Founder & Director-Research/Diagnostics
Dr. Rashid Saif is Founder & Director-Research/Diagnostics at “DECODE GENOMICS”, and Associate Professor-Biotechnology with teaching & research engagements at NUR International University, Kinnaird College for Women and NUCES-FAST, Lahore, Pakistan. He is Postdoc in molecular genetics & bioinformatics from University of Bern, Switzerland, where he worked on Pakistani goats to find large body-size associated genetic variants using pooled-seq NGS datasets. He earned his PhD in molecular biology & biotechnology from IBBt-UVAS, Lahore, Pakistan and conducted his doctoral research from University of Missouri-Columbia, USA on mutational & gene expression studies using RT-qPCR for diagnosing animal cancers, GWAS of progressive retinal atrophy was also investigated using 63K-SNP chip genotyping data using PLINK data analysis toolset. He is also trained from University of Washington-Seattle, USA & Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) in quantitative genetics, pathway/network analysis, integrative genomics & NGS multi-omics data analysis using Linux/R respectively. He has ~40 publications & 4 books/monographs in his credit. He has established foreign collaborations in different ongoing research projects with Washington State University & USDA, USA. Dr. Rashid is proficient in wide range of bioinformatics data analysis techniques specially for NGS multi-omics data using Linux & R bash scripting for developing & optimizing whole-genome variant calling, differential gene expression/RNA-seq, whole-exome analysis and genomic selection signature pipelines which are available on Udemy. As for as molecular diagnostic techniques are concerned, he is equally skillful in DNA/RNA extraction, Sanger sequence analysis, PCR nitty-gritties, recombinant DNA technology, phylogenetics, statistical genomics & biological modeling concepts to drive any sort of life sciences research project using wet and dry-lab approaches simultaneously. Furthermore, he has presented his research at different national and international platforms including Pakistan, Switzerland, Japan and USA.