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 . ,
TitleSemesterCode
Methods in Cell and Molecular BiologyFall Semester 2014-151401
Cell BiologyFall Semester 2014-151401
Senior Project IFall Semester 2014-151401
GeneticsFall Semester 2014-151401
Master's Thesis IFall Semester 2014-151401
Genetics and GenomicsFall Semester 2014-151401
Master's Thesis IIFall Semester 2014-151401
Introductory BiologySpring Semester 2014-151402
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2014-151402
Biology LaboratorySpring Semester 2014-151402
Developmental Biology 1Spring Semester 2014-151402
Genetics and GenomicsSpring Semester 2014-151402
Master's Thesis IISpring Semester 2014-151402
Mechanism of TranscriptionSpring Semester 2014-151402
Introductory BiologyFall Semester 2015-161501
Molecular BiologyFall Semester 2015-161501
Senior Project IFall Semester 2015-161501
GeneticsFall Semester 2015-161501
Fundamentals of Molecular TechniquesFall Semester 2015-161501
Master's Thesis IFall Semester 2015-161501
Directed Research ProjectFall Semester 2015-161501
Doctoral Thesis ResearchFall Semester 2015-161501
Doctoral Thesis ResearchFall Semester 2015-161501
Introductory BiologySpring Semester 2015-161502
Biology LaboratorySpring Semester 2015-161502
Developmental Biology 1Spring Semester 2015-161502
Eukaryotic DevelopmentSpring Semester 2015-161502
Master's Thesis ISpring Semester 2015-161502
Directed Research ProjectSpring Semester 2015-161502
Genetics and GenomicsSpring Semester 2015-161502
Master's Thesis IISpring Semester 2015-161502
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSpring Semester 2015-161502
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSpring Semester 2015-161502
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSummer Semester 2015-161503
Senior Project IFall Semester 2016-171601
Methods in Cell and Molecular BiologyFall Semester 2016-171601
Molecular BiologyFall Semester 2016-171601
NeuroscienceFall Semester 2016-171601
Senior Project IFall Semester 2016-171601
BiostatisticsFall Semester 2016-171601
GeneticsFall Semester 2016-171601
Advanced Methods in BiologyFall Semester 2016-171601
Master's Thesis IFall Semester 2016-171601
Master's Thesis IIFall Semester 2016-171601
Doctoral Thesis ResearchFall Semester 2016-171601
Advanced BiostatisticsFall Semester 2016-171601
Advanced NeuroscienceFall Semester 2016-171601
Introductory BiologySpring Semester 2016-171602
Senior Project IISpring Semester 2016-171602
Biology LaboratorySpring Semester 2016-171602
Developmental Biology 1Spring Semester 2016-171602
Eukaryotic DevelopmentSpring Semester 2016-171602
Directed Research ProjectSpring Semester 2016-171602
Genetics and GenomicsSpring Semester 2016-171602
Master's Thesis IISpring Semester 2016-171602
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSpring Semester 2016-171602
Doctoral Thesis ResearchSpring Semester 2016-171602
  • Past Courses
    TitleSemesterCode
    GeneticsFall Semester 2009-10901
    Biology LaboratorySpring Semester 2009-10902
    Methods in Cell and Molecular BiologyFall Semester 2010-111001
    Virology and MicrobiologyFall Semester 2010-111001
    GeneticsFall Semester 2010-111001
    Developmental BiologySpring Semester 2010-111002
    Biology LaboratorySpring Semester 2010-111002
    Methods in Cell and Molecular BiologyFall Semester 2011-121101
    Plant PhysiologyFall Semester 2011-121101
    Seminars in BiologyFall Semester 2011-121101
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2011-121101
    Introductory BiologySpring Semester 2011-121102
    Developmental BiologySpring Semester 2011-121102
    NeuroscienceSpring Semester 2011-121102
    Gene Regulation and EpigeneticsSpring Semester 2011-121102
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2011-121102
    Biology LaboratorySpring Semester 2011-121102
    GeneticsSpring Semester 2011-121102
    Methods in Cell and Molecular BiologyFall Semester 2012-131201
    Seminars in BiologyFall Semester 2012-131201
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2012-131201
    GeneticsFall Semester 2012-131201
    Introductory BiologySpring Semester 2012-131202
    Virology and MicrobiologySpring Semester 2012-131202
    BiochemistrySpring Semester 2012-131202
    NeuroscienceSpring Semester 2012-131202
    Gene Regulation and EpigeneticsSpring Semester 2012-131202
    Seminar in Biology-IISpring Semester 2012-131202
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2012-131202
    Biology LaboratorySpring Semester 2012-131202
    BiochemistrySpring Semester 2012-131202
    Computational Biology ISpring Semester 2012-131202
    Developmental Biology 1Spring Semester 2012-131202
    Network BiologySpring Semester 2012-131202
    Biological NetworksSpring Semester 2012-131202
    Eukaryotic DevelopmentSpring Semester 2012-131202
    Methods in Cell and Molecular BiologyFall Semester 2013-141301
    Cell BiologyFall Semester 2013-141301
    Molecular BiologyFall Semester 2013-141301
    Senior Project IFall Semester 2013-141301
    Computational Biology IIFall Semester 2013-141301
    GeneticsFall Semester 2013-141301
    Biomolecular Modelling and SimulationFall Semester 2013-141301
    Advanced Methods in BiologyFall Semester 2013-141301
    Fundamentals of Molecular TechniquesFall Semester 2013-141301
    Modelling and Simulation of Biological MoleculesFall Semester 2013-141301
    Introductory BiologySpring Semester 2013-141302
    Gene Regulation and EpigeneticsSpring Semester 2013-141302
    Senior Project IISpring Semester 2013-141302
    Biology LaboratorySpring Semester 2013-141302
    Developmental Biology 1Spring Semester 2013-141302
    PhD ThesisSpring Semester 2013-141302
    Master's Thesis ISpring Semester 2013-141302