The Department of Biology offers a graduate programme leading to PhD in Molecular Biology. The goal of this programme is to produce independent researchers who can take up challenges of the 21st century biology. The state-of-the-art research labs, experienced faculty and a world class collaborative environment at LUMS contribute to our competitive advantage. Students take advanced classes and conduct independent research in partial fulfilment for their PhD degree. All PhD students receive generous financial support in the form of a tuition waiver and monthly stipend.
Research is an essential component of our graduate programme. Students will be exposed to a wide range of research programmes in Molecular and Cell Biology, Genetics and Epigenetics, Biochemistry, and Biophysics, Structural and Computational Biology and will choose a dissertation project in the area of their interest. Research projects in the department are addressing fundamental questions in biology like how complex organisms develop from a single cell and how cell fates are determined, how gene expression is regulated in extremophiles, how cell cycle is controlled in stem cells and how organisms evolve over thousands of years. Mammalian, Drosophila
Drosophila, plants and bacterial systems are used to answer these questions through experimentation in the labs and through computational biological approaches in silico. Computational biologists are using mathematical and statistical tools to mine large sets of data and find solutions to complex biological questions as well as to model future drugs.
The department is equipped with state-of-the-art labs and equipment like fluorescent microscopes, fluorescence activated cell sorters (FACS), real time PCR machines, ultrasonic bioruptor, high speed centrifuges, tissue culture facility and cold rooms. Computer labs are equipped with modern computers for bio computing.
* The medium of instruction at LUMS is English for all degree programmes offered. Assessments are accepted in English only.
Full Tuition Fee Waiver and a Monthly Stipend* awarded to all admitted students (for up to four years).
*Subject to adequate academic performance