Faculty Research Areas in Environmental Sciences

Environmental Sciences integrates knowledge from diverse and often overlapping disciplines. For example, water is essential for health and the survival of biological systems. The study of various aspects of water, however, requires expertise in Chemistry, Physics, Geography, Botany, Zoology etc. Students are therefore encouraged to discuss and explore different research areas available with various faculty members and come up with a research topic mutually agreed between the faculty and the student.

The following research opportunities in areas related to Environmental Sciences are available in the Departments of Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geography and Physics within FCC. In special cases, opportunities outside FCC can also be explored with assistance from FCC faculty.

Dr Aisha Saleem Khan, Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

  • Factors that disturb the growth of plants like heavy metals in different plants, e.g. how plants like Tradescantia pallida respond to lead and mercury. Effects of calcium oxalate crystals and their distribution within cortical parenchmya, vascular parenchyma, and anthocyanins pigment in leaves and flowers etc. Crystal types like prismatic, acicular and druse are related to the hydration state so the availability of water as solvent is also taken in consideration.
  • Effects of heavy metals on the pigmentation and ornamental value of plants and their contents determined through spectrophotometry.

Mr S N Cheema, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

  • Assessment of impact of tannery waste water on growth and metabolism of crops.

Dr Hamid Saeed, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

  • Pollen grain impact on various allergic reactions/allergies in Lahore during different seasonal conditions and changes (human health).

Dr William George, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

  • Determination of water qualities of different water bodies.
  • Identification of phytoplankton of different water bodies.
  • Identification of zooplankton and their production status of different water bodies.
  • Comparative growth pattern of food fishes with different feeds.
  • Assessment of primary and secondary production levels of different water bodies.

Ms Lubna Amer, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

  • Research on management of pollution in river Ravi.
  • Can help student research on water quality, assessment of pollution in water, statistical modeling of flow data, environmental Management.

Dr Muhammad Ikram Aujla, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

  • Determination of toxicology of heavy metals in plants and animal tissues.
  • Biodegradation process studies and its evaluation in the Environment.
  • Roles of enzymes in biodegradation.
  • Isolation and characterization of various micro-organisms from environmental samples.
  • Determination of lead in tannery waste and in its surroundings.
  • Study of effects and release of pesticides and fertilizers.


Ms Shazma Azeem, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

  • Biopolymers: mechanical strength, NMR, CHN analysis, AFM, viscosity, SEM, IR, thermal analysis of different biopolymers which can be used by pharmaceutical industry for capsule making and for controlled release of drugs and as stabilizers in food industry.
  • Immobilization of enzymes using biopolymers as support.
  • Metal complexes of a biopolymer Salvia plebia (common name sammander sokh) for prevention of deforestation.

Dr Sylvia E Benjamin, Professor, Department of Chemistry

  • Effect of insecticides on crop fertility and soil properties.
  • Low cost absorbent materials to clean polluted waters.
  • Flora and Fauna damage assessment from tanneries.
  • Recovery of important compounds from industrial waste.
  • Use of RHA (waste material) in building materials.


Mr Kashif Shafiq, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography

  • Use of treated sewage water in managing urban forestry environment (sustainable management of trees in and around the city), with special reference to metropolitan Lahore.

Dr Fareeha Hameed, Associate Professor, Physics Department

  • Upgrading and applications of a neutron imaging facility. Neutron imaging includes the techniques of neutron radiography, neutron tomography and dynamic imaging.
  • Applications in various fields of material investigation, engineering and research.
  • Radiation effects on materials used in fission and fusion technologies.

Dr Khalid Z Rasib, Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

  • Forest Entomology: Eco-friendly management of pest termites and assessment of environmental damage and
    Swarming behavior in termites.
  • Chemical control of agricultural pests, Integrated pest management strategies, Microbial control of termites, Biological control techniques, Baiting technology and Pest management without environment contamination.
  • Assessment of feeding preferences of termites under lab and field conditions.
  • Developmental pathways in the lower and higher termites, Medical entomology and Pests of public health importance

Students interested in working in these fields should have the relevant Physics background.