Born in 1942, Prof. Rahman is a leading organic chemist and scholar in Pakistan. He is especially renowned for his research related to natural product chemistry. Prof. Rahman is the only scientist from the Muslim world to have won the prestigious UNESCO Science Prize (1999), one of his many honors.
As president of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences and the Network of Academies of Science of the Organisation of Islamic Conference, as well as regional vice-president of The World Academy of Sciences, Prof. Rahman has made major contributions to promoting cooperation between China and Pakistan. He signed a MoU with CAS on behalf of Pakistan to hold crossnational seminars, expand collaborative research between the two countries, and send young Chinese and Pakistani scholars to study in each other’s countries in order to increase scholarly communication.
Thanks to the platform he created, 59 Pakistan students are now studying at CAS institutions with the support of CAS-TWAS fellowships. Prof. Rahman also initiated a joint-supervision program for Ph.D. students. As a result, about 400 Pakistani students are conducting their doctoral studies in China.
Professor Wang Xiao-fan
Prof. Wang is a professor of pharmacology and cancer biology at the Duke University School of Medicine. As a renowned onco-molecular biologist, Prof. Wang focuses his research primarily on elucidation of the molecular nature and signaling mechanisms associated with the tumor microenvironment in order to understand how tumor progression and metastasis are promoted. He has made important achievements in the study of TGF-β signaling mechanisms in the context of both cultured cells and animal models.
Professor Wang has actively promoted to establish the international peer review system in China’s universities and research institutions. He organized several international evaluation of biological research in Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Tsinghua University, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, and Huazhong University of Science and Technology, etc. From 2008, he was invited as the head of international reviewing committee by CAS to appraise biological research of CAS institutes.
Prof. Wang leads an innovative research team, comprising scientists from CAS’s Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences and overseas specialists. The team has done research on glucolipid metabolism and related diseases.
As the president of the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America, Prof. Wang has made unremitting efforts to enhance the academic status of overseas Chinese scientists and help Chinese research institutions recruit and cultivate talent.
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