Post-Doctoral fellows facilitate research symposium at Faculty of Pharmacy

Zeeshan Akbar

Dr. Muhammad Sarfaraz and Dr. Attia Afzal both Assistant Professors at the Department of Pharmacy, recently completed their Post-Doctoral Fellowship from China and re-assumed their duties.  Their return is a boost to their area of specialty as well as to the entire faculty. They are determined to set high quality standard of research in the department through networking with foreign experts, especially from China.

On October 29, 2020, both fellows facilitated a symposium for the faculty members and students aimed at sharing their post-doc research experience, inter-departmental professional research skills, collaborative scientific researches and technologies used in the treatment of cancer.

The two Assistant Professors briefly discussed their research projects, methodology, results and conclusions. They are also planning to establish PAK-CHINA joint research lab in the department for the advancement of cancer research. “Cancer research is the hot pursuit among many contemporary researchers around the world”, they emphasized.

Dr. Sarfaraz has research exposure in nanotechnology for the anti-cancer drug delivery. He completed his Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics from Huanzhong University of Science and Technology (HUST) and his research work focused on tumor targeted drug delivery. He proposed for the establishment of nano-drug delivery research center for anti-cancer drugs/genes in the department.

Dr. Afzal got her Ph.D. degree from China Pharmaceutical University (CPU) and has expertise in advanced mass spectrometry such as LC/MS-IT/TOF and analytical techniques like HPLC, UV, FTIR and Fluorescence Spectrophotometer. She is one of the pioneer scholars to develop pest containing nuclear protein (PCNP) based therapeutics. During her presentation, she highlighted the potential of PCNP protein as a novel target in the cancer therapy.

Prof. Dr. Javed Iqbal (Pro-Rector Academics/Dean of Pharmacy) and Dr. Ayaz Ali Khan (HOD, Pharmacy) appreciated the research achievements of both fellows. Dr. Khan told the participants to pick research ideas from the presentations shared  and encouraged the two fellows to share their research experiences with the post-graduate students also. He appreciated the idea of nano-drug delivery research center and gave a green signal to work on its feasibility.

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