Dr Qaiser I Sheikh

School of Biosciences

Lecturer, Course Director of MSc Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Dr Qaiser I Sheikh
+44 114 222 4246

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Dr Qaiser I Sheikh
School of Biosciences
Firth Court
Western Bank
S10 2TN

Biographical sketch

I completed my PhD in the protein and nucleic acid biochemistry lab at The University of Sheffield where my work involved studying the mechanism of DNA methylation.

My project involved exploring the structure and function relationship of bacterial cytosine specific DNA methyltransferases.

Following my PhD research I subsequently worked as postdoctoral research associate and focused my research work on cytochrome P450 C17. My further postdoctoral training established my expertise in Tap-tag protein purification system using yeast as model organism.

My role

I have developed my skills in teaching and training molecular biology laboratory techniques. I had established a training course for the induction of overseas PhD students in the department.

My current role in the department is working as MSc Course coordinator for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology that involve running laboratory practical sessions, giving lectures and supervising their research projects.

Other undergraduate teaching commitments include lecturing in modules, demonstrating practical classes, tutorials and leading third-year students for their research projects. I have also organised short training courses and workshops in the department as well as abroad to educate, train and disseminate different techniques.

Career history

  • 2015 - present: Course Coordinator – MSc. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield.
  • 2013 - 2015: Visiting Academic, Department of Applied Biology and Biotechnology, College of Science, University of Sharjah, Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • 2009 - 2010: Visiting Academic, Department of Biology, College of Science, King Saud University, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
  • 2008 - 2013: Postgraduate support, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield.
  • 2005 - 2008: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield.
  • 2002 - 2005: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Centre for Chemical Biology, Department of Chemistry, University of Sheffield.
  • 1999 - 2002: Research Scientist, Transgenomic Inc. facility at the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield.
  • 1996 - 2002: PhD, Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, University of Sheffield

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  • Bauman RW (2014) Microbiology with Diseases by Body System. Pearson. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Sheikh QI & Hornby DP (2013) Gene cloning essentials (Chapter One) in Tools and Techniques in Biomolecular Science. Oxford University Press, USA. RIS download Bibtex download

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Conference proceedings papers

Teaching activities
  • Course Coordinator: MSc. Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; MBB6011 Laboratory Techniques In Molecular Bioscience
  • Admission coordinator for overseas postgraduate (MSc / PhD) students. Carry out initial screening of potential international applicants by interviewing via Skype.
  • Six Week Summer Training course "Basic Laboratory Skills in Molecular Bioscience" (for visiting international students) (MBBU37)

Undergraduate modules

  • MBB265 Round Robin Tutorials
  • MBB165 Tutorial meetings

Postgraduate modules

  • MBB6011 Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Bioscience
  • MBB6403 Research Project
  • MBB6502 Literature Review