Faculty Profile

Dr. Muhammad Tariq

Associate Professor

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 . ,
SemesterTitleCode
Fall Semester 2017-18Master's Thesis1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Senior Project1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Doctoral Thesis Research1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Doctoral Thesis Research1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Advanced Methods in Biology1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Genetics1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Molecular Biology1701
Fall Semester 2017-18Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology1701
Summer Semester 2016-17Doctoral Thesis Research1603
Summer Semester 2016-17Doctoral Thesis Research1603
Spring Semester 2016-17Doctoral Thesis Research1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Doctoral Thesis Research1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Master's Thesis II1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Genetics and Genomics1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Directed Research Project1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Eukaryotic Development1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Developmental Biology 11602
Spring Semester 2016-17Biology Laboratory1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Senior Project II1602
Spring Semester 2016-17Introductory Biology1602
Fall Semester 2016-17Advanced Neuroscience1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Advanced Biostatistics1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Doctoral Thesis Research1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Master's Thesis II1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Master's Thesis I1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Advanced Methods in Biology1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Genetics1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Biostatistics1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Senior Project I1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Neuroscience1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Molecular Biology1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology1601
Fall Semester 2016-17Senior Project I1601
Summer Semester 2015-16Doctoral Thesis Research1503
Spring Semester 2015-16Directed Research Project1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Doctoral Thesis Research1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Doctoral Thesis Research1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Master's Thesis II1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Genetics and Genomics1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Directed Research Project1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Master's Thesis I1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Eukaryotic Development1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Developmental Biology 11502
Spring Semester 2015-16Biology Laboratory1502
Spring Semester 2015-16Introductory Biology1502
Fall Semester 2015-16Doctoral Thesis Research1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Doctoral Thesis Research1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Directed Research Project1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Master's Thesis I1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Fundamentals of Molecular Techniques1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Genetics1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Senior Project I1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Molecular Biology1501
Fall Semester 2015-16Introductory Biology1501
Spring Semester 2014-15Mechanism of Transcription1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Master's Thesis II1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Genetics and Genomics1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Developmental Biology 11402
Spring Semester 2014-15Biology Laboratory1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Senior Project II1402
Spring Semester 2014-15Introductory Biology1402
Fall Semester 2014-15Master's Thesis II1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Genetics and Genomics1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Master's Thesis I1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Genetics1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Senior Project I1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Cell Biology1401
Fall Semester 2014-15Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology1401
  • Past Courses
    SemesterTitleCode
    Spring Semester 2013-14Master's Thesis I1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14PhD Thesis1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Developmental Biology 11302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Biology Laboratory1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Senior Project II1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Gene Regulation and Epigenetics1302
    Spring Semester 2013-14Introductory Biology1302
    Fall Semester 2013-14Modelling and Simulation of Biological Molecules1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Fundamentals of Molecular Techniques1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Advanced Methods in Biology1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Biomolecular Modelling and Simulation1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Genetics1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Computational Biology II1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Senior Project I1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Molecular Biology1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Cell Biology1301
    Fall Semester 2013-14Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology1301
    Spring Semester 2012-13Eukaryotic Development1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Biological Networks1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Network Biology1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Developmental Biology 11202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Computational Biology I1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Biochemistry1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Biology Laboratory1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Senior Project II1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Seminar in Biology-II1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Gene Regulation and Epigenetics1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Neuroscience1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Biochemistry1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Virology and Microbiology1202
    Spring Semester 2012-13Introductory Biology1202
    Fall Semester 2012-13Genetics1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13Senior Project I1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13Seminars in Biology1201
    Fall Semester 2012-13Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology1201
    Spring Semester 2011-12Genetics1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Biology Laboratory1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Senior Project II1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Gene Regulation and Epigenetics1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Neuroscience1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Developmental Biology1102
    Spring Semester 2011-12Introductory Biology1102
    Fall Semester 2011-12Senior Project I1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12Seminars in Biology1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12Plant Physiology1101
    Fall Semester 2011-12Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology1101
    Spring Semester 2010-11Biology Laboratory1002
    Spring Semester 2010-11Developmental Biology1002
    Fall Semester 2010-11Genetics1001
    Fall Semester 2010-11Virology and Microbiology1001
    Fall Semester 2010-11Methods in Cell and Molecular Biology1001
    Spring Semester 2009-10Biology Laboratory902
    Fall Semester 2009-10Genetics901