The Government College University, Lahore has appointed eminent
biotechnologist Prof. Dr. Muhammad Nauman Aftab as the new director of its
Institute of Industrial Biotechnology.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi said: Our Biotech Institute is a
premier centre of teaching and research in Pakistan. Each year, we receive
applications of a large number of students who aspire to get admissions to
the Institute. It has started showing its popularity to international
students as well. Currently, the focus of our Institute's research is to
improve the efficiency, productivity and cost-effectiveness of the
processes related to industrial and agriculture biotechnology. We are also
working on new alternatives to scarce natural import substituting
resources. I strongly feel that this Institute can become our nation's
lifeline. Considering its significance, the Institute requires a committed,
honest and highly competent leadership to meet the emerging challenges.
The new Director, Prof. Aftab, has a dual PhD. He earned one PhD in
Bioinformatics from the Institute of Biophysics of the Chinese Academy of
Sciences. His second PhD is in Biotechnology. He also did a post-doctorate
in Biotechnology/Cancer Biology from the Sanford Burnham Medical Research
Institute, Florida. Prof Aftab has more than 60 academic publications to
his credit and is proficient in Chinese and Russain languages.
Prof Aftab said: "I am taking the charge of Director with a highly
ambitious plan. I want this Institute to train immensely competent experts
who will be instrumental in developing in-house technologies for the global
biotechnology market, worth more than $752.88 billion at the moment. It
requires a major expansion in our infrastructure and academic programmes.
In the first phase, we will establish new laboratories and increase the
number of classrooms. We also intend to launch an MPhil programme in
morning for full-time scholars."