Resource Person | Director-Diagnostics

Dr. Furqan Sabir is PhD in Biochemistry, co-founder and Director-Diagnostics of “DECODE GENOMICS” having experience of more than a decade in the field of advanced molecular diagnostics and genetic counseling of inherited diseases. He has established a few molecular diagnostic setups for eradication and prevention of pathological as well as inherited diseases in Punjab and privileged to establish first ever DNA prenatal testing lab for genetic diseases in public sector. He is providing his consultancy services to many molecular pathological/genetics laboratories. Currently, serving as “DNA Lab Consultant” in “Punjab Thalassemia Prevention Program” at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Lahore. He has international exposure of state-of-the-art “DNA prenatal testing centers for inherited diseases. He is proficient in optimizing PCR protocols and other contemporary techniques which includes RFLP, ARMS, HRM, Direct Sequencing, Genotyping, Real Time-PCR and Recombinant DNA technology applications in different genetic disease. A couple of research articles are also in his credit. He is dedicated and committed to eradicate genetic diseases in Pakistan.

Resource Person | Director-Research

Dr. Rashid Saif is co-founder/Director-Research of “DECODE GENOMICS” and Associate Professor at Gulab Devi Educational Complex, Lahore. He is PhD in molecular biology & biotechnology from IBBt-UVAS, Lahore, Pakistan and conducted his doctoral research under IRSIP fellowship from University of Missouri-Columbia, USA on Genome-Wide Association Studies (GWAS) of progressive retinal atrophy (PRA) and microarray genotyping of solid tumors through SNP chip data analysis. He is also trained from University of Washington-Seattle, USA in quantitative genetics, pathway & network analysis, integrative genomics and NGS omics data analysis through “R”. He is author of 20 publications and has established a few foreign collaborations in different ongoing research projects with University of Bern-Switzerland, Georgia Institute of Technology-Atlanta, University of Missouri-Columbia and University of Washington-Seattle, USA. Dr. Rashid is proficient in wide range of research & diagnostic techniques including gene expression studies through Real Time-qPCR, molecular diagnosis of genetic & inherited diseases through Sanger and NGS data analysis, PCR nitty-gritties, recombinant DNA technology, phylogenetics & evolutionary biology, bioinformatics, theoretical biology and statistical analysis of genetics/omics data through Python, Mathematica, R and PLINK data analysis toolsets. Furthermore, he has presented his research at different national and international platforms including USA and Japan.