Dr. Rashid Saif

Dr. Rashid Saif (Chairperson)

Postdoc-Molecular Genetics & Bioinformatics (UniBe-Switzerland) PhD-Molecular Biology & Biotechnology (UVAS-Pak, MU-USA) Chairperson of Biotechnology


  • Postdoc (2018-2019): Molecular Genetics & Bioinformatics
    Institute of Genetics, University of Bern, Switzerland
    Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Tosso Leeb
    Project Title: Genomic Selection Signatures Mapping of Pakistani and Swiss Goat Breeds
  • PhD (2015): Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
    Institute of Biochemistry & Biotechnology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore, Pakistan
  • M.Phil (2010): Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
    Institute of Biochemistry & Biotechnology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences (UVAS), Lahore, Pakistan
  • B.Sc Hons (2001): Animal Husbandry
    University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan.
  • HSSE (1996): Pre-Medical
    Government Islamia College Civil Lines, Lahore, Pakistan
    Course work: Physics, Chemistry, Biology
  • SSE (1994): Science
    Government High School, Jandiala Sher Khan, Sheikhupura, Pakistan
    Course work: Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics


  • Associate Professor-Biotechnology | Head ORIC
    Qarshi University, Lahore, Pakistan (https://www.qu.edu.pk/)
  • Director-Research & Diagnostics (Mar, 2021 – April, 2023)
    Decode Genomics, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Associate Professor-Biotechnology (Aug, 2017 – Mar, 2021)
    Gulab Devi Educational Complex, Ferozepur Rd., Lahore, Pakistan
  • Assistant Professor-Molecular Biology (Mar, 2015 – Aug, 2017)
    Virtual University of Pakistan, Raiwind Rd., Lahore, Pakistan
  • Kinnaird College & NUR International University, Lahore, Pakistan (2015-23)
    Co-Supervisory: Mathematical Genomics & Biological Modeling-Research Group
    National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences (FAST), Lahore, Pakistan

Research Interests:

Dr. Rashid’s research interests are detection of genomic selection signatures through different statistical methods using Linux/Galaxy/R & Python scripting in different species. Secondly, bioinformatics pipelines development & optimization using multi-omics NGS data e.g., WG/Exome variant calling, differential gene expression and de-novo genome assembly. His further interest lies in molecular drug development e.g., docking & molecular dynamic simulation approaches. Thirdly, machine/deep learning applications in genomic data science for knowledge extraction from multi-omics datasets e.g., cancer class/variant prediction and devising bioinformatics pipelines for drug prescription as health-care decisions-support for implementing precision medicine. Last but not the least, disease/trait related molecular markers are genotyped for association analysis & genetic testing in human, animals, plants and avian species. He has research connections with University of Bern Switzerland, University of Missouri-Columbia, Washington State University & ARS-USDA, USA for exploring new avenues and collaborative research projects of mutual interests. He has supervised a number of under/post-graduate students of different life sciences disciplines. He has ~50 publications in credit and presented his research at different national and international forums including Japan, USA and Switzerland.

Honors & Awards:

  • Postdoc; Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship
  • PhD; IRSIP-HEC, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA
  • Summer Institute “Statistical Genetics” award-University of Washington-Seattle, USA
  • The Hans-Sigrist Foundation Award, UniBe-Switzerland
  • HEC Travel Grants for Pakistani Researcher- ABLS-2017, Kyoto, Japan
  • Indigenous PhD Fellowship Program-HEC, Pakistan
  • Travel Award from ICNSET 2019, Sapporo, Japan 
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