Pakistan-born Dr. Asifa Akhtar wins Leibniz Prize for work on ‘gene regulation’

Syed Umarullah HussainiWeb Editor

18th Dec, 2020. 11:49 am
Dr Asifa Akhtar

Pakistan-born Dr. Asifa Akhtar has been selected to receive Germany’s highest scientific award, the ‘Leibniz Prize’.

She is among 10 scientists to have been selected for this important prize for 2021. The Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize rewards a maximum of €2.5 million per award to its winners.

Germany’s Max Planc society — a fundamental research and science organization, where Akhtar is also serving as the first international female Vice President — shared the exciting news on their social media.

They posted on Twitter “Very excited that two Max Planc Press scientists are among the 2021 Leibniz Preis recipients: our Vice President Asifa Akthar, MPI of Immunobiology & Epigenetics and Volker Springel, MPI for Astrophysics. Congratulations!”

Dr. Asifa Akhtar Profile

Asifa Akhtar was born in Karachi and obtained her doctorate at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund in London, UK, in 1997 before moving to Germany where she was a Postdoctoral fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg and the Adolf-Butenandt-Institute in Munich from 1998 to 2001.

The scientist was also the recipient of the Feldberg Prize in 2017.

Recognized as Germany’s most successful research Organisation since its establishment in 1948, no fewer than 18 Nobel laureates have emerged from the ranks of its scientists, putting the Max Planc society on par with the best and most prestigious research institutions worldwide.

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