Faculty Profile

Dr. Muhammad Tariq

Associate Professor

Department Of Biology

Muhammad Tariq received his PhD in Molecular Cell Biology from Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Switzerland. During his PhD, he worked in Jerzy Paszkowski's lab specializing in epigenetics of gene silencing in Arabidopsis. In 2003, he joined Renato Paro's lab as a postdoctoral fellow at Zentrum fur Molekulare Biologie Heidelberg (ZMBH). He was awarded prestigious EMBO long term fellowship for his postdoctoral studies elucidating a link between molecular chaperones, in particular Hsp90 (Heat shock protein 90), and epigenetics in Drosophila. He joined ETH Zurich as an Oberassistant (Senior Researcher) in 2006, where he continued his work on Hsp90 and Epigenetics in Department of Biosystems Science and Engineering (D-BSSE), Basel, Switzerland. He joined Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering as an Associate Professor in 2009 and started developing Biology Program. He led the development of departmental vision and mission, curriculum and recruitment of one of the finest team of faculty in Pakistan who specializes in Cell and Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics, Microbiology and Biochemistry. In addition, he also led the development of biology research and teaching programs at undergraduate and graduate levels. 

His research interests include molecular link between epigenetic cell memory and cell signaling during development and the epigenetic basis of diseases. To pursue his research interests, Tariq lab primarily focuses on a paradigm based on Polycomb group (PcG) and Trithorax group (TrxG) proteins using the Drosophila and mammalian cultured cells. He has developed first epigenetic research lab in Pakistan which uses Drosophila to teach basic concepts of genetics, epigenetics and development. He has taught several courses at LUMS which include Genetics, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology, Gene regulation and Epigenetics, Fundamentals of Molecular Techniques and Methods lab in Molecular Biology.  

    • Article
      • Tariq, M. .(1999). Erasure of CpG methylation in Arabidopsis alters patterns of histone H3 methylation in heterochromatin . ,
      • Tariq, M. .(1999). DNA and histone methylation in plants . ,
      • Tariq, M. .(1999). Chromatin techniques for plant cells . ,
      • Tariq, M. .(1999). Distinct roles of Hand2 in initiating polarity and posterior Shh expression during the onset of mouse limb bud development . ,
      • Tariq, M. .(1999). Trithorax requires Hsp90 for maintenance of active chromatin at sites of gene expression . ,
      • Tariq, M. .(1999). Epigenetic regulation of transcription in intermediate heterochromatin . ,
      • Tariq, M. .(1999). Eradication of HIV-1 from the Macrophage Reservoir: An Uncertain Goal? . ,
      • Tariq, M. .(1999). Depletion of MOM1 in non-dividing cells of Arabidopsis plants releases transcriptional gene silencing . ,
      • Tariq, M. .(1999). Drosophila GAGA factor polyglutamine domains exhibit prion-like behavior . ,
      • Tariq, M. .(1999). Starvation-Induced dietary behaviour in Drosophila melanogaster larvae and adults . ,
Semester Title Code
Spring Semester 2017-18 Epigenetics 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Master's Thesis 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Doctoral Thesis Research 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Doctoral Thesis Research 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Eukaryotic Development 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Developmental Biology 1 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Biology Laboratory 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Biology Laboratory 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Gene Regulation and Epigenetics 1702
Spring Semester 2017-18 Introductory Biology 1702
Fall Semester 2017-18 Master's Thesis 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Senior Project 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Doctoral Thesis Research 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Doctoral Thesis Research 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Advanced Methods in Biology 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Genetics 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Molecular Biology 1701
Fall Semester 2017-18 Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology 1701
Summer Semester 2016-17 Doctoral Thesis Research 1603
Summer Semester 2016-17 Doctoral Thesis Research 1603
Spring Semester 2016-17 Doctoral Thesis Research 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Doctoral Thesis Research 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Master's Thesis II 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Genetics and Genomics 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Directed Research Project 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Eukaryotic Development 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Developmental Biology 1 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Biology Laboratory 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Senior Project II 1602
Spring Semester 2016-17 Introductory Biology 1602
Fall Semester 2016-17 Advanced Neuroscience 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Advanced Biostatistics 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Doctoral Thesis Research 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Master's Thesis II 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Master's Thesis I 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Advanced Methods in Biology 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Genetics 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Biostatistics 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Senior Project I 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Neuroscience 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Molecular Biology 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology 1601
Fall Semester 2016-17 Senior Project I 1601
Summer Semester 2015-16 Doctoral Thesis Research 1503
Spring Semester 2015-16 Directed Research Project 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Doctoral Thesis Research 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Doctoral Thesis Research 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Master's Thesis II 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Genetics and Genomics 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Directed Research Project 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Master's Thesis I 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Eukaryotic Development 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Developmental Biology 1 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Biology Laboratory 1502
Spring Semester 2015-16 Introductory Biology 1502
Fall Semester 2015-16 Doctoral Thesis Research 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Doctoral Thesis Research 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Directed Research Project 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Master's Thesis I 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Fundamentals of Molecular Techniques 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Genetics 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Senior Project I 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Molecular Biology 1501
Fall Semester 2015-16 Introductory Biology 1501
Spring Semester 2014-15 Mechanism of Transcription 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Master's Thesis II 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Genetics and Genomics 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Developmental Biology 1 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Biology Laboratory 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Senior Project II 1402
Spring Semester 2014-15 Introductory Biology 1402
Fall Semester 2014-15 Master's Thesis II 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Genetics and Genomics 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Master's Thesis I 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Genetics 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Senior Project I 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Cell Biology 1401
Fall Semester 2014-15 Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology 1401
  • Past Courses
    Semester Title Code
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Master's Thesis I 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 PhD Thesis 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Developmental Biology 1 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Biology Laboratory 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Senior Project II 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Gene Regulation and Epigenetics 1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14 Introductory Biology 1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Modelling and Simulation of Biological Molecules 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Fundamentals of Molecular Techniques 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Advanced Methods in Biology 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Biomolecular Modelling and Simulation 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Genetics 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Computational Biology II 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Senior Project I 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Molecular Biology 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Cell Biology 1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14 Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology 1301
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Eukaryotic Development 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Biological Networks 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Network Biology 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Developmental Biology 1 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Computational Biology I 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Biochemistry 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Biology Laboratory 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Senior Project II 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Seminar in Biology-II 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Gene Regulation and Epigenetics 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Neuroscience 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Biochemistry 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Virology and Microbiology 1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13 Introductory Biology 1202
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Genetics 1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Senior Project I 1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Seminars in Biology 1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13 Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology 1201
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Genetics 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Biology Laboratory 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Senior Project II 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Gene Regulation and Epigenetics 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Neuroscience 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Developmental Biology 1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12 Introductory Biology 1102
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Senior Project I 1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Seminars in Biology 1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Plant Physiology 1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12 Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology 1101
    Spring Semester 2010-11 Biology Laboratory 1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11 Developmental Biology 1002
    Fall Semester 2010-11 Genetics 1001
    Fall Semester 2010-11 Virology and Microbiology 1001
    Fall Semester 2010-11 Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology 1001
    Spring Semester 2009-10 Biology Laboratory 902
    Fall Semester 2009-10 Genetics 901