Mon, May 11 2020Mon, May 11 2020
COVID-19 has drastically changed the way scientists all over the world are working. It has prompted intense collaboration among researchers to develop a vaccine, novel screening agents, diagnostic tests and models of infection to trace the source and help prevent future occurrences. Science is the gospel that is being depended upon for ending the pandemic. Exchange of information and data to understand the pandemic and bring about a solution has taken precedence over all other research. The shift towards open Science at a speed that was previously unthinkable is being experienced at the moment. Technological advances are being fully utilised thinking about how to save lives and ease global socio-economic constraints.
We invite you to join us for the twelfth session of LUMS Live during which our panel will discuss the different aspects and the latest methods and techniques to resolve the COVID-19 pandemic. Our distinguished panelists for this session include Dr. Sabieh Anwar - Dean, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering, LUMS, Dr. Shaper Mirza - Associate Professor, School of Science and Engineering, LUMS, Dr. Syed Shahzad ul Hussan - Associate Professor, School of Science and Engineering, LUMS and Dr. Aqif Anwar Chaudhry - Head, Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials, COMSATS University Islamabad.
Date: Monday, May 11, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm (PKT)
Moderated by Mr. Adeel Hashmi, the session will be broadcast live via the LUMS Facebook page. During the session, please use the live stream's comments bar to ask questions or email them to email@example.com.
After the session, kindly share your feedback and suggest topics and guests for future discussions here.
Join us for this exciting conversation!
Profiles of Panelists
Dr. Sabieh Anwar - Dean, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering, LUMS
Dr. Sabieh Anwar is a Rhodes Scholar who earned his PhD from Oxford University and went on to complete his post-doc in Chemistry and Materials Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He helped establish the Physics Department at LUMS and founded the School’s experimental facilities and curriculum. As Associate Professor and Chair of the Physics Department, he raised significant research funding, published extensively and played a significant role to introduce innovative learning tools that encourage homegrown physics experiments.
Dr. Aqif Anwar Chaudhry - Head, Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials, COMSATS University Islamabad
Dr. Aqif Anwar Chaudhry has a background in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering from METU, Turkey & GIKI, Pakistan and holds a PhD in Biomaterials from QMUL, UK. He joined the IRCBM at COMSATS University Islamabad in 2008. IRCBM today is a productive innovation house that focuses on translational R & D on Biomedical Materials, Tissue Engineering, Regenerative Medicine and allied areas which directly address Pakistani needs. He also works on developing sustainable research infrastructure, research commercialization, identifying related challenges and working towards finding solutions with national and international partners. With publications (55+), a book and several patent applications, Dr. Aqif identifies himself as a scientist, a technologist and an academic.
Dr. Shaper Mirza - Associate Professor, School of Science and Engineering, LUMS
Dr. Shaper Mirza is a recognised researcher in the areas of molecular pathogenesis. She has authored several papers in high impact factor journals and serves as an editor for two journals. Her specialised areas of teaching at LUMS include immunology and bacterial pathogenesis. Dr. Shaper has also developed a lab at the University, which is currently investigating the role of hyperglycaemia, characteristic of type-2 diabetes in impairment in immune functions of neutrophils and CD4+T cells. Prior to joining LUMS in 2015, she served as an Assistant Professor since 2008, at The University of Texas – Houston Health Science Center in the Division of Epidemiology Human Genetics and Environmental Health.
Dr. Syed Shahzad ul Hussan - Associate Professor, School of Science and Engineering, LUMS
Dr. Shahzad ul Hussan research interests include virus related structural biology, sub-molecular level understanding of viral infections, structure based vaccine research and understanding the role of glycans (carbohydrates) in various biological processes particularly host-pathogen recognition, immune evasion and drug-target interactions. He has implemented his expertise in identifying and engineering potential antiviral proteins by targeting viral glycans. Dr. Shahzad has worked with the Vaccine Research Center of NIAID at NIH, USA as a research fellow for several years. His research during the last 10 years has resulted in several publications in high-ranking journals.