Prof. Dr. Tahir Yaqub

D.V.M (UAF), M.Sc. Hons. (UAF), Ph.D (UAF), Post Doc(UK)
Professor

Tel: 92-42-99210256  
Email: Tahiryaqub@uvas.edu.pk

Biography

Dr. Tahir Yaqub is a Senior Member of the University of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Lahore where his work focuses on promoting students academics and sharing knowledge about research. He serves as one of the program’s lead trainers. Dr. Tahir served as a member of the Animal Care. Prior to working at UVAS, Dr. Tahir was a research Officer at Livestock Production and research Institute, Bhadurnagar, Okara. He is also serving as senior Tutor of UVAS with the focus on students’ participation and courage in curricular & extracurricular activities. He is DVM, and MSc Microbiology from this esteemed Institute. Dr. Tahir has a PhD Microbiology, and also did Post-Doc from Animal Health Compton UK where his work was on Novel genotyping of H9 Avian Influenza and its Phylogenetic Analysis. His research interests include investigating the biology, pathogenesis, immunology, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and control of livestock diseases. Currently, his focus has been to improve diagnostic assays and vaccination strategies for livestock pathogens. The epidemiological and disease surveillance studies include the monitoring of poultry disease outbreaks caused by avian influenza, Newcastle disease and infectious bursal disease and avian infectious bronchitis viruses. Recently he has trained on Biorisk Management from Sandia International laboratory, USA and he is one of the Master Trainers on Biosafety & Biosecurity I Pakistan.

Publications

  1. Khanum S.A., H.N. Hussain., M. Hussain., T. Yaqoob, and S. Sadaf (2010). Farmyard Manure Management and Its Effect on Maize Fodder and Soil Nutrients. IAEA TECDOC1640: pp 35-42. ISSN 1011-4289.
  2. Khanum, S.A., M. Hussain, H.N. Hussain T. Yaqub and R. Kausar 2010. Assessment of Animal Productivity and Methane Emission Using an Associative Feeding Strategy. IAEA ECDOC 1640: pp 25-33. ISSN 1011-4289.
  3. Khanum, S.A., M. Hussain, R. Kausar, M.A. Jabbar, T. Yaqoob, S. Sadaf, R. Ahmad and S. Rehman. 2006. Sustainable improvement of livestock production through strategic supplementation with urea molasses multi-nutrient block (UMMB) and other feed resources available in Pakistan. IAEA TECHDOC 1495: 91-110. ISSN 1011-4289.
  4. Khanum, S.A., M. Hussain, Kausar, M.A. Jabbar, T. Yaqoob, S. Sadaf and S. Rehman, (2006). Unconventional feed resources for livestock production in Pakistan. IAEA TECHDOC 1495: 231-238. ISSN 1011-4289.
  • Shabbir, M. Z., M. U. Goraya, M. Abbas, T. Yaqub, M. A. B. Shabbir, A. Ahmad, M. Anees, and M. Munir (2012). Complete Genome Sequencing of a Velogenic Viscerotropic Avian Paramyxovirus 1 Isolated from Pheasants (Pucrasia macrolopha) in Lahore, Pakistan. J. Virol, Accepted, 86(24): 000-000 (doi:10.1128/JVI.02626-12)
  • Munir, M., M. Z. Shabbir, T. Yaqub, M. A. B. Shabbir, N. Mukhtar, M. R. Khan,e and M. Berg (2012). Complete Genome Sequence of a Velogenic Neurotropic Avian Paramyxovirus 1 Isolated from Peacocks (Pavo cristatus) in a Wildlife Park in Pakistan. J. Virol. Accepted, 86(23): 13113 – 13114
  • Ahmad A, M. Rabbani, M. Z, Shabbir, K. Muhammad, T. Yaqub, M. K. Saleemi, R. K. Khalid, M. A. Shabbir and SY Alvi (2012). Comparative suitability of ear notch biopsy and serum pairs for detecting nature of bovine viral diarrhoea virus infection in dairy herds. Pak Vet J, 32(3): 451-455
  • Nasir. A, M. Ashraf, M. S. Khan, A. Javeed, T. Yaqub, M. Avais and M.P. Reichel (2012). Prevalence of Neospora caninum Antibodies in Sheep and Goats in Pakistan. J. Parasitol. 98(1):213-215. 2012 
  • Yaqub, T., S. Sadaf, N. Mukhtar, H. Zaneb, M. Z. Shabbir, A. Ahmed, A. Aslam, K. Ashraf, N. ahmad, H. Rehman (2012). The influence of time elapsed after milking and lactation stage on the Lactoperoxidase System of Milk in Sahiwal Cattle and Nili-Ravi Buffaloes. Int. J. Dairy Tech. 65(3): 360 -364.
  • Abdul Ahad, Masood Rabbani, Tahir Yaqub, Muhammad Younus, Altaf Mahmood, Muhammad Zubair Shabbir and Zahida Fatima “Serosurveillance to H9N2 AIV among Poultry workers in Punjab province, Pakistan. (2012) (accepted PVJ).
  • Abdul Ahad, Masood Rabbani, Tahir Yaqub, Muhammad Younus, Altaf Mahmood, Muhammad Zubair Shabbir and Rana Khurram Khalid and Majeeda Rasheed. “A cross sectional sero-survey to H7 AIV from occupational group of people in Punjab province, Pakistan” (2012) (accepted PVJ).
  • Shabbir. M.Z, M. Abbas, T. Yaqub, N. Mukhtar, A. Subhani, H. Habib, M. U. Sohail and M. Munir (2012). Genetic analysis of Newcastle disease virus from Punjab, Pakistan. Virus Gene (Submitted)
  • M. U. Sohail, Z. U. Rahman, A. Ijaz, M. S. Yousaf, K. Ashraf, T. Yaqub, H. Zaneb, H. Anwar and H. Rehman (2011). Single or combined effects of mannan-oligosaccharides and probiotic supplements on the total oxidants, total antioxidants, enzymatic antioxidants, liver enzymes, and serum trace minerals in cyclic heat-stressed broilers. Poultry Science 90(11):2573-7.
  • Shabbir, M. Z., M. Nazir, A. Maqbool, M. Lateef, M. A. Shabbir., A. Ahmad, M. Rabbani, T. Yaqub, M. U. Sohail, and M. Ijaz (2011). Seroprevalence of Neospora caninum and Brucella abortus among dairy cattle herds with high abortion rate. J. Parasitol., 97 (4): 740 -742.
  • Ahmad, A., M. Rabbani, K. Muhammad, M. Z. Shabbir, T. Yaqub, K. Munir, F. Akhter and A. Cepica (2011). Prevalence of Bovine Viral Diarrhea Virus persistency in 12 Holstein cattle dairy herds of Charlottetown, Canada. Pakistan J. Zool., 43 (1): 255 - 261.
  • Nasir, A., M. Ashraf, M. S. Khan, T. Yaqub, A. Javeed, M. Avais and F. Akhtar (2011). Seroprevalence of Neospora Caninum in dairy buffalo in Lahore District, Pakistan. J. Parasitol. 97(3):541-3
  • Shabbir, M. Z., M. Rabbani, A. Ahmad and T. Yaqub (2010). Detection of rabies virus from equines showing nervous signs.  Pakistan J. Zool., 43 (3): 608-611.
  • Shabbir, M. Z., M. Rabbani, T. Yaqub, A. Ahmad, Zia-ur-Rehman and S. Umair (2010). Comparative clinical epidemiology of Toxocariasis in dogs and cats. Pakistan. J. Zool., 42(2):129-133.
  • Shabbir, M.Z., M. Rabbani, A. Ahmad, K. Muhammad, and T. Yaqub (2010). Comparative evaluation of clinical samples for early detection of canine distemper virus from naturally infected dogs. Turk. J vet. Anim. Sci., 34 (6): 547-552.
  • Asim, A., Z. I. Chaudhary, H. Rehman, K. Ashraf, N. Ahmad, T. Yaqub, A. Maqbool and A.R. Shakoori (2010). Comparative evaluation of parasitological, serological and DNA amplification methods for diagnosis of natural trypanosomal infection in equines. Pakistan J. Zool. 42(4): 371-376
  • Shabbir, M. Z., M. Rabbani, T. Yaqub, A. Ahmad, F. Akhtar, K. Muhammad, M. Hussain and M. Ahmed (2009). Trends in isolation and antimicrobial susceptibility of mastitis causing pathogens of Nili Ravi Buffalo. Pakistan J. Zool. Suppl. Ser., 9: 273-279.
  • Khanum, S.A, M. Hussain, T. Yaqoob, S. Sadaf, R. Kausar and M.A. Jabbar (2009). Serum progesterone profile during various reproductive phases in female Nili Ravi buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) heifers. Pakistan J. Zool.Suppl. Ser., 9: 619-621.
  • Khanum, S.A, M. Hussain, T. Yaqoob, S. Sadaf, and H.N. Hussain (2009). Effect of supplementation on methane emission and productivity of Nili Ravi buffalo (Bubalus bubalis). Pakistan J. Zool.Suppl. Ser., 9: 685-689.
  • Shabbir, M.Z., M. Rabbani, K. Muhammad, A. Ahmad, I. Anwar and T. Yaqub (2009). Detection of Canine Distemper Virus from lymphopenic dogs by RT-PCR amplification of Nucleoprotein gene. Pak. J. Zoology., 41(5): 424 – 428.
  • Munir I., T. Yaqub, K. Reddy, J. W. McCauley (2009). Novel Genotypes of H9N2 Influenza A Viruses Isolated from Poultry in Pakistan Containing NS Genes Similar to Highly Pathogenic H7N3 and H5N1 Viruses. PLoS ONE 4(6): e5788. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005788.
  • Shabbir, M. Z., M. Rabbani, A. Ahmad and T. Yaqub (2009). Detection of rabies virus from neurological disease out break in equines. Turk.J vet. Anim. Sci. (Accepted).
  • Shabbir, M. Z., A. Ghafoor, A. Ahmad, A. A. Anjum and T. Yaqub (2008). Immunomodulatory effect of polyimmune (Astragalusmembranaceus extract) on humoral response of layer birds vaccinated against Newcastle disease virus. Int. j Agri. Biol., 10: 585-587.
  • Hussain, M., M. D. Mehmood, A. Ahmad, M. Z. Shabbir and T. Yaqub (2008). Factors affecting Hemagglutination Activity of Avian Influenza Virus Subtype. J. Vet. Anim. Sci. 1: 31-36.
  • Ahmad, A., M. Rabbani, M. Z. Shabbir, T. Yaqub, A. Ahmed, and F. Akhtar. (2008). Status of IgG antibodies against Mycoplasma gallisepticumin non vaccinated commercial poultry breeder flocks. J. Anim. Pl. Sci., 18 (2-3): 61-63.
  • Khanum S. A., T. Yaqoob, S. Sadaf, M. Hussain, M. A. Jabbar, H. N. Hussain, R. Kausar and S. Rehman, (2007). Nutritional Evaluation of Various Feedstuffs for Livestock Production Using In Vitro Gas Method. Pakistan Vet. J., 27(3): 129- 133.
  • Sadef. S and T. Yaqub, 2006. Use of random amplified polymorphic DNA technique in the study of quantitative trait loci in cattle genome. Pakistan Journal of Veterinary Research 2(1):1-4
  • Sadaf S, T. Yaqub and R.Ahmad, 2006. Determination of Thiocyanate contents in bovine milk. Pakistan Journal of Scienstific Research. 58(1-2): 15-17.
  • Sadef S and T. Yaqub, 2006. Haematological profile of clinically healthy Nili- Ravi buffaloes Pakistan Journal of Scientific Research. 58(1-2):44-47.
  • T. Yaqub, M. Arshad, K. Muhammad and M. A. Muneer, 2005. Effect of physicochemical factors on survival of avian influenza. Pakistan Journal of Scientific Research. 57(3-4):80-85.
  • T. Yaqub and Sadaf S., 2005. Preparation and evaluation of tick vaccine. Pakistan Journal of Scientific Research. 57(3-4):156-158.
  • Khanum, M. Hussain and R. Kausar, M.A. Jabbar, T. Yaqoob, S. Sadaf, and S Rehman, 2005. Nutritional Evaluation of Some Local Unconventional Feed Resources for Livestock Production in Pakistan. AHAT BSAS International Conference Nov. 14-18, 2005. Submission No. AB 393. Khon Kaen, Thailand.
  • Khanum, S. A., M. Hussain, M.A. Jabbar, T. Yaqoob, and R. Kausar, 2004. Use of unconventional feed resources for livestock production in Pakistan. International Nutrition Conference-2004, P-115.
  • Muhammad K., P. Das, T. Yaqub, A. Riaz and R. Manzoor, 2001. Effect of physicochemical factors on the survival of Avian Influenza Virus (H7N3 Type). Int. J. Agri. & Bio. 3(4):416-418.
  • Yaqub T., K. Muhammad, M.A. Munir and M.A. Tariq, 1998. Characterization of avian influenza virus (Pakistani isolate, H7 type) in developing chicken embryos.vaccines. Pakistan J. Sci. Res., 50(1-2): 33-36.
  • Bashir T.A., Muhammad K., T. Yaqub, Shahid R.U. and Ammad R., 1998. Prevalence of Past. Hemolytica antibodies in sheep. Pak. J. Sci., 50(1-2);4-6.
  • Muhammad K., A.R. Rizvi and T. Yaqub, 1998. Morphological changes of sephadex recruited chicken macrophages in in-vitro culture. Pak. J. Livestock Res., 8(1-4):48-51.
  • Yaqub T., K. Muhammad and M.A Munir, 1998. Characterization of the avian Influenza virus(H7 type) in chicken embryos. Pak. J. Sci. Res.
  • Yaqub T., P. Das, R.N. Cheema, K. Muhammad and I.A. Butt, 1997. Therapeutic trials in an outbreak of Hawmorrhagic Septicemia in buffaloes. Pakistan Vet. J., 17(4): 199-201.
  • Yaqub T., K. Muhammad, A.R. Razvi and M.A. Tariq, 1996. Immune response of Chickens to avian influenza vaccines. Pakistan Vet. J., 16(1): 1-6.
  • Muhammad K., M.A. Munir and T. Yaqub, 1996. Isolation and Characterization of the avian Influenza virus from an outbreak in commercial poultry in Pakistan. Pakistan Vet. J., 16(3): 119-121.
  • Sheikh M.A., T. Yaqub, M.S. Baig, F. Mahmood, M. Afzal and A.R. Shkoori, 1994. The epidemiology of Haemmmorrhagic Septicemia in the buffaloes of Pakistan. Buffalo J., 3:229-236.
  • M. Shafiq, Rabbani M., Arshad M., T. Yaqub, and Razzaq A., 1992. Environmental factors affecting the production traits in Sahiwal cattle. Pak. J. Live. Res. 1-2(2):44-47.
  • T. Saeed, Jalil H., T. Yaqub, Hashmi H.A. and Afzal M., 1992. Gastro-industrial nematodes of sheep and goats and taxonomy of the species genus Nematodirus. Pak. J. Live. Res. 1-2(2):55-57.

 

 

 

Name of Membership of Societies:

Sr. No

Society

Membership Nature

National/International

1

Pakistan Veterinary Medical Council

Lifetime

National

2

Pakistan Biological Safety Association

Lifetime

National

3

Punjab Public Service Commission

Selection Board Member (Com-VI)

National

 

Projects

S. No.

Title

Responsibility

Remarks

1

Preparation and evaluation of tick vaccine (Funded by Pakistan Science Foundation (PSF/R&D, CDY-ST/P/LPRI/Bio(6) 28-6-2002-2004)

Principal Investigator

Completed

2

Study of hemoglobinuria complex (Funded by European Union)

Principal Investigator

Completed

3

Transboundary Ecosystem Health in the Pamirs, Pakistan

Principal Investigator

Completed

4

Implementation of Bio-risk Management of Dengue Vectors in Lahore, Pakistan Funded by BEP, USA (142000$)

Principal Investigator

On Going

5

A metagenomic approach to unbiased identification of pathogens endemic to Pakistan. (DTRA), USA.

Co- Principal Investigator

On Going

6

Development of Vaccine for the Control of buffalo and cattle Calf Diarrhoea. (Punjab Agriculture Research Board)

Principal Investigator

On Going

7

Spatial Ecology and Epidemiology of Soil borne Human and Animal Bacterial Pathogens and its Public Health Significance in Pakistan. ($ 3, 60,000) by Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), USA. 

Co-Principal Investigator

On Going

Training Attended

Master Trainer's Course in Biorisk Management at Sandia Organized by Sandia National laboratories at Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA from Nov. 28-Dec. 7, 2011

  • Genome analysis using modern bioinformatics tools Organized by Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University, USA from July 25 - August 06, 2011.
  • Log Frame Analysis and Microsoft Project, MPDD, Lahore, (2009)
  • Training in hematology and chemistry analyzer UVAS Lahore, (2006)
  • Training in power point presentation In service training center, Lahore (2005).
  • IAEA/RCA Regional training on “Nuclear and related methodologies for Quantification of tannins in shrub and tree leaves, agro-industrial by- products and other new feed resources at NIAB Faisalabad (2003)
  • Post graduate training course on nuclear and other advance techniques in agriculture and biological research NIAB, Faisalabad (1999).

Workshops Attended

  • International Engagement: Responsible Bioscience for a Safe and Secure Society Workshop Series Organized by American Association for the Advancement of Science at Tunis, Tunisia from October 31 to November 1, 2011
  • Consultative Workshop on Tick Born Diseases, its Complication & Control Measures Organized by Directorate of Animal Disease Reporting & Surveillance on 10th Oct, 2011
  • National workshop on the lactoperoxidase system of milk preservation in Pakistan Organized by Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock and FAO (2003).

Conference/Seminar Attended

  • USAHAs conference in Buffalo, New York Organized by USAHA at Buffalo NY, USA from Sep 28-Oct 5, 2011.
  • First International Biosafety Conference Organized by Pakistan Biological Safety Association at Karachi, Pakistan on 19th November 2011

Training Organized and Conducted 

  • Training conducted as Principle organizer on “Laboratory Diagnostic Techniques” for ADIO’S & VO’S of DADRS, L&DDD, Punjab at Quality Operation Laboratory, UVAS, Lahore from 12-14 June, 2012
  • Training conducted as Principle organizer on “Advanced Diagnostic Techniques” for ADIO’S & VO’S of DADRS, L&DDD, Punjab at Quality Operation Laboratory, UVAS, Lahore from 6-8 June, 2012
  • Training conducted as Principle organizer on “Molecular Diagnosis & Analysis of Livestock Diseases ” for ADIO’S & VO’S of DADRS, L&DDD, Punjab at Quality Operation Laboratory, UVAS, Lahore from 7-11 May, 2012
  • Training conducted as Principle organizer on “Controlling Laboratory Biorisk” at Quality Operation Laboratory, UVAS, Lahore from 4-5 Jan, 2012
  • Training conducted as Principle organizer on “Controlling Laboratory Biorisk” at Quality Operation Laboratory, UVAS, Lahore from 18-19 Jan, 2012
  • Training conducted as Principle organizer on “Controlling Laboratory Biorisk” at Quality Operation Laboratory, UVAS, Lahore from 23-24 Jan, 2012
  • Training conducted as Principle organizer on “Advanced Diagnostic & Control of Poultry Diseases” at University Diagnostic Laboratory, UVAS, Lahore from 7-12 March, 2011
  • Training conducted as Principle organizer on “Lab Assisted Disease Diagnostic Techniques” at University Diagnostic Laboratory, UVAS, Lahore from 12-18 April, 2011
  • Training provided as Resource Person to ADIO’S & VO’S of DADRS, L&DDD, Punjab on “Advanced Laboratory Techniques for Veterinary Disease Diagnostics” at University Diagnostic Laboratory, UVAS, Lahore from May 17-21, 2010
  • Training provided as Resource Person to ADIO’S & VO’S of DADRS, L&DDD, Punjab on “Basic Disease Diagnostics in Livestock and Poultry” at University Diagnostic Laboratory, UVAS, Lahore from April 5-10, 2010
  • Training provided as Resource Person to SROs, VOs of Poultry Research Institute (PRI), L&DDD, Punjab on “Advanced Diagnostics and Control of Poultry Diseases” at University Diagnostic Laboratory, UVAS, Lahore from March 15-20, 2010

Poster Presentation

  • Yongqing Li1, Kolli Reddy1, Michelle Hill, Tahir Yaqub, John McCauley and Munir Iqbal 2010. Levels of cross-reactivity of recombinant heamagglutinin H5, H7 and H9 glycoproteins with reference antiserum against H1-H16 subtypes ofinfluenza A viruses. Oxford Conference.
  • M. Iqbal, T. Yaqub, K. Reddy, J.W. McCauley. Novel Genotypes of H9N2 Influenza A Viruses Isolated from Poultry in Pakistan Containing NS Genes Similar to Highly Pathogenic H7N3 and H5N1 Viruses. Bird Flu, Oxford, UK. September 9-10, 2009.
  • Tahir Yaqub, Michelle Hill, Kolli Reddy, John McCauley & Munir Iqbal (2008). Production of Soluble Recombinant Haemagglutinin Glycoprotein as an Alternative to Egg grown whole virus for Haemagglutination Inhibition and ELISA
  • Based Assays; Poster Presentation at Oxford UK.
  • Sumara, S., M. Z. Shabbir, A. Ahmad, A. G. Bajwa, and T. Yaqub. Determination of lactoperoxidase enzyme in bovine milk. p. 236. 6th Asian Buffalo Congress (ABC) held at pearl continental Hotel, Lahore on October 27-30, 2009.
  • Shabbir, M. Z., M. Rabbani, T. Yaqub, A. Ahmad, F. Akhtar, K. Muhammad, M. Hussain and M. Ahmed. Trends in isolation and antimicrobial susceptibility of mastitis causing pathogens of Nili Ravi Buffalo. p. 283. 6th Asian Buffalo Congress (ABC) held at pearl continental Hotel, Lahore on October 27-30, 2009. 
 

Prof. Dr. Tahir Yaqub