FCCU congratulates Dr Samina Mehnaz for having her accomplishments acknowledged in an article by humansofpakistan.org. While shedding light on her academic pursuits and achievements, the article reads, “She is undoubtedly an inspiration for all the young girls in Pakistan who want to pursue a career as a scientist. Prof Samina has undoubtedly set new standards of women empowerment in Pakistan.” It goes on to add that “she is not only an asset for Pakistan but also a very down-to-earth human being”.

Dr Samina is presently head of Department of Biological Sciences at FCCU. Among her many achievements is her appointment as Humboldt Ambassador Scientist by Alexander von Humbolt Foundation, Germany, for the period January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2018. In 2010, Dr Samina received Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship and has also been the recipient of Pakistan Council of Science and Technology’s (PCST) Research Productivity Award (RPA) from 2011 to 2014.

According to PCST, she is one of the most productive scientists of Pakistan. Her recent work includes the continuation of her project characterizing secondary metabolites from the novel bacterium that she discovered from sugarcane stem, her potential work in the field of bio-fertilizers and bio-formulations. Dr Samina has also discovered a chemical compound and named it “Lahorenoic Acid” after her hometown Lahore.

She completed her PhD in Molecular Microbial Ecology from Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, and holds one pre and three post-doctorates. Moreover, she has published several research papers and has two books to her credit.

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