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A Two-Day Hands-On Workshop

Unlocking Molecular Biology Techniques: From DNA Extraction to PCR

The Department of Molecular Medicine and Department of Research conducted a hands-on workshop, “Unlocking Molecular Biology Techniques: From DNA Extraction to PCR”, on 15th and 16th Nov, 2023. The workshop aimed to provide participants with hands-on experience and in-depth knowledge of molecular biology techniques essential for advancing research in the field.

The Chief Organizer, Dr. Yamna Khurshid, extended a warm welcome to the participants and shed light on the profound significance of the workshop. Prof. Dr. Talat Mirza, Executive Director Research and HOD Molecular Medicine, provided a comprehensive overview of fundamental concepts and the latest advancements in the field.

Dr. Yamna Khurshid delivered a lecture on DNA extraction methods and gel electrophoresis followed by hands-on session facilitated by Mr. Moazzam Shahid. Dr. Shumaila Usman then talked about RNA isolation and provided a training session also.

On day second, Dr. Shumaila Usman delivered a lecture and lab session on cDNA synthesis. Dr. Yamna Khurshid conducted a thought-provoking session on PCR and primer designing. In the closing ceremony participants shared that they gained valuable knowledge during the workshop. Prof. Dr. Abbas Zafar, Dean FHS appreciated the efforts of facilitators and distributed certificates among the participants.

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World AMR Awareness Week (WAAW) celebrated by Ziauddin University

College of Public Health, Ziauddin University (ZU), and the Fleming Fund, DAI collaborated to organize an awareness-raising seminar for medical students, doctors, nurses, and other para-medical staff on the prevention of antimicrobial resistance.

Imminent speakers included Dr Mahmood Iqbal, Team Leader, Sindh Fleming Fund, DAI Pakistan, Mr. Ahsan Shahid, Advocate and Founding Director, AAN Consulting Private Limited, Pakistan, Dr. Saba Tariq, Consultant/Microbiologist, Fleming Fund, DAI Pakistan, Ms. Shandana, Fleming Fund Country Grants, DAI Pakistan, Dr. Farhana Shahid, Associate Professor CPH and Dr. Shahkamal Hashmi, Principal, CPH, Ziauddin University.

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World Diabetes Day 2023

On World Diabetes Day 2023, Ziauddin University took a proactive stance in raising awareness about diabetes prevention by hosting a brisk morning walk as part of the spirited campaign of the day. The event, held around the university campus, brought together students, faculty, doctors, and staff in a collective effort to emphasize the significance of regular exercise in combating the global diabetes epidemic.

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Ziauddin University Open House 2023

We take pride in serving as a channel for providing unlimited opportunities to the youth. Ziauddin University successfully organised an Open House, featuring a significant exhibition of the educational disciplines it offers, different fun activities, music sessions, gaming stalls, and many more. The event’s significance was heightened by the presence of esteemed delegates in the inaugural session, including Ms. Rana Hussain, Minister of Education & Literacy of the Government of Sindh, Prof. Dr. Nida Hussain, Pro-Chancellor, Prof. Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder, Vice-Chancellor, Mr. Murtaza Ahmed, and Mr. Amir Shehzad from Marketing, PR & Communication Department of Ziauddin University. Numerous students from different schools participated enthusiastically, actively exploring the event to seize opportunities. The gathering not only showcased our academic offerings but also underscored our commitment to fostering an environment of growth and empowerment.

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Blended Learning Certificate Course

Our six-month Blended Learning Certificate Course in Health Professions Education (CHPE) 2024 will set you on a transformative path. Discover the foundations of instruction, learning, and evaluation with our knowledgeable teachers. This course aims to enhance your teaching skills and competency as a teacher through the 12 roles of a teacher’s framework. Limited seats.

Apply now at admission.zu.edu.pk. For inquiries, email [email protected] or call 021-35862937 EXT# 2373/2374. Deadline: 7th December 2023.

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World Diabetes Day

Join us at Ziauddin University’s Clifton Campus on November 21, 2023, as we unite to shine a light on World Diabetes Day! Let’s stand together to raise awareness, share knowledge, and build a stronger, healthier community.

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Consul General of Malaysia Visits Ziauddin University for Collaborative Academic Endeavours

The esteemed Consul General of Malaysia, Mr. Herman Hardynata Ahmad, visited Ziauddin University. The principal aim of this meeting was to explore educational prospects for both Malaysian and Ziauddin University academic staff and students, as well as the possibility of signing Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) between the two institutions.

Mr. Herman Hardynata Ahmad held conversations with the top management and academic staff of the university throughout his visit to look at possible ways to strengthen ties between the two countries.

The meeting was chaired by Dr. Nida Hussain, Pro-chancellor, and Prof. Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder, Vice-chancellor. Dr. Shehla Najib, Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences; Shaista Sarki, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Politics & Governance; Dr. Zulfiqar Umrani, Director of ORIC; and Amir Shahzad, Deputy General Manager of PR & Communications, were also present in this meeting.

This diplomatic meeting demonstrated the common goal of advancing international collaboration, cultural understanding, and academic exchanges. In addition to expressing his excitement for developing these academic alliances, Mr. Herman Hardynata Ahmad recognised the enormous potential for cooperation between Pakistan and Malaysia in the area of higher education.

Ziauddin University is proud to have welcomed the Consul General of Malaysia. It is now ready to start a collaborative academic journey that will surely benefit both countries and provide opportunities for faculty and students to reach new heights.

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NGS Unveiled: From DNA Extraction to Bioinformatics Analysis

Our three-day workshop, titled ‘NGS Unveiled: From DNA Extraction to Bioinformatics Analysis,’ proved to be a resounding success, bringing together 36 participants from 14 diverse institutions within the province. This event was particularly notable for its innovative approach, offering hands-on experiences in library preparation and Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) analysis, which not only deepened the participants’ understanding but also equipped them with valuable NGS skills. These newfound capabilities are sure to drive progress in genomics research, where the study of an organism’s entire DNA holds the promise of addressing a multitude of biological questions.

The workshop was jointly organized by the Department of Molecular Medicine and the Department of Research in collaboration with the 23rd Pair Lab, with generous sponsorship from Hospicare and Molecular Biology Products. The program director, Prof. Dr. Talat Mirza, provided enlightening insights to the participants, focusing on the clinical significance of genomics within modern healthcare and medicine. The event also received attention from Hon. Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr. Irfan Haider and the dean Faculty of Health Sciences, Prof. Dr. Abass Zafar, who addressed the audience and presented certificates and shields to the deserving participants.

Dr. Ambrina Khatoon, the chief organizer and Incharge of the Genomics Lab at Ziauddin University, played a pivotal role in ensuring the event’s success and impact. Alongside her, the dedicated team members, including Mr. Muhammad Jhazaib, Dr. Yamna Khurshid, Ms. Urfa Karim, and Dr. Madeeha Sadiq, made significant contributions to the workshop’s achievements.”

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Pakistan Society of Hepatology Conference 2023

We are happy to announce that Dr. Asma Shabbir, a dedicated PhD Scholar at Ziauddin University, has been honored with an award for her groundbreaking genomic research at the Pakistan Society of Hepatology Conference 2023. Dr. Shabbir’s remarkable oral presentation showcased her extensive work in collaboration with her esteemed supervisory team, which included Prof. Talat Mirza, Dr. Ambrina Khatoon & Prof. Zaigham Abbas from the Research, Molecular Medicine and Gastroenterology Departments at Ziauddin University, Karachi. This pioneering research marks a significant milestone as it represents the first-ever study of its kind, employing cutting-edge Whole Exome Sequencing technology to uncover pathogenic variants related to fatty liver within the Pakistani population. We are also proud to announce that Dr. Shabbir has received an invitation to present her research at ABRCMS in Phoenix, Arizona, further underscoring the excellence and relevance of her work on a global scale. Congratulations, Dr. Asma Shabbir, on this well-deserved recognition and achievement!

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Poster Presentation at University of Sharjah

We would like to congratulate Dr. Shumaila Usman, an emerging Pakistani scientist from the Department of Molecular Medicine at Ziauddin University, in recognition of her scientific work presentation at the 4th Forum for Women in Research held at University of Sharjah. Dr. Shumaila is a Stem Cell biologist working on the stem cell therapy for Chronic Liver disorders. Her engagement and dedication to this cause have been truly inspiring and has gained international recognition.

Shortlisted from the 571 submissions for final poster presentation at the conference.

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