Qarshi University’s interdisciplinary research group believes that to solve challenging problems faced by society, researchers and scientists across disciplines have to work together. At Qarshi University, we strive to synergize research by encouraging researchers and scientists to stretch their boundaries and collaborate to form interdisciplinary research groups. Towards this objective, we have active interdisciplinary research groups in areas of Bioinformatics.
At present, an Associate Professor, Qarshi University , Dr Syed Ahsan has more than 23 years of academic and industrial experience. His research interests are in the area of Project Management, Distributed Databases, Cheminformatics / Bioinformatics, Security Informatics, Distant Education, Software Engineering, Ontologies, Data Provenance and Semantic Web. Dr Ahsn has enriched his experience by working with industrial partners such as Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard and Lockheed Martin. His research has resulted in more than 30 peer-reviewed publications including two book chapters in IGI global, a US based publishers. In the last six years, he has successfully completed three US and Pakistan government funded projects including with Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Lockheed Martin and KACST in capacity of Co-Principal Investigator.
Nadia Batool Zahra received her PhD in Biotechnology from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad in 2017. She has joined Qarshi University (QU) soon after getting her PhD and presently teaching an interdisciplinary field of Bioinformatics in Department of Computer Sciences, QU. Her additional servicese are being rendered to Department of Examinations, QU. Previously she was a Research Associate at Department of Biotechnology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, 2012-2013. Her research interests are DNA Barcoding, Molecular Systematics, Bioinformatics, Plant Molecular Biology, Plant Taxonomy & Phylogenetics, Biosafety & Biosecurity, Bioethics & Dual Use and Biodiversity Conservation. She received a foreign training on “DNA Barcoding of Plants”at Ohio University, US in 2012 under a joint Pak-US project by HEC & State Department US. She remained a Visiting Researcher at University of Florida, US in 2015. She was awaded Merit based fellowship by Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad throughout her M. Phil. During her PhD, PhD Indigenous Fellowship and IRSIP (Foreign) Fellowship was awarded by Higher Education Commission. Her profile includes more than 25 International & National Conferences/Workshops/Symposiums wherein she has participated as an Organizer/ Trainee/Presenter.
The memberships she holds include Member Botanical Society of America, Member Pakistan Botanical Society and Life-time Member Pakistan Biological Safety Association. There are several projects in collaboration with International Organizations including The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), The European Union Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (EU CBRN CoE), Landau Network Centro Volta -Italy (LNCV) where she worked as a volunteer.
Dr. Ali Talha Khalil has recently completed PhD studies in Biotechnology from Quaid-i- Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan. His research interests are based on the interface of nanoscience and medicinal plants. He has worked on various metal oxide nanoparticles biologically synthesized and used them in various biomedical and energy storage applications. Due to his contributions in the nanoscience, he was chosen as a fellow of the UNESCO UNISA Chair in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology based in Cape Town, South Africa and a member of NANOAFNET (Nanosciences African Network). To date, he has more than 30 research publications, 141 citations, and a cumulative impact factor of higher than 50. He has also co-authored books and various chapters across diverse fields including biosecurity, bioethics and biosafety. His present focus is to develop a Nanoscience Research Group (NSG) at Qarshi University.