Winners Announced – 7th HEC Outstanding Research Awards


i)    Natural Sciences:

SNNameInstitutionPaper TitleJournalField
1Ms. Soneela AsgharLahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore.Cobalt-Catalyzed Suzuki Biaryl Coupling of Aryl Halides Angewandte Chemie International Edition 2017Chemistry
2Dr. Muhammad Tahir The University of LahoreHigh-Valence-State NiO/Co304 Naoparticles on Nitrogen-Doped Carbon for Oxygen Evolution at Low Overpotential ACS Energy Letters 2017Material Science
3Dr. Muhammad Zahir Iqbal Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Topi Ultraviolet-light-driven enhanced hysteresis effect in graphene-tungsten disulfide heterostructures Carbon 2017Physics
4Mr. Muhammad Ahmad Mudassir Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan Development of Silver-Nanoparticle-Decorated Emulsion-Templated Hierarchically Porous Poly (1-Vinylimidazole) Beads for water Treatment ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 2017Chemistry
5Dr. Javed Iqbal Saggu Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad NiO-nanoflakes grafted graphene: an excellent photocatalyst and a novel nanomaterial for achieving complete pathogen control Nanoscale 2017Physics
6Mr. Jamil Ahmed Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad Quintessential quartic quasi-topological quartet Journal of High Energy Physics 2017



7Dr. Farha Masood COMSATS University, Islamabad Characterization of physical and biodegradation properties of poly-3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate/sepiolite nanocomposites

Materials Science and Engineering: C 2017


Material Sciences


ii)   Biological Sciences:

SNNameInstitutionPaper TitleJournalField
1Mr. Abubakar MoawiaNational Institute of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering Faisalabad.Mutations of KIF14 cause primary microcephaly by impairing cytokinesisAnnals of Neurology 2017Biotechnology
2Dr. Muhammad Shahid Govt. College University, Faisalabad Potential plant growth-promoting strain Bacillus sp. SR-2-1/1 decolorized azo dyes through NADH-ubiquinone:oxidoreductase activityBioresource Technology 2017Environmental Sciences
3Ms. Noreen Karim Quaid-i-Azam University, IslamabadWhole‐exome sequencing identified a novel frameshift mutation in SDR9C7 underlying autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis in a Pakistani familyBritish Journal of Dermatology 2017Biotechnology
4Ms. Riffat Batool Quaid-i-Azam University, IslamabadRumex dentatus Inhibits Cell Proliferation, Arrests Cell Cycle, and Induces Apoptosis in MDA-MB-231 Cells through Suppression of the NF-κB PathwayFrontiers in Pharmacology 2017Botany
5Dr. Jabir Hussain Syed COMSATS University IslamabadE-Waste Driven Pollution in Pakistan: The First Evidence of Environmental and Human Exposure to Flame Retardants (FRs) in Karachi CityEnvironmental Science and Technology 2017Environmental Science
6Dr. Kashif ur RehmanPoultry Research Institute, RawalpinidConversion of mixtures of dairy manure and soybean curd residue by black soldier fly larvae (Hermetia illucens L.)Journal of Cleaner Production 2017Microbiology
7Dr. Shujaul Mulk Khan Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad Plant species and communities assessment in interaction with edaphic and topographic factors; an ecological study of the mount Eelum District Swat, PakistanSaudi Journal of Biological Sciences 2017Botany


iii) Agriculture Sciences:

SNNameInstitutionPaper TitleJournalField
1Dr. Muhammad Farooq University of Agriculture FaisalabadInfluence of Sesbania Brown Manuring and Rice Residue Mulch on Soil Health, Weeds and System Productivity of Conservation Rice–Wheat SystemsLand Degradation & Development 2017Agronomy
2Dr. Muhammad Farooq Qayyum Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan Residual effects of monoammonium phosphate, gypsum and elemental sulfur on cadmium phytoavailability and translocation from soil to wheat in an effluent irrigated fieldChemosphere 2017Soil Science
3Dr. Muhammad Zia-ur-Rehman University of Agriculture FaisalabadEffect of limestone, lignite and biochar applied alone and combined on cadmium uptake in wheat and rice under rotation in an effluent irrigated fieldEnvironmental Science and Pollution  2017Soil and Environmental Sciences
4Dr. Hafiz Azhar Ali Khan University of the Punjab, Lahore Cyromazine resistance in a field strain of house flies, Musca domestica L.: Resistance risk assessment and bio-chemical mechanismChemosphere 2017Entomology
5Ms. Rabab Zahra Naqvi National Institute for Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, Faisalabad Transcriptomics reveals multiple resistance mechanisms against cotton leaf curl disease in a naturally immune cotton species, Gossypium arboretumScientific Reports (Nature  Publishing group) 2017Agricultural Biotechnology


iv) Health Sciences:

SNNameInstitutionPaper TitleJournalField
1Dr. Fakhar-ud-dinQuaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad Irinotecan-loaded double-reversible thermogel with improved antitumor efficacy without initial burst effect and toxicity for intramuscular administrationActa Biomaterialia 2017Pharmacy
2Dr. Saima SiddiqiInstitute of Biomedical and Genetic Engineering Islamabad A homozygous FITM2 mutation causes a deafness-dystonia syndrome with motor regression and signs of ichthyosis and sensory neuropathyDisease Models and Mechanisms 2017Medical Genetics
3Dr. Muhammad Ayaz University of Malakand, Dir Anti-Alzheimer's Studies on β-Sitosterol Isolated from Polygonum hydropiper L.Frontiers in Pharmacology 2017Pharmacy/
Pharmaceutical Sciences


v)   Pure Engineering:

SNNameInstitutionPaper TitleJournalField
1Dr. Asad Hanif Mirpur University of Science and TechnologyEarly-age behavior of recycled aggregate concrete under steam curing regime Journal of Cleaner Production 2017Civil Engineering
2Dr. Saif Ullah University of Engineering and Technology, TaxilaClose loop supply chain network problem with uncertainty in demand and returned products: Genetic artificial bee colony algorithm approachJournal of Cleaner Production 2017Industrial Engineering
3Mr. Muhammad Zeshan Akber University of Management and Technology, LahoreLife cycle sustainability assessment of electricity generation in Pakistan: Policy regime for a sustainable energy mixEnergy Policy 2017Energy


vi) Computer Science & Engineering:

SNNameInstitutionPaper TitleJournalField
1Dr. Aneela Zameer Jaffery Pakistan Institute of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Islamabad Intelligent and robust prediction of short term wind power using genetic programming based ensemble of neural networksEnergy Conversion and Management 2017Artificial Intelligence
2Dr. Zahid Halim Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Topi Quantifying and optimizing visualization: An evolutionary computing-based approachInformation Sciences 2017Machine Learning & Data Mining
3Dr. Faisal Karim Shaikh Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, JamshoroEnabling Technologies for Green Internet of Things IEEE Systems Journal 2017Communication & Networks


vii)  Social Sciences:

SNNameInstitutionPaper TitleJournalField
1Dr. Yousaf Ali Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, Topi Carbon, Water and land use accounting: Consumption vs production perspectives Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews 2017Economics
2Dr. Shameem Fatima COMSATS University, Lahore Executive functions, parental punishment, and aggression: Direct and moderated relations Social Neuroscience 2017Psychology
3Dr. Zafar Khan National Defense University, IslamabadConceptualizing China and India's Transforming Strategic Force Postures under the Essentials of Minimum Deterrence Journal of Contemporary China 2017Strategic Studies
4Dr. Manzoor Ahmad Al AzhariHITEC University Taxila CanttLord of the Two Easts and Lord of the Two Wests: A Mystico-Scientific Study of Phenomenon Stated in Surah Al-RahmanHamdard Islamicus 2017Islamic Studies
5Dr. Riaz Ahmad Saeed National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad Muslim-Christian Dialogue from Pakistani perspective; Exultation of the contribution of Christian Study CentreJournal of Islamic and Religious Studies 2017Islamic Studies
6Prof. Dr. Kanwal Ameen University of Home Economics, LahorePractices of quality and trustworthiness in scholarly communication : A case from Pakistan Learned Publishing 2017Information and Library Management


viii)   Management Sciences:

SNNameInstitutionPaper TitleJournalField
1Dr. Muhammad Shakeel Sadiq Jajja University of Management Sciences, Lahore Linkages between firm innovation strategy, suppliers, product innovation, and business performance: Insights from resource dependence theoryInternational Journal of Operations & Production Management 2017Supply Chain Management
2Dr. Muhammad Asrar-ul-HaqCOMSATS University Sahiwal The relationship between corporate social responsibility, job satisfaction, and organizational commitment: Case of Pakistani higher educationJournal of Cleaner Production 2017HRM


ix)   Arts/Humanities:

SNNameInstitutionPaper TitleJournalField
1Dr. Farzana Masroor Air University, Islamabad Directive in English language newspaper editorials across cultures Discourse, Context & Media 2017English
2Dr. Khalid Mahmood Sanjarani Govt. College University, Lahore Allama Iqbal, Heidelberg aur 'Aik Sham'Tahqeeq Nama 2017Urdu



1.       Dr. Azhar IqbalQuaid I Azam University, , IslamabadChemistryNatural Sciences
2.       Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad Plant ScienceBiological Sciences
3.       Dr. Aamir ShahzadUniversity of Agriculture, FaisalabadFood Science and TechnologyAgriculture Sciences
4.       Prof. Dr. Zia Ul Haq Khyber Medical University, PeshawarPublic Health Health Sciences
5.       Dr. Hafiz Muhammad AliUniversity of Engineering & Technology, TaxilaMechanical EngineeringPure Engineering
6.       Dr. Fayyaz ul Amir MinhasPIEAS, IslamabadComputer ScienceComputer Science
7.       Dr. Muhammad Khalid BashirUniversity of Agriculture, FaisalabadEconomicsSocial Sciences
8.       Dr. Bilal Afsar Hazara University, MansehraGeneral Management Management Sciences



SNNameInstitutionBook TitlePublisherDiscipline
1Dr. Aisha Saleem Khan Forman Christian College Lahore Flowering Plants: Structure and Industrial Products Wilvey-Blackwell
Biological Sciences
2Dr. Muhammad Raza Shah University of Karachi, KarachiLipid-Based Nanocarriers for Drug Delivery and Diagnosis Elsevier - 2017Health Sciences
3Mr. Muhammad Summair Raza National University of Science & Technology, Islamabad Understanding and using Rough Set Based Feature Selection: Concepts, Techniques and Applications

Springer & Co.


Computer Science
4Dr. Ijaz Hussain Quaid I Azam University, Islamabad

Indus Waters Treaty: Political and Legal Dimensions


Oxford University Press Karachi


Social Sciences
5Dr. Karim Ullah Institute of Management, Peshawar Understanding Islamic Financial Service: Theory & Practice Kogan Page: London, New York, 2017Management Sciences
6Dr. Yousaf Khan Govt. Post Graduate College,  BannuAn Ethnolinguistic Study of the Karlanri Varieties of Pashto Pashto Academy, University of Peshawar 2017Arts/Humanities


1Dr. Zeeshan KaleemCOMSATS University Islamabad, Wah CampusMethod and System for Public Safety Users Priority based Resource Allocation and User Association for Load Balancing  in PS-LTE System.Electronics EngineeringEngineering


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