We are honored and truly delighted to welcome Dr Sohail Asif Qureshi into the IIB family. Dr Qureshi brings 25+ years of experience, both in academia and the industry, and will no doubt help us in consolidating all our programmes – in teaching, research and entrepreneurship. Dr Qureshi is regarded as a great teacher who brings in a lot of energy and a great balance of breadth and depth into the classroom. In his previous position as a Professor and Dean at the Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering at LUMS, Lahore, he used to teach four courses a year, despite leading a School with 6 departments and 1200+ students. This is testimony to his passion and dedication towards undergraduate education. At IIB, he will be playing a major role in strengthening and consolidating our BS in Biotechnology programme.
Dr Qureshi is interested in the regulation of transcription and has worked with different systems including the study of transcriptional termination in eukaryotes and protein-DNA interactions in sea urchin mitochondria. His work on neuronal plasticity in mice as an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison earned him a patent which set the ground for NeuroGenomics, a biotech startup that spun out of the university.
Dr Qureshi earned his PhD in Molecular Biology from the University of Maine (US) under the supervision of Professor Richard Blake. He has held post-doctoral positions at the University of Glasgow, Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge. He has also worked as a Senior R&D Scientist at Invitrogen. Upon his return to Pakistan he has been a tenured Professor at the Agha Khan University and later on a tenured Professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).
As one of the most prominent molecular biologists in the country, I personally believe it is not just IIB that will benefit from Dr Qureshi’s presence amongst us, but it will certainly be the entire life sciences community in Peshawar and the broader Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. On behalf of us all, pakhair raghlay dr sahib!