To be recognized as the icon of innovative, leading edge clinical and translational research in South Asia.


Department of Research through its Offices of Research innovation & Commercialization (ORIC), Basic Research Coordination (BSRC), Publication and Grant is the central coordination body for research at Ziauddin University which supports the overall vision of the University to conduct research. The Department facilitates research that enhances the knowledge building environment at Ziauddin University by:

Advancing academic research and developing the University’s reputation as the most renowned private research University

  • Leading edge Clinical and Translational Research- bringing medical innovation to patients
  • Resident’s and fellows independent research projects


  • Ensuring that research meets the highest ethical and quality standards through open transparent processes.
  • Offering robust clinical conference series calendar

Core Facilities

  • Ensuring that research meets the highest ethical and quality standards through open transparent processes.
  • Offering robust clinical conference series calendar


The Research Laboratories (MDRL 1 & MDRL 2) at Ziauddin University provide:

  • Cell and Molecular Biology, Genomic and Proteomic techniques
  • Wet lab bench space
  • Services include training on all equipments, guidance on experimental design and technician assistance in all equipments operation
  • Cell culture facility
  • Imaging facility
  • Immunohistochemistry facility
  • Pharmacy Laboratories (MDRL 3 & MDRL 4)
  • Virtual lab facility connected to north campus pathology & genetic laboratory

Research Lab Faculty:

  • Prof. Saeeda Baig, PhD (Associate Dean Research / Director Lab)
  • Dr. Shamim Mushtaq, PhD (Associate Professor, Additional Director Lab)
  • Moazzam A. Shahid, MSc, MPhil (Research Assistant)
  • Asif Masih (Laboratory Assistant)


This is a state of the art diagnostic facility with the availability of high technology equipments for research purpose also. The students avail the services at Clifton Campus and also visit North Campus in the various sub specialties through coordinators mentioned below:

  • Dr. Rizma Khan, PhD (Molecular Biology and Genetics Lab)
  • Dr. Fouzia Latif, FCPS (Histopathology Lab)
  • Dr. Faisal Afridi, FCPS (Microbiology)
  • Dr. Adnan Mustafa Zuberi, FCPS (Chemical Pathology)
  • Dr. Zulqarnain Imran, FCPS (Hematology)


The following hospitals facility are available to the students for research regarding samples and patients within stringent protocol of bioethics.

  • Dr. Ziauddin Hospital, Clifton Campus
  • Dr. Ziauddin Hospital, North Nazimabad Campus
  • Dr. Ziauddin Hospital, Kemari Campus
  • Dr. Ziaudddin Cancer Hospital, North Nazimabad
  • Dr. Ziauddin Maternal and Child Health Care Centre, Nazimabad
  • Primary Health Care, Sikanderabad


Department of Research has designed Certificate Courses, workshops to facilitate physician, junior faculty and mid career clinicians, graduate & undergraduate students.

a) Monthly Activities

  • Research Methodology Courses & Workshops
  • Research Ethics Course Work
  • Application of Power Lab in Bio Medical Research
  • End note application and organizing research
  • Manuscript writing skills
  • Plagiarism software hands on workshop
  • Workshop on Clinical Trial
  • Sample size calculation and data analysis, SPSS
  • Research at undergraduate level – challenges and opportunities
  • Protein, RNA, DNA isolation purification and quantitation from tissue
  • Guidelines for preparing effective Oral/Poster Presentations
  • Developing Research Question and Hypothesis Testing
  • Clinical Trial Workshop
  • Other Biomedical Techniques

b) Yearly Activities

  • National Annual Health Sciences Conference and International Thematic Conference
  • Symposium/ Distinguished Lecture Series
  • Hands On Workshop



Mission: To develop and consolidate a platform for researchers in Ziauddin University and to facilitate the process of quality research ensuring its strategic relevance to be consistent to Ziauddin’s policies.

URC monitors and reviews the policies relating to the University’s research activities, including research and research training, internationalization and international reputation and their management.


Vice Chancellor (Chair)

The Dean of Research (Deputy Chair)

All Faculty Deans (or delegate)

Associate Dean Faculty Affairs

Up to two additional members invited by Chair/ Deputy Chair

Executive Secretary, Director ORIC

Minutes Secretary, Office Assistant

Sub committees mentioned below are governed under the rules and regulations of URC in line with ZU policies.

  1. PhD Advisory Committee
  2. PhD Advisory Sub-committees (For Each Student)
  3. Research Advocacy Committee (RAC)
  4. Clinical Research Committee (CRC)
  5. Ethics Review Committee (ERC)
  6. Board of Advanced Studies and Research (BASR)
  7. Thesis Examination Committee (TEC)


Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC) is an Integral section of research department operating at the Ziauddin University,Karachi. ORIC was established at the University in 2015, at proposed guidelines of the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Islamabad for all Universities/DAIs of Pakistan to establish “Offices of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC)”.

Research excellence in all fields of study is central to the mission of Ziauddin University and a pinnacle priority for the department of research, as the key elements to the success of the university’s that need to be preserved.

As technologies have grown more sophisticated and emerging industries have become more high-tech, Universities have become more important players in the process of invention, innovation and commercialization.

Universities have become more entrepreneurial and look towards technology transfer into non-traditional fields, there is a need for alternative conceptualization of technology transfer that are more accurate and realistic than the traditional linear model and that are generalizable to the nuances of the university to which they are applied.


The Research Department facilitates and promotes the research publications to provide access to the faculty, graduate and undergraduate students of Ziauddin University and other National Universities.

  • The Pakistan Journal of Medicine and Dentistry (PJMD)
  • Pakistan Journal of Rehabilitation (PJR)
  • Journal of Nursing


The Research Department’s overarching aim in supporting international; research collaboration is to maximize ZU’s contribution to and benefits from international and national research collaborations, partnerships.

  • University College of London and King’s College, London UK
  • Karolinska Institute, Sweden
  • University of Karachi
  • Aga Khan University
  • Baqai University
  • Dow University of Health Sciences


Intensive training courses are designed to expose students to state of art techniques. It is meant to develop skills and building tools for conducting independent research in Health Sciences.

This programme helps in mentoring the career development, awareness and interests of University undergraduates/ Faculty in Health Sciences Research.


We would shortly be offering core lab services to the researchers at national level at an affordable cost such as protein isolation, separation and quantification beside SDS-PAGE, 2-D electrophoresis, immune blotting, and immune fluorescence, Real Time / Conventional PCR. Gel Imaging and HPLC and others.


  • 106 Chairs for Readers
  • Cubicles: 66
  • Separate sitting area for researchers
  • 84 pigeon holes to keep students bags
  • Computer: 30 (3 systems)
  • Library software: KOHA 3.16 (OPAC)
  • Scanning
  • Printing
  • Photocopy Service: Out sourced
  • Daily Library Gate Count (Visitors’ average): 500
  • Circulation Services
  • Reference Services
  • Literature Search
  • Article Supply Service
  • Networking among all the libraries of ZU Campuses
  • ILL & DD within country and some universities in KSA
  • Newspaper clippings on related subjects


  • Prof. Dr. Talat Mirza, MBBS, MPhil, PhD
    Dean Research & Meritorious Professor
  • Prof. Dr Saeeda Baig, PhD
    Associate Dean Research, Editor PJMD, Director MDRL
  • Prof. Dr. Bushra Wasim, MBBS, FCPS, PhD
    Director ORIC
  • Dr Zile-Rubab, MPhil, MBBS
    Additional Director ORIC
  • Dr. Shamim Mushtaq, PhD
    PhD Coordinator, Additional Director MDRL, Associate Editor PJMD
  • Dr. Faraz Ahmed Baig, MBBS, MPhil
    Basic Science Research Coordinator
  • Ambreen Wasim, MSc
  • Dr. Zartaj Ahmed, MBBS
    Research Associate
  • Moazzam Ali Shahid, MPhil
    Research Officer


Office of the Dean of Research

Ziauddin University

Karachi 75600, Pakistan

Tel: +92 21 35862397-9, Ext. 566

Fax: +92 21 35862940

Email: [email protected]