Dr. Bilquees Gul, Professor and Director, Dr. Muhammad Ajmal Khan Institute of Sustainable Halophyte Utilization (ISHU), University of Karachi, have about 26 years of research and teaching experience. She has successfully completed a number projects on utilization of saline lands by using non-conventional crops to combat food scarcity in arid-regions. She was awarded the degree of Ph. D. (1998) in Botany and Range Science by the Brigham Young University, USA. She is serving as Director of the Institute of Sustainable Halophyte Utilization (ISHU) at University of Karachi. She is the recipient of several Teaching and Research Scholarships. Dr. Gul was awarded Pakistan Academy of Science Gold Medal (2005) in the field of Botany. She is a life member of Pakistan Botanical Society. She is the member of Organization for Women in Science for Developing Country (OWSD) and COST Action. She is also served as Chair holder of the UNESCO chair in Sustainable Halophyte Utilization at the Institute of Sustainable Halophyte Utilization, University of Karachi from 2012 to 2015. She is the Global Goodwill Ambassadors Humanitarian of Pakistan. She is a recipient of several cash awards of research productivity allowance. Pakistan Academy of Sciences elected Dr. Gul its member in 2006. She also served as a focal person as well as Director Pakistan Qualification Register (PQR) of the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. Dr. Gul was awarded “Atraaf-e-Khidmat Award for leading Women of the Country 2020” for the recognition and contribution of her services to the nation.
Dr. Gul also served at Brigham Young University, USA, as a teaching assistant during 1995-1998, as post-doctoral fellow during 2007 and visiting professor in 2011-2012. She is the author of 06 books and 123 research articles in well-reputed national and international journals. Quality of her research can easily be judged by 3898 citations of her articles. Her research impact factor is about 144.086, RG-index is 32.6, h-index is 36, i10 index is 96. In addition, she has completed 10 national and international research projects and supervised a number of young Ph.D. students. Prof. Gul’s major research accomplishment is the identification of a non-conventional fodder crop for arid-saline lands to combat food security issues in the country.
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