CRM Laboratories and Core Team

The Laboratories and Core Facilities of the CRM are located on the first floor of Juma Building at the AKU Karachi campus. These laboratories are fully dedicated toward supporting the research functions of CRM. 

The CRM Laboratories and Core Facilities are manned by Research Associates trained to ensure optimum maintenance of the facilities and provide support to research work conducted by the CRM teams.  



Dr Azhar Hussain  

Director, Laboratories and Core Facilities 

Dr Azhar Hussain joined the CRM in October 2016 bringing with him over 22 years of experience in running research laboratories and core facilities. Dr Azhar is responsible for ensuring efficient, effective and safe operations of the research facilities; conducting training sessions for the laboratories and core team; and facilitating research activities of the CRM research teams. 


Areeb Ahmed 

Research Associate 

Areeb Ahmed completed his BSc Hons. in Biotechnology in 2011 and MSc in Biotechnology in 2012 from the University of Karachi. He then joined the Department of Molecular Pathology, Liaquat National Hospital and Medical College in 2013, where he worked as a technologist. After joining CRM in April 2017, Areeb has been developing his expertise and skills in applications related to FACS and flow cytometry analysis.  





Hadiqa Raees 

Research Associate 

Hadiqa Raees completed her BSc Hons. in Biotechnology in 2013 and MSc in Biotechnology with distinction in 2014 from the University of Karachi. After completing her MSc, Hadiqa joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi in 2015 as a Senior Research Assistant on projects focused on Anti-Malarial Drug Resistance. Hadiqa Raees joined CRM in April 2017 as a Research Associate and since then, as part of the imaging core facility has been developing expertise in applications related to confocal microscopy.  






Karim R. Bhojani 

Research Associate 

Karim R. Bhojani completed his BSc in Microbiology in 2013 and Masters in Genetics from the University of Karachi in 2016. He joined the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi in 2015 as a technologist. Karim joined CRM in June 2017 as a Research Associate in the Pathology Core Facility where he has been developing his expertise in applications related to Pathology Core, especially Tissue MicroArray (TMA) development and immunohistochemistry.  




Sadia Habib 

Research Associate 

Sadia Habib completed her Bachelors in Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Chemistry from Federal Government Urdu Science College in 2002 and Masters in Biotechnology from the University of Karachi in 2005. She served as a Research Officer initially at the Aga Khan University, Department of Surgery in 2007. In 2010 Sadia joined Professor El-Nasir M. A. Lalani's research team as a research officer. Since 2016, Sadia has joined CRM as a Research Associate where she is responsible for managing the Pathology Core Facility.   




Tariq Waseem 

Research Technician  

Tariq Waseem completed his HSc in 1989. After working at different pharmaceutical companies, he became part of Dr El-Nasir M. A. Lalani's research team in 2010 as a Research Technician.  Since 2016, Tariq Waseem has joined CRM as a Research Technician and has been providing a steady and valuable contribution to the smooth running of the CRM laboratories and core facilities. He is responsible for the daily maintenance of CRM laboratories including instruments and refurbishment of consumables and reagents.  


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For queries, please contact Dr Azhar Hussain, Director Laboratories and Core Facilities, CRM at