Hafsah Akhtar | Biomaterials | Best Researcher Award

Dr. Hafsah Akhtar | Biomaterials | Best Researcher Award

Dr at COMSATS University Islamabad, Pakistan

Pranali Parab is a highly skilled researcher with extensive experience in biomaterials and biomedical engineering. With a Ph.D. in Biomaterials from The University of Sheffield and a Master’s in Biomedical Sciences from NUST Islamabad, her expertise spans ceramic and polymer synthesis, chemical characterizations, and cell culture techniques. Pranali has demonstrated leadership as a research associate, lab in-charge, and graduate teaching assistant, supervising numerous projects and interns. She has received several awards and grants for her outstanding contributions to the field. Pranali is passionate about bone repair and regeneration and actively contributes to research and technology awareness initiatives.

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Education🎓

PhD in Biomaterials Faculty of Engineering, The University of Sheffield, United Kingdom2017-2022 PhD Thesis: Metal Oxide Substituted Polyurethane foams for enhanced craniofacial bone repair: Exploring the properties of Cerium, Zirconium, and Copper-doped Zinc Oxide nanoparticles as potential additives for bone regeneration and angiogenesis. Project Supervisor: Prof. Gwendolen Reilly MS in Biomedical Sciences School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, NUST Islamabad, Pakistan 2013-2015 Master’s Thesis: Designing and Fabrication of a functional stent graft for the treatment of Oesophageal Cancer (Higher Education Commission funded project). Project Supervisor: Dr. Murtaza Najabat Ali BS in Applied Biosciences Atta ur Rehman School of Applied Biosciences, NUST Islamabad, Pakistan 2009-2013 Bachelor’s thesis: Identification of Mycoviral infections in environmental fungal isolates (Higher Education Commission Project). Project Supervisor: Dr. Muhammad Faraz Bhatti

 

Professional Experience

Research Associate ‘Member Bone Research Group’ Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Biomedical Materials (IRCBM), Lahore. 2016-Present Lab In-charge & Advanced User Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope. Graduate Teaching Assistant University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. 2018-2021 Professional Behaviour and Ethical Conduct Module for PhD Students. Diamond Labs. Chemical and Biological Engineering Labs. Department of Mechanical Engineering Labs. Research Supervision Master’s Students (2 Co-supervisions), IRCBM, COMSATS University Islamabad, Lahore campus. Master’s Students (2 Co-supervisions), Undergraduate Summer Student (1 Co-supervision), University of Sheffield, United Kingdom. Research Internees (2) from Jagiellonian University Krakow, Poland. Erasmus Research Mobility Program. Intern Seed Biotech Lab, Centre for Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), Lahore, Pakistan. 2012 (6 weeks) Intern Molecular Biology Lab, Atta ur Rahman School of Applied Biosciences, NUST Islamabad, Pakistan. 2010 (6 weeks)

Academic Projects 🎓🔬📚

Solvent Casting/Particle Leaching (SCPL) Scaffold Synthesis for Craniofacial Bone Repair (Completed) Role of Zinc Oxide in Bone Regeneration (Completed) Cell Attachment and Biocompatibility of Next Generation Oxide Containing Bioactive Scaffolds for Craniofacial Vascularization and Bone Regeneration (Completed) Cell Viability, Mineralization, and Collagen Production of hTERT BMSCs in Basal and Osteogenic Media (Completed) Bioactive Scaffolds for Orbital Floor Repair and Regeneration (Completed) Evaluation of Analgesic Effect of Honey, Mint, Aloe Vera, and Rose Water in Balb/c Mice: Comparative Study (Completed) Development of Novel Biofunctional Polymer-Based Natural Biomaterial Films and Surfaces for Biomedical Applications (Completed) Evaluation of LDA, QDA, and Decision Trees for Multifunctional Controlled Below Elbow Prosthetic Limb Using EMG Signals (Completed) Designing and Simulation Analysis of Tracheal Splint Coated with Adipose Stem Cells for the Treatment of Weak Trachea (Birth Disorder) (Completed)

 

Awards 🏆🎖️

Learned Society University of Sheffield Travel Grant WBC Glasgow 2020 (Virtual), United Kingdom (2020) Learned Society University of Sheffield Travel Grant TERMIS EU MEETING 2019, United Kingdom (2019) Armours and Brasiers Travel Grant TERMIS EU MEETING 2019, United Kingdom (2019) Learned Society University of Sheffield Travel Grant BioMedEng 2019, United Kingdom (2019) Engineering Research Symposium – University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (1st Position – Materials, 2019) 2nd Year Postgraduate Poster Presentation – University of Sheffield, United Kingdom (Runners Up, 2019) Doctoral Academy Award, University of Sheffield for Doctoral Studies (2017) Best Poster Presentation Award, COMSATS University, Islamabad, Pakistan (2014) 3rd Position in Annual Career Fair Poster Presentation ASAB, NUST, Pakistan (2014) Rector’s High Achiever’s Award for Position and Participation in All Pakistan Competitions, NUST, Pakistan (2013) 3rd Position ‘Invent a Blueprint’ All Pakistan Math Olympiad, GIK Institute of Engineering, Pakistan (2012) Member of the Year Award NUST Science Society, NUST, Pakistan (2011) Fauji Fertilizers Company Merit Scholarship (2009-2015)

 

Technical Skills 💻🔧📊

  • Technical Procedures: Ceramic and Polymer Synthesis, Chemical and Physical Characterizations, Cell Culture, ELISA.
  • Equipment Trainings: Fluorescent Microscope, Scanning Electron Microscope, Transmission Electron Microscope, Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscope, RAMAN Spectroscopy, Plasma Spray Coating, Confocal Microscopy, X-Ray Diffraction.
  • Technical Software: GraphPad Prism, Image J, Wildfire PRO Engineer, AUTOCAD, SolidWorks, Fusion 360.
  • Application Packages: MS Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel), Mendeley, EndNote.

Administrative Skills 📊📝📋

  • Management, Analytical, and Coordination Skills

Extracurricular Activities 🌟📰📚

Founder of ‘The Inside Story’ – A Social Media Project for the Awareness of Research and Technology Among Masses (2014-2016), Author at Student Run Online Magazine ‘I R Nustian’ (2013-2014), Joint Secretary Information, NUST Science Society (2011-2012), Director Public Relations, NUST Science Society (2010-2011)

Research Interests 🧪🔬

    • Biomaterials, Ceramics, and Bio composites for Bone Repair and Regeneration, Multifunctional Biomaterials

 

Publications Top Notes 📝

  • Therapeutic efficacy of neurostimulation for depression: techniques, current modalities, and future challenges
    • Authors: H Akhtar, F Bukhari, M Nazir, MN Anwar, A Shahzad
    • Journal: Neuroscience bulletin
    • Pages: 115-126
    • Year: 2016
    • Citations: 60

 

  • Development of K-doped ZnO nanoparticles encapsulated crosslinked chitosan based new membranes to stimulate angiogenesis in tissue engineered skin grafts
    • Authors: L Shahzadi, AA Chaudhry, AR Aleem, MH Malik, K Ijaz, H Akhtar, F Alvi, …
    • Journal: International journal of biological macromolecules
    • Volume: 120
    • Pages: 721-728
    • Year: 2018
    • Citations: 37

 

  • Development of biocomposites from coir fibre and poly (caprolactone) by solvent casting technique
    • Authors: HC Obasi, AA Chaudhry, K Ijaz, H Akhtar, MH Malik
    • Journal: Polymer Bulletin
    • Pages: 1-13
    • Year: 2017
    • Citations: 19

 

  • New biofunctional loading of natural antimicrobial agent in biodegradable polymeric films for biomedical applications
    • Authors: B Ghafoor, MN Ali, U Ansari, MF Bhatti, M Mir, H Akhtar, F Darakhshan
    • Journal: International journal of biomaterials
    • Year: 2016
    • Citations: 18

 

  • Zinc containing calcium phosphates obtained via microwave irradiation of suspensions
    • Authors: AA Chaudhry, H Khalid, M Zahid, K Ijaz, H Akhtar, B Younas, F Manzoor, …
    • Journal: Materials Chemistry and Physics
    • Volume: 276
    • Pages: 124921
    • Year: 2022
    • Citations: 8

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Pranali Parab | Material chemistry | Women Researcher Award

 Ms. Pranali Parab | Material chemistry | Women Researcher Award

Ms. K J Somaiya College of Science and Commerce, India

👩‍🔬Pranali Parab is a dedicated research scholar pursuing a Master’s degree in Analytical Chemistry with a focus on synthesizing nanoparticles via green methods. With a Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and hands-on experience in laboratory practices, she demonstrates proficiency in experimental techniques and equipment calibration. Her research interests include the application of nanoparticles as catalysts in photocatalytic degradation and reduction of nitrocompounds. Pranali’s participation in conferences, workshops, and projects underscores her commitment to academic and professional growth. Possessing strong communication skills and certifications in advanced computer courses, she is poised to embark on her first professional endeavor.🌟

 

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🔬 Research Scholar

Research student pursuing a Master’s degree by research in chemistry. Conducted in-depth research on the synthesis of nanoparticles via green methods and their applications as catalysts in photocatalytic degradation and reduction of nitrocompounds. Seeking first work experience.

🎓Education

Master of Science by Research: Analytical Chemistry K. J. Somaiya College, Vidyavihar (E) (November 2020 – Present) Bachelor of Science: Chemistry B. N. Bandodkar College of Science, Thane (W) (February 2017 – March 2020) CGPA: 7.44 HSC (Maharashtra State Board) B. N. Bandodkar College of Science, Thane (W) (March 2015) Percentage: 55.40% SSC (Maharashtra State Board) Dr. Bedekar Vidya Mandir, Thane (W) (March 2013) Percentage: 84.20%

 

🎓 🛠️Conference, Workshops and Exhibition

  • Attended National Conference Recent Advances in Chemical Sciences (RACS) at Mithibai College, Vile Parle, Mumbai in 2023.
  • Attended a 3-day workshop on chemical experiments at V. G. Vaze College, Mulund in 2018.

📜Certification

  • Advanced Excel and C++ computer courses from Sai Infotech Pvt. Ltd. in 2018.

Publications Top Notes 📝

  • Peepal (Ficus religiosa) leaf extract mediated green synthesis of lanthanum and cerium oxide nanoparticles: Characterization and potential biological applications
    • Authors: P Parab, A Pawanoji, A Pawar
    • Publisher: NIScPR-CSIR, India
    • Year: 2024

 

  • Neem extract-mediated La (III) and Ce (IV) oxide nanoparticles probing for their dielectric and biological applications
    • Authors: P Parab, A Pawanoji, A Pawar, M Mahajan
    • Journal: Iranian Journal of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
    • Year: 2023

 

  • Recycling and Quality Improvement of Laboratory Chemical Wastes
    • Authors: A Kanojiya, P Parab, R Mandhare
    • Proceeding: Proceeding of
    • Year: 2021

 

ALEXANDER FORDJOUR | Mechanical | Excellence in Research

Dr. ALEXANDER FORDJOUR | Mechanical |Excellence in Research

👨‍🏫Profile Summary

Experienced researcher with a diverse academic background, holding a PhD in Fluid Machinery Engineering from Jiangsu University, China. Proficient in numerical simulation, construction planning, and optimization, with a keen interest in sprinkler irrigation systems. Holds membership in prestigious organizations like the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers and the Institution of Engineering and Technology. Actively contributes as a journal reviewer for publications such as the American Journal of Science, Engineering and Technology and the European Scientific Journal. Passionate about advancing engineering solutions for sustainable resource management and agricultural development.

🌐 Professional Profiles

 

🎓 Academic Background

PhD in Fluid Machinery Engineering Jiangsu University, China MSc in Water Resource Engineering and Management Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) BSc in Engineering Physics University of Cape Coast, Ghana

🔍 Research Interests

  • Numerical Simulation
  • Construction Planning and Management
  • Optimization
  • Sprinkler Irrigation

👨‍💼 Professional Memberships

  • Member, American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
  • Member, Institution of Engineering and Technology

📝 External / Professional Roles Journal Reviewer:

  • American Journal of Science, Engineering and Technology
  • European Scientific Journal

 

📚Top Noted Publication

  1. Title: Experimental study on the effects of pressure loss on uniformity, application rate and velocity on different working conditions using the dynamic fluidic sprinkler
    Authors: Zhu, X., Fordjour, A., Agyen Dwomoh, F., … Dai, X., Oteng, J.
    Journal: Heliyon
    Volume: 10
    Issue: 5
    Pages: e27140
    Year: 2024
    Citations: 0

 

  1. Title: Structural design and performance characteristics of the fluidic sprinkler application technology for saving irrigation water: a review
    Authors: Dwomoh, F.A., Zhu, X., Fordjour, A., … Yuan, S., Li, H.
    Journal: Journal of Agricultural Engineering
    Volume: 54
    Issue: 2
    Pages: 1452
    Year: 2023
    Citations: 0

 

  1. Title: Modelling of water drop movement and distribution in no wind and windy conditions for different nozzle sizes
    Authors: Zhu, X., Lewballah, J.K., Fordjour, A., … Ofosu, S.A., Dwomoh, F.A.
    Journal: Water (Switzerland)
    Volume: 13
    Issue: 21
    Pages: 3006
    Year: 2021
    Citations: 2

 

  1. Title: Performance optimization of a newly designed dynamic fluidic sprinkler
    Authors: Zhu, X., Fordjour, A., Yuan, S., Dwomoh, F.A., Issaka, Z.
    Journal: Applied Engineering in Agriculture
    Volume: 37
    Issue: 1
    Pages: 33–41
    Year: 2021
    Citations: 1

 

  1. Title: Analysis of water droplet distribution in wind for the fluidic sprinkler
    Authors: Dwomoh, F.A., Yuan, S., Li, H., … Mensah, R., Fordjour, A.
    Journal: Water (Switzerland)
    Volume: 12
    Issue: 12
    Pages: 3320
    Year: 2020
    Citations: 3

 

  1. Title: Effect of riser height on rotation uniformity and application rate of the dynamic fluidic sprinkler
    Authors: Fordjour, A., Zhu, X., Jiang, C., Liu, J.
    Journal: Irrigation and Drainage
    Volume: 69
    Issue: 4
    Pages: 618–632
    Year: 2020
    Citations: 9

 

  1. Title: Comparative evaluation on performance characteristics of an impact sprinkler with nozzle-dispersion devices and rotary plate sprinkler
    Authors: Issaka, Z., Li, H., Jiang, Y., … Chen, C., Fordjour, A.
    Journal: Applied Engineering in Agriculture
    Volume: 36
    Issue: 3
    Pages: 321–329
    Year: 2020
    Citations: 4

 

  1. Title: Numerical simulation and experimental study on internal flow characteristic in the dynamic fluidic sprinkler
    Authors: Fordjour, A., Zhu, X., Yuan, S., Dwomoh, F.A., Issaka, Z.
    Journal: Applied Engineering in Agriculture
    Volume: 36
    Issue: 1
    Pages: 61–70
    Year: 2020
    Citations: 5

 

  1. Title: The collection method for crop fungal spores based on an efficient microfluidic device
    Authors: Wang, P., Yuan, S., Yang, N., … Fordjour, A., Chen, S.
    Journal: Aerosol and Air Quality Research
    Volume: 20
    Issue: 1
    Pages: 72–79
    Year: 2020
    Citations: 18

 

  1. Title: Modeling the application depth and water distribution uniformity of a linearly moved irrigation system
    Authors: Liu, J., Zhu, X., Yuan, S., Fordjour, A.
    Journal: Water (Switzerland)
    Volume: 11
    Issue: 4
    Pages: 827
    Year: 2019
    Citations: 10