Dr. Saima Shabbir

A Tenured Professor at the Institute of Space Technology (Pakistan), Dr. Shabbir is working on Polymer based Nanomaterials for water treatment, food safety, nano-drug delivery systems, solar cells and carbon dioxide capture.

Dr. Saima Shabbir is a Professor (Tenured) at Institute of Space Technology, Pakistan. Previously, she was a Fulbright Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pennsylvania State University. A Gold Medalist during Baccalaureates, she secured First position in MSc and MPhil Chemistry and was awarded Ph.D. Fellowship by Higher Education Commission (HEC). She is a twice winner of Research Productivity Award from Pakistan Council for Science & Technology (PCST), winning three competitive research grants from HEC and one from Pakistan Science Foundation. PCST honored her as one of the dynamic women scientists of Pakistan. Dr. Shabbir cares deeply about the social implications of her research and demonstrated this conviction by working on several community-based projects for solar cells, food safety, nano-drug delivery systems, water treatment and CO2 conversion to nanomaterials. A recipient of Early Career Scientist Award (Royal Society, UK), Excellence in Research Award (New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), USA) and an alumna of Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings (Germany), she was honored as Affiliate Fellow of IUPAC. She was approved as Full Member of OWSD under The World Academy of Sciences (Italy). An alumna of Commonwealth Science Conference (Singapore), she was selected as TechWomen Emerging Leader and completed her mentorship project at Draper University in Silicon Valley. Dr. Shabbir is a Publons verified reviewer for many international journals and has been awarded an element in the historical periodic table celebrating the centenary of IUPAC. She supervises research projects at BS, MS and PhD levels and has volunteered for outreach activities with AuthorAID, Commonwealth, NYAS and British Council. Dr. Shabbir along with her team of five women from Pakistan won a seed grant in Silicon Valley to pilot “STEM for Change”, an impact and outreach community, that endeavors to address Pakistan’s severe gender inequality in STEM careers and leadership.

Selected publications