|Introduction to fols
To meet the rapidly increasing challenges of the 21st century, the UCP has established Faculty of Life Sciences. It offers a wide range of BS, M.Sc., MS and PhD programs in the rapidly developing subjects of Biochemistry, Microbiology, Biotechnology, Molecular Biology and Forensic Science.
Several remarkable research findings and Noble Prizes in these fields indicate their scope for our young researchers. For instance, two American Scientists, Robert J. Lefkowitz and Brian K. Kobilka shared the Nobel Prize for Biochemical discoveries in 2012 on “G-Protein-coupled receptors, proteins that sense compounds outside the cell and activate important signals and cell responses”.
Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Thomas Steitz, and Ada Yonath were jointly awarded the Prize for their tireless efforts to understand one of the most fundamental processes in the cell, “the translation of DNA into proteins”. This was the third Nobel Prize to recognize key milestones in our understanding of how inheritance is conveyed at the molecular level.
There are several important areas under Biochemistry, Microbiology and Molecular Biology, where advancement has been made such as Proteomics, Genomics, Endocrinology, Immunology, Cell signaling & Signal Transduction, Metabolic Pathways, Gene Cloning & DNA Recombinant Technology, Molecular Biology of Cancer Cells, Nano-technology etc.
Likewise, there is a wide scope of Forensic Scientists. Research work on different aspects of Forensic Science is growing rapidly in its branches like Forensic Analysis of DNA, Biological Evidence and Serology, Criminalistics, Forensic Toxicology.
Similarly, Biotechnology has variety of career opportunities e.g., Health Organization are developing drugs to improve quality of life and agriculturists are discovering better crops to minimize indiscriminate use of pesticides and increase productivity of crops. Achievements has been made by the Biotechnologists on various disciplines including Cell & Tissue Culture, Plant Based Drugs, New Drug Delivery System, Stem Cell Techniques, Genetic Engineering, Gene Therapy etc.
Our students embark on a professional, scientific or technical careers in the fields like Health, Medicine, Agriculture, Law, Industry, Teaching, Research Organizations, Clinical Labs and Universities in Pakistan and abroad. Some students may go for further research such as post-doctorate in the related applied fields. Under this faculty, we are providing opportunity to all the students to study in a research-led environment and the postgraduate programs we offer are directly based on research on the most recent and applied topics.
The Life Sciences are a collection of disciplines that investigate the structure and function of living beings from molecules to entire ecosystems. Every day, there are exciting and rewarding breakthroughs occurring in the field of Life Sciences; which covers most challenging subjects while looking at living beings in great detail. For those who are looking to make genuinely positive contribution to the world, there can be a few better prestigious options than degrees in various disciplines of Life Sciences.
In Life Sciences, the disciplines such as Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology and Forensic Science have advanced rapidly. These subjects are helpful in improving the quality and standards of life and have applications in health, medicine, pharmaceutical, agriculture and food science industries. The Life Sciences comprises of the fields of sciences that involve the scientific study of living organisms - such as microorganisms, plants, animals, and human beings - as well as related considerations like bioethics. It emphasizes especially on technological advances in Biochemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Forensic Science. It has led to burgeoning of specializations in such emerging fields and you can be part of it with your degree.
Life scientists are primarily involved in research and development, and work in the laboratory or field. The life scientists have the career opportunities at zoos, museums, aquariums, botanical gardens, schools, colleges, libraries, farms, health clubs, parks, the government, and research organizations. Life scientists are also provided jobs by universities and industrial biomedical research laboratories. There are several organizations on the globe that provide scholarships for higher studies abroad. For instance, the Life Sciences Research Foundation (LSRF) is a postdoctoral fellowship program, with a mission “to establish partnerships between those who support research in the life sciences and academic institutions for their mutual benefit”.
A significant proportion of Life Scientists embark on a professional, scientific or technical career after graduating, while more than one third go on to further study such as post graduate courses and post-doctorate research. Others will take up careers in fields like industry, finance, medicine, law, teaching, media or conservation.