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Javed Iqbal Mirza

On completion of his M.Sc. from University of Peshawar Dr. Javed Iqbal Mirza started his carrier as Graduate Technician at National Agricultural Research Centre, Islamabad. In 1995 he was appointed as Research Fellow in Pak Swiss Potato Development Project on completion of which he was awarded Prize for Best Research Work in Potatoes in Pakistan. In 1996Javed was appointed as scientific officer at Crop Diseases Research Institute where he worked in the field of plant pathology with major emphasis on wheat rust research.

In 1998 Javed Proceeded to CIMMYT as visiting scientist where he worked on genetics of rust resistance in wheat.  On his return Javed was posted at CDRI substation Muree where he reorganized rust research facility of the station. Javed earned his Ph.D. in Microbiology and molecular genetics from University of the Punjab Pakistan in 2008. In 2011 Javed was appointed as In-charge CDRI Substation Murree. 

Realizing his potential as a key player, Javed was assigned major responsibility to reorganize and revitalize Murree’s Rust Research Facility as per International standards. To accomplish this Javed was awarded Borlaug Fellowship in June 2012 during which he visited and worked alongside researchers at the USDA facilities in St. Paul, Minisota and Pullman Washington. This helped him to understand these International facilities, their logistics and protocols to working on stem and stripe rust diseases of wheat and develop facility in Murree on the same footing. On return Javed not only established Murree’s rust research facilityas per International standards but also reorganized rust research groupby designing and implementing a program for Borlaug fellows to work at Murree’s research facility under WPEP Umbrella.


Javed worked in many projects and has trained numerous National and International researchers in the field of plant pathology. He attended many National and International Conferences and Workshops and has authored/coauthored forty three refereed journal papers and reports.

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