Center introduction / Mission / Vision

Dated: 2018-12-27

Omics is a new research field in which all the biological data obtained from various studies including genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics and metabolomics are comprehensively collected, integrated and analyzed to decipher the biological nature of living organisms. Today’s marvelous innovation in DNA sequencing technology has enabled us to notably accelerate the accumulation of and analysis of various biological data. This has resulted in a shift of Omics research to the next generation in which the amount of biological data to be handled will be increased by two or more orders of magnitude than that analyzed to date. New datasets will also be produced from emerging research fields such as epigenomics and metagenomics. In the next generation, it will be very difficult to integrate and analyze such vast amounts of data in an individual laboratory. To cope with these current world scientific trends, we established a new research organization named the Center for OMIC Studies (COS) at Islamia College Peshawar (Public Sector University of Pakistan) in March, 2017, by integrating research activities in both the genomic and computer science fields. The COS aims to develop new Omics technologies and apply them towards the establishment of a large-scale analysis system (Advanced Omics System) equipped with a high-throughput data production pipeline using next-generation sequencers and high-quality bioinformatics combined with a high-performance computer system. The COS system based on high-quality Omics technologies will serve as an engine for supporting various Omics research activities. The COS activities will also create interdisciplinary research opportunities such as that between the life and environmental sciences, will promote many collaborations between research labs around the world and eventually will contribute to the further advancement of scientific technology in Pakistan.

Our mission is to promote graduate studies and interdisciplinary research in the emerging areas of life, environmental and applied/computational sciences especially in genomics, epigenetics, transcriptomics, proteomics and DNA technologies for the benefit of scientific community in Pakistan and elsewhere.
We also actively engaged in capacity building of faculty, researchers and students through trainings and workshops. We aim at enhancing capacity of the university to start research and development in cutting edge multidisciplinary technologies of national significance. We have established teaching and research facilities for teaching and research in the emerging fields of next generation sequencing, genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics. 
We, unlike most academic institutions aim at developing bio-enterpreneurships to raise the revenue generation of the university through starting market oriented research programs of diagnostics, personalized genomics and molecular genetics.
COS unwavering mission is to remain a leader in Molecular Biology & Genetics, Microbiology and Bioinformatics research, and to provide excellence in teaching and mentoring at all educational levels. COS maintains strong, diverse research programs and plays a significant role in the educational missions of the Islamia College Peshawar. We strive to contribute in fulfilling the need of quality manpower in science and technology. We expect our graduates will serve the nation and humanity at large.

COS’s vision is to be a hub facility in Omic sciences as a distinguishing opportunity to become a reference Centre in Pakistan for Omic Sciences research and services.