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Dr. Tahir A. Baig
Assistant Professor
Industrial Biotechnology

National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST)
H-12, Islamabad, Pakistan.
Tel : +92-51-9085-6144

Enteroviruses / Molecular Biology / Viral Gastroenteritis

PhD (University of the Punjab Lahore, Pakistan)

Dr. Tahir A. Baig is the member of pioneer team who join NCVI (Now ASAB) in July, 2007 as Senior Research Officer. He has been a dynamic and dedicated team member and has been great asset to establish the institution. From 2008 to 2011, he has been the incharge of DNA sequencing facilities, under his supervision various genes have been sequenced and submitted in NCBI Gene Data Bank. He has been also working as an Activity coordinator and responsible for organizing all extracurricular activities. His area of interest is in Environmental Virology with special focus on Gasteroenteritis viruses like, Rotavirus, Enterovirus, Astrovirus, Adenovirus, Revovirus, HEV, HAV and Polioviruses.

1. IBRO Conference, ASAB, NUST, 2016 

2. Oral presentation in ICBBB conference 2013, Rome, Italy. 

2. Poster presented on 30t Annual Zoological Conference of Pakistan, Muzaffrabad University, Azad Kashmir, 2011.

3. First HCV Symposium, conducted by NUST Center of Virology and immunology, Feb, 2010

Training Workshops: 

1. Three days Training workshop in Laboratory Techniques , conducted by NIBGE (National Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic engineering), Faisalabad, held on July, 2008

2. Two days International workshop on “Membrane Technology for Waste water Reclamation and Reuse” conducted by IESE (Institute of Environmental Sciences and Engineering), held on 13-14th May, 2009

3. ISO Lab Certification Training Conducted by NCVI in 2009.


My research investigates an emerging area of biotechnology, detection and identification of viruses in environmental samples. My work focuses on the Family of Enterovirus. This family belongs to broad & diverse group of viruses includes, human polio viruses, Rota virus, Adenovirus, HEV, HAV etc their ecological impact is considerable. Effective surveillance of these pathogens requires the development of sensitive and accurate means of detection procedures. I have work on two directions, the first is to use of PCR-based methods for the rapid detection and quantitation of different viruses from environmental samples. These experiments present the opportunity for field sample collection and testing. The second direction is study of the molecular biology of different genotypes of viruses. Understanding how the virus infects a cell and the molecular steps involved in this process. The goal of these studies is to further understand how these viruses are spread and contribute to animal disease and population decline. 

Ongoing projects 

Projects 1: Working as Principle Investigator (PI) in HEC funded research grant “Detection and molecular characterization of Poliovirus from water bodies”. (0.5M

Project Submitted

Project 2:  Research grant submitted to PSF Title: “Identification and Characterization of Human Enteric Viruses from environmental Water samples” (2.0 M) Grant is in Final revision. 

Future Plans:  (Long term)

1. Identification and  molecular characterization of Gasteroenteritis viruses present in  aquatic environment, Pakistan.

2. Cloning of full length of Enterovirus from Pakistani population

3. Characterization and sequencing of Poliovirus from water bodiesShort term plans: 

4. Characterization and sequencing of adenovirus from environmental water bodies.

5. Studies the role of vaccine derived poliovirus, present in water bodies.

6. Effect of Tanneries/sugar waste water on physical and chemical aspect on different crops.

7. Antibacterial effect of different nanoparticle by using heavy metals. 

1. Hassan, A., Niazi, M. B. K., Hussain, A., Farrukh, S., & Ahmad T. (2017). Development of Anti-bacterial PVA/Starch Based Hydrogel Membrane for Wound Dressing. Journal of Polymers and the Environment, 1-9.

2. Ahmad A, Dad R, Ullah MI, Baig TA, Ahmad IN, Nasir A, Hübner CA, Hassan MJ. 2017. Clinical and genetic studies in patients with Lafora disease from Pakistan. Journal of the Neurological Sciences

3. Ahmad T, Arshad N, Adnan F, Zaidi NS, Shahid MT, Zahoor U, Afzal MS, Anjum S. Prevalence of rotavirus, adenovirus, hepatitis A virus and enterovirus in water samples collected from different region of Peshawar, Pakistan. Ann Agric Environ Med. 2016; 23(4): 576–580

4. Ahmad T, Anjum S, Afzal MS, Raza H, Zaidi N, Arshad N. Molecular confirmation of enterovirus from sewage and drinking water samples from three cities, Pakistan: a potential risk factor for public health. The Southeast Asian journal of tropical medicine and public health. 2015;46(4):640-9.

5. Ahmad T, Anjum S, Sadaf ZN, Ali A, Waqas M, Afzal MS, et al. Frequecny of Hepatitis E and Hepatitis A virus in water samples collected from Faislabad, Pakistan. Annals of agricultural and environmnetal medicine: AAEM. 2015’22(4): 661-4

6. Tahir Ahamd*, Tayyaba Komal, Midhat Mustafa and Sadia Anjum. Hospital waste management awareness, attitude and practices in twin cities of Pakistan. Int j Pharm Bio Sci 2015 April; 6(2): (b) 503 – 512 (Scopus)

7. Raza H, Ahmad T, Afzal MS. HCV, Interferon Therapy Response, Direct Acting Antiviral Therapy Revolution and Pakistan: Future Perspectives. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. 2015;16(13):5583-4.

8. Ahmad T, Zahid S, Ashraf M. Detection of Polio Virus in Municipal Water Bodies of Lahore, Pakistan. International Journal of Bioscience, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics. 2013;3(2):157. (IJBBB, Confernce Itlay)

9. Anjum S, Mahwish F, Ahmad T, Afzal MS. 2013 Mutational and Structural Analysis of HCV Non Structural Protein 2 (NS2) Revealed Genotype Specific Motif in TMD3 of the Protein. IJBBB 3: 384-386. (Conference Italy)

10. Ahmad T, Arif S, Chaudry N, Anjum S: Epidemiological Characteristics of Poliomyelitis during the 21st century (2000-2013). International Journal of Public Health Science (IJPHS) 2014, 3(3). (Scopus)

11. Afzal MS, Ahmed T, Zaidi NUSS: Comparison of HCV Prevalence in Pakistan and Iran; An Insight into Future. Hepat Mon 2014, 14(1). (ISI)

12. Anjum S, Afzal MS, Ahmad T, Aslam B, Waheed Y, Shafi T, Qadri I: Mutations in the STAT1-interacting domain of the hepatitis C virus core protein modulate the response to antiviral therapy. Mol Med Rep 2013, 8(2):487-492. (ISI)

13. Anjum S, Ali S, Ahmad T, Afzal MS, Waheed Y, Shafi T, Ashraf M, Andleeb S: Sequence and Structural Analysis of 3' Untranslated Region of Hepatitis C Virus, Genotype 3a, From Pakistani Isolates. Hepat Mon 2013, 13(5). (ISI)

14. Anjum S, Wahid A, Afzal MS, Albecka A, Alsaleh K, Ahmad T, Baumert TF, Wychowski C, Qadri I, Penin F et al: Additional Glycosylation Within a Specific Hypervariable Region of Subtype 3a of Hepatitis C Virus Protects Against Virus Neutralization. Journal of Infectious Diseases 2013, 208(11):1888-1897. (ISI)

15. Afzal MS, Ullah S, Farooqi ZUR, Anjum S, Shafi T, Ahmed T, Ashraf M, Qadri I: Association of interleukin-10 polymorphism and malarial susceptibility in Pakistani population. Asian Biomed 2012, 6(3):337-342. (ISI)

16. Afzal MS, Tahir S, Salman A, Baig TA, Shafi T, Zaidi NUSS, Qadri I: Analysis of interleukin-10 gene polymorphisms and hepatitis C susceptibility in Pakistan. J Infect Dev Countr 2011, 5(6):473-479. (ISI)

17. Afzal MS, Anjum S, Salman A, Ashraf S, Farooqi ZUR, Ahmed T, Waheed Y, Qadri I: Interleukin-10 gene promoter polymorphism as a potential host susceptibility factor in Pakistani patients with pulmonary tuberculosis. Afr J Biotechnol 2011, 10(66):14706-14710. (ISI)

18. Ahmad T, Waheed Y, Tahir S, Safi SZ, Fatima K, Afzal MS, Farooqi ZUR, Qadri I: Frequency of HEV contamination in sewerage waters in Pakistan. J Infect Dev Countr 2010, 4(12):842-845. (ISI)

19. Waheed Y, Tahir S, Ahmad T, Qadri I: Sequence comparison and phylogenetic analysis of core gene of hepatitis C virus from Pakistani population. Afr J Biotechnol 2010, 9(29):4561-4567. (ISI)

Course 1: Biochemistry (4 Credit hrs) 

Course 2: Fermentation technology (3 credit Hrs) 

Course 3: Marine Biotechnology (3 Credit Hrs)

Course 4: Introductory Biology (3 Credit Hrs) 

Course 5: Antiviral Approaches (3 Credit Hrs)

Course 6: Environment & viruses (3 credit Hrs)