Molecular Medicine

Pakistan is facing a significant burden in both infectious and the non-communicable diseases. We have numerous families and individuals suffering from genetically inherited disorders.  Exposure to environmental toxins, pesticides, and other carcinogens is leading to alarming increases in malignancies while the onslaught of infectious diseases such as hepatitis, dengue, tuberculosis, malaria is increasing day by day.

Molecular biology and genetics, closely interconnected to all areas of medicine, is poised to have a profound impact on human health. It is not only contributing to the understanding of the fundamental basis of human disease but is also becoming an invaluable tool in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.

We, at NUMS, will cater to the research needs of our constituent and affiliated institutions and foster collaborations with local and international researchers in the following areas of research:

  • Genetic basis of disease
  • Precision medicine/pharmacogenomics
  • Infectious diseases
  • Immunology
  • Cancer biology
  • Epigenetics
  • Clinical nutrition/Nutrigenomics
  • Drug design


The Molecular Medicine team



Research interests

Dr. Aisha Mohyuddin (PhD)


Genetic association studies; Pharmacogenomics; transplantation biology

Dr. Sana Gul (PhD)

Assistant Professor

Human papillomavirus (HPV) & amp; its related cancers in Pakistan with special focus on cervical cancer.

Dr. Munazza Fatima (PhD)

Assistant Professor

Vaccinal and therapeutic approaches against viruses associated with acute respiratory and gastroenteritis infections; viral pathogenesis; identification of potential targets for viral inhibition; and development of recombinant vaccines.

Dr. Nosheen Akhtar (PhD)

Assistant Professor

Cancer cell biology; oncogenic signalling; Molecular mechanisms underlying cancer growth, survival and spread to distinct organs; Anti-cancer drugs; and identification of novel biomarkers for early detection of cancer

Dr. Sidra Younis (PhD)

Assistant Professor

Study of human immune responses to various treatments using modern techniques e.g. microarrays and RNA-Seq technology, Development of a molecular/ immune system based assay for rapid identification of multi-drug-resistant tuberculosis.

 Dr. Shumaila Naz (PhD)

Assistant Professor

Development of immuno-diagnostics for infectious diseases; understanding their aberrant inflammatory immune responses and genomic analysis.

Dr. Rehana Anwar (PhD)

Assistant Professor

Genetic engineering and tissue culture technology, recombinant proteins and vaccines development

Dr. Asma Saleem Qazi(PhD)

Assistant Professor

(HEC approved PhD Supervisor)

Molecular Pathology-(Proteomics studies; Antimicrobial Drugs; Basic & Applied Microbiology; Cell biology; Cancer progression and Diagnostics)

Dr. Liaqat Ali (PhD)

Assistant Professor


Molecular Infection Biology: Virulence factors in human pathogenic bacteria/ microbes; Resistance to antibiotics of last resort genes; Inhibitory effect of RNAi against pathogenic viruses; Development of DNA vaccines and targeted therapies against microbial infections