Almas Taj Awan

Research & Institution

Institutional Contact

Zika Lab Diagnostics


São Carlos and Campinas - SP, Brazil


Dr. Almas T. Awan received her PhD degree in Chemistry from the Campinas State University, Sao Paulo, Brazil. She has four major focuses for her scientific research career: renewable energy from waste biomass, water, wastewater and sediment quality analyses and biomarkers research linked to Zika and Breast cancer. At present, she is running her startup company with the name `ZikaLab Diagnostics` and also serving as visiting professor at Federal University of Sao Carlos, Brazil.
She is an elected member of Global Young Academy (GYA), Cherie Blair Foundation Mentee in Mentoring Women In Business Programme (London, UK), Alumni at Global Innovation through Science and Technology initiative Programme by AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Sciences) and an Independent Scientific Research Collaborator. Dr. Almas has authored peer-reviewed publications and has presented numerous lectures to national and international audiences. Apart from academia, she served as Anchor person and Producer Radio programmes on FM and AM for 4 years and also on National TV Channal (PTV) for 1 year. She is a member of the American Association for the advancement of Sciences, The American Society for Mass spectrometry and Brazilian Society of Mass spectrometry as well. She is also an independent science diplomat and founder of science diplomacy working group within the GYA. She was elected as Executive committee member in 2017 and again in 2020 by GYA membership.

Awards & Affiliations


Falling Walls Venture Finalist (Berlin, 2019)

OUTSTANDING WOMAN ALUMNA PITCH AWARD @ Global Entrepreneurship Congress (GEC, Istanbul, 2018)

Inova Project Innovation Award UNICAMP (Brazil, 2017)

GIST-Technology Idea Finalist Award @ Initiative by President Obama, Programmed by AAAS and U.S. Department of State at Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES, Kenya, 2015)

Finalist in BioVision.Next/TWAS (France, 2015)

Best English Debater Award for academic year 2006-2007 by UoP (Pakistan, 2006-2007)