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Pakistani scientist awarded UNESCO prize for microbiology

The Pakistani scientist Dr Shahida Hasnain and Bangladeshi professor Dr Samir Saha have been named by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as the two laureates of the 2017 Carlos J Finlay UNESCO Prize for Microbiology.

Professor Shahida Hasnain of Pakistan and Dr. Samir Saha of Bangladesh will be presented with the awards during the 39th session of the General Conference of UNESCO on 6 November. The prize money of $10,000 will be divided between the two laureates. This prestigious prize is awarded to scientists whose research has made an outstanding contribution to microbiology and its applications, the Gulf News reported.

She has won several distinctions for her work including 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.

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