HSP is excited to introduce the 2018 Pakistan cohort of Health Security Futures Fellows. This cohort of early-career scientists brings a wide range of experiences from across Pakistan in microbiology, immunology, nutrition, veterinary medicine, genetics, biotechnology, and infectious diseases.
The Fellows gathered for a weeklong Training Institute in Baku, Azerbaijan (June 25-28, 2018), which served as the launch to a yearlong Fellowship to learn about health security issues and collaborate to develop innovative projects to meet health security challenges in Pakistan. They will be mentored by HSP staff and experts in the field.
After the Training Institute, the Fellows will continue to engage in a yearlong virtual learning community and implement their projects to shape into local health security leaders. Stay tuned for updates on these accomplished Fellows!
Abbottabad University of Science & Technology
Mr. Faizan Ahmad is an undergraduate student of Microbiology at Abbottabad University of Science & Technology (AUST). He is interested mainly in microbiology and other health related sciences, and has published a research paper on Hepatitis B & C in an international journal. Professionally, he has a relationship with the Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA) and is a member of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). As an HSP Futures Fellow, he hopes to communicate with the international community to share his learning experiences, and learn from others during this Futures Fellowship. He also plans to raise awareness among his country members regarding health security and safety.
Dow University of Health Sciences
Perbhat is completing her M. Phil in Molecular Pathology from Dow University of Health Sciences and will pursue her PhD afterwards. Her research interests are in molecular biology, immunology, and cancer research. She is very positive about this fellowship and hopes that this training will address the current global status of infectious diseases and their effects. This training will enhance her teamwork skills and expertise to develop proposals regarding health security and learn different practices about health security policies.
University of Lahore
Zainab is pursuing a doctorate in Diet and Nutrition from The University of Lahore. She is interested in food diseases and their effects on people. Many people around the world are suffering from obesity and she wants to control it because it forms the basis of many diseases that are spreading. She also wants to raise awareness of nutritious foods, so that people will remain safe from osteoporosis, AIDS, cancer, and many other illnesses. She would also like to find ways to warn people about microbes and infectious diseases. The Futures Fellowship will help her to gain the necessary knowledge and skills to control and prevent these diseases. She hopes it will bring cultural harmony, tolerance, and patience that is very much needed in the current situations of the world.
Muhammad Hassan Raza
International Islamic University
Muhammad Hassan is currently a third year undergraduate student studying Biotechnology at the International Islamic University, Pakistan. His research is focused on the molecular investigation of infectious diseases and cancer, and the development of novel therapeutics and diagnostic systems through interdisciplinary approaches based on synthetic biology, and cellular and molecular biotechnology. During the HSP Futures Fellowship, he hopes to meet and work with people from diverse educational backgrounds working toward making this world a better place to live by tackling the global challenges in health security.
Khyber Medical University, Peshawar
Salma Khan graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in nursing from Khyber Medical University, Peshawar, Pakistan. She is currently completing her one year internship, which is a requirement of her BSN degree program. In her clinical practice, she observed different female health related concerns such as gestational problems. Now as a nurse, she would like to highlight the main risk factors which negatively affect maternal and child health. Through this fellowship, she can minimize those problems at the community level.
Anum Liaquat Ali
Dow University of Health Sciences
Anum Liaquat Ali has a MPhil in Molecular Pathology, and a graduate degree in Clinical Pathology from Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS). She is involved in research regarding infectious diseases and her main interests are cancer cells and virology. This fellowship will enhance her expertise and help her to create new ideas about current health problems. She will share these new ideas and health issues among people to raise more awareness.
Quaid-i-Izam University, Islamabad
Sibgha Tayyab has recently finished her MPhil in Biotechnology from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad Pakistan. Her research work was on biosynthetic potential of secondary metabolites of marine actinomycetes. She is now aiming to get admitted to a prestigious foreign university for her PhD in Microbiology. She is also an active member of and trainer for the Pakistan Biosafety and Security Association (PBSA). Her main interest is in biosafety and security, and her aim is to protect people, animals and the environment from the risks of infectious diseases through trainings and facility improvement. Her goals as a 2018 HSP Futures Fellow will be to spread awareness about biosafety and security not only in Pakistan but also around the globe, to illustrate the one health concept of interconnectivity.
Muhammad Awais Zia
King Edward University
Muhammad Awais is currently a postgraduate student in the Department of Paediatric Medicine at King Edward Medical University/Mayo Hospital in Lahore, Pakistan. His current research interests are infectious diseases, biosafety measures and public health. He explains, “Hundreds of thousands of lives are being saved with minimal efforts we put in. Meanwhile, so many lives are at stake because of infection, low birth weight or preterm deliveries, poor hygiene, malnutrition and many more. Health security is part of my daily life training. I hope I can serve humanity better through the Futures Fellowship.” He is interested in better infection control, better implementation of personal protective measures, and better evidence-based logical practice. He wants to identify the risk factors associated with significant infant mortality. He would like to ensure adequate infection control and personal protective measures in Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units.
Bacha Khan University, Charsadda
Ibrar Alam is currently serving as a Lecturer and PhD scholar in the Department of Biotechnology at Bacha Khan University, Charsadda, Pakistan. Ibar’s research is directed towards uncovering how population structure as well as host immune pressure and transmission bottlenecks shape viral genetic diversity. Ibar has published several research articles in impact factor journals, focusing particularly on hepatitis C and dengue infection. He has also successfully secured research funding as Investigator/Collaborator with the Directorate of Science and Technology, KPK, Pakistan and Pakistan Medical Research Council. The Futures Fellowship will provide him with a platform to polish his collaborative role, encourage cultural exchanges, and utilize his acquired knowledge and training to solve problems faced by Pakistani society and scientists regarding infectious diseases.
Bahuddin Zakariya University, Multan
Noman Bashir is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) student at the Bahuddin Zakariya University Multan. He intends to work in rural areas for the improvement of animal health and prevention of zoonotic diseases among the community. He is also interested in spreading awareness about the unseen and emerging health threats due to the misuse of antibiotics in animal feed, uncooked unhygienic food, and food products having antibiotic residues. As a student of veterinary sciences, this fellowship will give him an opportunity to meet people from different parts of Pakistan and around the world, which will help him in making connections for future collaborations.
Syed Shamael Haider
University of South Asia, Lahore
Shamael is an undergraduate student of biotechnology at the University of South Asia in Lahore, Pakistan. He harbors an insatiable curiosity to understand the nature of, and creatively construct solutions to the most debilitating human conditions and grand challenges posed against humanity. He has research interests in the area of stem cell based regenerative therapies, tissue engineering, cancer therapeutics and biopharmaceutics. Shamael believes, and is a strong proponent of responsible conduct in research and related product development impacting living species in all possible ways. Through this Fellowship, he aims to gain a better understanding of the concepts in science diplomacy, antimicrobial resistance, food security, and biosafety and security to develop tangible plans to address related challenges in local and international settings.
University of the Punjab
Hafiza is pursuing a PhD in Biological Sciences at University of the Punjab, where her research focuses on genetics. She is currently working on a project to identify novel genes involved in autosomal recessive moderate-to-severe hearing loss. She is specifically interested in the hearing loss disease which is commonly inherited in the Pakistani population. She believes that the Futures Fellowship is a great opportunity to meet, collaborate, and exchange ideas with other scientists. She is also working as a molecular biologist in a diagnostic lab. She is very interested in issues related to biosafety and biosecurity and hoping to increase her knowledge about safety issues and how to contribute solutions.
National University of Science and Technology
Sheeza is currently pursuing her Master’s degree and postgraduate research through the National University of Science and Technology, where she is designing nucleic acid assays integrated with micro/nano-fluidics to develop portable LOC (Lab on a chip) point of care devices that are not only cost-effective and capable of multiplexing, but can substantially speed up molecular diagnostics on nano-scale metrics. Sheeza believes that aligning strategies with the global scientific community is important to develop an effective and comprehensive risk aversion technique applicable to both resourced and under-resourced countries. Being a HSP Futures Fellow will provide deeper insight on a first- hand basis into the health security parameters adopted in the developed countries to cope with bioterrorism, antibiotic resistance, the rejuvenation of vector borne viruses such as Ebola, Chagas disease and Zika, along with the strategies and counter strategies to cope with pandemics.
Muhammad Ilyas Riaz
University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Muhammad Ilyas Riaz is a PhD scholar in the Department of Microbiology at the University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan. In 2017, upon nomination from the American Society for Microbiology, he passed the IFBA certification exam and was the youngest IFBA biorisk management certified professional in Pakistan. He is currently working on the development of a recombinant vaccine for Brucellosis. His research interest areas are immunology, biorisk management and vaccine development of diseases of veterinary importance. By participation in this fellowship program, he hopes to learn about global health challenges with intent to play his role as a team member to address the global health concerns and provide sustainable scientific solutions.
University of Punjab, Lahore
Samina is a PhD scholar at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan. She is interested in doing research in the field of diagnostics and therapeutics because early detection will not only reduce the mortality rate, but also ensure that patients do not reach the pain that comes with late stage diseases. She wants to initiate global practices against endemics in her country. Samina believes that this HSP training will help her to accomplish these goals by enhancing her career as a professional scientist and qualified health personnel, and by helping her technically and administratively. It will also provide exposure and interaction with experts from multiple disciplines.
University of Karachi
Muhammad Ali is a Biochemistry graduate of the University of Karachi. His work during his MSc degree program focused on protein structure modeling using bioinformatics tools. He was a part of Pakistan’s first iGEM Team, which developed a biosensor for pollutants and won the bronze medal in the International Synthetic Biology Competition in Boston, USA. Technology and biosciences are his interests, and nothing excites him more than a creative fusion of the two. Through this fellowship, he hopes to acquire a better understanding of global health security issues and to be able to address them in pragmatic ways in his research career.
Zargham Nawaz Butt
National Institute of Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering
Zargham is working as a veterinarian with the Ministry of National Food Security and Research, Pakistan. The Ebola epidemic of 2014 broadened his perspective about global health, and his research interests are zoonosis, bio threats, antimicrobial resistance and emerging infectious diseases. He hopes to develop disease control strategies using a One Health approach. Professionally, he is devising prevention measures to mitigate transboundary animal disease (TAD) challenges in terms of international trade of animal origin. The HSP Futures Fellowship will give him insight into bio threats/counter defense, the Global Health Security Agenda, and scientific diplomacy through interactions with experts and peers in an interdisciplinary and culturally rich environment.
Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
Safia Hameed is pursuing her M.Phil in Biotechnology at Quaid-i-azam University Islamabad Pakistan University, where her research focuses on Nanobiotechnology. She is currently working on a project to perform all of the possible pharmacognostic properties of plant mediated Nanoparticles. She is specifically interested in the toxicity of drugs and materials to which people are exposed. She hopes that the Futures Fellowship will be a pronounced opportunity to meet, collaborate, and exchange ideas internationally. She is also hoping to increase her knowledge about “One Health” and “biosafety and biosecurity.”
University of Balochistan, Quetta
Ghulam is a student of M.S (M.PHIL) microbiology at the University of Balochistan, Quetta in Pakistan. He has worked on dermatophytic fungi collected from different lesions of the human body. He hopes he will get some new knowledge from the HSP members and find new insight in the research field.
University of Peshawar
Babar is an undergraduate biotechnology student and research coordinator at the Centre of Biotechnology and Microbiology (COBAM), University of Peshawar, Pakistan. His research interests are in synthetic biology, and specifically in antimicrobial resistance. Also, he is interested in science policy-making and bio-entrepreneurship. Babar’s belief is that his involvement in this fellowship will not only provide him an opportunity to learn something novel about the health sciences, but also to spread awareness regarding health security issues that the world encounters. He would really like to collaborate with other fellows and peers to be better positioned and prepared to respond to health emergencies and outbreaks in the future.
Marbaila Nane Tariq
Khyber Medical University, Peshawar
Marbaila Nane Tariq is a M. Phil Microbiology Scholar at Khyber Medical University Peshawar, Khyber Pukhtun Khwa, Pakistan. Currently, she is working on the use of an antifungal drug for Leishmaniosis in Khyber Medical University. Her fields of interest are virology and vaccination, bioterrorism, antimicrobial resistance and emerging infectious diseases. The HSP Futures Fellowship has given her a platform which will help her to better understand the worldwide advancements in research, exchange of ideas, and will enable her to focus on more vulnerable problems related to health security. Beside cultural exchanges, this platform will allow her to contribute more to her society in the form of education, awareness, and planning strategies in health education and promotion.
Government College University