HSP is excited to introduce the 2017 Pakistan cohort of Futures Health Security 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 will gather for a weeklong Training Institute, which serves as the launch to a yearlong Fellowship, in Vienna, Austria at the end of April 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 and expand their expertise by attending the Training Institute as well as the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID).
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!
Shamael is an undergraduate of biotechnology at the University of South Asia in Lahore, Pakistan. He harbors insatiable curiosity to understand the nature 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 the 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.
Ibrar Alam is currently serving as a Lecturer and PhD scholar in the Department of Biotechnology at Bacha Khan University, Charsadda, Pakistan. His major research focuses are Next Generation sequencing, metagenomics, genomic epidemiology, molecular ecology, genetic and antigenic evolution, population dynamics, and interspecies transmission dynamics of emerging infectious diseases. 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 a platform to polish his collaborative role, encourage cultural exchange, and utilize his acquired knowledge and training to solve problems faced by Pakistani society and scientists regarding infectious diseases.
Faizan Nasir is currently pursuing a research degree in Clinical Microbiology & Immunology from the Dadabhoy Institute of Higher Education in Karachi. His research interest includes Tuberculosis infection (Active or Latent), particularly in health care workers. He also has interests in TB- HIV immunology and its associated markers and molecular biology applications. Faizan is very keen to meet with peers in order to explore different opportunities to address the challenges confronting improving human health worldwide. Through this forum of the Futures Fellowship, Faizan hopes the Fellows can collaborate with management, higher authorities, hospitals, and laboratories in Pakistan and overseas to formulate better solutions of contemporary health and social issues. Faizan believes that these sorts of collaborations can help and motivate the Fellows to be better equipped in order to tackle future challenges efficiently.
Dr. Tazeen Fatima
Dr. Tazeen completed her MBBS at Dow University of Health Sciences and is currently working as a postgraduate trainee in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology at Agakhan University Hospital. She is interested in developing teams globally to collaborate on research interests with other researches worldwide and bringing new initiatives in biosafety and security in Pakistan.
Arslan is pursuing a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics from the University of the Punjab Lahore. His research interests are in the field of molecular biology, antimicrobial resistance, and natural bioactive compounds to cure emerging diseases. In addition, he is also interested in the potential of agro-terrorism in an agricultural country. His goal is to build and develop local infrastructure to combat global health challenges. He believes that the Futures Fellowship will provide him a path to achieve his goals.
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 in the world are suffering from obesity and she wants to control it because it forms the basis of many diseases that are spreading. She wants to provide awareness of nutritious food so that people will remain safe from osteoporosis, AIDS, cancer, along with other illnesses. She would also like to find ways to warn people about microbes and infectious diseases. The Futures Fellowship will help her 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.
Perbhat is completing her M. Phil in Molecular Pathology from Dow University of Health Sciences and will pursue PhD afterwards. Her research interests are in molecular biology, immunology, and cancer research. She is very positive about this fellowship. She hopes 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.
Noman Bashir is a student of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) at the Bahuddin Zakariya University Multan. Noman intends to work in rural areas for the improvement of animal health and prevention of zoonotic disease among the community. He is also interested in spreading awareness about 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 help him in reshaping his career plan to best suit those aims. It will also 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.
Marbaila Nane Tariq
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 Futures Fellowship has given her the platform which will help her to better understand the worldwide advancements in research, exchange of ideas, and finding and focusing on more vulnerable problems related to health security. Beside cultural exchanges, this platform will support her to contribute more to her society in the form of education, awareness, and planning strategies in health education and promotion.
Muhammad Awais Zia
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 ensure adequate infection control and personal protective measures in Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. To promise better life expectancy, he would offer research based systematic perspectives.
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. She believes HSP training will help her to accomplish her goals. It will enhance her career as a professional scientist and qualified health personnel by helping her technically and administratively. It will also provide her exposure and interaction with experts from multiple disciplines.