Department of Molecular Medicine at Armed Forces Institute of Pathology was established by Maj Gen (R) Suhaib Ahmed, Professor of Haematology in 1984, as a single room laboratory. It started with conventional PCR for beta thalassmeia. Presently it provides facilities for molecular genetic testing for both benign and malignant conditions. Well qualified and experienced laboratory directors, scientific officers and technicians here are leaders in the field of molecular testing in Pakistan, who continually strive to develop new test methods that improve patient care. They continually work to improve assays by increasing mutation detection rates and decreasing turnaround time.
Research has been the cornerstone of academic activities at this institution. All post-graduate trainees are encouraged and supported to prepare research proposals and undertake projects in the molecular genetic testing. In this regard patients are counselled, cared and followed up for clinical care. Research and development activities are focused on improving current test strategies and introducing new policies.