Habib Bokhari (Common Wealth Scholar and Fellow: Affiliate Faculty, Environmental Biocomplexities, George Mason Univ. USA):
PhD in Infection & Immunity (2002 Univ. Glasgow)
I am currently serving as Professor & Chairman of Biosciences at Islamabad Campus. I have served CIIT for more than 12 years now. In fact, I was the first faculty member hired (after completing his PhD Program on Common-wealth scholarship) by CIIT and played a significant role in setting up and strengthening Department of Biosciences, in 2002-2003, here at COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad. I am mainly responsible for starting of a teaching/research program in the then brand new field of Bioinformatics in Pakistan. Post Doc from George Mason Univ, USA and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK. Common Wealth Scholar and Fellow
I have a number of active, national and international collaborations with world’s best Universities such as, National University of Singapore, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, RVIM The Netherlands, George Mason University, USA, Department of Biomedical Engineering Florida International University, Sanger Centre, Hinxton, UK and Imperial College, London. In the area of Microbial Genomics, I am the first researcher from Pakistan who has been able to complete the whole genome sequence of 100 Vibrio cholera isolates (100 Genome Project) from Pakistan in collaboration with Sanger centre, UK. I have also identified couple of novel fluorescent proteins which has the commercial value for the scientific community.
Since my joining to CIIT, I have not only designed and introduced a brand new degree program of “Bioinformatics” but was also key person in setting up and strengthening Department of Biosciences with its state of the art laboratories. During last 7 years or so more than 400 undergraduate and graduate students has completed their degrees from department and currently there are about 500 students enrolled and the strength of the departmental faculty rose to about 80, most of them are freshly graduated PhDs. I have supervised and co-supervised numerous undergraduate (40 projects) and post graduate projects (15) and has published numerous papers (50). I was mainly responsible for preparing first “National Bioinformatics policy” document in 2004 submitted to HEC. I have been a affiliate faculty and visiting scientist in the US and UK. During my research career at COMSATS since 2003, I have won number of national and international research fundings (> 22 Million Rs. individual grants from National and International Funding Agencies such as HEC, PSF, British Council 9INSPIRE & SPEKE AWARDS), European Union 9H2020-RISE) award.
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