Prof. Sharif (TI, FPAS) is a Pakistani scientist, specialised in Mathematical Physics and cosmology. He started his career by joining University of the Punjab (PU), Lahore as an Assistant Professor. He is currently the Chairman of the Department of Mathematics, PU. Prof. Sharif is a Higher Education Commission (HEC) Distinguished National Professor. He has been awarded the Izaz-i-Fazeelat and Tamgha-i-Imtiaz (Medal of Excellence) by the government of Pakistan in 2007 and 2008, respectively. He has been regularly selected for Research Productivity Award from 2001 to-date by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology (PCST). He has been conferred with the title of "Pakistan's Top Scientist" among all the disciplines by PCST in 2015. He worked on different Research Projects of Pakistan Science Foundation, PU, Pakistan Academy of Sciences (PAS). He has been awarded Dr. Raziuddin Siddiqui Prize and Gold Medal twice (2002 and 2009) by PAS for his good quality research. For his educational and research contributions, he has been awarded Best University Teacher Award twice (2008 and 2016) and Best Research Paper Award twice (2009 and 2015) by HEC. He has been elected Fellow of PAS in 2010. He successfully completed a postdoctoral Fellowship in South Korea (2000) and another in the UK (2003).
Prof. Sharif is the Chief Editor of The Punjab University Journal of Mathematics. He has been editor of two Proceedings of the Conferences held at QAU and PU. He has been member of different societies like International Society on General Relativity. He has been Research Fellow at ICTP Trieste-Italy and selected as an Associate Member of Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) for Brazil. He has been acting as a referee of some reputed journals like Astrophys. Space Science, Foundations of Phys., General Relativity Gravitation, Int. J. Theor. Phys., Mod. Phys. Lett. A, Int. J. Mod. Phys. D., Phys. Lett. B, Can. J. Phys. etc.
Prof. Sharif has participated and presented his research papers in 73 International and National conferences in his field. He has published more than 361 research papers and his work has been cited more than 4300 times by national and International researchers. The cumulative IF of his papers is 693, h-index is 32 and i10-index is 156. He has supervised 51 MPhil and 15 PhD students. He has been promoting research culture through organising lecture series, national and International conferences on relativistic astrophysics. He had organised an International Conference on Relativistic Astrophysics in University of the Punjab, Lahore-Pakistan during 10–14 February 2015, in which people from all over the world had participated.
Prof. Sharif along with his research students made painstaking efforts to spread awareness among Pakistani young students in the field of relativistic astrophysics and cosmology. In his early career in PU, he was much interested to explore mathematical models in view of Einstein general theory of relativity. To explore various interesting cosmic issues, like cosmic inflation, accelerating cosmos, etc. he along with his collaborators used alternatives gravity theories as an important tool in his analysis. He focused Pakistani youth to do more research in theoretical and Mathematical Physics. He has recently launched the website of his research group The Group of Gravitation and Cosmology (ggc.pu.edu.pk). He has visited many countries for academic purposes.