Advisors' profiles


Aqil Sajjad holds a PhD in Physics from Harvard University and is currently pursuing his postdoctoral research in the same Institution. His interests include Cosmology, Theoretical Physics, and Elementary Particle Physics. Aqil is physically challenged due to the loss of his eye-sight but has been an inspiration for the scientific community (having being mentioned in Nature) for his determination and tenacity to pursue a career in science. Aqil is also an avid sportsman playing Beep Baseball where his team - the Boston Renegades - is sponsored by the Association of Blind Citizens and plays in World Cup series. 



Afreen Siddiqi is a visiting scholar with the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Dr. Siddiqi has an S.B. in Mechanical Engineering and an S.M. and Ph.D. in Aerospace Systems, all from MIT. She has been a recipient of the Amelia Earhart Fellowship, Richard D. DuPont Fellowship, and the Rene H.

Miller Prize in Systems Engineering. She has engineering experience with National Instruments in Austin, Texas and Schlumberger in Houston, Texas. She has been a consultant for BP, Lockheed Martin, Aurora Flight Systems and also taught at MIT. Afreen has also written about and provided advice to policy makers on science education in developing countries, particularly the GCC and MENA region. 


Faisal Khan is the founding Director of the Institute of Integrative Biosciences at CECOS University in Peshawar. Dr. Khan completed his D.Phil. in Systems Biology from the Oxford University (UK) in 2013, He is the Co-founder of Peshawar 2.0 and Board Member of Higher Education Research Endowment Fund and KP Information Technology Board, Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. He is the President of RSG-Pakistan ISCB - International Society for Computational Biology and Co-Founder of Basecamp, Pakistan.



Kulsoom Ghias holds a PhD in Cancer Biology from Northwestern University. She joined the Agha Khan University (AKU) in 2008 and is currently teaching Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the undergraduate medical programme and Molecular and Cancer Biology in the PhD programme. Kulsoom is also significantly involved in cancer research. Along with her colleagues, she is currently working on identifying novel genes responsible for metastatic head and neck cancers in the Pakistani population. Benefitting from her liberal arts education from the University of Virginia she has also involved herself closely with initiatives designed to offer a liberal arts experience at AKU.


Muhammad Sabieh Anwar is an Experimental Physicist and a Science Educator. He is an Associate Professor of Physics and Head of Department of Physics at Lahore University of Management Sciences. Dr. Anwar completed his D.Phil. from the Department of Physics, Oxford University (UK) in 2004, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar from Pakistan and received his B.Sc.

(Honors) degree in Electrical Engineering from the UET, Lahore. Dr. Sabieh is recipient of ICTP Physics Prize for the year 2008 as well as Aizaz-e-Sabqat from the Government of Pakistan. Sabieh has also developed innovative and low cost scientific experiments for his own lab as well as distributed these to other Universities in Pakistan.

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Salman Hameed is a Charles Taylor Chair and an Associate Professor of Integrated Science & Humanities at Hampshire College, Massachusetts. As a Science Communicator and the founder of ‘Science ka Adda’ (at T2F, Karachi), he also started the popular science blog, ‘Irtiqa’. He holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy from New Mexico State University at Las Cruces and a B.S. in Physics and Astronomy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.



Siraj Shaikh is currently a Reader in Cyber Security at the Centre for Mobility and Transport at Coventry University. He holds a PhD in Computer Security, MSc in Computer Networking, MA in Higher and Professional Education, and BSc (Honors) in Computing. He is a Chartered Fellow of BCS − The Chartered Institute for IT (FBCS CITP) and also a Chartered Scientist (CSci).

Dr. Siraj serves as a cyber security lead for the Knowledge Transfer Network, coordinating activities across academia, industry and policy. He is also the Vice-Chair for the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP) Technical Committee 6 on Communication Systems, and a member of the Developing Countries Support Committee (DCSC) of IFIP.


Shoab A. Khan is Professor and Member Board of Trustees of Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE). He is also the Dean of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences at EME College. He has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He is an inventor of 5 awarded US patents and has 260+ international publications.

Dr. Shoab’s book on Digital Design was published by John Wiley & Sons and is being followed in national and international universities. He has more than 22 years of industrial experience in the USA and Pakistan and has been awarded Tamgh-e-Imtiaz (Civil), National Education Award 2001 and NCR National Excellence Award in Engineering Education. He also served as the Chairman of Pakistan’s Association of Software Houses and Services Companies                                              (P@SHA) and served as member of National Computing Council and HEC’s National Curriculum Review Committee. ​​