Two Jamia professors selected as Member of National Academy of Sciences India
April 14, 2019
New Delhi: Two Jamia Millia University faculty members Dr. Tokeer Ahmad, Associate Professor at Department of Chemistry and Dr. Asimul Islam, Assistant Professor at Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Basic Sciences, have been selected for the Membership of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences, India (NASI) for the year 2019.
The National Academy of Sciences, established in 1930, is the oldest Science Academy in India. It is located in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. The main objective of the Academy is to provide a national forum for the publication of research work carried out by Indian Scientists and to provide opportunities for exchange of views among them.
Dr. Tokeer Ahmad did his masters in chemistry from IIT, Roorkee (2000) and Ph.D. from IIT, Delhi (2006) in the thrust area of Nanotechnology. Immediately after Ph.D., he joined Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi as an Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, in 2006 and became Associate Professor in 2018. He is privileged to work with Bharat Ratna Prof. C.N.R. Rao as visiting scientist in 2015 and 2016.
Apart from his wide research interest on Chemistry of various advanced Nanomaterials such as multiferroics, nanocomposites, DMS, simple and complex oxides, Dr. Ahmad is more inclined towards the development of functional nanostructures for photocatalysis, gas sensing and energy applications. He has supervised eight PhD’s, 54 post graduate students and currently supervising eight Ph.D. students. He has been instrumental to receive eight research projects from MHRD, DST, CSIR, UGC, JMI innovative programme and one international project from Saudi Arabia of worth more than 300 lacs.
Recently, Dr. Ahmad has also received Major R&D project grant under MHRD SPARC scheme in collaboration with Texas A&M University.
Dr. Asimul Islam has contributed immensely to the problems related to the protein folding, which is
the primary cause of neurodegenrative diseases whereas cure to these diseases lies in understanding the mechanism of protein folding. Besides, his group has also contributed significantly in the development of excluded volume theory that explains how additives can affect the protein stability. His work has focussed enormously in characterizing and highlighting the significance of protein folding intermediates such as molten globule and pre-molten globule.
Dr. Islam has published more than 110 research articles in internationally reputed peer reviewed journals having research citations of 1725 with 20 h-index and 63 i-10 index. His research was funded by various research grants from CSIR, SERB-DST, UGC and ICMR.He has been instrumental in organising more than 15 National and International Conferences at Jamia Millia Islamia and presented his research in more than 30 National and International Conferences throughout the country.
Recently, he has been focusing on giving scientific solution to diseases like diabetes, obesity and Hepatitis B by cloning, isolating and purifyingthetherapeutic proteins related to these diseases and characterizingthemusing biophysical techniques like CD, UV-vis, fluorescence, &FTIR spectroscopy, dynamic light scattering, differential scanning calorimetry, iso-thermal calorimetry and mass spectrometry.
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