Keynote Speaker

Prof. Atta-Ur-Rahman
Professor Emeritus/Patron-in-Chief
International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences
(H. E. J. Research Institute of Chemistry and Dr. Panjwani Center for
Molecular Medicine and Drug Research) University of Karachi, Karachi

Topic :The Fascinating World of Discovery”

Network of Academies of Science in Countries of the Organization of Islamic Conference (NASIC)

Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman obtained his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Cambridge University (1968). He has 1080 publications in several fields of organic chemistry including 751 research publications, 37 international patents, 221 books and 69 chapters in books published largely by major U.S. and European presses. He is the Editor-in-Chief of 8 European Chemistry journals and the Editor of the world’s leading encyclopedic series of volumes “Studies in Natural Product Chemistry” 58 volumes of which have been published under his Editorship‎. He is also Editor-in-Chief of several European Chemistry journals including Current Medicinal Chemistry and Current Organic Chemistry. Eighty two students have completed their Ph.D. degrees under his supervision.

Prof. Rahman is the first scientist from the Muslim world to have won the prestigious UNESCO Science Prize (1999) in the 35 year old history of the Prize.  Prof. Rahman was elected as the Fellow of Royal Society (London) in July 2006 thereby becoming the one of the 4 scientists from the Muslim world to have ever won this honour. He has been conferred honorary doctorate degrees by many universities including the degree of Doctor of Science (Sc.D.) by the Cambridge University (UK) (1987) and an honorary degree of Doctor of Education by Coventry University UK in November 2007. He was elected Honorary Life Fellow of Kings College, Cambridge University, UK in 2007.

He is the President of Network of Academies of Sciences of Islamic Countries (NASIC), and Foreign Fellow of Korean Academy of Sciences. and Foreign Fellow of the Chinese Chemical Society. Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman has won the International Scientific Corporation Award by Chinese Academy of Science (CAS) for building scientific collaborations between China and Pakistan (2014), has been awarded prestigious “Einstein Professorship” by Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), 2013 and has been awarded highest award “Friendship Award of China” on September 28, 2014.He has recently been appointed as Consultant, Education Forum Asia (2015-2020) and Foreign Member of Chinese Academy of Sciences (2015) Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman has been elected as the President of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences twice from 2003-2006 and 2011 – 2014. He was the Federal Minister for Science and Technology (14th March, 2000 – 20th November, 2002), Federal Minister of Education (2002) and Chairman of the Higher Education Commission with the status of a Federal Minister from 2002-2008. Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman was the Coordinator General of COMSTECH, an OIC Ministerial Committee comprising the 57 Ministers of Science & Technology from 57 OIC member countries from 1996 to 2012. He is Distinguished National Professor as well as Professor Emeritus at Karachi University.  He is also the Patron of International Centre of Chemical and Biological Sciences (which comprises a number of institutes, including the Husein Ebrahim Jamal Research Institute of Chemistry and the Dr. Panjwani Center of Molecular Medicine and Drug Development) at Karachi University.

In recognition of his global outstanding services to the development of Science and Technology the largest university in Malaysia, University of Technology Mara, Malaysia UiTM, has established an institution called entitled, “Atta-ur-Rahman Institute of Natural Product Discovery (AuRIns)” in 2013., The National University of Science and Technology (NUST) has also established the “Atta-ur-Rahman School of Applied Biosciences (ASAB)” at their university in Islamabad in 2011. In recognition of his services, the University of Karachi has named The Third World Center for Science and Technology building after him. It is now called, “Prof. Atta-ur-Rahman Laboratories” in 2011.

Prof. Mark Smales

Professor of Industrial Biotechnology,
Director of the Industrial Biotechnology,
University of Kent,
United Kingdom.

Topic: ” New Challenges for Mammalian Expression Systems and Cell Engineering Strategies Applied to Overcome These “

Professor Smales is currently Professor of Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Kent and the Director of the Industrial Biotechnology Centre at the University of Kent. He is also the Director of the BBSRC and EPSRC sponsored Network in Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, BioProNET, a network in the field of bioprocessing and biologics that brings together academics, industrialists and other special interest groups to accelerate innovation and deliver change in this area. He currently holds a Royal Society Industrial Fellowship and is a member of the Royal Society Industry Fellows College. His research interests cover all of upstream bioprocessing development and host cell protein flux during bioprocessing including reverse cell engineering approaches, systems/synthetic biology, and the identification of target genes/proteins for manipulation (or markers for screening purposes) in order to enhance biotherapeutic protein quality and production from in vitro cultured mammalian cells. A major focus of his work is reducing heterogeneity of recombinant protein products from mammalian cells. He is an Executive Editor of Biotechnology Letters. He has given multiple keynote presentations at international conferences and published widely in the area.

Prof. Dr. Vladimir Mrša
University of Zagreb

Topic : “ Molecular mechanisms of yeast cell wall biosynthesis and how can we use it to engineer the surface of the cell ”

Vladimir Mrša received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb in 1984. He joined Laboratory of Biochemistry, Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb in 1980 and has been the full Professor at the same Faculty since 1999. He has conducted research in the field of protein glycosylation and secretion, as well as cell wall biosynthesis in fungi. Professor Mrša has published 50 scientific papers which have been cited over 1000 times according to Web of Science. Besides, he has published 2 patents and has been an invited lecturer at a number of domestic and international meetings. He is an active member of the Croatian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Croatian Microbiological Society and Croatian Society for Biotechnology. Professor Mrša has served as the dean of the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb in two mandates (2003-2007). Presently, he is the Head of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the same Faculty, as well as the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Food Technology and Biotechnology.

Dr Chamari Hettiarachchi

Topic: ” Arabidopsis to Rice: Applying Knowledge Gained from Model Plant to Enhance Agriculturally Important Crop Plants 

Senior lecturer in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry,
Department of Chemistry,
University of Colombo

Dr Chamari Hettiarachchi, senior lecturer in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at the Department of Chemistry, University of Colombo. She obtained her BSc Honors (Botany) from University of Colombo and PhD in Molecular Biology & Biochemistry from (International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) affiliated to Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. Dr Hettiarachchi has conducted her postdoctoral research at Department of Cell and Molecular Biology, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and she was a visiting scientist at Department of Biological and Environmental Science, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Her specialization and research interest is in plant Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Since 2003 she has received 6 international and national research grants and she has more than twenty publications in indexed international journals and more than 75 research communications. She is a recipient of SUSRED award 2013, National Science Foundation for the supervision of postgraduate research degree and presidential awards in 2012 and 2017.


Dr. Anuradha Dhanasekaran

Head of the Department of Biotechnology
Anna University

Dr. Anuradha is the Head of the department of Biotechnology, Anna University, India. She obtained her M.Phil and Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry. She has 20 years of research experience in the field of Apoptosis and Cardiovascular therapy. Her research work involves understanding the cell signaling mechanisms using novel therapeutic compounds and her current focus is on stem cell technology development. She has more than 35 research articles in International peer reviewed Journals like JBC ,PLOS and American Journal of Physiology. Dr. Anuradha has contributed significantly to the cardiovascular therapeutic particularly laying emphasis in cell signaling in apoptosis and angiogenesis. She has been received many awards and recognition nationally and internationally.