Contact information

Email: raheela.akhtar@uvas.edu.pk
Cell: 92-312-4287296
Phone: 92-42-99211449-50
Prof. Dr. Raheela Akhtar


Roll of Honor (Queen Mary College, Lahore), DVM (Silver medalist), SOP (Gold medalist), M.Phil (Silver medalist), PhD (UVAS and University of Michigan, USA)

HEC Approved Supervisor


Dr Raheela is working as a Tenured Professor at Department of Pathology, UVAS, Lahore, Pakistan. The young professor joined department of Pathology in 2005 as a teaching assistant and has 18 years research and teaching experience. She was a merit scholarship holder throughout her career and won silver medal (second position) in her DVM, silver medal in M.Phil, gold medal from Society of Physiology, UVAS. She was first female in UVAS to win HEC indigenous scholarship for her PhD studies. Later, she also won HEC-IRSIP scholarship for her PhD research and conducted her research in University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA that was among top 10 universities of the world. She presented her work in seven countries and was the first Pakistani ever to win G.P Sen Young Scientist award in 2008 from India. After accomplishing her PhD at very young age of 28 she was keen to establish a lab at department of Pathology. She upgraded hematology and molecular pathology lab at Department of Pathology, UVAS. She introduced new techniques of LPS extraction, purification, isolation and culturing of immune cells, RFLP and lateral flow assay at the department. She successfully completed four research projects as Principal Investigator from various funding agencies of total cost about 15 millions PKR. Dr Raheela has about 56 international and national impact factor publications. She was the first Pakistani who got first position and cash prize (Rs 50,000) for “All Pakistan Pitching Research Competition 2018” organized by University of Queensland, Australia for presenting best research proposal.

She is associate member of Royal society of veterinary pathologists, UK since 2019. Dr Raheela is the first female Professor in the Department of Pathology, UVAS, Lahore.

Area of Interest

Diagnostics, Point of Care Diagnostics, Zoonotic and Food borne Pathogens, Microfluidics




Projects Completed

    1. “Isolation and Identification of Brucella species from aborted bovine samples using AMOS PCR and immunohistochemistry” funded by Higher Education Commission, Pakistan worth 0.5 million.
    2. “Brucellosis Research, Diagnosis and PCR Commercialization at UVAS, Lahore” at total cost of Rs. 568,925/- (Rs. Five lac sixty eight thousand nine hundred and twenty five rupees only) for a period of 12 months from Al- Abrish Livestock and Dairy Farm, Islamabad.
    3. “One health approach for molecular diagnosis, epidemiology and control of brucellosis in Pakistan” funded by ALP Islamabad worth 3.6 millions PKR .
    4. “Development, validation and commercialization of rapid screening diagnostic strip for cutaneously transmitted bovine zoonoses in Pakistan: A step towards control of occupational hazards in dairy industry” funded by TDF-HEC, Pakistan worth 9.898 million PKR

Labs Supervised by Dr Raheela

  1. Laboratory of hematology and serum chemistry
  2. Quality operation laboratory No. 06 for ongoing projects

Students Supervised

  1. Phil………… 26
  2. PhD ----------------01

Workshops/Trainings Organized

  1. Deliver a lecture and acted as a resource person in “National Necropsy Workshop 2011” organized by Department of Pathology in collaboration with Higher Education Commission, Pakistan w.e.f. 19th to 24th September, 2011.
  2. As a resource person in Practical training on “Basic Laboratory techniques in clinical pathology & parasitology, w.e.f. 30th July to 9th August, 2012.
  3. Presented and organized a workshop “Recent advances in necropsy practice in livestock and poultry and its vetrolegal implications” at Department of Pathology, UVAS, w.e.f. 25-27th Feb, 2015.
  4. Organized a training on “Hands on training/workshop on histopathology for postgraduates and teachers” w.e.f. 12-06-17 to 16-06-17 at department of Pathology, UVAS.
  5. Organized “Hands on training on Necropsy Practice” at Department of Pathology, UVAS, w.e.f. 23rd to 24th April, 2018 organized by Department of Pathology, UVAS.
  6. Organized a two days National workshop on “Brucella Diagnostics and an Insight to Right Write” on 7-8th October, 2019 at University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore.
  7. Organized a seminar on “Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology” at 21-03-2023 at Department of Pathology, UVAS,

International Trainings and Travel Grants

  1. 8th congress of Association of Public Health Veterinarians and Global Meet on Veterinary Public Health 19th - 21st November, 2008 at Lucknow, India.
  2. Paper presentation in Brucellosis conference at Chicago, USA. Dec 2009.
  3. Paper presentation in International conference on agricultural, food and animal sciences, Singapore. 25th to 27th August, 2010.
  4. Poster presentation in “International Conference of Bacterial Waterborne and Emerging Diseases in North Africa and the Middle East from 30th  Jan 2011 to 4th February, 2011 in Nicosia, Cyprus.
  5. Mevlana faculty exchange program from Selcuk University, Konya, Turkey w.e.f. 15th to 30th April 2017.
  6. Poster presentation in IVVN conference 24th to 27th March 2018 in Nairobi, Kenya.
  7. Hand on training for “development of monoclonal antibodies and lateral flow based assay for differentiating vaccinated and infected animals for zoonotic pathogens” w.e.f. 11-15th June, 2019 at Hangzhou city, Zhejiang Province, China.

Services Provided

  1. Postmortem examination
  2. Focal Person IT
  3. Physical verification of dead stock
  4. Member Departmental Board of Studies, Department of Pathology