Raja Amjad Waheed Khan
My name is Raja Amjad Waheed Khan, I am from Pakistan. I did my Master and M.Phil with specialization in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad, Pakistan.
I was awarded scholarship by China Scholarship Council (CSC) in 2012 for a doctorate program with specialization in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Bio-X Institute, School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Shanghai Jiao Tong University. I started my PhD in September 2012. I selected courses related to my PhD, securing very good grades. Meanwhile, I started my research work related to ‘Genetic Study of Complex Disorders’ under the supervision of Professor Yongyong Shi who is famous and young scientist and also professor in the Bio-X Institutes.
Detailed personal information
I joined Shanghai Jiao Tong University in September 2012 as a PhD student in School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology, Bio-X Institutes, under the supervision of Professor Yongyong Shi. I was awarded PhD scholarship by China Scholarship Council (CSC) to undertake doctorate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in this prestigious university of China. This was in fact a totally new experience for me to study in a multi cultured and prestigious university of the China where students from all over the world come for different degrees programs like PhD, MSc as well as short and long term language programs. I selected relevant courses related to my PhD degree, securing very good grades.
In the mean time I joined the Bio-X institutes for my research. The director of this institute is Professor He Lin, who is not only an eminent scientist but also famous academician of China. I joined the research group of Professor Yongyong Shi, who is famous and young scientist of China and now he is professor in the Bio-X Institute and also my mentor. Professor Yongyong Shi’s group is working on ‘genetic study of complex disorders’ using different molecular biology approaches and bioinformatics tools. I started working on projects related to Neuro and Psychiatric disorders and published around five international papers and expecting to publish few more in the forthcoming 2-3 months.
The labs in our institute are well equipped with advance and high tech. instruments and the learning environment is also very good. While doing research in this institute, I learned how to use different platforms in order to study the genetic basis of complex disorders, and now I may use these strategies to undertake research related to complex disorders. Our institute has also collaboration with different institutes in USA, UK and other countries, and some time students go for exchange programs as well. These multipronged approaches are also being adopted not only in our institute but also in other schools and institutes of SJTU. Now-a-days, different categories of scholarships are being awarded to international students by Chinese as well as local governments. Our university is also giving scholarship to international students for Master and PhD degree programmes. I hope that due to these steps which are being taken by SJTU will further attract the students from all over the world, and I believe that Shanghai Jiao Tong University will be a leading university of the world.
Apartment from academic and research activities, we have equal chances to participate in sports, other cultural activities and social work etc. Shanghai Jiao Tong University provides platforms for all these activities. In this connection, during the year 2014, a get together was jointly organized by professors and international students in the School of Life Sciences and Biotechnology where worthy dean and professors participated in this gathering in addition to students. In this gathering, one student from every country being the representative of his country, delivered a presentation on the culture of his country. Being the representative of my country, I also delivered presentation on the culture of my country.
While studying in SJTU, I have chance to learn the norms and cultural values of the China as well as other nationalities. I think what I have learned so far in SJTU will go a long way to further tighten the affiliation of myself with SJTU. In fact, when I will return back to my country, I will suggest to most of the students of our country to select SJTU on top priority as university of their destination for Master, PhD and other programmes. I want to see the SJTU as the leading university of the world.
Awards and honors during stay in Shanghai Jiao Tong University
1. International Excellent Student Award, 2013 by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
2. International Excellent Student Award, 2015 by Shanghai Jiao Tong University.