Mohyuddin Mirza | Dr. Ijaz A. Rauf | Mohammad Shahab Khokhar | Marya Ahmed | Munaza Khan
Mohyuddin Mirza graduated from the University of Alberta, Edmonton and is currently working as a Greenhouse Industry Development Specialist with Alberta Agriculture which is a provincial government department. Mohyuddin Mirza provides help to greenhouse crop farmers in all areas of extension and technology transfer and business development. He works actively with the Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association as Education and Extension director.
Mohyuddin Mirza's strengths are in the areas of translating complex scientific concepts into simple language so farmers could understand how their management practices affect their crops and its profitability. he has a master in botany degree and a Ph.D. in plant sciences. He has received twice Outstanding Services Award from the Alberta Greenhouse Growers Association and in 2006, the association named their educational and scholarship foundation as Dr. Mohyuddin Mirza Educational and Scholarship Foundation. Three scholarships are awarded every year through this foundation.
Upcoming Lectures: Mohyuddin Mirza will be giving two lectures at the Canadian Greenhouse Conference, to be held at the International Centre Toronto, on October 8 and 9, 2008.
Dr. Rauf is an expert in the areas of nanotechnology, thin-films and nano-materials especially in their applications in solar cells and nano-biotechnologies based sensors and detectors.
Dr. Rauf is an innovator, experienced consultant, educator, a seasoned program manager and a certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. He obtained PhD in Physics from the University of Cambridge (UK) and has more than 25 years of training, mentoring and coaching experience. Over the last decade he has obtained significant experience in defining and implementing program deployment, breakthrough improvements and new process development strategies for a variety of corporations, nationally and internationally.
His inventions include the Sharp Metal Tip Generation Process for STM & AFM, the Grain Boundary Engineering Process (US Patent #5,651,839), as well as the invention of a chemical process for etching ZrN films from various metal and cobalt bonded carbide substrates without causing any damage to the substrate. Developer of various chemical processes for a variety of applications in industry, and writer of 32 technical publications, Dr. Rauf has been featured in the “Science” magazine, which highlighted his invention of the zone-confining process (15th Dec. 1995 issue), “R&D Innovator” following suit by publishing his invention in July 1996.
Dr. Rauf started his career as a consultant advising the executives of a small business to identify and invest in novel, technologically based business opportunities. He then decided to move into academia working as a researcher and then professor at various universities in Canada and the USA, returning to the industrial world as a scientist, program manager and then corporate consultant.
Mohammad Shahab Khokhar
Mohammad Shahab Khokhar has a Masters in Physics, with distinction, from the University of Karachi, Pakistan. He specialized in Theoretical Physics with emphasis on Gravitation and Cosmology. He received his MBA from IBA - the leading business school in Pakistan.
Mr. Khokhar has written articles on topics such as Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, published in the leading newspapers.
Mr. Khokhar is currently working as Director Business Development at Autovision Wireless Inc. in Toronto.
Marya Ahmed Marya Ahmed has a Masters in Chemical Sciences with emphasis on Biomedical Engineering from Laurentian University Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
Her research project included the synthesis of cationic glyconanoparticles and their utilization for gene and drug delivery purposes in vitro. The project dealt with the handling of different cancer cell lines. The toxicity and transfection issues were studied after the successful uptake of gold nanopartciles by human cell lines. The field was a combination of biology and organic chemistry. Two articles have already been written and published on this work and some are still in process.
Marya Ahmed is currently planning for her PhD studies.
Munaza Khan received her undergraduate education in Clinical Immunology, with specialty in Transplant Immunology, from Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine, Halifax Nova Scotia in 2002. Upon graduation, Munaza relocated to Toronto Ontario. She began her career when she joined the Division of Cardiac Surgery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto ON, where she played an integral role in the development of a novel surgical technique to treat arrythmias (abnormal heart rhythms) in cardiac patients.
After four years at Sunnybrook, Munaza then went on to pursue another opportunity at the Toronto General Hospital, where she is now completing her clinical fellowship.
Munaza’s active research interests include immune recovery and reconstitution post transplant in both the paedriatic and adult populations. Her recent research projects have been sponsored by Health Canada, the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHR), Ontario Ministry of Health and the FDA in the United States. She has published several studies in medical journals, including her honor’s thesis, which has been bound and is part of the Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine Library collection. She has also travelled extensively and presented at international and national medical conferences.
Munaza’s future plans include pursuing a graduate degree in Clinical Epidemiology and Public Health. Currently she is proposing a clinical research study in collaboration with the Division of Haematology/Oncology, looking at the process of immune recovery post Bone Marrow Transplant.