• Introduction
  • Research Activities
  • Research Publications
  • Events
  • Faculty
  • Contact

Introduction


Forensic science is one of the emerging fields of Biomedical Sciences. In addition to meaningful interaction with other departments of basic and clinical sciences within UHS and its affiliated colleges and institutions, linkages are being developed with foreign institutions both for collaborative research and for short term training of students in specialized techniques and procedures. Department is meant to develop research programs which will be predominately local and regional problems oriented.
Mission
The mission of the Department of Forensic Sciences at University of Health Sciences is to provide our students with an excellent scientific education within a Biomedical and legal context from forensic faculty who are practitioners and researchers in their respective areas of expertise and to prepare our students for careers either in forensic science or enable them to go on to further education in other scientific specialties.
Objectives

The Department is offering M. Phil (Forensic Medicine & Toxicology) and PhD (Forensic Science) programs [ Download Ph.D Admission Form ] with the objectives that are consistent with mission of University of Health Sciences, Lahore. Students should be able to:

  • Exhibit an orientation in professional values and concepts of ethics appropriate to the area of forensic science and law.
  • Demonstrate competency in performing pathological and biological analysis.
  • Demonstrate the acquisition of skills and experiences in the application of basic forensic science concepts and of specialty knowledge to problem solving.
  • Enable the graduates to present his research findings effectively at National/ International forums.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and application for the issue specific to forensic sciences.
  • Understand the important procedures and applicability of the general principals of forensic medicine, toxicology and biology.
  • Serve as a future teacher, trainer, researcher and leader in the field of medico-legal faculty. They must also be able to offer technically competent consultancy services to the health, home and law departments in connection with medico-legal work, crime investigation process and courts.

These learning objectives will be measured through the successful completion of coursework, laboratory experiences, exams, papers and research thesis.

Working Facilities

The department is equipped with purpose built laboratory with quality equipment for research in vast areas of forensic sciences.

Ongoing Work
  • Nine students of M. Phil. are in the process of completing/starting their research work.
  • One student is undergoing the course work and has started search of literature to find the title for research.
  • Three students of M. Phil have started their coursework and literature review for their research.
  • There is one Ph.D. Student undergoing coursework and literature review for research.
  • Three students are currently working as internees in the Department.
Future Plans
  • Establishment of Forensic Serology and Toxicology Lab
  • Extension of working collaboration with different national institutes
  • Periodic self-assessment of the subjects will be introduced
  • Self-learning shall be emphasized and methodology shall be established to introduce
  • Problem-based applied research
  • More frequent meetings of stakeholder and workshops

Research Activities

  • Diagnosis of Fabricated Injuries on the basis of detection of xylocain and benzodiazepine in the victim’s blood serum/urine – (Ghulam Yaseen)
  • Forensic aspects of mtDNA profiling of carious and non-carious teeth – (Asif Shakoor)
  • Ultrasonographic Autopsy (Echopsy): An effective technique for Postmortem diagnosis – (Muhammad Nawaz)
  • Forensic characterization of mitochondrial DNA from Baloch population of Pakistan – (Abdul Jaleel)
  • RM Y-STRs (13) - A new tool for differentiation of male relatives and paternal lineages in forensic DNA typing – (Atif Adnan)
  • Expression level of mRNA (HMGB1, FasL, PTEN) has empirical correlation with the early Post Mortem Interval (PMI) – (Nasir Abbas)
  • miRNA (206 and 133) expression in the determination of postmortem interval in rats – (Rabika Nargis)
  • Expression of RNA analysis for injury age estimation – (Nusrat Saba)
  • ATP level and its degradation process as a postmortem interval indicator – (Usman Shahid Butt)
Research Collaborations

We believe in sharing and transfer of knowledge as well as productive collaborations. Therefore, we have collaborations at different levels with various national and international organizations of repute. We believe in sharing and transfer of knowledge as well as productive collaborations. Therefore, we have collaborations at different levels with various national and international organizations of repute.

National Collaborations
  • Punjab Forensic Sciences Agency (PFSA), Lahore
  • Armed Forces Institute of Pathology (AFIP), Rawalpindi
  • Department of Forensic Medicine, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore
  • Institute of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (IBBT), University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore
  • Department of Forensic Science, Government College University, Lahore
International Collaborations
  • Yonsei DNA Profiling Group, Yonsei University, Korea
  • Department of Forensic Molecular Biology, Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Research Publications

  • Muhammad Hassan Siddiqi, Tanveer Akhtar, Allah Rakha, Ghazanfar Abbas, Akram Ali, Naeem Haider, Azam Ali, Sikandar Hayat, Syeda Masooma, Jamil Ahmad, Muhammad Akram Tariq, Mannis van Oven, Fazle Majid Khan (2014) Genetic characterization of the Makrani people of Pakistan from mitochondrial DNA control-region data. Legal Medicine (Article in Press)
  • Sikandar Hayat, Tanveer Akhtar, Muhammad Hassan Siddiqi, Allah Rakha, Naeem Haider, Muhammad Tayyab, Ghazanfar Abbas, Azam Ali, Syed Yasir Abbas Bukhari, Muhammad Akram Tariq, Fazle Majid Khan (2014) Mitochondrial DNA Control Region sequences study in Siraiki population of Pakistan. Legal Medicine (Article in Press)
  • Muhammad Israr, Sehrish Rafiq, Ahmad Ali Shahid, Haroon Hussain, Allah Rakha (2014) Scope of X-Chromosomal miniSTRs: Current Developments. Journal of Forensic Research (Accepted)
  • Lee EY, Shin KJ, Allah Rakha, Sim JE, Park MJ, Kim NY, Yang WI, Lee HY (2014) Analysis of 22 Y chromosomal STR haplotypes and Y haplogroup distribution in Pathans of Pakistan Forensic Science International: Genetics. 11: 111-116
  • Mian Sahib Zar, Ahmad Ali Shahid, Muhammad Saqib Shahzad, Kyoung-Jin Shin, Hwan Young Lee, Muhammad Israr, Tayyab Husnain (2014) Comparative study of STR loci for typing old skeletal remains with modi?ed protocols of AmpFlSTR Identi?ler and AmpFlSTR MiniFiler STR Kits. Australian Journal of Forensic Sciences (Article in Press
  • Muhammad Israr, Ahmad Ali Shahid, Ziaur Rahman, Mian Sahib Zar, Muhammad Saqib Shahzad, Tayyab Husnain, Celine Pfiefer, Peter Wiegand (2014). Development and characterization of a new 12-plex ChrX miniSTR system International Journal of Legal Medicine. 128: 595-598
  • Muhammad Ilyas, Muhammad Israr, Ziaur Rahman, (2014) Copy Number Variation in Forensic Science. Advancements in Life Sciences. 1 (2)
Presentations
  • Allah Rakha, Muhammad Israr. DNA – A competent witness. 1st International Conference on Forensic Science and Justice at Government College University Lahore (Lahore), October 22-24, 2014.
  • 1st International Conference on Forensic Science and Justice at Government College University Lahore (Lahore), October 22-24, 2014 Allah Rakha (co-chair): “Forensic Biology Session”
  • Atif Adnan, Allah Rakha. Kinship analysis in endogamous Pakistani population. 1st International Conference on Forensic Science and Justice at Government College University Lahore (Lahore), October 22-24, 2014
  • Atif Adnan, Allah Rakha, Arwin Rulf, Manfred Kayser. Study of rapidly mutating Y-STRs in endogamous Punjabi population from Pakistan. World Forensic Festival (Seoul, Korea) October 12-18, 2014
  • Allah Rakha, Muhammad Israr. Scope of DNA intelligence information from populations of Pakistan. National Conference on Integrated Role of Forensic Science in Criminal Justice System at the University of Lahore (Lahore), September 25, 2014.

Events

As workshops and lectures are essential for the dissemination and sharing of knowledge as well as good opportunity to meet experts and discuss ideas. The Department regularly arranges workshops and lectures on different topics related to forensic sciences.

Workshops

A hands-on training Workshop/lecture series on Crime Scene Investigation was conducted by the Department on January 6-10, 2014. Mr. Javed I. Khan, retired forensic expert from the Crime Laboratory of California and now the CEO of private forensic consultancy, was the resource person.

Symposium

The Department recently organized an International Symposium on Molecular Forensic: Emerging Trends in which international speakers Dr. Oscar Lao (The Netherlands), Dr. Manuel Fondevila (Spain) and Dr. Mannis van Oven (The Netherlands) presented their research. National speakers included Dr. Muhammad Shoaib Suddle (ex-IG Police Sindh, DG IB and Federal Tax Ombudsman), Dr. Amar Ali Hussain Khan (Projec Director, National Forensic Science Agency, Islamabad), Brig. Prof. Dr. Dilshad Ahmad Khan (Head of Department, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Rawalpindi), Dr. Mohammad Sarwar (Director Forensics, Punjab Forensic Sciences Agency, Lahore) and Dr. Mohammad Ashraf Tahir (Director-General, Punjab Forensic Sciences Agency, Lahore). The event was attended by more than 550 registered participants from over 100 departments representing some 50 Institutes.

Faculty


Allah Rakha, PhD
  • Head of Department
  • Assistant Professor of Forensic Sciences
  • Ph.D. in Forensic Medicine (Forensic Genetics)
  • E-mail : DNAexpert@me.com


Haroon Hussain, PhD
  • Assistant Professor of Forensic Sciences
  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (Molecular Genetics)
  • E-mail : haroonphd@gmail.com


Muhammad Israr, PhD
  • Assistant Professor of Forensic Sciences
  • Ph. D. in Molecular Biology (DNA Forensics)
  • E-mail : israr@uhs.edu.pk


Visiting/Adjunct Faculty


Prof. Dr. Muhammad Iqbal Mughal
  • Assistant Dean, Central Park Medical College Lahore
  • M.B.B.S., DMJ, M.Phil. (Forensic Medicine)

Prof. Dr. Tajammul Hussain Chaudhry
  • Associate Professor
  • Department of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology
  • Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore

Prof. Abdul Rasheed Mian
  • MBBS, FCPS (Forensic Medicine & Toxicology)
  • Azad Jammu & Kashmir

Prof. Dr. Syed Shoaib Hussain Shah
  • Principal, Shifa College of Medicine,
  • M.B.B.S., DMJ, M.Phil., Ph.D., DABFM (USA), FACFEI, CFC (USA)
  • Shifa Tameer-e-Millat University (STMU), Islamabad

Brig. Dr. Dilshad A. Khan
  • M.B.B.S., Ph.D. (Forensic Medicine & Toxicology)
  • Professor of Pathology,
  • Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Rawalpindi

Prof. Dr. Aamir Bashir
  • Professor & Head, Department of Forensic Medicine,
  • M.B.B.S., D.M.J.
  • Lahore Medical & Dental College Lahore

Javed I. Khan
  • Consultant Forensic Scientist Retired Forensic Scientist
  • Department of Justice, California, USA

Contact

Department of Forensic Sciences,
University of Health Sciences
Khayaban-e-Jamia Punjab
Lahore-54600
Pakistan
E-mail: forensic@uhs.edu.pk
Ph: 042-99231304-09 Ext: 342
UAN: 111-33-33-66 Ext: 342
Fax: 042-99230870