Seminar on emerging trends in Biochemistry

Jinnah University for Women

Karachi, , November 06, 2012: Department of Chemical Sciences (Biochemistry) and Biotechnology, Jinnah University for Women organized a seminar entitled “Emerging Trends in Biochemistry and Biotechnology”.

The Program was started by recitation from Holy Quran by Huda Waseem, student of BS 4th year. The welcome address was given by Prof. Dr Iftikhar Imam Naqvi, Chairman Department of Chemical Sciences, Jinnah University for Women. The program was chaired by Prof. Dr. Abid Azhar, Director General, A.Q. Khan Institute of Biotechnology and Molecular Biology (KIBGE), University of Karachi.

Invited speaker Dr. Waheed Akhter, School of Biological Sciences, University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan presented the lecture on “Engineering Proteins for Application” focused on the Recombinant DNA Technology and its uses to produce proteins and its improvement in term of activity, affinity, selectivity, stability and to reduce proteolytic degradation and enhanced expression and solubility. Dr. Kausar Abdullah Malik, FC College University, Lahore, Pakistan presented the lecture on “Biotechnology and food security”.

He highlighted that the 21st Century is the century of Biotechnology & focused on the benefits of Agricultural Biotechnology like improvement of field crops, reduce vulnerability of crops and livestock’s to environmental stresses, increases nutritional qualities and quantity of foods, improve taste, texture and appearance of foods and reduce the dependence of fertilizers, pesticides and other agrochemicals.

Concluding lecture was delivered by Prof. Dr. Abid Azhar on “Biotechnology in health and disease-benefits versus risks”. He discussed wide applications of Biotechnology in various fields of life like food medicine, agriculture, and diagnostics, forensics and crime detection. Besides this; he also discussed drawbacks and ethical issues related with the application of Biotechnology. At the end the vote of thanks was given by Ms. Farah Tariq, Program Head, Department of Biochemistry, Jinnah University for Women.
Courtesy: Pakistan Observer

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