Department of Biomedical Sciences

About Department

PAF-IAST takes the pride in offering exciting and world-changing Degree Programs of Biomedical Sciences and Biotechnology that push the boundaries of knowledge and foster commercial utility of research and boost entrepreneurial spirit of faculty and students. We are well-equipped to launch various Undergraduate, Graduate (MS and PhD) programs in the near future.

Degree Programs Offered

We are proud to offer exciting and challenging degree programs, initially catering to only undergraduate students, followed by graduate (MS and PhD programs) in the near future.

Faculty of Biomedical Sciences & Engineering

The faculty of Biomedical Sciences and Engineering, established in 2020, is comprised of four departments: Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Engineering. Offered programs focus on teaching and research in different areas of biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, biomedical sciences and engineering, ranging from fundamental understanding of molecular basis of cells & their interactions, to highly advanced area of knowledge related to comprehension of human pathologies, from diagnostic analysis to treatment and recovery. Particularly, our programs are tailored towards development of implantable medical devices, such as pacemakers and artificial hips and further futuristic technologies such as stem cell engineering and biological organs 3D printing. Various aspects of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, physics, chemistry, mathematics, computer science and engineering will be integrated with human biology in biomedical Sciences, pharmaceutical sciences and engineering to improve human health.

Lab Facilities

Our world-class facilities make PAF IAST one of Pakistan's best universities for research and study.

BS Lab 1: Human Anatomy, Physiology and Embryology Laboratory

The Human Anatomy, Physiology and Embryology Laboratory at PAF-IAST will equip the undergraduate students to the fundamental practical aspects of human anatomy, physiology, and Embryology. The Human Anatomy, Physiology, Embryology Laboratory will complement the lecture course and aims to provide students with hands-on access to practical and advanced techniques in human anatomical, physiological and embryological analyses. The facility will offer a high-impact human anatomy, physiology and embryology experience necessary to foster critical thinking skills required for practical implementation of human anatomy, physiology and embryology knowledge. The lab emphasizes on creating a learning environment that relies on experiment participation, collaborative assignments, course-based undergraduate research, and interaction among staff and peers.

BS Lab 2: Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Laboratory:

Biomaterials and tissue engineering lab will introduce students to the cutting-edge technologies of cell culture, tissue engineering and artificial organ technology. The student will acquire experience on conventional (2D) and 3D mammalian cell culture. The student will also be trained on the creation of artificial tissue and organs using modern technologies such as 3D bioprinting, biofabrication and organ on CHIP. The students will also learn the latest techniques used in biomedical nanotechnology.

BS Lab 3: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Laboratory

Biochemistry and molecular biology lab will give insight of the experiments in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neurochemistry. The students will acquire extensive experience working with biomolecules in the laboratory. This provides students the skills needed for future research participation at the undergraduate and graduate level and for jobs in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industries. The students will get hands on experience on purification and characterization of biomolecules including carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and proteins. They will learn the basics of molecular biology and biochemistry techniques thus generating a thinking process to words the specialized fields such as therapeutic interventions, personalized medicine and gene therapy and thus disease prevention. Biochemistry and molecular biology lab will give insight of the experiments in biochemistry, molecular biology, chemistry, genetics, immunology, microbiology, neurochemistry, etc. The students will acquire extensive experience working with biomolecules in the laboratory. This provides students the skills needed for future research participation at the undergraduate and graduate level and for jobs in the biotechnological and pharmaceutical industries. The students will get hands on experience on purification and characterization of biomolecules including carbohydrates, lipids, nucleic acids, and proteins. They will learn the basics of molecular biology and biochemistry techniques thus generating a thinking process towards the specialized fields such as therapeutic interventions, personalized medicine and gene therapy and thus disease prevention.

BS Lab 4: Pathology and Hematology Laboratory

The Pathology and Hematology Laboratory at PAF-IAST will equip the undergraduate students to the fundamental practical aspects where clinical pathology tests are carried out on clinical specimens to obtain information about the health of a patient to aid in diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease. Clinical Medical laboratories are example of applied science, as opposed to research laboratories that focus on basic science, such as found in some academic institutions. This laboratory aims to provide students with hands on training to deal with many specimens that end up in one or more sophisticated automated analyzers that process a fraction of the sample to return one or more test results. Students will be highly trained healthcare providers who specialize in diseases of the blood and blood components. Clinical Chemistry is the area of chemistry that is generally concerned with analysis of body fluids for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The lab emphasizes on creating a learning environment that relies on experiment participation and course-based undergraduate research.

Core Practical and Research Labs Facility

The core facility of the department consists of six labs that include the state of the art-equipment/facilities for In-Vitro Fertilization, Histology, Cell Culture, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Microscopy. Histology lab has the provision of automatic tissue processor, microtome and cryostat for students. The molecular biology lab been bifurcated into PCR and post-PCR working stations, equipped with multiple PCRs, qPCRs as well as the post-PCR with electrophoretic, gel imaging and western blotting systems. The microbiology lab is furnished with separate workstations for virus, fungus/parasite and bacterial culture and experiments. The cell culture lab is equipped with BSL2 facility for human and animal cell and tissue culture. The microscopy and Fluorescence Activated Cell Sorting (FACS) lab is accoutered with latest confocal microscope, fluorescence microscopes, inverted microscope and FACS sorter. Besides these core labs, the department also has a computer lab. The core facility labs are available to all students and are open 24/7 for training and experimental work.

BS&E Faculty Members

Biomedical Sciences

Biomedical Sciences degree explores the science of the human body and the causes of diseases that affect mankind. This program prepares you for a broad range of careers in science relating to medicine including biomedical scientist, clinical scientist, and forensic scientist.