I obtained DVM from the prestigious centenary College of Veterinary Sciences in Lahore with Roll of Honors in 1984. Soon after DVM, I joined a research project being headed by Prof. M. Arslan, at then the Department of Biological Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) in early 1985. This was the beginning of my long lasting affiliation with the QAU. It was mentoring by Prof. Arslan that inspired me to take a career in biology research rather than going to a profession in veterinary medicine. I completed MPhil under supervision of Prof. Arslan in 1988. In 1991 I went to Penn State as Rotary Foundation's "Freedom from Hunger" Scholar for PhD studies under supervision of Prof. Dan Deaver. I won the first John Almquist Graduate Student Competitive Research Award and completed my PhD in a record period of 3 years. I came back to QAU beginning of 1995 and started my independent research career as an assistant professor. In 1998 I was honored to receive the Young Biologist Award from the Third World Academy of Science, Italy. I was awarded a Japan Society for Promotion of Science fellowship in 1999 and spent next 2 years in the lab of Prof. Kei Maeda at the Nagoya University as a postdoc. Back to back, I took up another postdoc in the lab of Prof. Tony Plant a stalwart of reproductive neuroendocrinology at the University of Pittsburgh. It was a rigorous postdoc but my stay of three and a half years in the Plant lab turned about to be most important in my career as I had unique training and many scientific successes. One of our studies was published in PNAS in 2005 and was regarded as a milestone highlighting a pivotal involvement of kisspeptin neuropeptides in initiation of puberty in higher primates. I returned to QAU in Fall 2004 and was elevated to associate professor, and continued studying roles of kisspeptin peptides in reproduction and metabolism. I rose to tenure-track professorship in July 2007 and in April 2012 granted the full tenure.
Biography Updated on 15 April 2013