Postdoctoral Researchers

List of Postdoctoral Researchers at SBASSE

 

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Name: Dr. Aasia Khaliq
Supervisor: Dr. Shaper Mirza
Email: aasia.khaliq.pu@gmail.com
Department: Biology

Dr. Aasia holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences from University of the Punjab, Lahore in During her Ph.D , one of the areas of her research was the development and validation of multiplex-based tests for serodiagnosis of tuberculosis (TB). The purpose of this work was to design a reliable, rapid and affordable diagnostic procedure for TB. Using a set of antigens of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M.tb.) sensitivity of the test was enhanced to >90%. Another study undertaken during her PhD was to develop a rapid and reliable DNA-based multiplex test for multiple-drug resistance (MDR) TB mutation detection. Upon completion of her degree, Dr Aasia took a 3 years (2017-2020) Post Doc Fellowship at Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and worked on “Computational modelling of active tuberculosis using clinical, immunological and radiological data”. In 2021, she joined Department of Biology, LUMS as Post Doctorate Fellow and is currently working on “Mapping of Immune Response to SARS-COv2 using a multidisciplinary approach”.

Dr. Aasia have participated in various national and internal conferences and workshops. She also holds a diploma in Environmental Law.  Her experimental expertise are Isolation & Purification of DNA, Protein Purification, Cloning and Transformation, PCR, Spectroscopy, DNA Sequencing, Protein and DNA coating on microbeads, Multiplex microbead immunoassay, Cytokine assays, ELISA, Multiplex PCR & Multiplex MDR assay and FACS. She has authored 13 publications in peer reviewed journals. 

 

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Name: Dr. Amna Ijaz
Email: amna.ijaz@lums.edu.pk 
Afiniti Fellow

Dr. Amna Ijaz cares deeply about taking the waste out of wastewater. Her work examines how tiny particles released after burning of biomass from one part of the planet, travel through international airspace landing conveniently on some bright white snowy peaks of another part of the planet, can have a sinister effect in aiding downstream water pollution. Dr. Amna’s search for answers has led herself to land in multiple continents in trying to understand how developments in technology can lend a helping hand to solve the aerosol problem.

Dr. Amna received her MPhil in Environmental Biotechnology from National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering (NIBGE) in Faisalabad, Pakistan, where she participated in the development a sustainable and cost-effective wastewater treatment technology that has since been extensively installed in wastewater stabilisation ponds/canals in Pakistan by her mentor at NIBGE, Dr. Muhammad Afzal's research group, for water quality restoration. She then went on to the USA through the Fulbright Foreign Student Grant to pursue a PhD at Michigan Technological University (MTU, where her research shifted to Atmospheric Chemistry. 

Using state-of-the-art ultrahigh-resolution mass spectrometric tools at MTU and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Washington, under the guidance of Dr Lynn Mazzoleni, Amna performed molecular-level characterisation of atmospheric aerosol collected downstream of wildfires, i.e., large-scale biomass burning events.

At SBASSE, Dr. Amna's teaching and research will primarily be focused on investigating chemical processes at the atmosphere (aerosol)-cryosphere (snow/ice) interface in high mountain areas of Pakistan and their impact on downstream water quality, along with an exploration of the current status of climate science and policy in Pakistan.

 

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Name: Dr. Faisal Aslam
Supervisor: Dr. Zartash A Uzmi
Email: faisal_aslam@lums.edu.pk 
Department: Computer Science/Electrical Engineering

Dr. Faisal Aslam, received his PhD degree in Programming Languages from University of Freiburg, Germany, 2011, MS from LUMS, 2005 and currently holding a Postdoc Position in Department of Computer Science and working with Dr.Zartash Afzal Uzmi on his external funded grant SRG641/ISPL/HEC. Dr. Faisal is on leave from PUCIT as Assistant Professor, Dr. Faisal loves designing efficient algorithms and quickly developing high quality code. During his PhD he developed a new JVM, TakaTuka, for tiny devices. TakaTuka JVM needs less than four KB of RAM and only 25KB of storage space. The JVM has a novel o_ine garbage collection mechanism based on a sophisticated data ow analysis. The o_ine GC increases JVM speed as well as drastically reduces its RAM footprint. We also have novel bytecode compaction algorithm that reduces the bytcode size by 60% on average.

 

 

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Name: Dr. Fozia Parveen (Environmental Scientist)
Supervisor: Dr. Abubakr Muhammad
Email: fozia.parveen@lums.edu.pk
Department: Centre for Water Informatics and Technology (WIT)

Dr. Fozia is currently serving as a post doctorate and an adjunct at the Centre for Water Informatics and Technology (WIT) at LUMS. She finished her DPhil in Engineering science from the university of Oxford in Dec, 2018 in the field of wastewater treatment. Prior to this she did her MS and BS in Environmental sciences from NUST and FJWU respectively. At LUMS she is teaching introduction to environmental science and her post-doctoral research has focused on microplastic pollution quantification and its removal from the environment. She is also working with a waste scavenging community in Lahore on understanding and improving their role in waste management. One of her ongoing projects also focuses on climate smart agriculture and climate technologies in Pakistan. 
Dr. Fozia has believes in community engagement and research directed at uplifting communities and building future leaders who understand the science and philosophy of environment. 
She was the president of NUST environment club and took initiatives like, making the campus plastic free and introduced jute bags for use. Together with her friends she has also started a discussion and awareness forum called ‘Meer-e-Karwan’ where she especially emphasises on environmental problems and women rights, amongst other issues. She has more five peer reviewed papers published thus far.

Her publications can be found below:

  • 2019 Parveen, F. Hankins, N. P. 2019. Comparative performance of nanofiltration and forward osmosis membranes in a lab-scale forward osmosis membrane bioreactor, Journal of Water Process Engineering, 28:1-9.
  • Nawaz, M.S., Parveen, F., Khan, S. J., Hankins, N. P. 2019. Impact of osmotic backwashing, particle size distribution and feed-side cross-flow velocity on flux in the forward osmosis membrane bioreactor (FO- MBR), Journal of Water Process Engineering, 31: 100861
  • 2016 Nawaz, M.S., Parveen, F., Gadelha, G., Khan, S. J., Wang, R. & Hankins, N.P. 2016. Reverse solute transport, microbial toxicity, membrane cleaning and flux of regenerated draw in the FO-MBR using a micellar draw solution. Desalination. 391:105-111
  • 2013 Khan, S. J., Parveen, F., Ahmad, A., Hashmi, I. & Hankins, N. P. 2013. Performance Evaluation and Bacterial Characterization of Membrane Bioreactors. Bioresource Technology, 141: 2-7

 

 

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Name: Dr. Ghulam Sarwar
Supervisor: Dr. Muhammad Sabieh Anwar
Email: ghulam.sarwar@lums.edu.pk
Department: Physics

Dr. Ghulam Sarwar Butt is currently serving in physical properties measurements at Central Lab, Syed Babar Ali School of Science and Engineering LUMS. He joined LUMS in 2017 as a scientific officer. His research lab comprises of vibrating sample magnetometer (VSM), plasma etcher, microprobe station and four probe system. His main achievement is attaining the smooth operation of the VSM which is the Cryogen-Free High Field Measurement System with sophisticated measurement techniques; providing a versatile, powerful investigative device achieving low temperatures (4K) and high magnetic fields (up to 7 Tesla). He is characterizing magnetic samples with magnetic moment measurement technique by vibrating sample magnetometer. He is currently working on a number of probes with the basic cryogen-free High Field Measurement System to extend its capabilities. These probes include AC Susceptibility, Resistivity Magneto-Transport and Hall Effect measurement, Seebeck Effect and Thermal Transport, Heat-Capacity measurement by AC Calorimetry.
Sarwar received his M.Sc (Physics) and M.Phil (Microelectronic Engineering and Semiconductor Physics) degrees from University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. He completed his Ph.D Physics in 2021 from the Department of Physics, under the supervision of Dr. Muhammad Waseem Ashraf, GCU, Lahore, Pakistan. The title of Ph.D was “Simulation and Synthesis of Group-II Elements Doped ZnO Nanostructures for MEMS Energy Harvester”. The applied areas of his research include piezoelectric materials for MEMS energy harvester and simulation with MATLAB Fuzzy Logic. The area of research interest is magnetic materials and their characterization. He has 6+ publications in impact factor international journals and peer reviewed conference publications. He has been teaching and conducting electronics labs at GCU and University of the Punjab prior to joining LUMS.

Research Publications:

  • Sarwar, G., et al., Simulation, synthesis and band-gap engineering of 2nd group doped ZnO nanostructures. Materials Research Express, 2021. 8(8): p. 085004.
  • Butt, G.S. and M.W. Ashraf, Parametric estimation of Group II element doped zinc oxide nanostructures using fuzzy logic. Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems, 2020. Preprint: p. 1-11.
  • Ali, B., et al., Fuzzy logic based energy harvesting with the movement of plants branches and leaves. Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 2016. 53(2).
  • Tayyaba, S., et al. Simulation of flow control in straight microchannels using fuzzy logic. in 2016 International Conference on Computing, Electronic and Electrical Engineering (ICE Cube). 2016.
  • Tariq, N., et al. Comparative simulation of silicon, PDMS, PGA and PMMA actuator for piezoelectric micropump. in 2016 2nd International Conference on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (ICRAI). 2016.
  • Afzal, M.J., et al. Simulation of fuzzy based flow controller in ascending sinusoidal microchannels. in 2016 2nd International Conference on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence (ICRAI). 2016.

Journal Publications[1-3]
International Conference Publications[4-6]

 

 

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Name: Dr. Jawairia Ashfaq Ahmad
Supervisor: Dr. Abubakr Muhammad
Email: jawairia.ahmad@lums.edu.pk
Department: Centre for Water Informatics and Technology (WIT)

Dr. Ahmad is a Post-Doctoral Fellow and Adjunct Faculty Member at the Centre for Water Informatics and Technology, LUMS, Pakistan. Her journey in understanding the principles of hydrology formally began during her undergraduate studies in Civil Engineering through an introductory course on fluid dynamics. A major milestone in this path was crossed when she enrolled in the MS in Water Resources Engineering program at the University of Maryland (UMD) on a Fulbright Scholarship. After completing her MS, she transitioned into a Ph.D. student and focused her research on developing and implementing integrated frameworks for the estimation of hydrologic variables such as snow mass, soil moisture and stream flow across South Asia. During her graduate studies at UMD, she worked as a research assistant with Dr. Barton Forman and collaborated on three NASA-funded projects aimed at improving the current spatiotemporal hydrometeorological modeling capabilities, particularly across high mountain Asia. Her future research goals are centered around becoming an effective contributor to the advancement of the climate science and policy nexus through the formulation of integrated hydrometeorological frameworks.

 

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Name: Dr. Muhammad Aamir Basheer
Supervisor: Dr. Momin Uppal
Email: muhammad.basheer@lums.edu.pk
Department: Electrical Engineering

Muhammad Aamir Basheer received his B.Sc. degree in city and regional planning with distinction from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore in 2014. He holds a Master’s degree in Transportation Sciences with a specialization in Mobility Management from Hasselt University, Belgium (2017). He received a Ph.D. degree in Urbanism and Spatial Planning from Ghent University, Belgium 2021. He worked as a researcher at the Department of Geography, Cardiff University, UK. His research interests span the fields of mobility and spatial planning and include sustainable development, sustainable urban mobility, road safety, and housing in particular.

 

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Name: Dr. Muhammad Hamza Humayun
Supervisor: Dr. Muhammad Sabieh Anwar
Email: muhammad.humayun@lums.edu.pk
Department: Physics

Muhammad Hamza Humayun received the B.Sc. Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan in 2007, the M.Sc. degree in Optoelectronics and Photonics from Koç University, Istanbul, Turkey, in 2015, and the Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from Bilkent University, Ankara, Turkey in 2021. 

He was awarded MS leading to PhD scholarship by HEC Pakistan in 2013. His current research interests comprise of understanding light-matter interactions at the nanoscale involving photonic nanostructures. Currently, he is a Senior Lab Instructor in the Department of Physics department of LUMS. His extracurricular activities include reading books and playing sports.

Research Publications:

  • Muhammad Hamza Humayun, Pedro Ludwig Hernandez-Martinez, Negar Gheshlaghi, Onur Erdem, Yemliha Altintas, Farzan Shabani, and Hilmi Volkan Demir, "Near-Field Energy Transfer into Silicon Inversely Proportional to Distance using Quasi-2D Colloidal Quantum Well Donors", Small, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1002/smll.202103524
  • N. Gheshlaghi, S. Foroutan-Barenji, O. Erdem, Y. Altintas, F. Shabani, M. H. Humayun, H. V. Demir, “Self-Resonant Microlasers of Colloidal Quantum Wells Constructed by Direct Deep Patterning,” Nano Lett., vol. 21, no. 11, pp. 4598–4605, 2021.
  • M. H. Humayun, I. Khan, F. Azeem, M. R. Chaudhry, U. S. Gökay, M. S. Murib, A. Serpengüzel, “Far-infrared elastic scattering proposal for the Avogadro Project’s silicon spheres,” J. Quant. Spectrosc. Radiat. Transf., vol. 210, pp. 173–179, 2018.
  • Muhammad Hamza Humayun, Syed Sultan Shah Bukhari, Muhammad Zakwan, Mustafa Mert Bayer, Ulaş Sabahattin Gökay, Ali Serpengüzel, Kenichi Taira, Etsuji Omura, and Josuke Nakata, "Spatial intensity profiling of elastic and inelastic scattering in isotropic and anisotropic liquids by immersion of a spherical silicon photocell," Appl. Opt. 56, 9384-9389 (2017)

 

 

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Name: Dr. Muhammad Usama
Supervisor: Dr. Momin Uppal
Email: muhammadusama@lums.edu.pk
Department: Electrical Engineering

Muhammad Usama is a Post Doctoral Research Associate in Smart Data Systems & Application Laboratory at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan. Prior to this, he worked as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate at the University of Edinburgh (UoE), UK. He received his Ph.D. Degree in Electrical Engineering from Information Technology University (ITU), Pakistan in 2020, MS in Electrical Engineering from National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences (NUCES) in 2013, and BSc. Telecommunication Engineering from Government College University Faisalabad (GCUF), in 2010. His primary research interests are in the areas of Adversarial Machine Learning, computer networks, and countering misinformation on social media.

 

 

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Name: Dr. Muzamil Shah
Supervisor: Dr. Muhammad Sabieh Anwar
Email: muzamil.shah@lums.edu.pk
Department: Physics

Dr. Muzamil Shah is currently serving as a postdoctoral associate at the physics department in Lahore University of Management Sciences. Muzamil Shah received his M.Sc and M.Phil degrees from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan, in 2010 and 2012 respectively. He joined LUMS in November 2012, as a research associate and later as a lab instructor. He completed his Ph.D in 2021 from the department of physics, LUMS under the supervision of Dr. Muhammad Sabieh Anwar. The applied areas of his research include quantum transport, Faraday and Kerr rotation, Goos-Hanchen and Imbert-Fedorov shifts, photonic spin Hall effect in 2D quantum materials.. He has 10+ publications in impact factor international journals and peer reviewed conference publications.

Research Publications:

  • Valley and spin polarized quantized spin dependent photonic shifts in topological silicene", M. Shah and M.S. Anwar, Physics Letters A, 127342 (2021).
  • Transitional Faraday and Kerr effect in hybridized topological insulator thin films", M. Shah, A. Akbar, M. Sajid and M.S. Anwar, Opt. Mat. Express 11, 525-538 (2021).
  • Magneto-optic modulation of lateral and angular shifts in spin-orbit coupled members of the graphene family", M. Shah and M.S. Anwar, OSA Continuum 3, 878 (2020).
  • Magneto-optical effects in the Landau level manifold of 2D lattices with spin-orbit interaction," M. Shah and M.S. Anwar, Opt. Express 27, 23217-23233 (2019).
     

 

 

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Name: Dr. Sana Nayab
Supervisor: Dr. Basit Yameen
Email: emaan_40@yahoo.com
Department: Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Dr. Sana Nayab received her PhD in Chemistry (2018) from Lahore Collage for Women University (LCWU), Lahore in collaboration with Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore.  During her PhD, she got an opportunity to work with Prof. Dr. Christopher Barner-Kowollik (Institute for Chemical Technology and Polymer Chemistry, ITCP) and Dr. Hartmut Gliemann (Institute of Functional Interfaces, IFG) at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany as a visiting researcher/PhD student (2015-2016) under the International Research Support Initiative Program (IRSIP) by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan (HEC). In 2018, she was selected for the award of RSC Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund Scholarship (RSC-ACTF) and worked as a visiting researcher with Dr. K. H. Aaron Lau at the Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry, University of Strathclyde, UK. She joined the research group of Dr. Basit Yameen at the Department of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, LUMS, as a postdoctoral research fellow in 2019. Her research interests focus on the development of various technologically useful platforms including metal organic frameworks (MOFs), nanoparticles, biomass fly ash derived functional materials, and thin films, chemical surface modification and coatings, sensing and environmental remediation. 

 

 

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Name: Dr. Syed Kumail Abbas
Supervisor: Dr. Muhammad Sabieh Anwar
Email: abbas_syed@lums.edu.pk
Department: Physics

Dr. Syed Kumail Abbas had a Ph.D. in Solid State Physics from University of the Punjab. His topic of interest was to design magnetic nanostructures and patterns through physical and chemical methods. He has expertise in fabrication methods such as E-beam lithography, hydrothermal synthesis, and some other combustion based chemical techniques. His main contribution was the designing of Fe based nanopillars for magneto-optic devices. He had numerous publications in different peer-reviewed international journals of royal society of chemistry (RSC), Elsevier and Springer.

Research Publications:

  • Abbas, S.K., Akbar, A., Atiq, S., et al. (2019). Optimization of DyFe nanostructures using E-beam lithography for magneto-optical applications. Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, 469, 196-202.
  • Abbas SK, Saleem M, Naseem S, Riaz S, Atiq S. (2020). Synthesis of Ni80Fe20 permalloy antidots for high storage ferroelectric memories. Materials Letters, 127852.
  • Abbas SK, Atiq S, Anwar MS. (2019). Fluoride ion assisted growth of hierarchical flowerlike nanostructures of Co/Ni ferrites and their magnetoresistive response. RSC Advances, 9, 17581-17590
  • Abbas SK, Mustafa GM, Saleem M, Sufyan M, Riaz S, Naseem S, Atiq S. (2020).  Ethylene glycol assisted 3D floral evolution of BiFeO3-based nanostructures with effective magneto-electric response. Royal Society Open Science.
  • Quader A, Mustafa GM, Abbas SK, Ahmad H, Riaz S, Naseem S, Atiq S. (2020). Efficient energy storage and fast switching capabilities in Nd-substituted La2Sn2O7 pyrochlores. Chemical Engineering Journal, 125198
     

 

 

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Name: Dr. Ubaid Ullah
Supervisor: Dr. Imran Cheema
Email: ubaid.ullah@lums.edu.pk
Department: Electrical Engineering

Ubaid Ullah received his Ph.D. degree in Electrical Engineering from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in 2021, M. Phil in Electronics from the Quaid-i-Azam University in 2016 and B.S. in Electronics from the University of Peshawar in 2014, respectively. Currently, he is holding a Postdoc position in the Bio-Agri-Photonics Lab at Lahore University of Management Science. His research interests include Raman spectroscopy and Optical sensors based on fiber cavities. 

 

 

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Name: Dr. Zia Ullah
Supervisor: Dr. Muhammad Fareed Zaffar
Email: zranjahlaw@gmail.com
Department: Computer Science

Dr. Zia Ullah received his PhD degree in Law from International Islamic University, Islamabad, 2020, Dr. Zia Ullah is currently holding a Postdoc position in Department of Computer Science and working with Dr. Muhammad Fareed Zaffar on  his external funded grant SRG641/ISPL/HEC. He is also a practicing lawyer at Supreme Court of Pakistan.