We now have the experience of another lecturer on our team! We would like to give Waqar Ahmed Afridi a warm welcome as our newest PhD student. He will be working on developing a novel method/device for the early diagnosis of Small Cell Lung Cancer.
Waqar was born in Peshawar, Pakistan. He graduated from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science (B.S., Hons) degree in Biotechnology. His B.S. research work was focused on studying the Phytochemical and Medicinal Investigation of a medicinal plant, Seriphidium kurramense. He completed his Master of Philosophy (MPhil) degree in Biotechnology with specialization in multidrug resistance studies from the National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, PIEAS, Pakistan in 2015. During his MPhil research, Waqar generated an interest in the field of cancer biology and novel therapeutics.
After completing his MPhil, Waqar worked as a Lecturer of Biotechnology for almost four years at the Virtual University of Pakistan where he was involved in teaching and research activities in molecular biology, biotechnology and microbiology. He is currently on study leave from his parent university.
Due to his multi-disciplinary educational background and research experience, Waqar was offered the highly competitive GUPRS and GUIPRS scholarship at Griffith University. This enabled him to pursue his PhD studies in the School of Environment and Science (ESC), Griffith University. He is also affiliated with the Queensland Micro and Nanotechnology Centre (QMNC).
His PhD project is focused on developing a novel diagnostic method/device to efficiently diagnose and detect Small Cell Lung Cancer (SCLC) at the earliest to develop effective management strategies at the early stage of the SCLC that will also help in proper treatment procedures and will significantly reduce the mortality rate due to this type of lung cancer.
“I am honoured to be a part of such multi-cultural, vibrant, and supportive research groups (Nam-Trung Nguyen Lab and Shiddiky Lab)" Waqar said. Although not a big contrast from his vast background of experience, he has found his way into research groups that hold a collective fountain of wisdom. His additional education in biotechnology will be a great improvement in the group’s joint pool of knowledge.
We congratulate and welcome Waqar to our Laboratory and wish him all the very best. Hopefully, we can learn as much from him as his pupils did.