Pakistan microbiologists have been a major force within ASM for nearly a decade. Today, with more than 2,000 members (and growing), ASM is working closely with local societies and organizations to offer professional development opportunities and foster international collaboration. Through BioResource Centers (BRC), webinars, workshops, conferences, and international exchanges, enthusiastic and talented Pakistani students and professionals engage with ASM from across the world.
In 2014 ASM, in collaboration with local scientific societies and institutions, hosted workshops in laboratory science, established a fourth BRC, and supported Pakistani participation in the global scientific community through numerous travel grants.
ASM in Pakistan
- TB Culture: since 2011, 6 people trained
- Basic Microbiology: 2014-2015, 24 people from 12 unique laboratories trained during 2 workshops
- Remote Biosafety Guidance: Ongoing training for 17 people from 12 institutions
- Biosafety Workshops: 2014-2015, 9 one-day workshops held, reaching over 500 students and early-career microbiologists
- Sister-society Collaborations: 100+ travel grants provided to students and early-career professionals to attend the PSM Biennial International Conference, March 2015
- Basic microbiology mentoring at hospital-based laboratories
- Remote-based biosafety guidance in clinical laboratories
- Sister-society collaborations with Pakistan Society for Microbiology and others
Success Story: Supporting Sister Societies
ASM sister-society, the Pakistan Society for Microbiology (PSM) hosted their Biennial International Conference at University of the Punjab in Lahore in March 2015. More than 750 Pakistani and other international microbiologists attended 27 scientific sessions, 3 poster sessions, and 150 oral paper presentations. PSM also hosted post-conference workshops on biosafety and biosecurity and scientific writing and publishing. ASM supported this event by funding travel to Lahore for students and early-career scientists. Many grantees, eager to participate for the first time, creatively stretched their funding, taking long train rides, hiring buses and bunking up with roommates.
BioResource Centers (BRCs)
The purpose of the BioResource Center (BRC) is to provide scientists, educators, laboratorians, policy makers, and students with cutting-edge scientific resources, training, and increase their knowledge-base of biological sciences. The BRC in Pakistan serves as a location for scientists and stakeholders to convene; offer access to cutting-edge scientific resources; and provide ongoing professional development training through scientific webinars, virtual workshops, and also on-site workshops and lectures.
BRC at the University of Karachi, Karachi
Contact: Samiya Kainat (BRC Fellow), firstname.lastname@example.org
BRC at Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan
Contact: Saeed Akhtar, email@example.com
BRC at Jinnah University for Women, Karachi
Contact: Sayyada Ghufrana Nadeem, firstname.lastname@example.org
BRC at the University of Haripur, Haripur
Contact: Sobia Nisa, email@example.com
Ambassadors to Pakistan
The Country Ambassador is a senior scientist who represents ASM in Pakistan, facilitating partnership and exchange with other scientists worldwide, while the ASM Young Ambassador is a dynamic young leader, who also represents ASM in Pakistan, facilitating networking, professional development, and collaboration to strengthen science globally. The ASM Young Ambassador mobilizes the next generation of scientists to develop innovative approaches to meet the Grand Challenges in Science.
For more information on ASM's Pakistan program,