Department of Biotechnology was established in June 2010 with the aim of providing the facility of higher education to the youth in a vibrant and growing field of biotechnology. The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity defines biotechnology as any technological application that uses biological systems, living organisms, or derivatives thereof, to make or modify products or processes for specific use. Biotechnology draws on the pure biological sciences (Genetics, Microbiology, Animal Cell Culture, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology) and in many instances on knowledge and methods from outside the sphere of Biology (Chemical Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, Information Technology and Biorobotics). Modern biological sciences are intimately entwined and dependent on the methods developed through biotechnology and what is commonly thought of as the life science industry.
The main objective of the department is to produce trained manpower and goal oriented biotechnology research on specific problems related to country’s economic needs in industry, agriculture, health, medicine, energy and environmental sectors. The focus of research is the recombinant production of industrially important enzymes, genetic diversity related to adaptation in biotic and a biotic stress, health and medicine. Presently we have successfully amplified and cloned alpha amylase and cellulose genes from locally isolated Bacillus subtlis for the recombinant enzyme production as both enzymes have vast application in industry like ethanol production, laundry detergents, pulp and paper industry, pharmaceutical industry and in the fermentation of biomass into biofuels. In health and medicinal biotechnology, therapeutic potential of natural products extracted from plants for diseases like liver fibrosis and diabetes is being studied. Research on antibiotic resistance and susceptibility against uropathogenes and encapsulation of different pharmaceutical drugs is also being done.
In view of market acceptability of the graduating students the course contents of the degree Programs have been developed in accordance with the HEC recommended syllabi and courses. Department of Biotechnology offers a broad range of topics in basic sciences that apply to biotechnology including Molecular biology, Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Metablomics. The graduates will have job opportunities in national and international research organizations.
Dr. Maqsood Ahmed
The National Digital Library programme was launched by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC) in February 2004 with the purpose to increase the access to scientific literature in Pakistan. The HEC secured inclusion in the Programme for Enhancement of Research Information (PERI) of the International Network for Scientific Publications (INASP). .
Microsoft has taken initiative of providing free Microsoft software for personal use as part of Academic Alliance via HEC.
It is a great honour for me to be among the pioneer M.Phil students of the Department of Biotechnology (MUST). The environment here is healthy and conducive for learning. Good opportunities are there to obtain the latest knowledge in the field of biotechnology. I am not only gaining skills but also confidence, dedication, character building and finding pathways to mould my future. The attitude and devotion of the faculty members towards students is remarkable.
M.Phil Scholar (Biotechnology)