​Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Basic Sciences have always served as the backbone of any undergraduate or graduate programme in medical sciences.  Since the inception of the Aga Khan University (AKU) Medical College in 1983, the disciplines of Anatomy, Biochemistry, Physiology and Pharmacology have been imparting high-quality basic education to its medical students in an effort to train them as competent physicians and researchers for tomorrow. In April 2001, the merger of these four independent disciplines resulted in the establishment of the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS).  The main objectives of the merger were to: develop an integrated and challenging undergraduate medical curriculum, design optimal methods for instructing students enhance collaboration between basic sciences and clinical departments and effectively utilize precious institutional resources.

Ever since its establishment, BBS has relentlessly pursued excellence in both teaching and research through delivery of well-designed curriculum and cutting-edge research in the University approved thematic areas. The Department strongly focuses on multidisciplinary research and has successfully established collaborative research projects with the clinical departments at AKU.

Vision 

"To position AKU as a leading international center of biomedical sciences, undertaking quality teaching, research and training​"

Mis​​sion

  • Develop students' ability to use basic principles in biology to understand and solve problems related to health and disease in Pakistan.

  • Promote and establish a research milieu, which is conducive to learning and creating new knowledge.

  • Strengthen the PhD Programme in Health Sciences by offering graduate courses and mentorship to doctoral students.

Key Goals

  • Develop students’ ability to think critically and apply basic principles of biological sciences and solve problems related to health and disease in Pakistan

  • Promote and esta​blish a research milieu, which is conducive to learning and creating new knowledge

  • Strengthen the PhD Programme in Health Sciences by offering graduate courses and mentorship to doctoral students

  • Initiate other graduate programmes (M.Phil) and others as needed​

Faculty, Staff and Academic Roles​

The department hosts 63 people in the following categories:

  • 22 FTE faculty members

  • 03 faculty members jointly appointed with Departments of Medicine, Surgery and Pediatrics and Child Health

  • 02 part-time faculty

  • 10 Teaching Associates

  • 08 Administrative Staff members

  • 03 Postdoctoral Research Fellows and 

  • 15 Laboratory staff members

Recent Acco​mplishments (during 2015)

  • Faculty had eight active research grants and published 94 research articles in peer-reviewed/indexed journals of international repute

  • A book titled, “​Five Minutes to Wellness” was published by a faculty in the Department. 

  • Three new research grants were obtained by the faculty.  

  • Two faculty members received the Outstanding Teacher Award-2015 from AKU.  

Numerous other academic awards have been received by the faculty in previous years. The details of all these awards have been listed in individual profiles of BBS faculty.

The Department also publishes a monthly e-Newsletter featuring faculty’s research, educational and scholarly achievements, upcoming events and new additions to the Department.

Futur​e ​Plans​

  • Start MPhil in Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Make contribution to the academic programmes of FAS