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Muhammad Arslan Khan shares how he made the lockdown period productive

  • Participates in 150+ courses and training programs

Asma Tabasum

Mr. Muhammad Arslan Khan, appears to be an extra ordinary student of Pharmacy Department, currently pursuing M.Phil. in Pharmacology. He completed Doctor of Pharmacy in 2018 from the same prestigious institution that provided him the best learning environment and inspiration.

Mr. Khan chose the field of Pharmacy as medicine is his passion and he wanted to know the making of new medicines and to perform clinical trials on already discovered medicines. This urge forced him to learn new things and to explore different opportunities in the form of internships, courses, event etc. that could improve his knowledge and facilitate his career ambitions and research work as well.

During his undergraduate studies, he was selected for a couple of international research internships in Malaysia (2016) and Turkey (2017) where he worked on research projects regarding antibiotic resistance and waste water management. He has also published a research article in the journal Steroids with the title “Stigmasterol an adjuvant for beta lactam antibiotics against beta lactamase positive clinical isolates” and attended the local and international conferences as well.

During the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 and 2021, Mr. Khan decided to utilize that time productively. So, he explored the internet and took part in multiple online courses and trainings. He attended almost 150+ virtual training programs and courses from different universities including Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Yale University, Peking University ,The University of Edinburgh , Technical University of Denmark, John Hopkins, UCDAVIS, University of Virginia ,Duke University , Universite de Genève , UC San Diego, University of Pittsburgh ,University of California, Emory University, University of North Carolina, Welcome Genome Campus, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of Melbourne, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran etc.

Most of the courses were related to COVID-19, medicine, health related issues and their treatment. “I am greatly benefited from these trainings. My exposure was widened. I had a chance to interact with a lot of senior professors and I can comfortably say that I am not the same”, he said.

While sharing his future plans, Mr. Khan said, “I am determined to go for a PhD in the same field and will offer services as a scientist to make new, affective and affordable medicines for serious diseases like cancer, AIDS etc.”.

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