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Pakistani Dr Shahida Hasnain Wins Microbiology UNESCO Prize Good News for Pakistanis

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Pakistani Dr Shahida Hasnain Wins Microbiology UNESCO Prize

Pakistani Dr Shahida Hasnain Wins Microbiology UNESCO Prize Update: Professor Shahida Hasnain of Pakistan has been named as the laureate of the 2017 Carlos J Finlay UNESCO Prize for Microbiology.

Pakistani Dr Shahida Hasnain Wins Microbiology UNESCO Prize, This prestigious prize is awarded to scientists whose research has made an outstanding contribution to microbiology and its applications.

Pakistani Dr Shahida Hasnain Wins Microbiology UNESCO Prize, The prize will be presented to her on 6th November during the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, which will bring together the organization’s 195 member-states between 30 October and 14 November, said a UNESCO statement issued on 17 October.

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Founder and Chairperson of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at the University of Punjab in Lahore (Pakistan), Shahida Hasnain has won numerous distinctions for her work. Her department is today recognized as a centre of excellence both for its equipment and expertise. Pakistani Dr Shahida Hasnain Wins Microbiology UNESCO Prize.

Dr Hasnain has a PhD in Microbial and Molecular Genetics from Birmingham University in the United Kingdom. She later completed her post-doctorate research in Molecular Microbiology from the same university in 1995.

Professor Hasnain significantly contributed to advances in research in environmental, agricultural and medical microbiology. She has notably worked on the heavy metal detoxification mechanisms, salt stress tolerance mechanisms, and bacterial morphogenesis. Pakistani Dr Shahida Hasnain Wins Microbiology UNESCO Prize.

She has one of the most recognized departments in modern day and holds a number of distinctions for various projects.

Distinctions held by her include:

  • UNESCO/ROSTSCA Award for Young Scientist (from Central and South Asian region) in 1988,
  • Fatima Jinnah Gold Medal in 2006 by Government of Punjab
  • Pakistan and Star Laureate 2007 in Science and Technology by South Asia Publications 2008.

Created in 1977 by UNESCO at the initiative of the Government of Cuba, the Carlos J. Finlay UNESCO Prize rewards scientists whose research has made an exceptional contribution to the field of microbiology.

The laureate was named by Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the recommendation of an international jury of experts in microbiology.

Sources: Abbtakk TV, Daily Pakistan, UNESCO, ProPakistani, MIT Technology Review

Image Sources: UNESCO, MIT Technology Review

 

 

 

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