THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES

Prof. Dr. Fridoon Jawad Ahmad

BS & PhD (University of Wisconsin Madison)

Professor and Chairman Biomedical Sciences

Chairman of Doctoral Program Coordination Committee
Director Ph.D. Program,
Director M. Phil Cell and Molecular Biology Program,
Chairman Department of Biomedical Sciences,
Director Tissue Engineering Laboratory,
King Edward Medical University,Lahore, Pakistan.

PROF. DR. FRIDOON JAWAD AHMAD

                One of the greatest conceptual achievements in 20th century biological sciences was discovering “the molecular logic of the living state”…..how a molecule’s function arises from its structure, and realizing how information is conveyed to the rest of the cellular machinery. This is at the core of molecular and cell biology and modern biotechnology and has had a profound impact on the practice of contemporary medicine.

            Biomedical sciences are progressing at an unprecedented rate, new and innovative therapies are being devised at molecular and cellular level for conditions that had poor prognosis or were considered untreatable by traditional medicine.  Gene therapy, RNAi (gene silencing), Nano biotechnology (engineering of small molecule for therapeutic use) and stem cell therapy for example are on the horizon and it may not be long before these techniques become main staple of the therapeutic medicine.  Also Molecular Biology has had a major impact on clinical diagnostics and is likely to further transform the field in the next decades.  Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) based diagnostics for example has already taken a strong foothold in diagnosis of several genetic and pathogenic disorders.

            A comprehensive understanding of the cell function and effects of therapeutic reagents at the molecular level would significantly improve physician’s understanding of “cause and effect” consequently improving their ability to effectively treat their patients.  Therefore King Edward Medical University has taken on the critical task of educating the next generation of medical practitioners in molecular and cellular biosciences so have a clear and comprehensive understanding of modern biomedical sciences and are able to provide the best possible care to the patients.

        The Department of Biomedical Sciences was established in 2013 to launch integrated research in basic medical and clinical sciences. Our goal is to attain excellence as an exemplary center of education in molecular medicine and cutting-edge research. The department contributes towards teaching and training of MBBS, BDS, Physiotherapy, MPhil and PhD students enrolled in KEMU. The Department promotes inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary collaborations, and facilitates the translation of basic research to clinical application.

Our current research focus in the Department includes but is not limited to:

  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease
  • Surfactant proteins research
  • Obesity and metabolic disorders

Chairman:

Assistant Professors:

Senior Technologist Pathology

  • PhD Biomedical Sciences (Basic Medical and Clinical Sciences)
  • MPhil Molecular Biology
  • Genetic expression of pneumoproteins in COPD
  • Role of short chain fatty acids in human metabolism
  • Stem cell based hair regeneration therapy
  • Effect of donor age on stem cells and strategies to improve age depleted function
  • Clinical trial: stem cells for contour face deformities of face
  • Off the shelf skin equivalents
  • Cord blood serum as an alternative to FBS

Outline is given below

Compulsory core courses_

1st semester (11 credit hours):

  • BMS_KEMU 501: Basic Lab techniques-1.5 credit hours
  • BMS_KEMU 502: Research methodology and Biostatistics- 3.5 credit hours
  • BMS_KEMU 503: Journal Club – 2 credit hours
  • BMS_KEMU 504: Molecular cell biology- 4 credit hours

2nd Semester core courses (7 credit hours)

  • BMS_KEMU 505: Techniques in Molecular Biology – 4.5 credit hours
  • BMS_KEMU 506: Enzymology- 2.5 credit hours

Optional courses will be chosen according to research specialty to be covered in the second year after the comprehensive exam. Each specialty shall submit their course work to the DPCC. The following are currently available

  • BMS_KEMU 507: Respiratory Physiology and Clinical Research- 3 credit hours
  • BMS_KEMU 508: Developmental Anatomy- 3 credit hours
  • BMS_KEMU 509: Cell culture- 1
  • BMS_KEMU 510: Bioinformatics – 1 credit hour
GENERAL OUTLINE OF THE WEEK IN EACH SEMSTER
Day 9-11 11:30-1:30 1:30 -2:30
Mon Lecture and discussion Practical training/workshop Assignment for the week will be given and discussed
Tues Assignment discussion
Wed Assignment discussion
Thurs Final submission of assignment
Fri Journal club (9-12)- Presentations and discussion
Sat Detailed feedback on assignment