microbiology and Virology. Currently, we are an impressive team of 78 PhD faculty members groomed and trained in the top labs and universities of the developed countries including USA, UK, Germany and France. The department offers 2 BS, 6 MS and 4 PhD programs in different domains of biological sciences with a student body exceeding 800.

The Department of Biosciences is unique for its interdisciplinary syllabi, aligning to the 21st century’s revolution in biological sciences; the department offers a number of courses through faculty exchange with other departments such as Mathematics, Statistics, Physics and Computer Sciences. This diversification has led the faculty to undertake various interdisciplinary research projects aiming to solve real life problems in the health, biotech and agriculture sector.

The department welcomes a number of international students and postdoctoral researchers each year. We have strong research linkages and collaborations with some celebrated labs of USA, Netherlands, Italy and UK where our graduate students often acquire the opportunities to learn advanced skills and research methodologies.

We are committed to provide excellence and, therefore, we strive to equip our students with knowledge and skills that meaningfully contribute to the socio-economic growth and welfare of the society. A number of our graduates advance their career in biotech, software and health industry, some advancing their career in academia and research earning competitive scholarship grants to work at world’s top ranking universities.

Dr. Tayyaba Yasmin
Head, Department of Biosciences
COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Islamabad, Pakistan