Estb. 1882

University of the Punjab

Dr. Samia Afzal

Assistant Professor (Adhoc)
Dr. Samia Afzal

After complation of my M.Phil in Molecular Biology, I started my professional career as a Research Officer at National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), University of the Punjab-Lahore. Here I joined Division of Molecular Virology and Infectious Diseases Laboratory and worked on commercial diagnostics project and Prime Minister Program for Hepatitis Prevention and Control in Pakistan for PCR based detection, Quantification and Genotyping of Hepatitis B and C. In 2013 I completed my PhD in Molecular Biology and in 2014, I got promotion as Assistant Professor in my parent institute National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology. In 2014, I got a Post Doc fellowship in Molecular Immunology from French National Institute of Health and Medical Research and joined back my institute in 2015.I have expertise in Microbial techniques, Biochemical testing, Viral DNA/RNA extraction, Plasmid extraction, Gel Electrophoresis, Dot-blot, Genomic PCR, RNA extraction, purification of DNA from agarose gel, PCR technique, Real Time smart PCR, ELISA,HCV/HBV Genotyping. Site directed mutagenesis, Tissue & cell culturing, Transformation, Transfection, Primer Designing, cDNA synthesis, sequencing PCR, Mass Array, Spectrophotometry, Restriction Digestion analysis, RFLP, Cloning, SDS-PAGE and Western Blot. FACS Analysis, Immunohistochemistry, Immunofluorescence.
In year 2011, when Punjab was hit with a major outbreak of Dengue Virus, I have Worked on detection and serotyping of Dengue samples received from Different districts of Punjab from 2011 to 2014 and also published the date in National and International journals. After one major and some minor outbreaks in Punjab, in year 2014 and 2015 I have worked on the detection of Dengue virus in Larvae and adults Ades Mosquitoes (main vector of Dengue fever) collected from different districts of Punjab and KPK in order to predict any possible outbreak in different districts of Punjab and KPK and meanwhile published the data. Now I am working on Dengue Vaccines Project and detection assays for Dengue Virus, that are designed for our local population. I have presented my work at both national and international level. My research work is published in reputed international journals. I am motivated to contribute my best out of my professional abilities and interpersonal skills.

Designation:- Assistant Professor (Adhoc)