Zoia Arshad Awan | Biology and Life Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Zoia Arshad Awan | Biology and Life Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Dr Zoia Arshad Awan, Teagasc, Food Research Centre, Ashtown. Ireland

Zoia Arshad Awan is a seasoned researcher specializing in plant pathology and horticulture. 🌿 With a Ph.D. from the University of the Punjab, she has significantly contributed to studies on biocontrol of plant pathogens and the improvement of crop productivity. 🌾 As a Research Officer at Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre, she leads innovative projects in vertical farming and hydroponics. Previously, she provided technical insights at WWF-Pakistan and contributed to various research roles at the University of the Punjab and The University of Queensland. 🌍 Her extensive publication record includes impactful research in plant disease management and agricultural sustainability. 📚

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Dr. Zoia Arshad Awan earned a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences (Plant Pathology) from the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences, University of the Punjab, Pakistan, with a 3.76/4.00 CGPA. Their thesis focused on the “Antifungal Potential of Bacterial Bioactive Products and Plant Nutrients in Managing Early Blight Disease of Tomato.” They completed their M.Sc. (Hons.) in Agriculture Plant Pathology with a 3.93/4.00 CGPA, researching “A Polyphasic Approach to the Identification of Aspergillus Section Flavi.” Their B.Sc. (Hons.) in the same field had a 3.51/4.00 CGPA, with a report on “Isolation, Purification, and Identification of Phyto-pathogenic Bacteria and Fungi from Guava Orchards.” 🌱🔬📚


Dr. Zoia Arshad Awan🌿 is a dedicated researcher with extensive experience in horticulture and sustainable agriculture. Currently serving as a Research Officer at Teagasc Ashtown Food Research Centre in Dublin, Ireland (02/2023-09/2024), they focus on designing and managing research in protected and semi-protected horticulture. Previously, they worked at WWF-Pakistan (08/2020-02/2023), providing technical inputs and building field research capacity. They also contributed as a Research Assistant at the University of the Punjab, Pakistan (10/2015-02/2020), and gained international experience as a Visiting Researcher at The University of Queensland, Australia (12/2019-10/2019). Their early career includes roles at the First Fungal Culture Bank of Pakistan and as a Research Intern at WMTI, Lahore. 🌱📈


Awarded the International Research Support Initiative Program (IRSIP) scholarship by the Higher Education Commission (HEC), Pakistan, during Ph.D. studies 🎓. Received the prestigious Doctoral Programme Coordination Committee (DPCC) merit scholarship from the University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan 🏅. Completed an MPhil degree with distinction, showcasing exceptional academic performance 🌟. Earned internal merit scholarships during M.Sc. (Hons.) and B.Sc. (Hons.), highlighting a consistent record of excellence and dedication to academic achievements 📚.

Research focus

Based on the listed publications, the research focus of A Shoaib revolves around plant pathology, specifically in developing resistance strategies for tomato plants against early blight disease. The studies explore various approaches such as using antagonistic bacteria, Bacillus subtilis, and different fertilizers to induce disease resistance. Additionally, Shoaib investigates the biochemical and physiological responses of plants to stressors like heavy metals and pathogens, including the role of antioxidant enzymes and exogenous compounds. This research contributes to improving plant health and disease management in agricultural settings. 🌱🦠🔬

Publication top notes

Variations in total phenolics and antioxidant enzymes cause phenotypic variability and differential resistant response in tomato genotypes against early blight disease

Intervention of antagonistic bacteria as a potential inducer of disease resistance in tomato to mitigate early blight

Combating early blight infection by employing Bacillus subtilis in combination with plant fertilizers

Crosstalk of Zn in combination with other fertilizers underpins interactive effects and induces resistance in tomato plant against early blight disease

Macrophomina phaseolina alters the biochemical pathway in Vigna radiata chastened by Zn2+ and FYM to improve plant growth

Exogenous melatonin alleviates cadmium-induced inhibition of growth and photosynthesis through upregulating antioxidant defense system in strawberry

Anti-mycotic potential of Trichoderma spp. and leaf biomass of Azadirachta indica against the charcoal rot pathogen, Macrophomina phaseolina (Tassi) Goid in …

Chromium tolerance, oxidative stress response, morphological characteristics, and FTIR studies of phytopathogenic fungus Sclerotium rolfsii

Contending charcoal rot disease of mungbean by employing biocontrol Ochrobactrum ciceri and zinc

Antifungal potential of volatiles produced by Bacillus subtilis BS-01 against Alternaria solani in Solanum lycopersicum

Shirley Silva | Biology and Life Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Shirley Silva | Biology and Life Sciences | Best Researcher Award

Dr Shirley Silva, Unioeste, Brazil

Dr. Shirley Martins Silva is a dedicated botanist and professor at the Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná (UNIOESTE). She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from UFPE, a Master’s in Plant Biology from UFPE, and a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (Plant Biology) from UNESP. Her research focuses on plant anatomy, particularly in Cyperaceae, including Kranz anatomy, C4 photosynthesis, and xeromorphology. At UNIOESTE, she teaches undergraduate and postgraduate courses and contributes to the Herbário UNOP. Dr. Silva is recognized for her work in plant taxonomy and ultra-structural studies. 🌿📚🧬

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🌿 Dr. Shirley Martins Silva, a dedicated botanist and professor at Universidade Estadual do Oeste do Paraná (UNIOESTE), specializes in plant anatomy. She earned her Ph.D. in Biological Sciences (Plant Biology) from UNESP in 2012, studying the anatomy of Cyperaceae with a focus on Kranz anatomy. Dr. Silva holds a Master’s in Plant Biology and a Bachelor’s in Biological Sciences from UFPE. Her research areas include plant anatomy, ontogeny, ultra-structure, and taxonomy, particularly in Cyperaceae. She teaches in undergraduate and postgraduate programs, contributing significantly to the field of plant science. 📚🌱📊

Research line

🌿🔬 O objetivo é compreender e relacionar a morfologia e anatomia de plantas nativas com aspectos taxonômicos e ecológicos, além de potencializar a produção vegetal a partir de estudos morfológicos e anatômicos. Esta pesquisa se insere na grande área das Ciências Biológicas, especificamente na Botânica, com foco em Taxonomia Vegetal e Morfologia Vegetal, destacando-se em Citologia Vegetal. As atividades são voltadas para o setor de outras atividades profissionais, científicas e técnicas, promovendo uma valorização e entendimento profundo dos ambientes naturais. 🍃🔍

Research project

Since 2021, the research team led by Elisete Maria de Freitas has been investigating the development of bioherbicides from Ilex paraguariensis and Hesperozygis ringens extracts as alternatives to chemical herbicides 🌿🔬. These studies focus on assessing the efficacy of these natural extracts against agricultural weeds like Echium plantagineum, Bidens pilosa, and Conyza bonariensis 🌱🚜. The research also examines the potential toxicity of these extracts on native plants, cultivated crops, soil microorganisms, and bees 🐝🌾. The ultimate goal is to develop environmentally friendly herbicidal products that promote sustainable agricultural practices 🌎🌱.


🎓🏆 In 2022, received the Prêmio Professor Aduc 3ª Edição from the Associação dos Docentes da Unioeste Cascavel. 🌟 In 2019, earned an honorable mention in the Grande área de Ciências Biológicas at the 5º Encontro Anual de Iniciação Científica, Tecnológicas e Inovação. 🌿 In 2017, received an honorable mention at the 3º Encontro Anual de Iniciação Científica, Tecnológicas e Inovação – 3º EAICTI, UNIOESTE. 🌱 Back in 2004, awarded an honorable mention for the work presented at the Sociedade Botânica do Brasil’s Prêmio Verde. 🏅

Research focus

Based on the provided publications, Shirley Martins Silva’s research focuses on plant morphology and anatomy, particularly emphasizing ecological adaptations and functional traits in various plant species. Her work spans across different biomes and ecosystems, including studies on leaf structure, seed germination, and the effects of environmental factors on plant growth. Silva’s research contributes to understanding plant biodiversity and conservation strategies, with a particular interest in Brazilian flora. 🌿 Her interdisciplinary approach integrates ecological insights with anatomical details, aiming to elucidate how plants adapt to their environments and respond to anthropogenic and natural changes.

Publication top notes

Ecological inferences in Orchidaceae species from the Brazilian subtropical Atlantic Forest based on morphological and functional anatomical traits

Protoderm versus fundamental meristem origin of the fiber strands in cyperaceae: terminology implications

Efeito alelopático da Cyperus rotundus L. sobre a germinação de bioindicadoras e no crescimento inicial do milho (Zea mays)

Foliar structural differences between glyphosate-resistant and glyphosate-susceptible biotypes of Digitaria insularis (L.) Fedde

Phytotoxicity of aqueous extract of Ilex paraguariensis A.St.-Hil on Conyza bonariensis (L). Cronquist

Morphology, anatomy and leaf ultrastructure of Froelichia tomentosa (Mart.) Moq. (Amaranthaceae) – a critically endangered species in Brazil

Effect of seed coat rupture on the germination of Mimosa flocculosa Burkart (Leguminosae) seeds

Why preserve the southernmost fields of Brazil?

Anatomia e fisiologia de sementes de <i>Peltophorum dubium</i> (Spreng.) Taub. submetidas ao armazenamento

Fentahun Admassu Yayeh | Social Impact of Scientific Discoveries | Best Researcher Award

Fentahun Admassu Yayeh | Social Impact of Scientific Discoveries | Best Researcher Award

Mr Fentahun Admassu Yayeh, Amhara Management Institute, Ethiopia

Fentahun Admassu Yayeh 🎓 is a seasoned professional dedicated to community-based development, aiming to enhance food security and livelihoods for vulnerable populations. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Bahir Dar University (2007), a Master’s in Development Economics from Civil Service University (2013), and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Economy and Governance at Amhara Leadership Academy. His extensive experience includes leadership roles at the Regional Cooperatives Promotion Agency, focusing on financial cooperatives development and rural financial intermediation. Proficient in advanced Microsoft applications and statistical software, Fentahun is also a published researcher in social capital and economic development. 📚💼

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He earned my Bachelor’s degree in Economics in 2007 from Bahir Dar University in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia 🎓. In 2013, I pursued a Master’s degree in Development Economics at Civil Service University in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 🎓. Currently, He a Ph.D. student in Political Economy and Governance at Amhara Leadership Academy in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia 🎓. He academic journey reflects my dedication to understanding and influencing economic and political structures in my country 🌍.

Work Experience

From January 9, 2017, to February 24, 2020, I served as the Financial Cooperatives Development Directorate Director at the Regional Cooperatives Promotion Agency. My role involved providing strategic direction and technical oversight, assessing cooperatives’ needs, and developing a monitoring and evaluation framework 📊. I also prepared business plans, annual work, and budgets, and disbursed budgets to zones and woredas. Previously, from May 25, 2014, to January 8, 2017, I coordinated the Rural Financial Intermediation Programme 🌱, establishing international partnerships, implementing MIS, and liaising with various organizations. My earlier roles included cooperatives promotion expert and RUFIP Monitoring and Evaluation Expert 📈.

Research Experience

Fentahun Admassu Yayeh and Wondaferahu Mulugeta Demissie (2024) examine the crucial role of social capital in poverty reduction in the Amhara Region of Ethiopia in their study published in the African Journal of Commercial Studies. They argue that strengthening community networks and mutual trust can significantly alleviate poverty. In another paper, Yayeh and Mulugeta, along with Wuhibegezer Ferede (2024), explore the complex relationship between social capital and economic development in Ethiopia, as detailed in the Forum for Social Economics. They discuss how social ties can influence economic growth. Furthermore, Yayeh and Mulugeta (2024) analyze the economic performance of financial cooperatives in the Amhara Region through the lens of social capital in Technium EconomiA. In an earlier work, Yayeh (2021) discusses the effectiveness of focus group discussions as a data collection method in economics in the Daagu International Journal of Basic & Applied Research. Finally, Yayeh addresses the significant impacts of COVID-19 on Ethiopia’s manufacturing and service sectors in a 2020 report, highlighting the pandemic’s disruptions and challenges. 📉🏭🌐

Professional Certification 🏅

Fentahun holds several professional certifications, including strategic leadership, corporate governance, and rural financial cooperatives. His training as a master facilitator and a trainer of trainers underscores his commitment to capacity development and knowledge dissemination.

Research focus

Fentahun Admassu Yayeh’s research primarily focuses on economic development, social capital, and the impacts of socio-economic factors in Ethiopia. His studies include the relationship between social capital and economic performance, particularly in financial cooperatives in the Amhara region 🌍, the broader economic development dynamics in Ethiopia 💹, the effects of COVID-19 on various sectors of the Ethiopian economy 🦠📉, and the influence of religion on household saving behavior 💰🙏. Additionally, he explores methodologies in economic data collection, such as focus group discussions 🗣️📊. His work often intersects economics, social science, and development studies.

Publication top notes

Social Capital and Economic Performance of Financial Cooperatives: Evidence from the Amhara Region

Debating the Relationship Between Social Capital and Economic Development in Ethiopia

Focus Group Discussion as a data collection tool in Economics

The Impact of Religion on Household Saving Behavior


Surya Chelikani | Quantitative Hypotheses | Best Researcher Award

Surya Chelikani | Quantitative Hypotheses | Best Researcher Award

Dr Surya Chelikani, Quinnipiac University, United States

Dr. Surya Chelikani is an accomplished educator and researcher in finance, specializing in corporate finance, asset pricing, and market microstructure. With a Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University, he serves as an Associate Professor at Quinnipiac University. His expertise extends to both academic and corporate realms, with prior experience in engineering and consultancy. Dr. Chelikani’s research investigates topics such as market integration and regulatory impacts on financial markets. Recognized for his teaching excellence, he has received prestigious awards and consistently high evaluations. 📚💼🏅

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After completing a Bachelor’s in Mechanical Engineering from Andhra University (India) in 1981, I pursued an M.B.A in General Management from the University of Central Oklahoma in 2003. Building upon this foundation, I obtained my Ph.D. in Finance from Oklahoma State University in 2010. 🎓 This educational journey reflects a diverse range of interests and expertise, blending technical skills with financial acumen. From engineering principles to the intricacies of financial markets, each step has contributed to a well-rounded perspective and a dedication to continuous learning and growth.


As an academic, I’ve dedicated years to teaching and shaping minds. Beginning as an Instructor at Oklahoma State University, I’ve covered various financial courses, earning commendable teaching evaluations. My journey progressed to Quinnipiac University, where I advanced from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor, fostering a dynamic learning environment. Alongside academia, I’ve also ventured into the corporate realm. As a partner in multiple enterprises spanning cold welding, systems programming, and consultancy for cement plants, I’ve honed practical insights that complement my academic endeavors. Balancing academia with real-world experience has enriched my professional journey, ensuring a holistic approach to education. 📚💼


In the realm of academia, achievements often serve as milestones of dedication and excellence. Such is the case for Surya Chelikani, whose academic journey has been adorned with accolades. Notably,  clinched the coveted Outstanding Graduate Teaching Associate award in Finance, an honor bestowed upon  in both 2006 and 2007—a feat unmatched by any other recipient. Securing a four-year assistantship from the Department of Finance further underscores [his/her/their] commitment and proficiency. [His/Her/Their] consistent presence on the President’s List throughout  MBA years reflects [his/her/their] unwavering academic prowess. Membership in esteemed societies like Delta Mu Delta and the Golden Key national honor society epitomizes scholarly excellence and distinction. 🎓

Research focus

S Chelikani’s research primarily focuses on financial economics, particularly in areas related to market efficiency, regulatory impacts, and financial contagion. Chelikani has explored the effects of regulatory changes such as Sarbanes-Oxley and Regulation Fair Disclosure on market integration and efficiency. Additionally, their work delves into the implications of financial crises, such as the 2008 financial crisis, on various financial sectors, including the Turkish financial sector and hedge funds. Their studies often employ quantitative methods like cointegration analysis to examine market dynamics and investor behavior.


Publication top notes

Financial crisis and contagion: The effects of the 2008 financial crisis on the Turkish financial sector

The impact of Sarbanes-Oxley on market efficiency: evidence from mergers and acquisitions activity

GASB mandatory disclosure rules and municipal bond yield spreads

Implied volatility spread and stock mispricing

The Hedge Fund Industry’s Market Timing Ability and Role in Financial Contagion: Evidence from the Strategic Response to the 2008 Financial Crisis

The Effect of Regulation Fair Disclosure on Market Integration

Past stock returns and the MAX effect

Volatility feedback effect and risk-return tradeoff

The impact of insider ownership level on equity market timing decisions

State-dependent intertemporal risk-return tradeoff: Further evidence

Revisiting the ICAPM under the distortion of risk–return tradeoff in short‐horizon stock returns

Cointegration Analysis of the Effect of Decimalization on Market Equilibrium and Price Discovery

Outstanding Scientist Award

Outstanding Scientist Award


Welcome to the Outstanding Scientist Award, a prestigious accolade celebrating brilliance, innovation, and impact in the world of science.

About the Award:

The Outstanding Scientist Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional achievements and leadership in scientific research. This honor celebrates their contributions to advancing knowledge, solving complex problems, and shaping the future of science.


  • Age limits: None
  • Qualification: Scientists from diverse disciplines, including academia, industry, and research institutions
  • Publications: Demonstrated track record of high-impact publications and significant contributions to their field
  • Requirements: Must have made outstanding scientific discoveries or advancements

Evaluation Criteria:

  • Significance and impact of scientific contributions
  • Innovation and originality in research
  • Leadership and collaboration in scientific endeavors
  • Influence on the scientific community and society at large

Submission Guidelines:

  • Nomination by peers, institutions, or self-nomination
  • Submission of a comprehensive dossier highlighting the nominee's scientific achievements and impact
  • Inclusion of supporting documents such as publications, patents, and awards


Recipients of the Outstanding Scientist Award are honored with a prestigious ceremony and receive widespread recognition within the scientific community and beyond.

Community Impact:

The award not only acknowledges individual excellence but also inspires collaboration, mentorship, and the pursuit of scientific discovery, fostering a vibrant and innovative scientific community.


A detailed biography showcasing the recipient's scientific journey, discoveries, and contributions will be prominently featured in award materials, serving as an inspiration to future generations of scientists.

Abstract and Supporting Files:

Submissions should include an abstract summarizing the nominee's scientific achievements and impact, along with supporting files demonstrating the significance and depth of their work.