Estb. 1882

University of the Punjab

Dr. Saira Azam

Assistant Professor
Dr. Saira Azam
My academic pursuits commenced with an M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of the Punjab, followed by an M.Phil. in Biotechnology from the National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad. This was further complemented by my doctoral studies at CEMB, solidifying my expertise in the intricate domains of Molecular Biology.
In 2005, my professional journey commenced at CEMB, University of the Punjab, where I assumed the of a Research Officer (BPS-17). This marked the inception of my scholarly contributions, and in subsequent years, I progressed to the role of Research Officer cum Lecturer (BPS-18), substantiating my commitment to research-driven academia. Currently I am serving as Assistant Professor.
Within CEMB, I have been a fervent participant in the Plant Biotechnology group, significantly impacting diverse research endeavors. My engagement has encompassed pivotal projects ranging from the transformation of salt and drought tolerant genes in Basmati rice to the meticulous scrutiny of genetically modified (GM) cotton through cutting-edge molecular techniques. My collaborative spirit has been evident in research projects funded by prestigious entities such as HEC, PARB, and USDA, culminating in my role as a co-author for research articles published in esteemed international peer-reviewed journals.
My devotion has been acknowledged through accolades including Performance Evaluation Awards (2016, 2019, 2020) and Research Incentive Awards (2018, 2020, 2021) from the University of the Punjab, a testament to my unwavering commitment to pushing scientific boundaries.
Currently, I hold the esteemed responsibility of spearheading the Biosafety group, which undertakes comprehensive risk assessment of GM crops. Concurrently, my role as a team scientist continues to be instrumental in the successful execution of various laboratory initiatives. Additionally, I have taken an active role in mentoring M.Phil. students and contributing as a resource person for workshops hosted by CEMB.
Designation:- Assistant Professor