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The Chairman

                                            Dr. Yusuf Zafar T.I. 

Current Position

Chairman, Pakistan Agricultural Research Council (PARC), Islamabad, Pakistan


  1986               Ph.D Bio Sciences, QAU Islamabad, Pakistan/Hanover University Germany.
  1980               M.Phil Bio Chemistry & Molecular Biology, QAU, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  1977               M.Sc Biology, Islamabad University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  1982               Nuclear & Advanced Technique Course, NIAB, Faisalabad.
  1986               Post doctoral study in CSU, USA
  1991               UNESCO Biotech Fellow in CNR, Perugia, Italy
  1992               Rockefeller Fellow in Rice Biotech at Purdue Univ, USA
  1994               FAO/IAEA fellow at LSU, Baton Rouge, USA
  2002               USDA Cocharan Fellow, USA
  2004               USDA Cocharan Fellow (Reunion), USA

Academic Posts

  • Visiting Professor: National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE)/Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences (PIEAS), Islamabad, Pakistan. Also at NIGAB/PARC, Islamabad

Research Experience

  • 35 years of experience in Life Sciences/ Biotechnology.
  • Involved in R&D activities related to Academics, R&D and Agri-biotech
  • Founding member of National Inst For Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering (NIBGE) and School of Biotechnology ( affiliated with QAU) for M.Phil/Ph.D
  • Founding member of National Institute for Genomics and Advanced Biotechnology ( NIGAB) , Islamabad
  • Founding member of PIASA, PARC, Islamabad and first HoD of Plant Genomics and Biotechnology for M.Phil/Ph.D

Positions ( top Administrative)


2014-2016 (October)

Project Management Officer ( PMO), Technial Cooperation -Asia & Pacific ( TCAP), Department of Technical Co-operation, IAEA, Vienna, Austria


2012-2014 (April)

Minister (Technical), Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the IAEA, Vienna, Austria



Director General, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission



Project Director, National Institute for Genomics and Advanced Biotechnology (NIGAB), PARC, Islamabad, Pakistan.



Director, National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE), Faisalabad, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.



Head of Division Plant Biotech, NIBGE, Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission.


  • Best Scientist of the Year 2012 by ICAC, Washington DC, USA
  • Medal of Distinction (Tamgha-i-Imtiaz) by Government of Pakistan 23 March, 2004
  • Best Scientist by Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission 28 May 2000
  • Won all Research Productivity Awards (RPA) announced so far by MoST
  • Appointed Governor from Pakistan to International Center of Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology (ICGEB), Trieste, Italy
  • Member, Inter-Agency task Force on Biosafety and Biosecurity by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Pakistan

Meetings and Conferences

  • Attended >46 international Conferences, Symposia and Courses.
  • Team member of Pakistan delegation in Conference on Disarmament (CD), Geneva, Switzerland, November, 2011.
  • Team member/Head of Pakistan delegation to India (1992 & 2004), Italy (1992)
  • Team memeber to GC 57 & GC58 in IAEA (2012, 2013)
  • Head of delegation on S&T (Dengue management by vector (2011) for special fund
  • Technical team member for FSA,UK/EU on basmati rice by Ministry of Commerce, Government of Pakistan (1998-2004)

Publications/ patents/varieties/students supervised

  • More than 200 publications in international reviewed journals with impact factor
  • Among top 35 scientists whom work has citation of >1500
  • Contributed chapters in 03 Books of International Publishers
  • Edited one book

Supervised Post graduate/students:

  • M.Sc. 21        M.Phil. 44          Ph.D.  10 (Completed)          

Research Publications: (Impact Factor: >125)

International: >80 Local: 20 Abstracts: >72

Patents: 02 awarded  , 03 submitted


  • Three varieties of cotton developed in NIBGE first time obtained registration in USA
  • One cotton variety NIBGE-2 was released for commercial cultivation
  • Four GM Cotton (Bt) varieties developed by NIBGE team released for commercial cultivation
  • 28 cases of GM plants submitted to NBC, EPA for approval


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