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Professor Samar Hasnain

University of Liverpool – Professor of Molecular Biophysics

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Professor Samar Hasnain represents the UK Government on the SESAME Council, was the Inaugural Chair of the Beamline Advisory committee for nine years and has shaped the development of experimental facilities here in a bid to unify nations through scientific research.

Samar Hasnain is a structural biologist with over 45 years of Synchrotron Radiation experience. He has contributed heavily to the development of experimental facilities at SESAME, a research laboratory in Jordan with the goal of uniting Middle Eastern countries through science and was appointed Chair of the Proposal Review Committee for SESAME in 2016 where he led those assessing the proposals for access to the state-of-the-art facilities.

Further to his applications of science to initiatives bringing nations together, Samar works to increase opportunities for undertaking cutting edge science and has an extensive record as an academic in the field of molecular biophysics. Having obtained a PhD in experimental Physics from the University of Manchester in 1976 on molecular crystals using synchrotron radiation at NINA, he joined DESY in Hamburg as a Fellow working on the Storage ring Synchrotron Radiation Facility.

In 1979, Professor Hasnain joined the UK’s effort of establishing the world’s first dedicated synchrotron radiation source (SRS) as a full-time scientific staff member of the Daresbury National Laboratory. Ten years later he established the Molecular Biophysics group here, before eventually moving to the University of Liverpool as Max Perutz Professor of Molecular Biophysics in 2008.

As a tribute to the Nobel Prize Winner Charles Glover Barkla, Samar named his laboratory here the Barkla X-ray laboratory of Biophysics due to its links with the Rontgen rays (X-rays) that helped to start the field of X-ray Crystallography. Here he works to understand the complexities of biological systems using x-rays from synchrotron sources and X-ray Free Electron Lasers.

As well as his vast experience within the academic research world, Samar is the founding Editor of the IUCr’s Journal of Synchrotron Radiation (1993). He has also acted as the Editor-in-Chief of the IUCr Journals for a 6 years term (2012-2018) during which he launched the IUCr’s flagship journal IUCrJ in 2014 to mark the International Year of Crystallography’.

#Institution

University of Liverpool
Max Perutz Professor of Molecular Biophysics

SINCE 2008

#Alma-Matter

University of Manchester
PhD.

1976 – MANCHESTER

#Role at UNESCO

UK Representative on the SESAME (Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) Council

SINCE 2006

QUOTE

“I would like to thank the STFC for this generous donation to the SESAME Project. I am delighted that this equipment will go to a project that unites the participating nations, enabling them to work together.

Professor Hasnain, Speaking of the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s donations. (STFC)

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ROLE AT UNESCO

Professor Samar Hasnain, is the UK Representative on the SESAME (Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) Council

Institutions

University of Liverpool
Max Perutz Professor of Molecular Biophysics

SINCE 2008

University of Manchester
PhD, Particle Physics

1976

University of Karachi
Bachelor of Science

1970

Role at UNESCO

UK Representative on the SESAME (Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) Council

SINCE 2006

COMMISSION

SESAME (Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East) Council

OPENED 2017 – PARIS, FRANCE

SESAME is an experimental lab and council based in Jordan, where researchers from the Middle-East come together to investigate the properties of an assortment of products including advanced materials, biological machines sustaining life and cultural artefacts.

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SELECTED PUBLISHED WORK

Read some of Samar’s published work on our website, as well as other material, news and articles

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QUOTE

“[This work] will allow the next generation of… scientists to carry out world-class fundamental scientific research.”

Professor Hasnain, Speaking of the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s donations. (STFC)

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