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Department of Zoology

 

Introduction

 

The Department of Zoology, GC University Lahore is the oldest seat of learning and imparting knowledge of Zoology at the undergraduate and postgraduate level in Pakistan. The postgraduate programme at the department was launched in 1908. In addition, it was the first centre to start teaching Zoology in this part of the Subcontinent until 1920 when the University of the Punjab established its Department of Zoology. The same department of the University of the Punjab was also housed in the building of the Department of Zoology at the then Government College Lahore and continued functioning here till 1963. During these years, the Zoology faculties of Government College Lahore and the University of the Punjab jointly managed the Postgraduate Programme.

 

In 1963, the Department of Zoology initiated its independent MSc Zoology Programme as a result of the untiring efforts of Dr. Nazir Ahmad (who had been promoted to Principal, Government College Lahore), Prof. Naseer-ud-Din Ahmad (Professor and Chairperson, Department of Zoology) and Dr. Ahsanul Islam (Professor of Zoology).

 

After attaining the status of an autonomous institution in 1997, and that of a University in 2002, curricula were upgraded and modernized in accordance with international standards.

 

Facilities

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Life Sciences Library

 

The GC University Life Sciences Library located in the building of Institute of Biotechnology GC University Lahore has a rich and updated collection of books related to different fields of life sciences like Botany, Zoology, Bio-technology and Environmental Sciences etc, in addition to research journals including several volumes of the Linnaean Society. The library holds exclusive research material on various subjects like Biodiversity, Medical Entomology, Cell & Molecular Biology Genetic Engineering and Advanced Environmental Sciences.

 

In the central and postgraduate libraries of the University, networked PCs are linked to a wide range of software, communication and print services. There is speedy access to the Internet that links the GCU libraries to many digital information networks connecting national and international universities.

 

Stephenson Natural History Museum

 

The Department of Zoology has one of Asia's oldest natural history museum; the Stephenson Natural History Museum, established by Dr. Lt. Col. Stephenson in 1906. It has more than 5,000 preserved specimens. This museum is used for teaching and research purposes at various levels.

 

Research Groups

 

The Department has an experienced faculty actively involved in research activities and has also established the following Research Groups:

  • Medical Entomology

  • Microbiology

  • Immunology

  • Paleontology

  • Molecular Biology

  • Physiology and Fisheries

Research Journal

 

The Department has been publishing a scientific journal, "The Biologia (Pakistan)", available at www.biosoc.pk is an internationally refereed research Journal for the last 50 years. The Journal is regularly published under Biological Society of Pakistan, headquartered at the Biological Laboratories of GC University Lahore.

 

Research Laboratories

 

There are six general laboratories for Intermediate and under/postgraduate students. In addition, there are six research laboratories for conducting research at the postgraduate level. The Department has recently procured modern sophisticated apparatus like fluorescent and  inverted microscopes with photographic attachment, Co2 controlled Incubator for tissue culturing, Cryostat, Ultracentrifuge, PCR and Gel Documentation system and Gene Manipulator for advanced research activities.


 

Animal Maintenance and Rearing Facilities

 

The department has an Insectary, a Frogery, a Fish Farm, a Rabbit House for conducting experiments on various insects and animals.

 

Academic Links

 

An International link has been recently developed with University of Michigan USA for the control of mosquito vectors using Wolbachia-based Technology, This link will lead to establish a Joint Center of Vector Control for tropical diseases.

 

A national link has also been established between Medical Entomology and Disease Vector Control Laboratory of Zoology Department and Health Services Academy (HSA) of the Ministry of Health, Islamabad with the support of World Health Organization (WHO). Under this link exchange of faculty members and senior students (M.Phil, Ph.D) will take place. This inter institutional collaboration will be valuable to exchange technical knowledge and skills with respect to vector born tropical/subtropical diseases already scarce in the country.

 

Future Prospects

 

Degree holders are usually absorbed in the market as Lecturers, Medical Representatives and researchers at research organizations. They also get jobs at fisheries, wildlife and public health departments, etc.

 

Academic Programmes

 

The Department of Zoology offers following programs:

  • BSc (Hons.)

  • M.Phil

  • Ph.D

Courses

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BSc (Hons.) Zoology

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Year 1

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Semester

Z 1101

Principles of Animal Life I

2

I

Z 1101P

Principles of Animal Life I

1

I

Z 1201

Principles of Animal Life II

2

II

Z 1201P

Principles of Animal Life II

1

II

 

Year 2

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Semester

Z 3108

Animal diversity (Protostomes)

3

III

Z 3108P

Animal diversity (Protostomes)

1

III

Z 3109

Animal diversity (Deuterostomes)

3

IV

Z 3109P

Animal diversity (Deuterostomes)

1

IV

Z 2202

Wild Life

2

IV

Z 2202P

Wild Life

1

IV

 

Year 3

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Semester

Z-2102

Vertebrate Paleontology & Zoogeography

3

V

Z-2102P

Vertebrate Paleontology & Zoogeography

1

V

Z-3101

Biostatistics

3

V

Z-3101P

Biostatistics

1

V
Z-4102 Physiology 3 V
Z-4102P Physiology 1 V

Z-3207

Animal Form & Function

2

V

Z-3207P

Animal Form & Function

1

V

Z-3205

Animal Form & Function - II

2

V

Z-3205P

Animal Form & Function - II

1

V

Z-3102

Developmental Biology

3

Vi

Z-3102P

Developmental Biology

1

Vi

Z-3107

Cell and Molecular Biology

3

Vi

Z-3107P

Cell and Molecular Biology

1

Vi

Z-3201

Genetics

3

Vi

Z-3201P

Genetics

1

Vi

Z-3206

Bioinformatics

2

Vi

Z-3206P

Bioinformatics

1

Vi

Z-3203

Evolution & Principles of Systematic Zoology

3

Vi

Z-3203P

Evolution & Principles of Systematic Zoology

1

Vi

 

Year 4 

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Semester

Z 4101

Ecology

3

VII

Z 4101P

Ecology

1

VII

Z 3106

Biological Techniques

1

VII

Z 3106P

Biological Techniques

1

VII

Z-4207

Aquiculture & Fisheries Elective I

2

VII

Z 4207P

Aquiculture & Fisheries Elective I

1

VII

Z 4104

Biochemistry

3

VII

Z 4104P

Biochemistry

1

VII

Z 4106

Biosafety & Biosecurity

2

VII

Z 4299

Research Project/Internship

3

VII

Z 4105

Biology of Vectors (Elective - II)

2

VIII

Z-4105P

Biology of Vectors (Elective - II)

1

VIII

Z-4201

Animal Behaviour

2

VIII

Z 4202

General Immunology (Elective-III)

2

VIII

Z 4202

General Immunology (Elective-III)

1

VIII

Z 4203

General Immunology (Elective-IV)

2

VIII

Z 4203P

General Immunology (Elective-IV)

1

VIII

Z 4209

Animal Handling

2

VIII

Z 4209P

Animal Handling

1

VIII

Z 4299

Research Project/Internship

3

VIII

 

Zoology as an Allied Subject

 

Year -1

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Semester

Z-1101

Principles of Animal Life - 1

2

I

Z-1101P

Principles of Animal Life - 1

1

I

Z 1201

Principles of Animal Life II

2

II

Z 1201P

Principles of Animal Life II

1

II

 

Year 2

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Semester

Z 3108

Animal Diversity (Protostomes)

3

III

Z 3108P

Animal Diversity (Protostomes)

1

III

Z 3109

Animal Diversity (Deuterostomes)

3

IV

Z 3109P

Animal Diversity (Deuterostomes)

1

IV

 

M.Phil Zoology

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Year 1

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Semester

Z 7101

Advanced Physiology: Regulation of Body Functions

3

I

Z 7102

Biodiversity & Phylogenitic Relationships

3

I

 

Elective I

3

I
 

Elective II

3 I

Z 7103

Advanced Molecular Cell Biology

3

II

Z 7104

Advanced Environmental Sciences

3

II

 

Elective III

3

II
 

Elective IV

3 II

Elective Courses (Four courses from the list will be taught depending upon the availability of the faculty)

Z 7201

Muscle Physiology

3

I/II

Z 7202

Physiology of nervous system

3

I/II

Z 7203

Physiology of nutrition

3

I/II

Z 7204

Physiology of reproduction

3

I/II

Z 7205

Immunology

3

I/II

Z 7206

Hematology

3

I/II

Z 7207

General Microbiology

3

I/II

Z 7208

Applied Microbiology

3

I/II

Z 7209

Medical Microbiology

3

I/II

Z 7210

General and Comparative Immunology

3

I/II

Z 7211

Toxicology

3

I/II

Z 7212

Aquaculture

3

I/II

Z 7213

Applied Fisheries

3

I/II

Z 7214

Fish Marketing

3

I/II

Z 7215

Systematic Ichthyology

3

I/II

Z 7216

Pollution Ecology of Water Bodies

3

I/II

Z 7217

Bodies Dental Morphology of ancient and recent Artiodactyles

3

I/II

Z 7218

Dental Morphology of ancient and recent Perissodactyles

3

I/II

Z 7219

Protozoology

3

I/II

Z 7220

Helminthology

3

I/II

Z 7221

Limnology

3

I/II

Z 7222

Generation and storage of metabolic energy

3

I/II

Z 7223

Evolution of Reptiles and extinction of Dinosaurs

3

I/II

Z 7224

Genetic of DNA Enzymes

3

I/II

Z 7225

Recombinant DNA Technology

3

I/II

Z 7226

Cancer Biology

3

I/II

Z 7227

Geological Time Scale and Evolution of Life

3

I/II

Z 7228

Renal and Hepatic Biology

3

I/II

Z 7229

Mammalian Paleontology

3

I/II

Z 7230

Advanced Biotechnology

3

I/II

Z 7231

Animal Behavior

3

I/II

Z 7232

Medical Entomology

3

I/II

Z 7233

Pathogenic Microbiology

3

I/II

Z 7234

Advanced Steroid Endocrinology

3

I/II

Z 7235

Advanced Metabolic Biochemistry

3

I/II

Z 7236

Advanced Laboratory Techniques in Zoology

3

I/II

 

Year - 2

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Semester

Z 7499

Thesis

12

III & IV

 

Ph.D Zoology

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Compulsory Subjects

Course Code

Course Title

Credit Hours

Z 8101

Research Methods in Zoology

3

Z 8102

Molecular Biology Applied

3

Z 8103

Micro-Biology

3

Elective Subjects (Three courses from the list will be taught depending upon the availability of the faculty)

Z 8104

Cytogenetics and Molecular Biology of Insects

3

Z 8105

Medical and Veterinary Entomology

3

Z 8106

Cellular Immunology

3

Z 8107

Haematology

3

Z 8108

Humoral Immunology

3

Z 8109

Clinical Haematology

3

Z 8110

Haemostasis

3

Z 8111

Invertebrate Paleontology

3

Z 8112

Vertebrate Paleontology

3

Z 8113

Advanced Limnology

3

Z 8114

Advanced Protozoology

3

Z 8115

Parasitology

3

Z 8116

Advanced Recombinant DNA Technology

3

Z 8117

Applied Fisheries and Aquaculture

3

 

Faculty

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Zoology Department (Ext. No. 319/322)

Name

Designation

Area of Interest

Prof. Dr. Nusrat Jahan *

Ph.D. (U.K)

Post-Doc:

Florida University, (USA)

Georgia University (USA)

Chairperson/Professor

Vector Biology, Molecular  Entomology, Microbiology, Environmental Sciences

Ms Ayesha Shuja

MPhil (GCUL)

(on study leave)

Assistant Professor

Developmental Biology and Environmental Toxicology

Dr. Muhammad Fiaz Qamar, *

PhD (UVAS Lahore)

Assistant Professor

Parasitology

Dr. Dil Ara Abbas Bukhari

PhD (PU)

Assistant Professor

Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Proteomics & Enzymology

Dr. Iram Liaqat *

Ph.D. (PU)

Assistant Prof. (TTS) Biofilms, Microbiology, Molecular Biology

Dr. Nazish Mazhar Ali*

PhD (GCUL)

Assistant Professor

Microbiology

Dr. Atif Yaqub*

PhD (GCUL)

Assistant Professor

 

Environmental Studies, Wildlife, Ethology

Dr. Shahid Majeed

Ph.D (Sweden)

Assistant Professor (IPFP)

 

Vector Biology

Mr. M. Imran Sohail

MPhil (GCUL)

(on study leave)

Lecturer

Immunology

Mr. Chand Raza

MPhil (GCUL)

(on study leave)

Lecturer

Environmental Microbiology

Mr. M. Tariq Zahid

MPhil (GCUL)

Lecturer

Cell & Molecular Biology, Biotechnology

Ms. Mehwish Faheem

MPhil (GCUL)

Lecturer

Endocrinology, Immunology

Ms. Naila Malkani

MPhil (GCUL)

Senior Curator

Natural History Museum Studies

Ms. Noreen Mumtaz

BSc Hons. (GCUL)

Assistant Curator

Vector Biology

Visiting/Adjunct Faculty  

Dr. Abdul Qayyum Khan Sulehria

Ph.D (GCUL)

Area of Interest: Rotiferology, Aquaculture, Microbiology 

Amina Shahid

MPhil (GCUL)

Area of Interest: Entomology, Immunology 

Rabia Faiz

MPhil (GCUL)

Area of Interest: Microbiology/Molecular Biology

Ms. Andleeb Batool

M.Phil (GCUL)

Area of Interest: Gentics, Immunology

Ms. Irfana Liaqat

M.Phil (GCUL)

Area of Interest: Reproductive endocrinology, Genetics, Physioloyg 

Distinguished Professor

Dr. Azizullah

PhD (Hull)

Area of Interest: Physiology, Microbiology, Muscle Biology

* HEC Approved Supervisor

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Contact Us

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Prof. Dr. Nusrat Jahan

Chairperson

Department of Zoology

GC University, Lahore

UAN: +92 (42) 111-000-010 Ext: 319

Email: dr.nusratjahan@gcu.edu.pk, jehan_n@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 


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