Two days introductory workshop on Fundamental Cell culture techniques was conducted by Department of Molecular Medicine from 22nd– 23rd Aug, 2023 at Multidisciplinary Research Labs, Ziauddin University.
Dr. Shumaila Usman started the program with the welcome address, followed by the recitation of Holy Quran. Executive Director Research Prof. Dr. Talat Mirza highlighted the Clinical perspectives of the cell culture techniques. She said the ultimate objective of such events is to create awareness and knowledge based for new methods and techniques for practical implications and research.
Dr Shumaila gave a brief introduction of the cell culture technique to convey basic understanding before lab demonstrations. Video session on the important cell culture techniques was conducted prior hands-on training. Isolation of Mesenchymal Stem Cells from Umbilical cord, trypsinization, cell counting, seeding and cryopreservation was conducted by Dr. Shumaila. Dr. Irfan Khan, Assistant Professor, Dr. Panjwani Center for Molecular Medicine delivered a lecture on Stem Cells from Bench to Bedside, highlighting the clinical importance of the stem cells research.
Second day of the workshop started with the treatment of the cells with compounds for cytotoxicity analysis. Dr. Rehan Imad conducted a lecture prior to the lab session. MTT assay was performed and the results analysis was explained to the students followed by a lecture on Recent Advances in Cell Culture by Dr. Shumaila Usman. Extensive knowledge and practical skills were imparted through the lectures, video sessions & interactive sessions along with the hands-on training. Participants were assessed for their knowledge at the end of the workshop.
The productive activity was concluded and certificate distribution among the participants by Dean Faculty of Health Sciences Prof. Dr. Abbas Zafar and Executive Director Research Dr Talat Mirza The session was closed after taking feedback from the students.