Scientist Advisory Board

Ana Almeida, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Molecular Biology, Cal State East Bay University

Dr. Almeida works in the area of the molecular mechanisms of plant development and evolution. She studies how form arises and evolves in nature. More broadly, she is interested in the molecular principals governing biological diversity, especially as it regards to development processes. She focus on studying morphological diversification in plants. Her lab uses next generation sequencing tools, as well as classical microscopy approaches, to understand how changes in development might contribute to the origin of new forms in nature.

Mohsina Asif, Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology

Mohsina Asif is a student of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore. After rigorous training under the guidance of the internationally experienced editor, Muhammad Hamza Waseem, she is currently serving as an Assistant Managing Director of Spectra Magazine, a science and engineering magazine of university. As an aspiring mechanical engineer, her interests include Physics, Mechanics (Statics and Dynamics), and Thermodynamics.

Samuel Guffey, M.Sc, Fisheries & Aquatic Sciences Lab Manager, Purdue University

Samuel Guffey was trained in marine science and oceanography as well as biology. He has worked on research problems in community ecology, animal physiology, molecular biology, fisheries, and toxicology. Most of his current projects focus on environmental science, fish biology, and natural resources. In general, his goal is to improve humanity’s understanding and use of aquatic resources. He has a passion for building partnerships with diverse groups to clarify and achieve shared goals.

Yuk Fai Leung, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Purdue University

Dr. Yuk Fai Leung is an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Purdue University. He received his B.Sc. and M.Phil. in Biochemistry at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Ph.D. in Ophthalmology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. In 2002, Dr. Leung began his postdoctoral research at Harvard University under the support of Croucher Fellowship. His research group at Purdue is studying zebrafish models of human retinal degeneration in order to find better treatments for human patients. Retinal degeneration is a group of incurable eye diseases including retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration that affects our vision. Much has been learned about the molecular basis of these diseases, but the number of treatments for improving the deteriorated vision is still scarce.

Shehryar Malik, Undergraduate Student, Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology

Shehryar Malik is an undergraduate student of electrical engineering at the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. His research interests lie in the areas of artificial intelligence, machine learning, natural language processing, control systems, signal processing, embedded engineering, internet of things, big data, relativity and quantum mechanics. He is particularly passionate about interdisciplinary research. In the past, Shehryar has worked on several internet of things based projects aimed at designing smart home systems. Currently, he is involved in developing artificial intelligence based solutions for different problems. Shehryar also serves as an Associate Editor of his University's science magazine 'SPECTRA'. He is also interested in politics from an academic and philosophical perspective and enjoys participating in literary activities.

Boriana Marintcheva, Ph. D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Bridgewater State University

Boriana Marintcheva received her B.S./M.S. degrees in Biochemistry andteaching Biology and Chemistry from Sofia University, Sofia, Bulgaria and her Ph.D. from University of Connecticut-Health center, Farmington, Connecticut. Following graduate school she completed a postdoctoral fellowship studying bacteriophage T7 replication at Harvard Medical School. She joined the faculty of Bridgewater State University in the Fall of 2008 as an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, where she currently teaches Introductory Biology, First Year Seminar, Cell Biology and Virology. Dr. Marintcheva's research interests focus on the biology of virus-host interactions using the T7/ E. coli model system. Knowledge about the specifics of virus-host interactions in different systems has allowed the development of measures aimed at diminishing the negative impact of viruses on human health, and using viruses for practical purposes such as biotechnology and drug delivery.

Sidra Tul Muntaha, Undergraduate Student, Metallurgy and Material Sciences, University of Engineering and Technology

Sidra Tul Muntaha is a 3rd year undergraduate student of Metallurgy and Materials Sciences at the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. She has developed a keen interest in materials, nano technology and robotics. She is currently working as associate editor at Spectra Society which deals with reviewing of research work and has initiated a science magazine that encompasses a range of interesting topics. She has worked as an intern researcher in PCSIR on different scientific projects happening in Pakistan, partook in professional research regarding the mechanism of rusting in pipelines, and participated in the annual Google Science fair to produce highly effective solutions to many daily domestic water and sanitation issues faced by the masses. She is an active member of the ICE society where i provide my services of documentation.

Levante Pap, Ph.D Candidate, Chemistry Department, University of Wyoming

Levente is a passionate graduate student at the University of Wyoming, Laramie. He has extensive research experience in molecular nitrogen activation and organic phosphine-ligand synthesis. He was also working on the synthesis and characterization of semiconductor Quantum Dots (QDs). During this period, he was exploring the chiroptical and chirophotonic properties of these nanomaterials. He received his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Eotvos Lorand, Hungary. Alongside his studies, he was working for the Research Institute for Medicinal Plants Ltd., where he was focusing on analytical method validations of alkaloids and flavonoids. He acquired a highly competitive Erasmus Scholarship in 2012, so he started his M.S. degree at the University of Leeds, UK. As a private tutor and teaching assistant he has been actively engaged with teaching, since 2007. Additionally, he is interested in reading, scientific writing and he has been continuously looking for new innovative research and business ideas.

Khanda Rasul, Undergraduate Student, Chemical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology

Khanda Rasul is in her junior year of Chemical Engineering at University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore,Pakistan. She was one of the editors of my school magazine in A'levels and it was there that she discovered her passion for editing. Recently, she had an internship at Spectra (an engineering and science magazine at my university), where she learned how to review research papers. Chemistry and life sciences have always interested her and what better way to combine them and to learn how to practically apply them than chemical engineering? In her free time, she likes to read books, watch movies and TV seasons,  keep up with current affairs and learn as much as she can about outer space.

Maria S. Sepulveda DVM, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Ecotoxicology and Aquatic Animal Health, Purdue University

Dr. Sepulveda received her Bachelor of Science in Veterinary Sciences and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Universidad de Chile. Later at the University of Florida, she received her Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology and her Ph.D. in Veterinary Medicine. She has been a faculty member at Purdue University since 2004. Her laboratory studies the impact of environmental pollutants on biota by employing a battery of tools that span from the molecular to the whole organism. Her lab's expertise includes the application of genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics for the identification of novel biomarkers of exposure and effects, as well as whole animal and life cycle in vivo testing of different aquatic organisms, including zebrafish. Since her arrival to Purdue, Dr. Sepúlveda has secured over $4 million US dollars in support of her research.

Muhammad Hamza Waseem, B.S. Electrical Engineering, University of Engineering and Technology

Hamza is in junior year of BS Electrical Engineering at the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore, Pakistan. For the last 4 years, he has worked with leading international science journals and magazines targeted toward high school and undergraduate students. He is now working towards introducing student-powered science journalism in Pakistan. Keen on science outreach, he works as a science communicator with Khwarizmi Science Society and has played an instrumental role in organizing Lahore Science Melas (festivals). He also leads a volunteer student group that designs low-cost, reconfigurable science demonstrations for STEM outreach at underprivileged schools. For his work as a science communicator, he was listed among Pakistan’s 25 under 25 in 2017. His research interests span modern physics, optics and science education. Currently, his research deals with the intersection of holography and nanotechnology.

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