School of Forensic and Applied Sciences
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Sibte is a forensic pathologist by training and has also specialised in forensic genetics. He has worked in various institutions in the UK and USA. His current interests include postmortem interval estimation and forensic DNA profiling.
Sibte is a Reader in Forensic Medicine & Genetics, in the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences, University of Central Lancashire, UK. Sibte trained as a forensic pathologist and practiced for eight years before moving to UK. He completed his doctoral studies at the University of Glasgow with Professor Peter Vanezis. He worked within the Louisiana healthy ageing group in Louisiana State University for two years before moving to UCLan. His broad research interests are within forensic genetics and its application to forensic investigations. He has applied research interests in DNA sequencing using the Massive Parallel Sequencing (MPS) methods; Y STRs specifically Rapidly Mutating Y STRs; gene expression in bacterial biofilms and human ancestry.
He is currently running five PhD projects that are investigating various streams of his research interests. Sibte is running two major projects on Middle Eastern populations using MPS methods and another project is evaluating the efficiency of several MPS panels for forensic casework.
He is also working on DNA persistence and degradation and a PhD project is underway. Particularly, he is ascertaining the DNA persistence on firearms for investigative purposes. Recently he developed a multiplex assay using several rapidly mutating Y STRs and gained a patent for it. This technology is being developed further and several population samples are undergoing analysis. His team also developed a multiplex assay for the determination of body fluids using mRNA markers. This assay has shown to be effective in body fluid identification in mixed and degraded samples. Further work is planned to investigate the assay on finger printing powdered areas/stains. In addition, his research teams have validated new STR multiplexes, Y STR multiplexes and mitochondrial human genome Massive parallel sequencing panel. He has established collaborations with the Serbian and Pakistani DNA laboratories.
He is a member of the team that delivers courses for International Committee of Red cross. Sibte is a United Kingdom Accreditation Service technical expert and auditor for forensic laboratories and relationship testing laboratories. In these roles, he assesses the compliance to UK DNA database standards and the Forensic Science Regulator standards apart from the ISO 17025 standards. Sibte is a member of the working group for Lancashire Forensic Science Academy (LFSA). He is developing the forensic medicine and forensic genetics streams within the Academy. He has developed an international course in forensic medicine. Sibte has co-authored a book on forensic genetics and has published widely in the area of forensic genetics.
An investigation of the Genetic Control of Biofilm Formation in Bacteria (E.coli K-12 MG1655). Poster presented at Society for Experimental Biology workshop. Lancaster University.
Importance of rpoS and bolA gene in adaptation of Escherichia coli in stress environments and grow in Biofilms: 2nd International conference of biological and environmental sciences Mansoura University, Egypt 15-20 March 2010
Morphogene bolA: its role in biofilm formation and respiration of E.coli K-12 MG1655. Poster presented at 20th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Vienna, Austria
MBBS, University of Punjab, Pakistan, 1982
DMJ, University of Punjab, Pakistan, 1990
PhD, University of Glasgow, 2001
Sibte is actively engaged in research and is involved in different projects including mass graves and identification, improvement of DNA extraction methods from bone/degraded DNA samples, assessment of DNA degradation & forensic pathology.
Forensic Medicine, Forensic Pathology, Medical Ethics, Forensic Genetics, DNA Sequencing, DNA Sequencers, Validation, Accreditation, Expert Witness, Research writing and Research Methods.
Sibte is also the Equality and Diversity lead for the School of Forensic & Investigative Sciences.
Pakistan Medicolegal Society
Member of International Society of Forensic Genetics
Centre for International Forensic Assistance
Member British Association of Human Identification
The analysis of UAE populations using AmpFℓSTR Yfiler™:Identification of new and novel alleles. 22nd Congress of International Society of Forensic Genetics. Copenhagen. 2009.
Importance of rpoS and bolA gene in adaptation of Escherichia coli in stress environments and grow in Biofilms: 2nd International conference of biological and environmental sciences Mansoura University, Egypt 15-20 March 2010.
Morphogene bolA: its role in biofilm formation and respiration of E.coli K-12 MG1655 . Poster presented at 20th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Vienna, Austria, September 2010.
Quality assurance challenges in forensic pathology: 1st Saudi International Conference of Forensic Medical Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 12-14 March 2012.
Recent advancements in forensic DNA profiling: 22nd Congress of International Academy of Legal Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey July 5-8 2012.