A Seminar on “The Awareness of Emerging Issues of Cancers in Pakistan” was held on November 21, 2013. The event was organized by Biotechnology Department in collaboration with Oncology Department of King Edward Medical University. Aim of Seminar was to create awareness about different types of cancer in Pakistan and their preventive measures.
Dr. Sabiha Mansoor, Vice Chancellor of Lahore College for Women University, Lahore was invited as chief guest in seminar. Key speakers were Dr. Shaharyar, a renowned Oncologist and chairman of oncology department of King Edward Medical University Lahore and Dr. Riaz-ur-Rehman, Palliative Physician, Oncologist and Senior Consultant in the Department of Radiation Oncology. Dr. Shaharyar and Dr. Riaz-ur-Rehman highlighted the need of more cancer hospitals in Pakistan keeping in view a great number of cancer patients in the country. They also explained the concept of palliative care center and its importance. Both the speakers emphasized that healthy life style is very crucial to prevent cancer especially in young persons. Vote of thanks was given by Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz on behalf of Biotechnology Department for providing this excellent opportunity to students as well as faculty members no only to learn about cancer but play their role as volunteers in this noble task.
Students of Biotechnology department, LCWU actively run a fund raising campaign for two days and collected 3 lacs for Cancer care hospital and research center. Dr. Sabiha Mansoor presented a prestigious donation of 50 thousands rupees by Student Council LCWU,Lahore. Shields, trophies and certificates were awarded to students and faculty members for their active participation in making this event a success.
A memorandum of understanding is signed between The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Lahore, Pakistan and Citrus Research Centre, Sargodha. The MOU was signed with the idea of collaboration in research in the field of Agriculture Biotechnology to initiate mutually beneficial collaboration in the area of Research between public partnership by incorporating their relevant strengths in specific areas of teaching and research.
The Orange Research Station, Sargodha will provide facility for undertaking research in different disciplines of Biotechnology to LCWU. Both parties will do collaborative research /developmental projects in the different areas of citrus germplasm conservation and improvement.
Idra-frogh-e-Taleem has awarded Gold Medal and shield to Head of Biotechnology Department Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz for her valuable services in the field of education.
Certificate of merit were awarded to Dr. Faiza Saleem, Dr. Mehwish Iqtedar, Dr. Neelma Munir, Dr. Roheena Abdullah, Dr.Rasheed Bashir, Dr. Farheen Aslam, Ms. Rukhama Haq and Ms.Mahwish Aftab for their best performance in the field of education in the Gold medal award ceremony held in Al-Hamrah on 17th June 2013.
Prof Dr. Khaliq-ur- Rehaman and Zakia Shah Nawaz were chief guest of the ceremony.
STRAP research Grants awarded to Biotechnology Department
Dr. Faiza Saleem, Dr. Mehwish Iqtedar, Dr. Neelma Munir and Dr. Roheena Abdullah Department of Biotechnology has been awrded STRAP research grant by LCWU for their submitted projects
HEC awarded research grant of 0.5 million to Dr. Farheen Aslamu/Dr. Neelma Mnir for the project “Stydying the effect on expression of a recombinant protein by changing the nucleotides at the promotor and start of the gene” on june 4th , 2013.
A memorandum of understanding is signed between The Lahore College for Women University (LCWU) Lahore, Pakistan and The Children’s Hospital and the Institute of Child Health Ferozepur Road Lahore, Pakistan at the conference room of Children Hospital on 4th June 2013. The memorandum is signed by the Dean of Children Hospital, Prof. Dr. Tahir Masood Ahmad and Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz (Head of Biotechnology Department, LCWU) on the behalf of Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Sabiha Mansoor. Prof. Dr. Farkhanda Manzoor of Zoology Department of LCWU signed as witness. Prof. Ahsan Waheed Rathore and Dr. Muhammad Ashiq Hussain of Children Hospital, signed as witnesses. This agreement is for collaboration and participation in the process of scientific research and provision of clinical material for research purpose to nominated scientists/students/internees in various departments of LCWU, by CH & ICH, Lahore. It is further agreed to set out the broad framework for Parties’ intended collaboration in the field of scientific research.
Dr. Rasheeda Bashir/ Dr. Faiza Saleem of Biotechnology department has been awarded research grant of Rs. 0.5 million for the project entitled “Genetic analysis of Glucoma in Pakistan”
Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz, HOD, Biotechnology and Microbiology, has been awarded “Productive Scientist Award” on 4th April 2013, from Ministry of Science & Technology for her tremendous achievements in the field of Plant Biotechnology.
A seminar was organized on "How favourable and fast are the enzymic reaction?" by Prof. Dr. M Akhtar (FRS), Director general, School of Biological Sciences.
Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology, LCWU; organized a lecture on “Forensic DNA Typing” by distinguished Forensic Scientist Dr. Zahoor Ahmed on 7th March, 2013. Pioneer of CEMB, Dr. Zahoor Ahmed is currently Associate Professor in Forensic Science Laboratories of School of Biological Sciences, University of the Punjab. Distinguished Forensic Scientist delivered a very informative lecture regarding different areas of Genetics, Cytogenetics and Forensic science. He enlightened the importance of Science in Forensics and the responsibility of Forensic Scientist to Develop Association of Crime Scene and Suspect, especially among the students of Biotechnology and Forensic studies.
1st Women Inter Collegiate and University Science Model and Poster Exhibition
Department of Biotechnology has organized 1st Women Inter collegiate and University Science Model and Poster Exhibition on 12th of March, 2013. The event was organized by Prof. Dr.Shagufta Naz, Dr.Mehwish Iqtedar and Dr.Roheena Abdullah. Total 400 participants participated from University of the Punjab, Government College University, Forman Christian College, Kinnard College, Queen Mary College, Government Post Graduate College for Women Samnabad and Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology including home University. Overall 60 posters and 25 models were presented.The competition consisted of three categories
1. Model presentation
2. Research posters
3. General posters
The competition was judged by eminent Professor Dr.Javed Iqbal Qazi(Biotechnologist) from Department of Zoology, University of the Punjab and Dr.Athar Hussain Shah (Biotechnologist) from Department of Botany, Government College University, Lahore. Chief guest for Prize distribution ceremony was Dean of life Sciences Professor Dr.Kausar Jamal Cheema. At the end souvenir were presented to chief guest, organizers and judges. Diverse topics related to biotechnology were presented in the form of posters and models. In students such event creates innovative ideas to face the challenges of the present day world. These brain storming activities enhance the learning and team work abilities among students and therefore provides a platform for expression of hidden abilities and build confidence. Therefore well- planned events must be incorporated in our education system for innovative ideas in education and research.
Keeping in view the importance of using endnote for researchers, A seminar was organized on “ Endnote: A tool in effective scientific writing” by Mr. Mohsin Raza on Thursday March 21, 2013.
Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology, LCWU; organized a one day symposium on “Colors of Biotechnology” including poster competition and a lecture by distinguished National Professor Dr. Abdul Rauf Shakoori on 20th December, 2012. Prof. Dr. Sabiha Mansoor, Vice Chancellor, LCWU and Prof. Dr. Abdul Rauf Shakoori, Director, School of Biological Sciences, University of the Punjab, were the chief guests on this occasion. Worthy Vice chancellor inaugurated the event. Posters were evaluated by Prof. Dr. A. R. Shakoori, Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz, and Prof. Dr Farkhanda Manzoor.
Prof. Dr. A. R. Shakoori, Distinguished National Professor, delivered a very informative lecture regarding different areas of molecular biology and biotechnology. He enlightened the importance of basic understanding about our functional unit of life, i.e. a cell and the wonders associated with it, especially among the students of biotechnology and microbiology.
The evaluation committee appreciated the students’ presentation and creativity in the form of posters and models. Prizes and certificates were delivered by Dr. Shakoori at the end of lecture. The ceremony ended with vote of thanks by Dr. Shagufta Naz.
Department of Biotechnology and Microbiology, LCWU; organized a lecture on “Plants Transgene Expression: Tools and Methodology. by Dr. M. Sohail Akram on 22nd January, 2013. Dr. M. Sohail Akram has expertise in and plant tissue culture and Agrobacterium mediated Plant Transformation. He discussed the tools and methodology of Agrobacterium mediated transformation of model plants, crop plants and construction of vectors for transgene expression in plants as well as expression analysis using molecular techniques. The lecture ended with the vote of thanks by worthy Dr. Shagufta Naz (HOD Biotechnology Department).
One day seminar on “Imaging Cellular Events in Real-time using Genetically Encoded Optical Probes” by Dr. Muhammad Awais, Liverpool NIHR Pancreas Biomedical Research Unit, Institute of Translational Medicine, The University of Liverpool, UK in Biotechnology Department, LCWU. His explained designing of genetically encoded fluorescent and bioluminescent probes and their applications to understand cellular processes in real-time in the physiological environment of live cells and small animals. He also discuss briefly drug discovery and development programme at the Liverpool NIHR Pancreas Biomedical Research Unit for pancreatitis for which there is currently no specific therapy available.
Educational Visit of students of MS to Shakargang sugar Mills, Jhang.
Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz, HOD, Biotechnology and Microbiology, has been awarded “Productive Scientist Award” from Ministry of Science & Technology for her tremendous achievements in the field of Plant Biotechnology.