Like any ordinary child raised with a rural background, throughout life I have remained closely associated with nature, the rural environment, and have keenly observed the interactions between people and the natural environments in which they reside. During my undergraduate studies I spent most of my holidays taking long walks and hikes exploring the deserts, deep gorges, wide valleys and high mountains that have always inspired and educated me. At the graduate level I received training in cytogenetics, wide hybridization and plant biosystematics, which lead me toward the development and introduction of new crops. One of our high yielding, early maturing and disease resistant commercial variety, Hasnain 2013 is widely grown on farmers field and contributing significantly to edible oil production. More recently, my research has focused on molecular anthropology and conservation biology of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region of Pakistan and this research has yielded very interesting results that have been appreciated by the international community, resulting in my recognition as member of the BoD Society for Conservation Biology and the recipient of a Developing Countries Award from the Society of Human Geneticists, both from the USA.
I started my professional career as Junior Scientist at NARC, Islamabad in 1986 and during my stay till 1990, we worked hard to establish a cytogenetics laboratory that was subsequently upgraded to an independent Cytogenetics Program. Besides cytogenetic screening of various crops, we were able to secure a number of research projects, which included development of tripolyploid tea, hybridization in sugarcane, radiation genetics of barley, alien genetic transfers into grass peas, and species introgression in Brassica. During the past 38 years, I have rendered services in teaching, research and development and have had the opportunity to work in various positions ranging from Lecturer to Professor, to Department Chair, to Faculty Dean and finally to Vice Chancellor, a position I have held at two institutions: Hazara University, Mansehra and Islamia College, Peshawar. While in the executive chair of the University I always strived for quality education, innovative research and sustainable financial growth of the university. We formulated and executed multibillion PkRs. research and development projects. Introduced several new programs and research centers for safeguarding the future R&D needs in cutting-edge technologies.
Over the course of my academic career I have supervised the research work of 38 PhD and 136 MPhil students, mostly in molecular genetics, plant systematics and conservation biology. I am author of more than 300 research articles and 46 books. I have completed sum 18 research projects and have received many national/international awards. I am representing Pakistan at many international fora and enjoying research collaboration with a number of reputed authorities.