Under the Pak-US Science &Technology Cooperation Program, Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz, Visited the Foundation Plant Services in the Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis, as a visiting Professor and project collaborator for training and research in the project entitled “Application of Molecular methods for the development of a pathogen-free certification program for grapevine” in Nov.-Dec.2015.The project was funded by HEC and USAID and the funding amount is 41.7 Million Rs.
The projects was involved training in the areas of modern molecular technologies used for the detection of viruses in grapes (like PCR and qPCR) and technologies used for molecular characterization of viruses (e.g., Next Generation Sequencing Technology). This is the first ever project in the field of grapes. So far no comprehensive research on this area is being conducted. Pakistan does not have the highly technical tools that could vastly improve the national harvest of perennial crops -- from vineyards and orchards. Microbial diseases greatly decrease the yields and quality of those harvests. This project proposes to bring that expertise in plant disease detection and management from the U. S. to Pakistan. The first step, during the three years of this proposal, will be the establishment of a pilot program in the disease-free certification of grapevines for commercial production. The next step will be the expansion of that program across the nation. Final steps will involve the inclusion of other orchard crops in certification programs. The result will be improvement in crop productivity. A more productive vineyard and orchard industry would provide lower cost, non-imported, healthy food to the people, as well as economic benefit to the growers and to the commercial agricultural sector.
The Department of Biotechnology won 3 research grants from 2 International and 1 National funding agency
i. Prof Dr Shagufta Naz, Chairperson of Department of Biotechnology won the competitive research grant under Pak-US Science & Technology Cooperation Program. Only 13 projects were selected from all over the Pakistan. These Projects were funded under this solicitation should contribute to building research capacity in Pakistan while strengthening U.S.-Pakistan cooperative relationships. The title of the project is “Application of Molecular methods for the development of a pathogen-free certification program for grapevine” Prof Dr Shagufta Naz is the Principle Investigator from Pakistani side while Dr. Adib Rowhani, from University of California, Davis, USA is the US partner. The project was granted a funding amount worth Rs 41.7 Million.
ii. Prof Dr Shagufta Naz also won a project entitled “High throughput citrus diagnostics and screening of pathogens of Canker, Greening, Scab and Viruses from Nurseries and orchards of Sargodha” The funding agency is USAID under the Agriculture Innovation Program(AIP) for Pakistan in collaboration with Pakistan Agriculture research Board. Prof Dr Shagufta Naz is the PI of this project, while Dr. Faiza Saleem is the Co PI. The project was granted a funding amount worth Rs 5.0 Million.
iii. The Department also won a National grant from high ranked funding agency i.e HEC under National Research Program for Universities. The title of project is “Concerted Bioinformatics and proteomic approaches to define the role of posttranslational modifications in signaling proteins of the insulin pathway. Dr Afshan Kaleem is the PI of this project, while Dr. Daniel C. Hoessli and Dr. Ikram-ul-Haq are the Co PI. The project was granted a funding amount worth Rs 2.8 Million.
iv. Establishments of Department:
a. Plant Tissue Laboratory" in Bagh-e-Jinnah
Lahore College for Women University, in collaboration with the Punjab Agriculture Department established a "Plant Tissue Laboratory" in Bagh-e-Jinnah The lab was inaugurated by LCWU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Bushra Mateen and Punjab Floriculture Director Dr. Mohammad Tariq Iqtidar on 8th April, 2009.
The laboratory is an implementation of the MOU signed in 26th July 2007 between the LCWU and Agriculture Department. The tenure for the agreement is 25 years. The Agriculture Department has established the laboratory and Green houses while the LCWU has equipped it with all necessary equipment. All the management, production and over all control of tissue culture lab. and green houses will be operated solely by LCWU due to security purpose of students and female faculty members.
The utility of this venture is to provide students an opportunity to produce disease free, healthy, vigorous and high yielding plant material of different ornamentals and crops by using different in vitro techniques. The lab will also cater the production of utility fruits like bananas, medicinal plants and expensive flowers like Lilulium,Carnation,Gerbera, and Orchids
Significance of this venture:
By establishing Plant Tissue Culture Lab. with existing well built Green houses and along with a garden having large biodiversity of different species of plants will boom the research and development. This facility will give the opportunity of research at BS, MS and PhD students. These students will get training in different disciplines of plant tissue culture techniques, hardening and acclimatization methods, technology of green house management and off season vegetable production. These well trained human resources can act as a good scientist in this society.
b. Kitchen gardening Centre (The Potagers): has been established for production of off season and seasonal vegetables like Cherry tomatoes, hot & sweet pepper, Ice burg salads and different other local and exotic varieties. Training for production of these plants will be offered to students at all levels.
• The Department of Biotechnology has the credit to submit 16 patents since January 2015. One patent of Dr. Faiza Saleem is in Gazette of Pakistan now and the others are in process.
• A Biannual Research Journal entitled " Journal of Innovative Sciences (JIS)” e. ISSN 2411-2240 and p ISSN 2412-3846 has published its first issue. (http://www.jis-spst.com)
• The Department has published 14 research papers in Impact factor journals from Jan. to June,2015.
Prof. Dr. Shugufta Naz and Prof Dr. Farkhanda Manzoor, Editors of the Journal of the “INNOVATIVE SCIENCES” the first LCWU Science journal became members of the Asian Council of Scientific Editors (ACSE) and attended their meeting at Dubai on 13-14th August. The theme of the Annual meeting was "Trends in academic and scholarly publishing in Asia" At this Annual Meeting 2015, they also attended different short courses along with the keynote and plenary sessions, led by consultants and trainers including Dr. Elizabeth Wager, Pippa Smart and Rachel Maund.
Student of Biotechnology for completion of their Social Action Project organized a sumposium on Clean Community: A symbol of civilized nation in collaboration with Lahore Waste management corporation” . Dr. Neelma Munir and Ms. Rukhama Haq (ACP facilitators, Dept. of Biotechnology) highlighted the importance of the selected Social action project and the student’s efforts in successful execution.
Resource persons from LWMC Mr. M. Umair Khan, Assistant Manager, LWMC and Ms Irum, Operational Manager, LWMC explained in detail the methods of waste disposal and working of LWMC in achieving their target of clean Lahore.
At the end the students actively participated in cleaning the university. They also distributed the Brouchers and stickers among the university students and persuaded them to do all the possible efforts to make their community clean which reflects the civilization of a nation.
Department of Biotechnology organized an HEC funded workshop on “Awareness of the Emerging Issues of Cancers in Pakistan” on Tuesday 6th May 2014. Many renowned doctors and scientists shared their knowledge and made the students aware of the current issues of the cancers in Pakistan.
Prof. Dr. Shagufta Naz, Prof. Dr. Shaharyar (Founder of Cancer care hospital, Lahore & Ex-Chairman Oncology department King Edward Medical University), Dr. Riaz-ur-Rehman (Head of Pediatric Oncology department Jinnah Hospital Lahore), Dr. Areesha Zaman (Chief Scientist, Medical Radiation Physicist, INMOL Cancer Hospital, Lahore), Dr Imran Altaf (Assistant Professor QOL University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore) and Dr Rasheeda Bashir (Assistant professor LCWU, Lahore) shared their knowledge of the subject and also provide very helpful information about prevention, detection, cure, genetic and mutagenic factors affecting the cancer growth in the body.
The workshop ended with vote of thanks to the resource persons and audience by Dr. Rasheeda Bashir, Chief organizer of the workshop.
Biotechnology Department of LCWU organized 2nd women inter collegiate and university science symposium and model competition on the theme “Revolution of Biotechnology” on 18th April 2014, Friday. Students of different universities of Lahore presented their models as well as poster in the competition.
Dr. Mohsin Javed (Associate professor) Institute of Industrial Biotechnology GC University Lahore., Dr Hamid Mukhtar (Associate professor) Institute of Industrial Biotechnology GC University Lahore and Dr Seemal Ejaz (Associate professor and Head of department) Govt. Postgraduate College for Women Samanabad evaluated the posters.
The Judges appreciated the efforts and talent of the students. The emphasized that events like this are necessary for intellectual nourishment of the students. Certificates and shields were given to the students at the end of the event.
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.