Working together: KU forms journal club to compile and promote research

Papers presented in the club will be compiled in a publication entitled ‘Annals of Kolachi’.


Express July 28, 2011

KARACHI:


The University of Karachi has formed a ‘Journal Club’ to promote research-based teaching and to document work at the university.


Members include faculty from all the departments and research institutes. Recent PhD graduates will be associate members.

Five young faculty members, who have recently completed their PhDs, presented their research work in the inaugural session.

An assistant professor in the department of microbiology, Dr Zaid Ahmed, presented his work on how viruses can assist bacteria in the dissemination of diseases. Dr Iftikhar Shafi from the English department presented his paper on a comparison of the dynamics of creativity between Mevlana Rumi and Western poets’ work. An environmentalist, Dr Syed Adnan Hasan, spoke on dangerous fluorinated pollutants.

Dr Erum Shireen from the Biochemistry department has worked on mice models used to study Parkinson’s disease.

Dr Jamshed Hashim from the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry talked about the utilisation of microwave technology for the synthesis of new compounds that have applications in the pharmaceutical industry.

“Special presentation sessions will be held quarterly in addition to monthly discussion sessions,” said the coordinator for KU’s Journal Club, Dr Muhammad Sohail.

Papers presented at the club will be compiled in a peer-reviewed publication entitled “Annals of Kolachi.”

Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2011.

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