International Biophysics Workshops

"3. Nanoscale Materials and Biological Physics"

Event Date: March 20-21, 2023

Detailed Program: 
The workshop will be held virtually and physically.
Venue: 10-402, Dean’s Smart Room, SBASSE Building, LUMS.
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Nanoparticle chemistries and single molecule imaging have revolutionized the characterization, interrogation and analysis of complex systems ranging from inanimate polymer composites to the human brain. This workshop will identify common principles important for bridging insights at the nanoscale to macroscale system properties. It is part of a series designed to increase awareness in the scientific community within Pakistan and neighboring regions of the multidisciplinary nature of biophysics. This workshop brings together national and international speakers across disciplines around four major themes.

  • Electromagnetic probes of molecular architecture
  • Microfabrication of novel materials
  • Nanoparticle sensing and delivery. 
  • Multiscale single molecule imaging – proteins to brain.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Justin Molloy, The Crick Institute, London (UK).
Keynote Speech on “Single Molecule Biophysics”

Featured Speaker:

Professor Alexander Reyes, New York University (USA)


Electromagnetic Probes
Dr. Shahid Khan (C ) - LUMS
Dr. Dalawar Anjum - Khalifa Univeristy (UAE)
Dr. Ata-ul-Haq - LUMS
Dr. Nabeel Aslam - Uni Braunschweig (GER)

Dr. Ammar Ahmad Khan (C) - LUMS
Dr. Waqar Ahmad - COMSATS ISB
Dr. Nauman Butt - LUMS
Dr. Shah Rukh Abbas - NUST

Dr. Basit Yameen (C) - LUMS
Dr. Nurcan Dogan - Gebze Teknik Üniversity (TUR)
Dr. Evrim Umut - Dokuz Eylül University (TUR)
Dr. Nasir Ahmad - NUST

Dr. Farzada Farkhooi (C) - LUMS
Dr. Lukas Anneser - FMI (CHE)
Dr. Antonio J. Hinojosa - Sussex University (UK)


Dr. Shahid Khan  |
Muhammad Arshad Maral  | 

Our Sponsors


Workshop Partners 

Biophysical Society (BPS)
Pakistan Bioscientist Association
1st Workshop - "Active Matter and Large Scale Nuclear Architecture"


Event Date: March 25-26, 2021

Biophysics is a branch of Physics dedicated to the investigation of biological systems. The conference will draw together national and international speakers/researchers at the interface of Systems Biology, Quantum Physics and Materials Science around three major themes: 

  • Active matter self-organization 
  • Nanomaterials and nanodevices 
  • Signaling in biological systems

The conference aims to build a biophysics research community within Pakistan and collaborations with regional and international partners. A round table will discuss how the multi-disciplinary culture required to nurture this area can be created.

Keynote Speaker:

Prof. Gautam I. Menon (The Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai, India)

Keynote Speech on “Active Matter and Large Scale Nuclear Architecture”

Invited Speakers:

  1. Prof. Sriram Ramaswamy (Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, India)
    “Active Matter Self-Organization”
  2. Prof. Padmini Rangamani (University of California San Diego, USA)
    "Physical Design of Neuronal Signal Circuits"
  3. Prof. Talat S. Rahman (University of Central Florida, USA)
    "Physics of Nanomaterials "
  4. Prof. Linda Kenney (University of Texas Galveston. USA)
  5. Prof. Ghanim Ullah (University of South Florida, USA)
    “Investigating the calcium hypothesis of Alzheimer’s disease”
  6. Prof. Shahid Khan (Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Berkeley USA)
  7. Prof. Junhua Yuan (USTC, Hefei, China)
    "Collective motions enhance bacterial swarm chemotaxis"
  8. Prof. Suhita Nadkarni (Indian Institute of Sciences and Research, Pune, India)
    “Energy-Information prescription for synapses”
  9. Prof. Khalid Machaca (Weil Cornell Medicine, Qatar)
    “Calcium tunneling: a tightly coupled calcium signaling modality”
  10. Prof. Sabieh Anwar (Physics, SBASSE, LUMS, Pakistan)
    “Avian navigation explained by quantum mechanics”
  11. Dr. Muhammad Zahir Iqbal (Engineering Sciences, GIKI, Pakistan)
    “Two-dimensional layered materials based biosensors”
  12. Dr. Qasim Mehmood (ITU, Lahore, Pakistan)
    “Artificially Engineered Flat Nanodevices for Optical Bio-imaging”
  13. Dr. Ammar Ahmed Khan (Physics, SBASSE, LUMS, Pakistan)
    “Liquid Crystal Self-Assembly”
  14. Dr. Ata Ulhaq (Physics, SBASSE, LUMS, Pakistan)
    “Semiconductor Quantum Dots for fluorescence imaging”
  15. Dr. Adam Zaman (Physics, SBASSE, LUMS, Pakistan)

Please check here to download the flyer of the workshop.

2nd Workshop - "Macromolecular Structure and Dynamics"

Event Date: March 24-25, 2022

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This workshop will highlight the revolution in the study of Macromolecular Structure & Dynamics led by developments in:

  • High-flux synchrotron beamlines
  • Optical physics of micro-crystallites
  • Cryogenic electron microscopy (Cryo-EM)
  • High-performance computing

The workshop series introduce cutting edge developments in the study of complex Biological and Organic materials. Their links to the core principles of Physics, Information Science, Molecular Biology and Organic Chemistry will be emphasized. The workshops aim to build a biophysics research community within Pakistan and collaborations with regional and international partners. Round table discussions address how the multidisciplinary culture required to nurture this area can be created. 

This workshop will draw together national and international speakers/researchers working at the interfacial disciplines of Structural Biology, Molecular Dynamics and Materials Physics.

Keynote Speaker:

Dr. Jose Carazo (National Center for Biotechnology, Spain)

Keynote Speech on “Cryo-EM – It’s amazing capability to follow macromolecular structural changes”

Featured Speakers:

Dr. Jay Nix (Lawrence Berkeley Labs, USA) 
Drs. Geerten Vuister/Vicky Higman (Leicester University, UK)


Dr. Tanweer Hussain (Indian Institute of Science, India) 
Dr. Humayun Sharif (Harvard University, USA) 
Dr. Sheikh Mohammed Arif (Blundell Group – Cambridge University, UK) 
Dr. Anas Khawaja (Karolinska Institut, Sweden) 
Dr. Ishrat Jabeen (NUST, Islamabad) 
Dr. Hammad Naveed (NUCES-FAST Lahore) 
Dr. Shafqat Rasool (McGill University, Canada) 
Dr. Arooj Shafiq (Salim Habib University) 
Dr. Maqsood Ahmed (Islamia University, Bahawalpur) 
Dr. Moaz ur Rahman (Punjab University, Lahore) 
Dr. Javed Akhtar (PINSTECH, Islamabad) 
Dr. Shahid Khan (Lawrence Berkeley Labs, USA) 
Dr. Shahzad ul Hassan (SBASSE, LUMS, Lahore)

Discussion Panelists:

Roundtable on "Biorganics and Protein Crystallography in Pakistan" 
Dr. Muhmmad Imran (FC College University) 
Dr. Sammer Yousaf (HEJ Karachi) 
Dr. Moaz ur Rehman (SBS Punjab University) 
Dr Muhammad Saleem (SBS Punjab University) 
Dr. Maqsood Ahmed (IUB, Bahawalpur)                                                                                                                                                              
Dr. Ahmad Ikrem (BZU Multan) 
Dr. Falak Sher (Chemistry, LUMS)

Roundtable on "XRD and Molecular Dynamics" 
Dr. Ata Ulhaq and Dr. Ammar Ahmed Khan (Physics, LUMS) 
Dr. Falak Sher (Chemistry, LUMS) 


Dr. Ata Ulhaq  | 
Dr. Shahzad Ul Hassan | 
Muhammad Arshad Maral  |