Kashmir Science

Identifying and profiling the scientists from Jammu and Kashmir and detailing the struggles they put in to make doing science their career, this section highlights their contributions to the world knowledge pool across diverse spheres of science. It also includes reportage about innovation and incubation and profiles of various innovators.

Making Cancer Fight Cancer

After a series of failures in various laboratories across the globe, Dr Khalid Shah, a young Kashmir scientist, currently, a professor at the Harvard Medical School, led a team of researchers to devise a...

‘Saffron Is Anti-carcinogenic; Can Delay Alzheimer’s and is Used in Treating Depression’

A leading plant scientist, Dr Nasheman Ashraf, currently Principal Scientist at CSIR-IIM, was the first to create a data bank of 64000 Saffron genes and publish the transcriptome data, something that many others followed...

‘60 Ladakh Spring Bacteria Produce Antibiotics against Different Diseases’

Awarded for his research in microbiology last week, CSIR-IIIM Principle Scientist, Dr Zahoor Ahmad Parray has been primarily working on the drugs involving Tuberculosis. In a freewheeling interview with Masood Hussain, the scientist details...

‘I Am Devising An Optogenetic Tool That Can Rewrite or Create False Memory’

Apart from demonstrating the evidence of how a diseased lung cell seeks help physically by developing tunnelling nano-tubes from a healthier one, Dr Tanveer Ahmad has experimented with various facets of genetics in the...

‘In the Next 10 Years, Genetic Engineering Will Revolutionise Medical Science’

Intervention cardiologist at the Temple University School of Medicine, Srinagar-born Prof Riyaz Bashir has devised a special series of life-saving, clot-removing catheters, some of which have already got FDA approval. In November, he was...

‘In Skill and Speed, Humans’ Can Not Compete The Machine’

As the world has been taken over by AI and ML, science is now chasing the countless benefits that quantum computing will offer in forecasting weather, the market and possibly life. Quantum physicist, Dr...

‘Genetics May Help Humans Live A Long Life’

From a south Kashmir school to Canada’s Laval University, Dr Abdul Wajid has dedicated his research career to a better understanding of genes. To his credit is the discovery of a novel role of...

‘Depression Is the Mother of All Diseases’

After working at John Hopkins for 12 years, Dr Shaida Andrabi moved to the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), where he is currently a professor of the departments of Pharmacology, Toxicology, and Neurology....

‘During my PhD, I Identified Four Gene’s Vital for Blood Brain Barrier Formation in...

Neuroscientist, Dr Mubarak Hussain Syed is personally amazed by brain development and its evolution in diverse life forms. Leading a laboratory at the University of New Mexico, he is attempting to find answers to...

‘Right Now, We Do Not Have An Effective TB Vaccine’

Tuberculosis is one of the most investigated diseases on earth but the bacteria-driven malady continues to be one of the major killers. Kashmir microbiologist, Dr Beenish Rufai, has studied the TB ecosystem for a...

‘India Nearly Eliminated Malaria in the 1950s, but The Success Was Mismanaged’

Srinagar-born biochemist, Dr Altaf Lal wore many hats in his career. A researcher, and a public health expert, he has been into health diplomacy, the first Kashmiri American who was posted as a diplomat...

‘I Am Trying to Unravel How Psychobiotics Communicate with the Brain and Alleviate Mental...

With three post-doctorates in three countries, microbiologist Dr Basit Yousuf has been working on bacteria for almost a decade now. Currently working at the University of Ottawa (Canada), he told Kashmir Life that he...

‘There Is No Direct Evidence of Making Humans Immortal’

Young Kashmir scientist, Dr Abdul Wajid Bhat is credited for finding the protein Kinase CK2 that regulates chromatin-modulating factors. In a conversation, he offers some ideas about how genetics is revolutionising man’s understanding of...

‘I Wanted These Children to Have the Childhood That Was Denied to Me’

As the Kashmir situation deteriorated in the 1990s, Noor ul Owase Jeelani was flown out to London by his parents. He studied medicine and specialised in paediatric surgery. Thirty years later, Dr Jeelani is...

‘We Are Exploring Ways and Means to Generate Novel Vaccines Against Plant Diseases.’

After spending seven years at the world-famous Max Plank Institute of Biochemistry (Munich Germany) researching Rubisco, the most abundant protein on earth and deconstructing its production in plants, protein biochemist, Dr Javaid Yousuf is...

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