QAU’s young scientists raising millions

Islamabad—While Pakistan’s top varsity continues to struggle to manage its deficit and desperately needed development funds from the Government of Pakistan continue to be delayed, its young faculty are blazing new trails and competing successfully at the national and international levels to bring in desperately needed resources. To take just two noteworthy examples: Dr. Rabaab Zahra (Microbiology) and Dr. Syed Sikander Azam (Bioinformatics).
Dr. Zahra has won multiple international research grants in pursuance of her research on drug resistance in bacteria, which is an absolutely critical field of study given Pakistan’s vulnerability to this dreaded development. These grants include as $258,813 from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of BARNARDS network (2015-2018), a Travel Grant for £7,950 by the British Council under the UK-Researcher Links Travel Grant Program 2015 (June 26-September 22, 2015), a Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship 2016 (October 2016-March 2017) And a second Research Grant worth $55,664 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as part of BARNARDS community work (October 2016-March 2018).—PR

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