Dr. Sohail Raza

Assistant Professor / Institutional Bio-safety Officer
DVM (UAF), M.Phil. Microbiology (UVAS), PhD Molecular Microbiology (HZAU, China)
Email: sohail.raza@uvas.edu.pk

HEC Approved PhD Supervisor


Dr. Sohail Raza (HEC approved PhD supervisor), is an Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, UVAS Lahore. He is also serving as Institutional Bio-safety Officer of the university. He completed his PhD in 2016 with distinction. During PhD, he worked on the construction of gene deleted marker vaccine against Bovine Herpesvirus 1 and mechanism involve in the viral maturation and egress. Due to his contribution in this area, he has been awarded “Distinguished Research Scholar Award, Excellent Research Contribution Award and Outstanding Research Thesis Award” from government of China. He has published 09 papers in impact factor International Journals. His research focuses on the development of recombinant vaccines using trans-disciplinary approaches against prevalent diseases in Pakistan.  Currently, he is working on the production and evaluation of recombinant foot-and-mouth disease virus-like particles (vlps) for the effective control of foot-and-mouth disease in Pakistan.

Research Interest:

  • Investigate the role of viral and cellular proteins in virus infection through molecular approaches.
  • Construction and evaluation of recombinant Vaccines against prevalent diseases in Pakistan.

Trainings, Workshops Attended:




ASM 52 weeks of Biosafety (One Health Initiative Training Program)



2nd Awareness Seminar on Field  Biosafety

December 7, 2019

Organizer & Resource Person

One Health Training Program In-person Training

July 22-25, 2019


Molecular Diagnostic Advance Technologies

15th  – 26th September, 2019


Awareness Level Biosafety Workshop

18th  June, 2019

Organizer & Resource Person

Academic writing for publication

1st – 12th , April, 2019


Poultry Viral Diagnostics

5th – 12th March,2018

Resource Person

1st workshop for Biosafety Officers (BSO)

 April 12,2018

Organizer & Resource Person

2nd workshop for Biosafety Officers (BSO)

13th – 14th April,2018

Organizer & Resource Person

International Halal Conference

April 17,2018


Halal Training workshop on “Halal Food Safety Standards”

April 18,2018


International Training Workshop on Evaluation of Foot and Mouth Disease Virus Vaccine

23rd – 28th April,2018


Hands on Training Workshop on Biosafety

June 22, 2018

Resource Person

“One Health Training Workshop” organized by The University of Tennessee at Bali, Indonesia

23rd – 26th July, 2018


Molecular Characterization and Field Surveillance of Foot and Mouth Disease Virus

30th July – 3rd August, 2018


Awareness Level Biosafety Workshop

8th – 10th August, 2018

Organizer & Resource Person

International Poultry Expo-2018

27th – 29th September,  2018


Advanced Level Biosafety Workshop

26th – 27th November,2018

Organizer & Resource Person

Wet Workshop

10th  -  14th September, 2017


Master Trainer Workshop

29th July – 03rd August, 2017


National Workshop on Intellectual Property Protection for the Inventions Related to Agriculture and Animal Sciences

9th – 10th  October, 2017


Isolation and molecular chracterization of shiga toxin producing E.Coli 0157

1st – 5th March, 2011


Modern Techniques in Angiogenesis and Toxicology

1st – 8th June, 2010


Biomass production of Pasturella multocida for vaccine preparation

23rd – 27th August, 2010


Production and evaluation of cell cultured base FMD and HS Vaccine

2nd – 12th August, 2010


Propagation of Newcastle Disease Virus in Chicken & characterization of its   immunogens using SDS-PAGE

31st May – 4th June 2010




  1. Pakistan Biological Safety Association (Lifetime Member)
  2. Pakistan Veterinary and Medical Council (PVMC) (Lifetime Member)
  3. Member, Board of Studies, Department of Microbiology, UVAS, Lahore
  4. American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  5. International society for infectious diseases
  6. World Society for Virology
  7. International Veterinary Vaccine Network



Funding Agency

Amount (Millions)


Production and Evaluation of Recombinant Foot-and-Mouth disease Virus-like Particles (VLPs) for the Effective Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease in Pakistan (PI)




Construction of Glycoprotein E deleted Bovine Herpes Virus 1 using Bacterial Artificial Chromosome (BAC) Recombineering (PI)




Papers Published:

  • Raza S, Shahin F, Zhai W, Li H, Alvisi G, Yang K, et al. Ivermectin Inhibits Bovine Herpesvirus 1 DNA Polymerase Nuclear Import and Interferes with Viral Replication. Microorganisms. 2020;8. (Impact Factor: 4.167)
  • Raza, S.; Siddique, K.; Rabbani, M.; Yaqub, T.; Anjum, A.A.; Ibrahim, M.; Azhar, M.; Jamil, F.;  Rasheed, M.A. In silico analysis of four structural proteins of aphthovirus serotypes revealed significant b and t cell epitopes. Microb Pathog 2019, 128, 254-262. (Impact Factor: 2.33)
  • Sohail Raza, GA, Farzana Shahin, Urooj Husain, Masood Rabbani,Tahir Yaqub, Aftab Ahmad Anjum, Ali Ahmad Sheikh, Muhammad Nawaz and Muhammad Asad Ali. Role of Rab GTPases in HSV-1 infection: Molecular understanding of viral maturation and egress. Microbial Pathogenesis. 2018;118:146-53. (Impact Factor: 2.009).
  • Rasheed MA, Ansari AR, Ihsan A, Navid MT, Ur-Rehman S, Raza S. Prediction of conserved sites and domains in glycoproteins B, C and D of herpes viruses. Microb Pathog. 2018;116:91-9. (Impact Factor: 2.009).
  • Shahin F, Raza S, Yang K, Hu C, Chen Y, Chen H, et al. Bovine herpesvirus 1 tegument protein UL21 plays critical roles in viral secondary envelopment and cell-to-cell spreading. Oncotarget. 2017;8:94462-80 (Impact Factor: 5.168).
  • Rais Ahmed KM, Masood Rabbani, Muhammad Sarwar khan, Asad Ali, Saira Naureen, Faria kanwal, Sohail Raza, Amjad Islam Aqib, Haleema Sadia and Yung-Fu-Chang. Phylogenetic Analysis of Soil Borne Brucella Species by Targeting Insertion Sequence 711 Element in Punjab-Pakistan. International JournaL of Agriculture & Biology. 2017. (Impact Factor: 0.75)
  • Sohail Raza, Mingliang Deng, Farzana Shahin, Kui Yang, Changmin Hu, Yingyu Chen, Huanchun Chen and Aizhen Guo. A bovine herpes virus 1 pUL51 deletion mutant shows impaired viral growth in vitro and reduced virulence in rabbits.2016.Oncotarget, doi: 10.18632/oncotarget.7771. (Impact Factor: 6.359).
  • Mingliang Deng, Sukun Ji, Wentao Fei, Sohail Raza, Chenfei He, Yingyu Chen, Huanchun Chen, Aizhen Guo. Prevalence study and genetic typing of Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus (BVDV) in members of Bos taurus and Bubalus bubalus in China. Plos one. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134777. (Impact Factor: 3.534).
  • Raza S, Rabbani M, Ahmad N, Sheikh AA, Muhammad K, Akhtar F and Rehman HU. Uterine Microbial Flora of Nili-Ravi Buffalo during Estrus and its Relationship with Pregnancy Rate in Pakistan. Buffalo Bulletin. 2013; 32:564-567. (Impact Factor: 0.06).