German Research Foundation (DFG) has chosen Pakistani-born molecule biologist Dr. Asifa Akhtar for Germany’s most important research funding award ‘Leibniz Prize’ acknowledged for her groundbreaking cell-biological work on the mechanisms of epigenetic gene regulation and understanding chromosome regulation, the mechanism in which the genes of the X chromosome are produced in equal strength both in the female and male sex. She works at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics.
This prize is one of the most prestigious awards of Germany which rewards a maximum of €2.5 million award to its winners. ‘Leibniz Prizes’ will be awarded in a virtual ceremony on Monday March 15, 2021.
German Consulate General Karachi congratulates molecular biologist Dr. Asifa Akhter on her success and said “Congratulations, Dr. Asifa! You make both Pakistan and Germany extremely proud with your outstanding contributions to science!”
Dr. Asifa, originally from Karachi-Pakistan studied BSc from University College London in 1993. She also received the European Life Science Organization Award for her significant contributions in 2008 and got membership of EMBO 2013. She received Feldberg Prize in 2017. In 2019, Dr. Asifa elected as member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldinad and in 2020, she became the first female vice president at Max Planck Society’s Biological & Medical Section.