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Pakistan-US Science and Technology Cooperation Program         
Phase 4 (2009 Deadline)

Projects Selected for Joint Funding                                                          

The following projects are being funded on the Pakistani side by the Higher Education Commission (HEC) and
on the US side by the Department of State:

Carbazole and Fluorene-Based Polymeric and Molecular Materials for Optoelectronic Applications: 
Synthesis, Spectroscopic Studies, Device Fabrication, and Characterization

Kevin D. Belfield, University of Central Florida
Aamer Saeed, Quaid-i-Azam University

Removal of Arsenic from Drinking Water Using Iron Ores as Low-Cost Reactive Absorbent Media
James Farrell, University of Arizona
Khadjia Qureshi, Mehran University of Engineering and Technology
A Molecular Approach to Prevent Hereditary Blindness in Pakistan
John Gottsch, The Johns Hopkins University
Tayyab Husnain, Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology; Nadeem Butt and Haiba Kaul, Allama Iqbal Medical College; and Z.A. Qazi, Layton Rehmatullah Benevolent Trust Hospital
Bioactive Genes and Peptides/Proteins from Medicinal Plants
Leslie M. Hicks, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Amer Jamil, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
Establishment of a Center of Excellence to Conduct and Promote Construction Safety Research, Education, and Training in Pakistan
Jimmie Hinze, University of Florida, and Salman Azhar, Auburn University
Rafiq M. Choudhry, National University of Sciences and Technology
Inventory of the Plants of Pakistan
Peter C. Hoch, Missouri Botanical Garden
Syed I. Ali, University of Karachi

A Hybrid Solar Water Heating System Using CO2 as Working Fluid
Sumathy Krishnan and Samee Khan, North Dakota State University
Nasrullah Khan, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology
Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Using Integrated Secure Wireless Sensor and Vehicular Networks
Hafiz Malik, University of Michigan, Dearborn
Muhammad Tahir, University of Engineering and Technology Lahore
Water, Sanitation, Health, and Hygiene Interventions in a Northern Pakistani Village
Mark Miller, National Institutes of Health, Fogarty International Center
Khalil Ahmad, Karakoram International University, Gilgit
Solid Waste Management for Bioenergy Production
William J. Orts, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service
Romana Tabassum, National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering 
New Approaches of Estrus Synchronization to Improve Reproductive Performance in Dairy Animals
J. Richard Pursley, Michigan State University
Nasim Ahmad, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Small Scale Sewage Treatment and Wastewater Reuse System for Pakistan
Rumana Riffat, George Washington University
Safia Ahmed, Quaid-i-Azam University
Total Solution-Based Organic-Inorganic Solar Cells for Enhanced Efficiency and Stability
S. Ismat Shah, University of Delaware
Salamat Ali, GC University, Lahore
Standardization and Quality Assurance of Medicinal Plants
Allan Showalter, Ohio University
Zabta Khan Shinwari, Quaid-i-Azam University
The following projects were funded on both sides by the Department of State
With funds on the Pakistani side passed through and supervised by the Higher Education Commission:

Establishing a Biostatistical Consulting Center
Hafiz Anwar Ahmad, Jackson State University
Talat Naseer Pasha, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences 

Prevalence, Species Distribution, and Trends in Resistance of Fungi Responsible for Invasive Mycoses in Pakistan
Mary E. Brandt, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Afia Zafar, Aga Khan University
Arthropod Functional Genomics Initiative: Building Community Resources for Animal Health
Shahid Karim, University of Southern Mississippi
Zafar Iqbal and Muhammad Sohail Sajid, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad
Rapid Detection of Infection and Drug Resistance in Tuberculosis Patients by Multiplex Analysis
Imran Khan, University of California, Davis
Waheed Akhtar, Punjab University and Allama Iqbal Medical College
Characterization of Mycoplasma gallisepticum Isolates from Pakistan and Their Use in Production of Diagnostic Antigen and Vaccine
Mazhar Khan, University of Connecticut
Masood Rabbani, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Hepatitis B Virus-Associated Hepatocellular Carcinoma in Pakistan
Aleem Siddiqui, University of California, San Diego
Hajra Sadia, National University of Sciences and Technology
With funds on the Pakistani side passed to the recipient institutions under the supervision of the Ministry of Science and Technology:
Enhancing the Minimally Invasive Surgery Skills of General Surgeons and Allied Surgical Specialists at the National Level
Ronald C. Merrell, Virginia Commonwealth University
Asif Zafar Malik, Holy Family Hospital, Rawalpindi
Capacity Building, Epidemiology, and Risk Assessment of Endemic and Emerging Tick-Borne Disease in KPK and FATA, Pakistan
Mike Teglas, University of Nevada, Reno
Khalid Khan, Veterinary Research Institute, Peshawar