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Department of Parasitology

Introduction

Department of Parasitology was established in 1923 with the aim to generate and disseminate scientific knowledge relating to Parasitology. The department is striving to create awareness among the public about the risks and losses associated with parasites. The department is playing key role in this regard through education and research. Post graduate programme was started in 1978 and so for more than 200 students have completed their M.Sc. (Hons), M. Phil and 21 PhD degrees. Graduates of this department are serving in various national and international organizations. Currently about 50 students are pursuing their post-graduate studies. Department has undergraduate and post graduate laboratories. In future, the department intends to establish advanced Parasitology laboratories in the field of immunoparasitology, molecular Parasitology and parasitic vaccines. The department is engaged in basic & applied research for better understanding of parasitic problems of various hosts and their control.

Objectives

  • Teaching of D.V.M., M. Phil and PhD students in Parasitology.
  • Conduction of problem oriented basic and applied research with the involvement of post-graduate students.
  • Creation of awareness about parasites and their control.
  • Provision of diagnostic and identification services to the farmers and pet owners.
  • Training of stakeholders and para-veterinary staff through short courses and workshops.

 

Laboratory Facilities

Department is well equipped with facilities to undertake research in the discipline. Our laboratory is providing research facilities and has collaboration with other institutes. Department is also imparting diagnostic services to livestock farmers, Lahore Zoo, Brooke Hospital and various departments of the University.   

  • Under Graduate Laboratory
  • Post Graduate Laboratory
  • Molecular Parasitology Laboratory
  • Insectary

Facilities Available

  • Field Level Diagnostic facility for protozoan, Helminthic infections
  • Field Level Diagnostic facility for various ecto-parasitic infestation
  • Commercial molecular diagnostic facility for bovine theileriosis
  • Molecular diagnosis of Toxoplasma gondii, Plasmodium vivax, Plasmodium falciparum Trypansoma evansi

Advisory Services to Farmers

Advisory services are available to livestock farmers in parasite control to reduce the economic losses associated with them and to realize improved production by implementing better parasite control programs.

Research Priorities

  • Studies on the prevalence and control of zoonotic parasites.
  • Surveillance, diagnosis and control of economically important helminthic and protozoan infections.
  • Studies on  surveillance , diagnosis and control of Vector born diseases and the arthropods of  veterinary and medical concerns

Staff Position

Chairman

Prof. Dr. Kamran Ashraf

Professors

Prof. Dr. Kamran Ashraf

Associate Professors

Dr. Muhammad Lateef
Dr. Nisar Ahmad

Assistant Professors

Dr. Muhammad Imran Rashid
Dr. Muhammad Haroon Akbar
Dr. Muhammad Oneeb

Teaching Assistant

Dr. M. Faiz Rasool

HEC Approved Supervisors

Muhammad Imran Rashid
Dr. Muhammad Haroon Akbar

Research Projects Ongoing

Research projects (Faculty Member wise)

Title 

Funding  Agency

Funds
(in Millions)

Remarks/Status

Dr. Nisar Ahmad

Development of recombinant tick vaccine

HEC
(National)

1.4

ongoing

Dr. Imran Rashid

Development of recombinant vaccine against toxoplasmosis

Grand Challenges Canada
(International)

11

ongoing

Dr. Haroon Akbar

Development of molecular diagnostic techniques & phylogenetic analysis of local isolates of canine Babesiosis

HEC
(National)

0.5

ongoing

 

Seminars/ Workshops/ Trainings Organized 2014-15

  • Facilitated Sub-regional workshop on integrated vector management (IVM) organized by WHO & Directorate of malaria control & ministry of health services held at Islamabad. 28th October-2nd November, 2014
  • IOT Training Program HEC-UVAS, Lahore 26-30 August, 2014
  • National Workshop on “Advanced Diagnostics in Parasitology”. 13-14 October 2014
  • Organized Two days National Workshop on “Fight against Toxoplasmosis and use of molecular techniques” in UVAS, Lahore on 1-2 September 2014.
  • One Day Workshop on “INFORMATICS (Microsoft Office) for writing manuscripts 3rd December 2014
  • One Day Workshop on “ENDNOTE for writing manuscripts”4th December 2014
  • Two Days Workshop on “INFORMATICS (Microsoft Office) and ENDNOTE for writing manuscripts” 26-27 December 2014
  • Organized Lecture on"Requirements of Integrity and Bioethics for ongoing Research” by Mr. Zohaib Sayyed (Genetics and Genomics in the Division of Biological Chemistry at Medical University Innsbruck, Austria)13th February 2015
  • Two Day Workshop on “Scientific Proposal Writing”19-20 February 2015
  • Two Day Workshop on “Applied Biostatistics”.26-27 May 2015
  • Two Day Workshop on “INFORMATICS (Microsoft Office) and ENDNOTE for writing manuscripts” 28-29 May 2015
  • 3 months French language course in collaboration with Alliance Français du Lahore 1st April to 30th June 2015
  • Organized Two days National Workshop on “Advanced Diagnostics in Parasitology” in UVAS, Lahore on 13-14 November 2014.
  • Training session on “Liverfluke Disease Awareness” organized by 24/7 extension service in Narowal on 01-01-2014.
  • Public Seminars on awareness against dengue 2014
  • Public Seminars on awareness against dengue 2015

Courses Offered for M.Phil/Ph.D. in Parasitology

Course No.

Title

Credit Hrs.

PARA 1001

Advanced Parasitology General

4(3-1)

PARA 1002

Advanced Protozoology

4(3-1)

PARA 1003

Medical Entomology

4(3-1)

PARA 1004

Diagnostic Techniques in Parasitology

4(2-2)

PARA 1005

Wildlife Parasitology

3(1-2)

PARA 1006

Chemotherapy of Parasitic Diseases

4(3-1)

PARA 1007

Physiology of Endoparasites

4(3-1)

PARA 1008

Immunology of Parasitic Infections

4(3-1)

PARA 1009

Ecology of Animal Parasites

3(3-0)

PARA 1010

Medical Protozoology and Helminthology

4(3-1)

PARA 1011

Applied Helminthology

4(2-2)

PARA 1012

Epidemiology of Parasitic Diseases

4(2-2)

PARA 1013

In-Vitro Cultivation of Parasites

4(2-2)

PARA 1014

Biotechnology for Parasitic Control

4(2-2)

PARA 1015

Techniques in Molecular Parasitology

4(2-2)

PARA 1016

Advanced Parasitic Zoonoses

3(2-1)

PARA 1019

Special Problem

1(0-1)

PARA 1020

Seminar       

1(1-0)

Department Faculty Contributed Research Papers in National & International Journals.

  • Nazir MM, Maqbool A, Akhtar M, Ayaz M, Ahmad AN, Ashraf K, Ali A, Khalid AR, Ali MA, Lindsay DS. 2014. Neospora caninum prevalence in dogs raised under different living conditions. Veterinary Parasitology. 204: 364-368. IF: 2.460.
  • Naeem H, Ashraf K, Rashid MI, Rehman HU, Oneeb M, Akbar H. 2014. Insecticide resistance status of anopheles subpictus from district Kasur, Punjab. Science International. 26(3): 1205-1208.
  • Bajwa AA, Islam S, Rashid I, Ashraf K, Akbar H, Shehzad W. 2014. Toxoplasmosis a global threat to all vertebrates: trends in diagnostic methods. Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences. 24(3): 676-684. IF: 0.549.
  • Chaudhry U, Redman EM, Abbas M, Muthusamy R, Ashraf K, Gilleard JS. 2015. Genetic evidence for hybridisation between Haemonchus contortus and Haemonchus placei in natural field populations and its implications for interspecies transmission of anthelmintic resistance. Internatioal Jounal of Parasitology. 45: 149-159. IF: 3.872.
  • Avais M, Khan MS, Khan MA, Ashraf K, Khan JA, Hameed S. 2014. Prolonged oral cyanide effects on feed intake, growth rate and blood parameters in rabbits. Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 27(4): 773-777. IF: 0.95.
  • Akram Q, Muhammad K, Rabbani M, Ashraf K, Nazir J, Anees M. 2014. Optimization of physico chemical factors for augmenting biomass production of baby hamster kidney cells (BHK-21) in roller bottle. International Journal of Agriculture and Biology. 16: 353-358. IF: 0.902.
  • Idrees A, Chaudhary ZI, Younus M, Ashraf K. 2014. Isolation and molecular detection of Clostridium chauvoei alpha toxin gene from clinical cases of black quarter in cattle. Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences. 24(3): 755-759. IF: 0.549.
  • Chaudhry UN, Ali AA, Ashraf S, Khan MT, Nadeem SM, Ashraf K. 2014. Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii infection in camels (Camelus dromedaries) in and around Bahawalpur region of Pakistan. Journal of Infection and Molecular Biology. 2(1): 16-18.
  • Chaudhry U, van Paridon B, Shabbir MZ, Shafee M, Ashraf K, Yaqub T, Gilleard J. 2015. Molecular evidence shows that the liver fluke Fasciola gigantica is the predominant Fasciola species in ruminants from Pakistan. Journal of Helminthology. 11: 1-8. IF: 1.421.
  • Akbar H, Rashid MI, Shehzad W, Saeed K, Oneeb M. 2014. Parasitic challenges to booming dairy industry of Pakistan. Science International. 26(3): 1201-1204.
  • Nabi H, Saeed K, Shah SR, Rashid MI, Akbar H, Shehzad W. 2014. Epidemiological study of gastrointestinal nematodes of goats in district Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Science International. 26(1): 283-286.
  • Jan S, Lateef M, Abbas F, Maqbool A, Makhdoom A. Jabbar, Hamdullah, Razzaq A, Kakar E. 2014. Epidemiology and early detection of goat grub, Przhevalskiana silenus, in northern mountaineous region of Balochistan, Pakistan. Pakistan International Journal of Agriculture and Biology. 16: 439-442. IF: 0.902.
  • Anees A, Maqbool A, Khan UJ, Yasmin G, Zahra F. 2014. Seroprevalence of antibodies to Toxoplasma gondi in buthchers and buffaloes at Lahore, Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Zoology. 46(5): 1479-1482. IF: 0.40.
  • Shafa-ul-Haq, Maqbool A, Khan UJ, Yasmin G, Sultana R. 2014. Parasitic contamination of vegetables eaten raw in Lahore. Pakistan Journal of Zoology. 46(5): 1303-1309. IF: 0.40.
  • Fazal S, Cheema KJ, Maqbool A, Manzoor F. 2014. Assessment of biological and physical environmental risk factors of Sarcoptic mange in pet dogs. Pakistan Journal of Zoology. 46(2): 587-590. IF: 0.40.
  • Jawad Z, Younas M, Rehman MU, Munir R, Maqbool A, Shahzad W, Masood S, Muhammad K. 2014. Effect of Azadirachta indica on the hepato-renal funcation in broilers chickens. J. Anim. Plant Sci. 24(4): 1012-1018. IF: 0.549.
  • Razzaq A, Ashraf K, Maqbool A, Islam M, Hanan A, Awais MM, Khetran MA, Jan S, Shafee M, Essa M, Kakar H. 2014. Epidemiology, sero-diagnosis and therapeutic studies on Nematodes infection in Balochi range-sheep at district Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan. Iranian Journal of Veterinary Research. 9(2): 169-180. IF: 0.217.
  • Kamran M, Ahmad MD, Anjum AA, Maqbool A, Muhammad K, Khan HM, Hudda N, Nawaz M, Ali MA. 2014. Antigenic variation among Pasteurella multocida isolates from diseased buffaloes by protein profiling and cluster analysis. Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences. 24(4): 1101-1109. IF: 0.549.
  • Ahmad MS, Maqbool A, Anjum AA, Ahmad N, Khan MR, Sultana R, Ali MA. 2014. Occurrence of Hymenolepis diminuta in rats and mice captured from urban localities of Lahore, Pakistan. Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences. 24(2): 392-396. IF: 0.549.
  • Hamadullah, Lateef M, Maqbool A, Jabbar MA, Abbas F, Jan S, Razzaq A, Kakar E. 2014. Detection of anthelmintic resistance in gastrointestinal Namatodes of sheep in Balochistan through fecal egg count reduction test: An egg hatch assay. Sarhad Journal of Agriculture. 30(2): 179-186.
  • Gulraiz TL, Javid A, Hassan MMU, Maqbool A, Ashraf S, Daud MHS. 2015. Roost characteristics and habitat preferences of Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus) in urban areas of Lahore, Pakistan. Turkish Journal of Zoology. 39: 388-394. IF: 0.630.
  • Khan UJ, Bhatti MA, Maqbool A, Masood S. 2014. Treatment of Eimeria tenella infection in broilers by using sugar cane extract. Pakistan Journal of Zoology. 46(6): 1794-1797. IF: 0.40.
  • Naz S, Maqbool A, Ahmad MUD, Anjum AA. 2014. Toxins of Bacillus thuringiensis var, Israelensis for control of malaria vector Anopheles stephensi under laboratory and semi field conditions. International Journal of Agriculture and Biology. 16: 966-970. IF: 0.902.
  • Anwar S, Lateef M, Maqbool A, Anjum AA, Rashid MI, Akbar H, Shehzad W. 2014. Specificity of different diagnostic techniques for ovine haemonchosis through coprological examination. Science International. 26(1): 249-251.
  • Fatima A, Maqbool A, Rashid MI, Akbar H, Shehzad W. 2014. Haemoproteus in wild and domestic birds. Science International. 26(1): 321-323.
  • Farooqi MT, Maqbool A, Ashraf K, Rashid MI, Akbar H, Sheikh AA. 2014. Canine zoonosis; Its potential and association of soil-borne helminthes from public parks and its gastro-intestinal helminthes in Lahore, Pakistan. Science International. 26(2): 771-774.
  • Jan S, Lateef M, Abbas F, Maqbool A, Jabbar MA, Kakar H, Razzaq A, Shah SH, Kakar E. 2014. Sero-epidemiological studies on goat hypodermosis in northern upland Balochistan, Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Zoology. 46(1): 153-160. IF: 0.40.
  • Alam MA, Maqbool A, Nazir MM, Lateef M, Khan MS, Lindsay DS. 2014. Entamoeba infections in different populations of dogs in an endemic area of Lahore, Pakistan. Veterinary Parasitology. 207: 216–219. IF: 2.460.
  • Alam MA, Maqbool A, Nazir MM, Lateef M, Khan MS, Ahmed AN, Mughal Z, Lindsay DS. 2014. Prevalence of Entamoeba histolytica like cysts compared to E. histolytica antigens detected by ELISA in the stools of 600 patients from three socioeconomic communities in the metropolitan city of Lahore, Pakistan. The Journal of Parasitology. 101(2): 236-239. IF: 1.26.
  • Sultana R, Maqbool A, Ahmad MUD, Anjum AA, Chaudhry SI, Ahmad MS. 2014. Control of coccidiosis in calves by vaccination. Journal of Bacteriology & Parasitology. 5(4): 1-5. IF: 2.02.
  • Oneeb M, Maqbool A, Lateef M, Babar ME, Rashid MI, Ahmad N, Ashraf K. 2015. Seasonal distribution of Anopheles species and their association with meteorological factors in Punjab, Pakistan. Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences. 25(4): IF: 0.549.
  • Oneeb M, Maqbool A, Lateef M, Babar ME. 2015. Detection of Plasmodium falciparum infection in Anopheles stephensi in Punjab, Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Zoology. 47(4): IF: 0.40.
  • Zahid MI, Maqbool A, Anjum S, Ashraf K, Khan MS, Ahmad N. 2015. Prevalence of Sarcoptic mange in camels in Punjab, Pakistan. Journal of Animal and Plant Science. 25(5):  IF: 0.549.
  • Zahid MI, Maqbool A, Anjum S, Ashraf K, Khan MS, Ahmad N. 2015. Comparative efficacy of different allopathic and herbal drugs against Sarcoptic mange in camels. Journal of Animal and Plant Science. 25(6): IF: 0.549.
  • Ahmad MS, Maqbool A, Anjum AA, Younus M, Ahmad N, Khan MR, Sultana R, Khan HM, Ali MA. 2014. Occurrence of Hymenolepis diminuta in rats and mice captured from urban localities of Lahore, Pakistan. Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences. 24(2): 392-396. IF: 0.549.
  • Nabi H, Rashid MI, Akbar H, Gul R. 2014. Toxoplasma gondii: An extract of its experimental trials of vaccination using potential vaccine candidates against Toxoplasmosis. Science International. 26(1): 287-292.
  • Mehmood S, Lateef M, Omer MO, Anjum AA, Rashid MI, Shehzad W. 2014. Adulticidal and larvicidal activity of Cassia fistula and Piper nigruma against malaria vector. Science International. 26(2): 775-778.
  • Ali Q, Rashid MI, Ashraf K, Zahid MN, Ashraf S, Chaudhry U. 2015. Genetic variation in the rDNA ITS-2 sequence of Haemonchus placei from cattle host. Journal of Infection and Molecular Biology. 3(1): 13-18.
  • Akbar H, Dimier-Poisson I, Moiré N. 2015. Role of CD4 + Foxp 3 + regulatory T cells in protection induced by a live, attenuated, replicating Type-I vaccine strain of Toxoplasma gondii. Infection and Immunity. Pii: IAI.00217-15. PubMed PMID: 26123802. IF: 4.16.
  • Antonio E. González-González, Cécile M. Aliouat-Denis, José A. Ramírez-Bárcenas, Demanche C, Pottier M, Laura E. Carreto-Binaghi, Akbar H, Derouiche S, Magalie Chabé, Aliouat EM, Dei-Cas E, Taylor ML. 2014. Histoplasma capsulatum pneumocystis spp. co-infection in wild bats from Argentina, French Guyana and Mexico. BMC Microbiology. 14(23): DOI: 10.1186/1471-2180-14-23. IF: 3.1.
  • K. SaeedK. Ashraf & N. Ahmad. Cross sectional study on the occurrence of parasitic infections in buffaloes in Lahore. Pakistan Journal of Zoology Suppl. Ser. No.9, pp. 655 – 659, (Published in Nov. 2010).
  • K. Saeed, M. Ahmad, M. Lateef & T. Munir. An assessment of the economic losses caused by common GI parasites of Buffalo in Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of ZoologySuppl. Ser. No.9, pp. 645 – 653, (Published in Nov. 2010).
  • Khalid Saeed, Zahida Qadir, Kamran Ashraf and Nisar Ahmad Study on the influence of intrinsic and extrinsic epidemiological factors on strongylosis in horses.J.A.P.S. 20(4): 277 – 280. (2010).
  • Muhammad A. Khan, Akhtar Tanveer, Muhammad Younus, Muhammad Shafiq,  K. Saeed, Hassan T. Ammara and Tariq J. Gill. Prevalence, organ specificity and economic impact of hydatidosis in the cattle slaughtered in the Lahore abattoir. IJAVMS, 4: 38 – 40 (2010).
  • Muhammad Asif, Khalid Saeed, Khushi Muhammad. Immune response and tick rejection pattern of midgut and salivary gland vaccines against locally prevalentBoophilus microplus ticks JAPS, 21(1): 12 – 15 (2011).
  • Ahsan Nadeem, Asim Aslam, Zafar Iqbal Chaudhary, Kamran AshrafKhalid Saeed,Nisar Ahmad, Ishtiaq Ahmad and Habib ur Rehman. Prevalence of surra in equines using indirect fluorescent antibody test. Pak. Vet. J. 31(2): 169 – 170 (2011).
  • N. AhmadA. MaqboolK. SaeedK. Ashraf and F. Qamar. Toxocariasis, its zoonotic importance and chemotherapy in dogs. JAPS 21 (2); 142 – 145 (2011).
  • Ficetola G, Coissac E, Zundel S, Riaz T, Shehzad W, Bessière J, Taberlet P, Pompanon F An In silico approach for the evaluation of DNA barcodes. BMC Genomics 11: 434 (2010)
  • MZ Shabbir, Muhammad Mudasser Nazir, Azhar MaqboolMuhammad Lateef, Muhammad Abu Bakr Shabbir, Arfan Ahmad, Masood Rabbani, Tahir Yaqub, Muhammad Umar Sohail and Muhammad Ijaz. Seroprevalence of Neospora caninumand Brucella abortus in Dairy Cattle Herds with High Abortion Rates. J. Parasitol.97(4) pp. 740-742 (2011).
  • SM Subtain, ZI Chaudhry, AA Anjum, A. Maqbool and U Sadique. Study on pathogenesis of low pathogenic Avian Influenza virus H9 in broiler chickens. PakistanJ. Zool. Vol 43(5) pp.999-1008 (2011)
  • Murad Ali Khan, A. Haleem Shah, Azhar Maqbool, Shakoor Ahmad, Zia-ur-Rahman and Abdul Wahab. Epidemiological survey of Scabies skin disease among different migrants in Khyber Pukhthoon Khawa (Pakistan). International Soc Sci J3(2):1378 (2011).
  • Zafar M, A. Anjum, M. F. Qamar, M. I. Najeeb and A. Maqbool. Role of herbal polysaccharides as growth promoters in Broilers. Science International 23(2):159-161 (2011).
  • Ayaz. S, A. Maqbool, A. A. Anjum and S. Khan. Molecular epidemiological studies on Giardiasis in cattle. J. Vet. Med 7(1):1-9 (2011).
  • Rashid A, J. A. Khan, M. S. Khan, K. Rasheed, A. Maqbool and J. Iqbal. Chemotherapy of babesiosis among Lohi sheep in the live stock experimental station, Qadir abad, Pakistan. J. Venomous Anim. and Toxins including Trop. Dis 6(4):587-89 (2010).
  • Akhtar A. M, M. A. Khan, M. B. Ahmad, T. Ijaz, M. Ahmad and A. Maqbool and M. S. Shahzad. Impact of modern media about awareness of Hepatitis among university graduate students in Lahore, Pakistan IJAVMS 4(1):15-22 (2010).
  • Arshad G. M, A. Maqbool, M. F. Qamar, Syed M. Hussan Bukhari, H. A. Hashmi and M. Ashraf. Prevalence and ecology of fresh water snails in some selected districts of southern Punjab (Pakistan) Pak. J. Life Soc. Sci 9 (1):17-20 (2011).
  • Rashid, M. I.; Akbar, H.; Al-Araby, M.A.; Ismael, A.B.; Shehzad, W.; Ashraf, K. and Hashmi, H. A. Comparative efficacy of different toltrazuril doses against coccidiosis in broiler chickens. Mansoura, Vet. Med. J. (173 - 184 ) Vol. XI, No. 2, 2009.
  • Rashid, M. I; Hedhli D, Moire N, Pierre J, Debierre-Grockiego F, Dimier-Poisson I, et al. Immunological responses induced by a DNA vaccine expressing RON4 and by immunogenic recombinant protein RON4 failed to protect mice against chronic toxoplasmosis. Vaccine 2011 Nov 8;29(48):8838-46.

 

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 Prof. Dr. Kamran Ashraf