2019 Quran & Science Symposium

Speaker & Panelist Brief Bios

 
 

Amtul Rahman Ahmad, MD

Dr. Amtul Rahman Ahmad is a retired Medical Affairs Director of Pediatrics.  Her interest is research in Holy Quran and Science. She serves as Diplomat of American Board of Pediatrics, Fellow of American Academy of Pediatrics and a Diplomat of Forensic Science and Toxicology, Pakistan. She serves as Lajna National Taleem Secretary. She is a certified in Quran translation and Tafseer by Talimul Quran, Rabwah. She is also Al-Tarteel Faculty member. 

Ayesha Ahmad, MD

Dr. Ayesha Ahmad is a physician currently employed at Penn State Health and works as a Geriatrician and educator in their Geriatrics program.  She is the program Director for Geriatrics fellowship.  She also serves as a co-chair for the Inter-faith Affinity group under Penn State’s office of Diversity. Her areas of interest are dementia, end of life and culturally competent care. She serves as Muavina Public Affairs in York/Harrisburg NY chapter.

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Furqan Ahmed, PhD

Dr. Furqan  Ahmed is currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Center  for Space Research of the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include the application of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) observations for precise geodetic measurements and high-resolution estimation of atmospheric water vapor. He was awarded his Ph.D. (Engineering   Sciences) in 2015 from the University of Luxembourg. His doctoral research was focused   on  the applications   of   GNSS  observations   in   numerical  weather prediction (NWP) and climatology. Furthermore, he possesses MS and BS degrees in Radio and Space Science, and Telecommunication Engineering, respectively.  He has disseminated the findings   of  his   research   in  form of peer-reviewed articles, and several oral and poster presentations in international conferences. In the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Dr. Ahmed serves as the local Qaid of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) in Austin, TX and has recently been appointed to serve the national Finance department of the AMYA. 

Noveera Tahir Ahmed, PhD

DrNoveera Ahmed is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at St. John Fisher College.  She is chair of the college’s curriculum and instruction committee, chair of the academic and student affairs committee and a trustee at a local all-girls high school.  She earned her Ph.D. in Anatomy and Cell Biology at SUNY Upstate Medical University.  She also serves as the local Lajna Sadr of the Rochester NY, and Vice President of Ahmadi Women Scientists Association.  Her research interests are in the area of cell biology, genetics and biology education.

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Ijaz Ahmed, PhD

Dr. Ijaz Ahmed is currently a Process Chemist at Wave Life Sciences in Cambridge, MA. He was awarded his PhD in 2015 in the area of Organic Chemistry at Syracuse University, which was followed by a Post-Doc appointment at WPI in Massachusetts. He has worked previously at GlaxoSmithKline and Vertex Pharmaceuticals. His interest is in synthetic organic chemistry and process development of active pharmaceutical ingredients. He received the MKA Talent Award in 2014 for his publication on the rapid synthesis of BINOL derivatives.

On a Jama’at level, Dr. Ahmed is blessed to serve as the General Secretary for the Association of Ahmadi Muslim Scientists -USA (AAMS-USA) and also serves as the local Jama’at President of the Fitchburg Jama’at in Massachusetts.

Munazza Alam, PhD (candidate)

Munazza Alam is a PhD student in the Department of Astronomy at Harvard University, Boston. She is a National Geographic Young Explorer, and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. Her research focuses on the characterization of the atmospheres of exoplanets (planets outside of the solar system) using data from the Hubble Space Telescope. Locally, in Boston she serves as Secretary Muavina Media Watch.

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Sohaib Awan, MD (Candidate)

Sohaib Awan is a fourth year medical student at Northeast Ohio Medical University and has applied for residency in anesthesiology. He serves as Naib Sadr for Majlis Khuddam-ul-Ahmadiyya USA.

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Wajeeh Bajwa, PhD

Dr. Bajwa received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, in 1981. Over the years Dr. Bajwa’s work spans a breadth from molecular and genetics work, to animal studies and human clinical trials. For more than 30 years, he has focused on the GxP regulations with emphasis on the drug development and with special focus on the compliance activities related to human subject protection.

His opportunity to serve for the Jama’at started at the age of 13 in Model Town, Lahore, Pakistan. Over the years he has been blessed to serve Jama’at in various capacities at the local, national, and international levels.

Dhiya Tahira Bakr 

Dhiya Tahira Bakr is currently serving as National Sadr Lajna Ima’illah – USA, the Women’s Auxiliary of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

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AhmAd Zeeshan Bhatti, PhD (Candidate)

Mr. Bhatti has been working as Deputy Director (Research) with Pakistan Council of Research in Water Resources, Islamabad for 13 years. He is a seasoned Water Manager having water project design and implementation skills. Has a track record of achieving excellent results in irrigation water management and research dissemination. Has credit of implementing 8 water projects in different agro-climatic zones of Pakistan. The implemented projects included rainwater harvesting, gravity and pressurized irrigation systems, groundwater, wastewater management and research dissemination. His internationally collaborated project includes WWF, USAID, UNICEF, ICARDA and University of Washington etc. His works like introduction of climate smart technologies in northern areas of Pakistan and irrigation advisory services for farmers is getting world’s appreciation. He has 17 national and international publications to his credit so far and is consultant water expert for the National Daily Dawn. 

His academic record includes an M. Phil. Water Resources Management degree, from University of Engineering and Technology Lahore, B.Sc. Agricultural Engineering degree from University of Agriculture Faisalabad and is presently pursuing PhD Environmental Sciences at University of Prince Edward Island, Canada since 2018. He also has numerous international certifications, including from Oracle Corporation USA, University of Western Australia Perth, USGS Water Science Center Tacoma and Hydrological Engineering Centre Davis California.

Tayyaba Bhatti, MPH (Candidate)

Tayyaba Bhatti is a graduate student pursuing her Master’s in Public Health. She has a BS in Biology. She is a Waqfatae-Nau serving Jamaat in various capacities. She is serving as Finance Secretary of Ahmadi Women Scientists Association.

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Amjad Chaudhry, DVM, MPH

Dr. Amjad Chaudhry received his Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) in 1979, in Punjab, Pakistan and moved to USA in 1980 and soon joined the US Army as a technician. In 1990, he passed National Board Exams and Practicum. He chose to apply for Laboratory Animal Medicine Residency (LAMR) and Master of Public Health (MPH), since laboratory Animal Medicine was gaining popularity in the public and to protect animals being used in research. He was accepted to start these courses in Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in Washington DC.

He has written a paper on the African Clawed Frog, detailing its life history, uses, and habitat. He has also written about the difference in the growth rate of cell line as a predictor of prostate cancer tumor Model in Nude-mice. 

In May of 1998, he retired from US Army and was hired by National Institute of Health (NIH) as Lab Animal Veterinarian, for the health care and wellbeing of Laboratory Animals in National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). For almost the past 20 years, Dr. Chaudhry has been at the NIH supporting research in NIMH.   

He currently serves as the National Secretary Ziafat of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA. 

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Maulana Azhar Haneef

Maulana Azhar Haneef trained as a missionary at Jamiah Ahmadiyya Rabwa Pakistan and has served the Jama’at in the USA in various capacities including missionary in charge. He is currently serving as Naib Amir USA.

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Khalid Husain, BS (Candidate)

Khalid Husain is a student at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is studying Computational Biology and Bioinformatics and intends to pursue a Doctorate in Medicine after his bachelors in science.

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Sohail Husain, MD

Dr. Sohail Husain is Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He serves as Director of the Exocrine Pancreas Center at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Dr. Husain heads a research laboratory that investigates the underlying basis for disorders of the pancreas, including pancreatic inflammation and regeneration. To date, Dr. Husain has published over 85 scientific papers, including several book chapters on pancreatic development and pancreatic disorders. He currently holds several research grants from the USA National Institutes of Health (NIH) and industry. On a Jamaat level, Dr. Husain serves as the President of the Association of Ahmadi Muslim Scientists, USA (AAMS-USA). Locally in Pittsburgh, he serves as Zaim Ansarullah.  

Waqas bin Khalid, PhD (Candidate)

Waqas Bin Khalid completed his Bachelor's degree in Computer Software Engineering from the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. He earned a Master’s of Science degree at University of Minnesota, Duluth, in Engineering Management and Electrical and Computer Engineering. Prior to joining his Ph.D. program at the University of Pittsburgh, he gained experience working as a Biomedical Design Engineer for Eden Medical and Design Solution Inc. in Minnesota. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D. degree in Bio-Engineering with his research primarily focused on Ultrasound Elastography.

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Adil Agha Khan, BS

Adil Agha Khan started his undergraduate studies as a student at the Johns Hopkins University and is now pursuing his M.S. in Biotechnology there, concentrating in Regenerative and Stem Cell Technologies. He is a graduate researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine at the the Margolis Lab in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Biology. His is pursuing an independent research project there studying the newly-discovered neuronal membrane proteasome via CRISPR Cas9 technology. He is serving MKA USA as a Naib Mohtamim Khidmat e Khalq, President of the Johns Hopkins University Ahmadiyya Muslim Students Association, and as Nazim Tabligh, Baltimore.

Farhana Khan, BS

Farhana Khan graduated from University of Connecticut about 20 years ago with a bachelors in Dietetics. She worked in community health and retail for some time, and then decided to stay home to raise her children. Farhana is now back in school to upgrade her skills. She studies and works in Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas. She is graduating this summer with an Associate in Business Administration. Farhana has a strong interest in in public health management, food and sustainability, and environmental sciences. 

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Adeel Malik, BS

Adeel graduated in 2015 from the University of Maryland with degrees in Finance and Neurobiology. Throughout undergrad, Adeel did research at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in both the Otolaryngology and Neurology departments, contributing to several academic publications.

After undergrad, Adeel was a Healthcare Strategy & Analytics Consultant at Accenture for ~3 years. At Accenture, Adeel worked with organizations across the health and life sciences spectrum, including multi-national pharmaceutical / biotech companies, major health systems, and national pharmacies & retail clinics.

In July 2018, Adeel founded a digital health company called Lytic (lytic.tech). Lytic’s first product is an AI symptom checking and virtual triage application (clearstep.health) that helps patients and healthcare consumers understand next best steps for care. Lytic’s investors and advisors include senior physicians and executives at organizations such as Teladoc, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, BCBS of IL, BIO, and Accenture.

Adeel has served in various local Jamaat positions and is currently the Finance Secretary for AAMS.

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Atif Mian, PhD

Dr. Atif Mian is John H. Laporte, Jr. Class of 1967 Professor of Economics, Public Policy and Finance at Princeton University, and Director of the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance at the Woodrow Wilson School. He holds a bachelors degree in Mathematics with Computer Science and Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. Prior to joining Princeton in 2012 he taught at the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Chicago Booth School of business. Professor Mian's work studies the connections between finance and the macro economy. His latest book, House of Debt, with Amir Sufi builds upon powerful new data to describe how debt precipitated the Great Recession. The book is critically acclaimed by The New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal,The Economist, and The Atlantic among others. Professor Mian's research has appeared in top academic journals.

He currently serves as the National Secretary Taleem (Education) for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA.

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Hameed Mirza, PhD

Dr. Hameed Mirza is an Adjunct Professor at the International Center of Chemical & Biological Sciences and a faculty at York University, Canada. He is also President & Chief Scientific Officer at the A.S. Chemical Laboratories, Inc. He received an MSc degree in Chemistry from Lakehead University in 1988. In 1993, he completed his PhD in Chemistry at the University of Western Ontario, after which he joined McGill University as a post-doctoral research fellow at the center of excellence in protein engineering network. Dr. Mirza’s research focuses on the synthesis of light harvesting devices and the development of novel pharmaceutical products. To date, Dr. Mirza has published over 45 scientific papers and delivered over 50 presentations at various conferences worldwide. He serves as the National Secretary Ta’lim (Education) for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community Canada. He is also serving as the President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Scientists Association Canada. In the past, he has served as President of Peace Village East chapter and Vice-president of Majlis Ansarullah Canada.

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Kamaldeen Muili, PhD

Dr. Kamaldeen Muili is an Immunology Research Scientist. His expertise includes Inflammation and redox signaling, cancer, and infectious diseases. Dr. Muili is also an acknowledged teacher and a referred mentor who has mentored over 30 students across Africa, Europe, and America both at undergraduate and graduate levels. Dr. Muili has published numerous scientific papers and a book chapter on pancreatic disorder. 

On the Jamaat level, Dr. Muili is humbly serving as the President Pan African Ahmadi Muslim Association (PAAMA) Central-1 Region, Coordinator Team Member Rishta Nata Ahmadiyya USA, Na’ib Qaid Tarbiyyat Ansarullah, and Tabligh Secretary Columbus Ohio Jamaat.

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Hameed Naseem, PhD

Dr. Hameed A. Naseem received his B.Sc. Honors and M.Sc. Honors degrees in Physics from Panjab University, Chandigarh, India, in 1975 and 1976, respectively. He received his M.S. Physics and Ph.D. Material Engineering Science from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA, in 1980 and 1984, respectively. He worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX, from Jan. 1984 to July 1985. Dr. Naseem served as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR, from 1985 to 1990. He served as an Associate Professor from 1990-95, and a Professor from 1995 to 2015. He has been appointed as University Professor since 2016. Dr. Naseem has been a Senior Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) since 1990. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed journal and proceedings papers and presented about 200 papers at national/international conferences. 

Dr. Naseem is currently serving as President, Tulsa Chapter, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, USA. He regularly teaches the Holy Quran translation online through Talimul Quran program of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

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Moulana Tariq Naseem

Imam Tariq Naseem is a 2017 graduate from Jamia Ahmadiyya Canada. He received his Shahid degree after 7 years accumulative course work exams and defending his dissertation. He was then sent for a year of rotations visiting different parts of the world for hands on learning experiences. His rotations took him to Ghana, U.K., Rabwah, and Mexico. He was born and raised in California. He now serves concurrently as Imam Baitus Samad Baltimore and in the National Tarbiyyat Department.

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Haris Qureshi, BS

Haris Qureshi is a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellow at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD. His research in cancer immunotherapy with the Pediatric Oncology Branch is focused on optimizing Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T Cell therapy for hematologic malignancies. Haris graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2018 with a degree in biomedical engineering and intends to matriculate into the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in 2019. At the Jamaat level, Haris currently serves as the Vice Publications Secretary of the Association of Ahmadi Muslim Scientists.

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Lutf ur Rehman, MD

Dr. Lutf ur Rehman is a transplant surgeon. He specializes in kidney, pancreas and liver transplantation. 

He is serving as President of Ahmadiyya Muslim Medical Association, USA and President Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in Alabama and Tennessee.

Sania Saeed, BS (Candidate)

Sania Saeed is a Biology major and a Senior at University of Connecticut, CT. She will graduate with Bachelor of Science, in Spring and will attend Medical School in Fall 2019. Sania has been involved in research since her freshmen year and is currently working as a research assistant in the Department of Psychology at UCONN. Her research interests include the psychological development of children, and health risk behaviors.

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Zia Shah, MD

Dr. Zia Shah is a physician practicing Sleep Disorders and Pulmonary Medicine in Upstate New York. He is the Chief Editor of the Muslim Times, which has more than 39,000 followers on Twitter. He is also Chair of Religion and Science for the Muslim Sunrise, the oldest Muslim publication in North America. He has authored more than 400 articles on Islam, Christianity, Secularism, and Religion and Science. He manages one of the most active Twitter accounts with 39,000 followers. The twitter handle is @The_MuslimTimes.

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Karim Sharif, PhD

Dr. Karim Sharif is an Associate Professor of Biology at Massasoit Community College. Prior to obtaining his PhD from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY), he attended Talimul Islam College in Rabwah, Forman Christian College in Lahore, and Hunter College, CUNY. His current research focuses on the comparative genomic analysis among Drosophila (Fruit Fly) species. He has published a broad range of articles in esteemed journals and has a keen interest in promoting scientific education, something he attributes to the vision and directive of His Holiness, Hadhrat Mirza Nasir Ahmad, the third Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (may Allah be pleased with him). Dr. Sharif has served the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in various capacities. Currently, he serves as the Vice President of the Association of Ahmadi Muslim Scientists (AAMS-USA). Locally, he serves as the secretary Waqfe-Nau for the Boston Chapter of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community USA.

Nusrat Sharif, PhD

Dr. Nusrat Sharif works as a Senior Principal Scientist in the Inflammation & Immunology Research Unit of Pfizer Inc, at Cambridge, MA. She leads a team of laboratory scientists that explore the molecular mechanisms of finding durable treatments for patients with Autoimmune & Inflammatory diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) and Intestinal bowl disease (IBD). She has earned her PhD in Molecular Immunology from City University of New York and her post-doctorate in the field of Immunology & Inflammation from Hospital for Special Surgery (Weil Medical College of Cornell University) in NY. Her breakthrough contribution to the field was to demonstrate a change in functional paradigm of interleukin 10 (IL-10), from being an anti-inflammatory cytokine to a pro-inflammatory and pathogenic role in autoimmune diseases such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE).  On a Jamaat level, Dr. Nusrat Sharif serves as President of the Ahmadi Women Scientists Association, USA (AWSA-USA). Locally in Boston, she serves as Lajna Vice President, as well as Taleem and Finance Secretaries.

Nasra Sultana, PhD

Nasra Sultana is an Assistant Professor in Physics at Rowan College. She has her undergraduate from Pakistan, and her post-graduate diploma in Physics from Abdus Salam International Center for theoretical Physics in Italy. She has her PhD in Physics from Syracruse University, NY.