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Naeela Qureshi

Miss. Naeela Qureshi completed her M.Sc (Hons.) with specialization in Plant Pathology from PMAS- Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi. After her master’s program, she started her professional career as Plant Pathologist in the private sector for the production of hydroponically grown vegetables. Later, she worked for the Federal Seed Certification and Registration Department as Deputy Director-Seed Virologist under National Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (NAPHIS) project in 2009.

Afterwards, she was selected through Punjab Public Service Commission as Assistant Plant Pathologist in 2011 in the Research wing of Agriculture department, Punjab. She is currently appointed at Barani Agricultural Research Institute, Chakwal-Pakistan. She has been involved in the evaluation of breeder’s wheat and chickpea candidate lines against different biotic stresses in field under rainfed conditions of Pakistan and also actively participates in the disease survey, monitoring and identification activities. Along with the different pathological research activities, she has also been involved in watershed rehabilitation and irrigation improvement project. She has developed various brochures/pamphlets regarding different water saving techniques both in English as well as local languages. She also actively takes part in farmer field days and professional capacity building programs to create awareness among farming community and technical staff of different departments for crop productivity enhancement. She is also involved in delivering radio talks and publishing different articles in agricultural magazines.

Recently in 2014, she won Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum (WIT) Award. She is one of the five female scientist around the world and first Pakistani female scientist to get this award.

She was also awarded highly prestigious Dr. Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science & Technology Fellowship in 2012. Under the fellowship program, She attended various courses at CIMMYT-Mexico, University of Minnesota/Washington State University-USA, Kenyan Agriculture Research Institute/CIMMYT-Kenya to get hands-on training for wheat improvement to ensure food security in Pakistan.. During Borlaug fellowship, she got excellent learning experience working with distinguished wheat scientists of CIMMYT and USA. She got field and lab experience with special emphasis on wheat germplasm evaluation against rusts, race identification, gene postulation and molecular characterization of wheat rusts.

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