Karachi: Dr Farzana Shaheen, a Pakistani woman scientist, has been recognised by The Elsevier Foundation, Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) and the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) for research excellence.
She is among the eleven women from the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean recognised for their research excellence.
An official of the International Centre for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University (KU), said that these women scientists were awarded OWSD prizes at a special ceremony held during the International Symposium on Women in Science and Engineering (WISE 2011) hosted by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, and Institute Kimia, Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur from September 29-30. Each winner received a cash prize of 5,000 US dollars.
Shaheen, Assistant Professor at H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry, University of Karachi, received OWSD award 2011 for Young Women Scientists for her outstanding achievements in Chemistry.
Dr Shaheen earned her Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry under the supervision of Director ICCBS Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary.
She did her first postdoctoral studies with Prof. A. Ganesan (University of Southampton, UK) in the field of combinatorial chemistry through the award of UNESCO Fellowship for Young Women in Life Sciences in 2005.
She learned the advanced techniques of combinatorial chemistry from Prof. Dr. Kit S. Lam (UC-Davis, USA) under J. William Fulbright Scholar Program 2008-2009.
She has over 50 research publications in international journals and two patents.
KU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Pirzada Qasim Raza Siddiqui, former Chairman of Higher Education Commission Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rehman and Director ICCBS Prof Dr M Iqbal Choudhary have congratulated Dr Shaheen on her achievement.