Thalassemia Awareness Campaign
Thalassemia Awareness Campaign
Thalassemia Awareness Campaign
Thalassemia Awareness Campaign
Orientation January 2013
Orientation January 2013
Board Of Study Meeting
Board Of Study Meeting

Team Members

  • Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho (Co-Chairperson/Chancellor)
  • Ms. Shahnaz Wazir Ali (In charge, Office of the President)
  • Dr. Amanat Ali Jalbani (Vice President)
  • Dr. Kashif Ali

    Dr. Kashif Ali
    Head of Department

    Image Kashif Ali was born on in Karachi, Pakistan, and got his early education in Karachi. In the year 2000, he joined University of Karachi for his Bachelors degree (B.Sc.) in Physiology, with Biochemistry and Microbiology. In 2002, he started his Masters (M.Sc.) in Biotechnology. During M.Sc., he worked on one year project based on tissue culture and molecular studies on ornamental plants, involving micropropagation of Crotons, Ixora, Anthurium, etc. and PCR-based molecular techniques like RAPD along sing with SDS-PAGE.

    In 2006, he started working as Junior Research Fellow at H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry where, apart from working on the in vitro propagation of different ornamental and fruit plants, he focused on the enhanced production of valuable plant secondary metabolites from the family Euphorbiaceae using cell suspension cultures in combination with chemical elicitors. During his tenure as a Junior Research Fellow, he published four research articles related to micropropagation protocol optimization of ornamental plants.

    In 2007, he got the Overseas Scholarship offered by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan for the Ph.D. studies at the Natural Product Laboratory, Leiden University, The Netherlands. He joined the group of Prof. Robert Verpoorte, one of the pioneers in NMR-based metabolomics and started his Ph.D. research. He worked on a project named Genomic Research-Assisted breeding for Sustainable Production of quality GRAPEs and WINE (GRASP GRAPE WINE, http://urgi.versailles.inra.fr/index.php/urgi/Projects/GRASP) involving NMR-based metabolomics of grapes and wine.

    In September 2011, he finished his PhD and went to Qiagen (Germany) on Marie Curie Secondment (FP7 program). His work over there was on metabolomics standardization. He studied the effects of different physical conditions on different primary metabolites, mainly amino acids, using human plasma.

    Later he joined Leiden University as a Postdoc where his work was on marine metabolomics, in collaboration with a Korean group. Several marine sponges were tested for Adenosine-A1 receptor binding activity and the data were correlated with the corresponding metabolomics data of the same sponge sample using different multivariate data analysis algorithms. Several active compounds were identified and the results were confirmed by testing the reference compounds of the identified metabolites. He joined University of Florida for his third Postdoc as a Postdoctoral Associate to work on Vitamin B6 Metabolism in Maize. His work there was mainly on establishing a protocol for the HPLC-based analysis of these primary metabolites in different maize varieties.

    Since January, 2013, he joined SZABIST-Karachi as an Assistant Professor at Biosciences Department. Apart from his teaching assignments, he will be conducting research related to metabolic profiling of the various ornamental, fruit, and medicinal plants using NMR and other analytical platforms.

    Contact Information:
    Telephone: 092-21-358 21535 [Ext. 107]
    Email: kashif.ali@szabist.edu.pk

  • Shahab Mehmood

    Shahab Mehmood
    Research Associate


    Image Shahab Mehmood has done his M.Phil from Dr. Panjwani center for molecular medicine and drug research. He joined szabist’s stem cell research center (SCRC) as Junior research associate. Mr. shahab worked on ‘Exploring neuro-regenerative and natural or synthetic compound for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease” and “‘Setting up a high resolution microscopy system for testing different natural compounds in the treatment of different diseases such as Parkinson’s Alzheimer’s and immunological disease or cancer’- HEC, Funded” projects.

    His expertise includes tissue preparation for microscopy and various type of microscopy which include bright field microscopy, DIC(differential interference contrast), TIRF (total internal reflection) and fluorescence microscopy techniques involving immunocytochemistry, immunohistochemisty and normal histology techniques e.g. H/E staining Masson’s trichrome staining etc. He also has experience for developing in-vivo degenerative disease models for scanning of neuro-protective or hepato-protective or regenerative agents for their regenerative and protective potential. Here are few photographic example of his microscopy work.

    His recent goal at SCRC, SZABIST to develop a animal stem cell culture laboratory under the supervision of Dr. Bushra Noman, head of SCRC, culture stem cell from brain (Neuroprogenitor) and bone marrow (totipotent) and differentiate them into various different type of cell and inject them into the degenerated tissue or organ to replace the damaged tissue. As stem cells can be isolated from different tissues and they have ability to renew them into diverse range of specialized cell types.

    Under specialized conditions stem cell can be grown and transformed into specialized cell with the help of tissue cultures. Therefore they have been proposed as promising candidates for future therapies for untreatable disease e.g. Hepatitis C, Alzheimer’s disease and myocardial infarction.

    Contact Information:
    Telephone: 092-21-358 21535 [Ext. 135]
    Email: shahab.mehmood@szabist.edu.pk

  • Asma Bashir

    Asma Bashir
    Senior Research Officer


    Image Ms. Asma Bashir did her Bachelor’s in the field of Microbiology and later she did her Master’s in a discipline of Basic and Molecular Microbiology & Virology from Department of Microbiology, University of Karachi. She served a couple of years as a Research Scholar in a very reputed and well equipped laboratory; Immunology and Infectious Disease Research Laboratory (IIDRL), Department of Microbiology, University of Karachi, where she got a chance to carry out a number of projects in the area of Immunology and Diagnostics of infectious diseases. She presented her piece of research work at various National and International forums in Pakistan, USA, UK and Dubai. Apart from microbiological aspects, one of her specialty is the development of Biosafety concepts in Microbiology, pathology & research laboratory and for this she got a special training in Biosafety and Biosecurity from Bangkok, Thailand.

    Asma Bashir has recently been appointed as a Senior Research Officer (SRO) at Stem Cell Research Center (SCRC), SZABIST where she will have an assignment to develop a complete spectrum of diagnostic procedures needed for running a successful Stem Cell Research Center with her special emphasis to carry out the screening of blood samples against infectious diseases to mark the samples as safe like HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis, Malarial parasite etc. Her big challenge will be establishing a Cryo Stem Cell Bank that will again an added advantage to SCRC.

    Contact Information:
    Telephone: 092-21-358 21535 [Ext. 107]
    Email: asma.bashir@szabist.edu.pk

  • Farah Ashraf

    Farah Ashraf
    Research Officer


    Image Ms. Farah Ashraf is a Research Officer at SCRC, completed her Bachelors and Masters in Biotechnology from the Department of Biotechnology, University of Karachi.

    Her current assignment at Stem Cell Research Centre (SCRC), SZABIST is to propagate Banana Bunchy Top Virus (BBTV) free plantlets via micropropagation and subject to disease index plants, after which the plants are regularly analyzed against infection employing molecular techniques like PCR and ELISA.

    Furthermore, she is involves in tissue culturing of various ornamental plants including i.e. Orchids, Ixora, Anthurium and Lily.

    Contact Information:
    Telephone: 092-21-358 21535 [Ext. 107]
    Email: farah.ashraf@szabist.edu.pk

  • Eng. Nosheen Maqsood

    Eng. Nosheen Maqsood
    Lab Technician

    B.E Biomedical Engineering

  • Kiran Fatima

    Kiran Fatima
    Lab Technician

    MSc Physiology

Contact Information

Address:
Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology [SZABIST] Research Villa, F-172/1, Clifton, 75230, Karachi, Pakistan

Telephone:
092-21-358 21535

Fax No:
092-21-358 22123