13) Towards mechanisms of nanoparticle aerosol formation from selected plant volatiles in the atmosphere: field and laboratory studies
Supervisor: Rafał Szmigielski
Faria Khan belongs from Lahore. A gold medalist in her O and A level (higher education) for academic excellence, she joined top institute of Pakistan, National University of Science and Technology, to complete her BS(hons) in Applied Biosciences in 2010. She joined an international internship program at World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland, under the supervision of Dr Moazzam Ali in 2013, where she worked on the healthcare interventions required to facilitate the nomadic population around the globe. Her BS(hons) research work was focused on the study of parameters to control hospital acquired infections. She managed to achieve many awards during here academic career including Award of Merit by Rector NUST, 2014 for outstanding achievement in co-curricular activities. In 2015, she initiated her own Startup, NanoSmart, which aims to address issues associated with hospital acquired infections through commercialization of a nanotechnology based product. At the same time, she managed to complete her MS in Industrial Biotechnology in 2016 from NUST with a Rector’s Gold Medal for academic excellence. For her NanoSmart venture she managed to win many competition and awards including Prime Minister’s Discover Business Plan Competition and Green-Tech Competition by United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), 2015. She has also published her research works in international journals under nanobiotechnology domain. Her story as a biotech-entrepreneur was also published in a book “Entrepreneuring Pakistan” by Mr. Azhar Rizvi, under the banner of Cambridge Advisory Network of Pakistan in 2017.
Faria has joined the Environmental Chemistry Group of Prof Rafal Szmigielski in the Institute of Physical Chemistry at Polish Academy of Sciences (IPC, PAS), for the PhD as an MSCA fellow under NaMes project. She will further go on a PhD research secondment at USA North Carolina University of Chapel Hill under supervision of Prof Jason Surrat. Her research work would involve the study of healthcare associated risks of secondary organic aerosols at molecular, sub molecular and cellular level. This study could provide a preliminary evidence of SOAs associated risks on human health and would help design health policies and drugs, as well as help in implying the need to monitor air quality around the globe.
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