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KARACHI: A young Pakistani scientist, Dr Saima Rasheed of the HEJ Research Institute of Chemistry, Karachi University, attended the 64th Nobel Laureate Meeting of Physiology and Medicine, held in Germany recently.

An official of the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS), Karachi University, said on Sunday that Dr Saima Rasheed was one of the 600 selected young researchers from up to 80 countries of the world to meet and spend time with 37 Nobel laureates.

“The Council for the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting invited her as young scientist from Pakistan to deliver and share with them her research (poster presentation). This was an excellent opportunity for the young scientist to communicate with fellow scientists across the globe and to share scientific thoughts with them,” he said.

She has done her PhD in bio-organic chemistry in 2013 under the supervision of Prof. Dr. M. Iqbal Choudhary, Director ICCBS, University of Karachi, he said.

“During her studies she has discovered more than 200 natural and synthetic compounds that would serve as lead against diabetes. Her 20 publications have been published in international peer review journals”.

The Vice Chancellor of Karachi University, Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser, former Chairman Higher Education Commission, Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, and Director ICCBS-KU, Prof Dr M Iqbal Choudhary, have congratulated Dr Saima Rasheed for her achievement and said that this selection at international forum was an honour not only for University of Karachi but also for the country.

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M. Omar Aug 17, 2014 08:53pm

Wonderful to see a woman representing Pakistan at this level....and the fundamentalist want to ban women from education.

W.Shaikh Aug 17, 2014 09:02pm

Well done, Dr. Saima. Congratulations to you, Pakistan and Karachi University.

rasheed Aug 17, 2014 09:10pm

Congratoulations.. best wishes for your future endeavors.

Char Latan Aug 17, 2014 09:46pm

Wow! Now that's like getting pretty close to a Nobel prize.

khan Aug 17, 2014 10:26pm

seriously, is this the news. even i and one of my friend attended nobel laureate meeting in korea in 2012.

M. Asghar Aug 17, 2014 10:47pm

This participation of Dr Saima Rasheed is nice, but it is not something new, because every year some young Pakistani scientists participate in the Lindau Laureate Meeting.

mba Aug 17, 2014 11:21pm

Congratulations. Pakistan has started to walk on both legs: women & men. This is a very goof news.

Tahir Aug 17, 2014 11:52pm

Honour for pakistan and specially for Karachi University from where a woman was selected for prestigious forum

Naseer Aug 18, 2014 01:08am

Knowing Dr. Iqbal Choudhary, I know his students would do wonders. Dr. Choudhary is such a learned and simple person. He is a great motivation to his students.

Faroha Aug 18, 2014 01:36am

Congrats, girl!I also attended the Lindau Nobel Laureates meeting for Chemistry in 2009 and can safely say it has been a life changing experience :)

Mik Aug 18, 2014 02:31am

Hearty congratulations!

m.mirza Aug 18, 2014 02:44am


all the best for you, karachi university and pakistan.

Anser Azim Aug 18, 2014 06:54am

Dr Saima Rasheed does not have a single first author paper from Dr Choudhary's lab. I just checked it on Pubmed NIH site (six publications but none has first authorship). I am not sure why she was chosen for this meeting and on what merit?. I will admit that the Choudhry lab has a good publication record in peer reviewed journals.

MAK Aug 18, 2014 08:25am

@M. Omar This is not a right time to mix politics and Science. Congratulation to young Scientist representing Pakistan.

Wajahat Hussain Aug 18, 2014 10:29am

We are proud of you bata!

Weq Aug 18, 2014 11:29am

@Wajahat Hussain Proud for just attending? but not proud of those receiving Nobel Prizes? Pakistanis expel Nobel Prize holders as we did with Sir Abdus Salam, what if she is a Kadiani? nobody asked her for Religion? this is strange

Moiz Omar Aug 18, 2014 11:58am

Congrats to her! Making Pakistan proud!

Shahid Aug 18, 2014 12:44pm


She was just selected for a poster presentation.

While its definitely something to be proud of, it is by no means an extra ordinary achievement.

Anup Aug 18, 2014 06:10pm

A great opportunity for sure, also great to see an American-Indian receiving the award.

Humayoun Aug 18, 2014 06:57pm

Why are we (Pakistanis) negative about everything? Instead of being happy and proud, we are slamming the young researcher. These negative comments are NOT moral booster. Shame.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Aug 18, 2014 07:35pm

What a great achievement?

Reality Aug 19, 2014 10:46am

God bless you (Dr. SR) for your achievements (present and future), and God bless Prof Dr Muhammad Qaiser, former Chairman Higher Education Commission, Prof Dr Atta-ur-Rehman, and Director ICCBS-KU, Prof Dr M Iqbal Choudhary for their struggle.

May God protect our country from wrong doers, and give strength to those who want bring change in our society and image of our country.

Well, "The Rebel For Change Has Arrived"............

Anup Aug 19, 2014 02:18pm

@Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Sir, as I know invitation goes only to respected achievers. I am an Indian and would like to congratulate the person.

Tariq, Lahore Aug 19, 2014 07:18pm

Hats off to you for bringing honor to the Pakistan!

Mustafa Aug 19, 2014 07:59pm


Don't lie, nobody expelled Dr. Abdus Salam, Dr. Sahib died a proud Pakistani. Aug 20, 2014 07:08am

Bravo! she brought us hope n pride...participation in the meeting is based on her research work...she has discovered approx 200 compounds, which would contribute to treatment of diabetes.

Kashif Aug 20, 2014 09:59am

@Weq As per my knowledge the decision of Dr Abdus Salam to leave the country was of his own to protest the bill passed against Qadianis. Before he was enjoying the key positions in this homeland

allaisa Aug 20, 2014 08:04pm

@Mustafa That only show the greatness of Dr Salam not of the country he belonged to. If I recall, his tomb was desecrated by order of a Court. Instead of mouthing inanities why don't you do something about it, if you dare that is.