Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari


Prof. Dr. Zabta Khan Shinwari (UNESCO Laureate)

Secretary General, Pakistan Academy of Sciences

Chairman (Department of Biotechnology), Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan

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Dr. Shinwari affiliation from the tribal belt of Pakistan where few students are attending school showed his love for knowledge and tenacity to pursue it. After post graduation from University of Peshawar he was able to secure “Merit Cultural Overseas Training Award for Ph.D. (Japan)” where he completed his Ph. D. followed by several post docs. After getting training in molecular taxonomy and discovering DREB genes for drought tolerance Dr. Shinwari was associated with several research organizations and published three books documenting the indigenous knowledge about medicinal Plants of Pakistan (Plant wealth of Ayubia National Park 2002; Medicinal and other useful plants of district Swat-Pakistan 2003; Medicinal and Aromatic Plants of Pakistan (A Pictorial Guide) 2006). These contributions are significant because it stimulating similar research for developing the base line data of medicinal usages of local plants.

He was bestowed upon the responsibility as the Vice-Chancellor of the Kohat University of Science & Technology (KUST) at younger age and was able procure huge funds to develop KUST from a small one building University to a large campus by building infrastructure research facilities comparable to none in Pakistani tribal belt. He was able to extend educational facilities to the marginalized and hitherto neglected communities of the remote areas of NWFP, besides providing scholarships and tuition waiver to a number of deserving students. Despite the cultural taboo of sending females for higher education he was able to prevail upon local community and has increased the number of female students to about 30%. He was also able to establish University of Science & Technology Bannu and Qarshi University, Lahore. Currently he is serving as Secretary General of Pakistan Academy of Sciences and Chair of Biotechnology Department, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad

Research Interests

  • Bioethics
  • Molecular Systematics
  • Biotechnology
  • Medicinal Plants Ecology
  • Sustainable Development


Research Contribution

  • Two Ph.D. & Four M. Phil Department of Biology Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad; Eight M. Phil of Kohat University of Science & Technology (KUST) and two M.Sc. of Arid University, Rawalpindi. Presently 10 M. Phil and 10 Ph.D. students under supervision of KUST, Quaid-i-Azam University, KIBGE (Karachi University) & Tsukuba University.
  • Member of more than 41 National/International Scientific Bodies
  • Panel of Referees
    1. Pakistan Journal of Plant Sciences
    2. Acta Phytotaxonomica Geobotanica
    3. Pakistan Journal of Botany
    4. Pakistan Journal of Science, Technology, and Development
    5. Higher Education Commission, PTCL Research Proposal Evaluation.
    6. Journal of Medicinal Plant Research
    7. Proceedings of Pakistan Academy of Sciences
    8. Journal of Ethnopharmacology


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