Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar is the Rector of the COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CUI), Islamabad. CUI is the Pakistan’s first exclusive institute for Information Technology.The CUI was awarded Charter by the Government of Pakistan in the year 2000 and in less than a decade, it has grown into a quality institution of higher learning under his able leadership. CUI now has eight campuses in seven cities, a student population of more than 35,000 and faculty base of 2,887. In addition to Information Technology, the Institute offers several bachelor, master and doctoral programs in engineering, basic sciences, management sciences and architecture.
Previously, Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar served as a Tenured Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at the Department of Biosciences and the Dean of Research Innovation & Commercialization, CUI. His research interests include searching for the genetic causes of inherited diseases. He has published extensively in ophthalmogenetics and population genetics. He has several international collaborations including with the Radboud University, McGill etc. With the former he has initiated a joint degree program for PhD students.
His training has been in Chemical pathology, Biochemistry, Biomedical & Genetic Engineering. He has completed courses in DNA Cloning & Sequencing from the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, United Kingdom. In Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Applications from the American Type Culture Collection (ATCC), Rockville, Maryland, USA., a course in operation of the DNA sequencer Model 377 from Applied Biosystems, A Division of Perkin Elmer American, at the Foster City, USA and a fourth course in DNA Sequencer Training from the Beckman center, High wycombe, UK.
Prof. Dr. Raheel Qamar is the recipient of prestigious national award ‘Tamgha-i-Imtiaz’. He was awarded this honor in 2007 by the government of Pakistan for his achievements in the field of bio sciences.