Asifa Akhtar, a Pakistani Scientist serving in Munich Germany, has secured the prestigious Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize which she will receive next year. She is one of the ten recipients to win the nomination for outstanding research work in her field. The ceremony to award the prize will be held through an online event on 15th March 2021.

Asifa Akhtar is currently working as Vice President for The Max Planck Society, Germany’s most successful research institution. The institute has the reputation for producing many Laureates, putting it on par with some of the best research institutions worldwide.

Asifa Akhtar, who belongs to Karachi, achieved her doctorate at the Imperial Cancer Research Fund London, U.K, in 1997. Later, she moved to Germany, where she worked as a Postdoctoral fellow at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg and the Adolf-Butenandt Institute in Munich from 1998 to 2001.

Asifa had previously received the Early Career European Life Science Organisation Award in 2008, the EMBO membership in 2013, and the Feldberg Prize in 2017. She was elected as a member of the renowned National Academy of Science Leopoldina in 2019.

The winners of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Prize – 2021 include six male and four female scientists. Of the ten winners, two each belong to humanities and social sciences, natural sciences and engineering, and four from life sciences. Total nominations were around 131 from which the selection committee selected final ten. Each recipient of the Leibniz Award will receive a cash prize of 2.5 million euros or roughly 5.2 Crore Rupees.

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