Asma Bashir

0092-21-35821535 Ext: 339
Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Life Sciences, Research Villa, Building F-172/1, Shaheed Zulfikar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology, Block 5, Clifton, 75600, Karachi, Pakistan.

Consultation Hours: Monday- Friday 10:00am-3:00pm

Asma Bashir

Program Manager,
BS Biosciences & BS Biotechnology (SZABIST)

Brief Bio and Research Interest / Area of Research:

Ms. Asma Bashir is working at SZABIST as a Lecturer, Department of Biosciences, Faculty of Life Sciences. She has completed her Bachelors (Microbiology) and Masters (Microbiology) from Department of Microbiology, University of Karachi. She later completed her MS Biosciences (SZABIST) and currently enrolled in PhD Biosciences in the department of Bioscience, Faculty of Life Sciences, SZABIST.

She has published more than 15 research articles in reputed journals. 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 has presented her research piece of work at various National and International forums like Pakistan, USA, UK, Spain, Ireland, Miami-USA, Malaysia, etc. Apart from microbiological aspects, one of her specialty is the development of Biosafety concepts in Microbiology research laboratory and for this she got a special training in Biosafety and Biosecurity from Bangkok, Thailand.

She has also earned a number of professional memberships of National and International repute in Medical, Microbiology and other Allied Health care societies including; Pakistan Society of Microbiology (PSM), Biosafety Association of Pakistan (BSAP), American Biosafety Association, American Society for Microbiology (ASM), Infection Control Society of Pakistan (ICS) and European Society for Pediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID). She has organized a number of National conferences, workshops and seminars and also participated in them as a resource person and trainer.

Research Interests: Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Antibiotic Resistance, Molecular Biology, Immunology, Antimicrobial substances, Probiotics, Bacteriocins.

Conference Presentations & Proceedings:


  • Presented Paper entitled “Assessment and Identification Of Cholesterol-Degrading Probiotics” at The 2nd International research Conference on Science Technology and Engineering in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 6-8, 2019.
  • Oral Presentation in “ISERD-406th International Conference on Medical & Health Sciences, held in Barcelona, Spain, June 23-25, 2018.
  • Oral Presentation in “35th Annual Meeting of European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases”, held in Madrid, Spain, May 23-27, 2017.
  • Oral Presentation in “7th European Dermatology Congress”, on the theme “New Horizons in Dermatology”, June 13-14, 2016 in Alicante, Spain.
  • Oral Presentation on ” Comparative inhibitory effect of Camiella sinensis (green tea) aqueous non-fermented, fermented and Semi fermented extracts against H. pylori tested on Pregnant women in Karachi.” in the 12th International Bhurban Conference on Applied Sciences & Technology, 13th-17th January, 2015 at National Centre for Physics, Islamabad.
  • Oral Presentation “An audit of dengue fever cases in the year 2012-2014 at civil hospital Karachi-Pakistan” in 32nd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Paediatric Infectious Diseases (ESPID) in Dublin, Ireland, May 6-10, 2014.
  • Oral Presentation on “Microbiological, Chemical and geospatial assessment of Malir valley water supply after super flood 2010” in International Institute of Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering (IICBE) 2014, London Conference on 26th -30th July, 2014 at the Holiday-Inn Hotel London, UK.
  • Oral Presentation: Participated as an oral presenter in a conference “Botanical Gardens in Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Management” at Baragali Summer Campus held by University of Peshawar from 14-16 July 2013.
  • Oral Presentation on “Global Climate Change and Emerging Infectious Diseases” in the 3rd Working Group On Global Warming Conference & Expo 2010 on 26th -30th November, 2010 at the Mayfair Hotel London, UK.
  • Oral Presentation on Contaminated Hands: A source of Infection on the occasion of Hands Hygiene Day Seminar on 15th October 2008, organized by Dean Faculty of Science, University of Karachi.
  • Oral Presentation on Remembrance Earthquake – 2005 on 8th October 2008, organized by Dean Faculty of Science, University of Karachi.


  • Poster Presentation “Thrombolytic potential of aqueous and methanolic crude extracts of Camiellia sinensis (Green tea): In vitro study” in V International Conference on Environmental, Industrial and Applied Microbiology – BioMicroWorld2013, Madrid (Spain), 2-4 October 2013.
  • Poster Presentation “Comparison of Community- and Health Care–Associated Staphylococcus aureus Infection” in ISSSI 2010 meeting on 6th -9th September, 2010 held at The Assembly Rooms, Bath, UK.
  • Poster Presentation “Exploring anti-pseudomonal potential of Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis Miller) isolated from different pyogenic infections” in 14th International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID), organized by International Society for Infectious Diseases, 9-12th March, 2010 at Miami, Florida USA.
  • Poster presented titled as Pictorial Presentation; The current status of environmental pollution in Karachi in 3rd Symposia Environmental Pollution-A Silent Killer, 23rd-26th February 2007,organized by Dow University of Health Sciences.
  • Poster Presentation “Antibiotic Resistance Profile: Isolation of and Characterization of Dermatological Clinical Isolates in the City of Karachi, Pakistan” in World Health Updates, Medicine, Dental and Nursing Conference, 26th –28th January, 2007 at Expo Centre, Karachi.
  • Poster Presentation “Isolation, Characterization and Antibiotic Resistance Profile of Staphylococci from Patients with Community-Acquired Skin Infections” in Molecular Biotechnology for Better Health, Environment and Agriculture” in 6th International Biennial Conference of Pakistan Society for Microbiology, 18th-21st March, 2007 at Islamabad.

Honors & Awards:

  • Awarded SZABIST Chancellor’s Honor List Certificate in MS Biosciences for securing CGPA 3.85 (SZABIST Convocation 2019).
  • Awarded Higher Education Commission (HEC) Pakistan Travel grant application No.269.17 for oral presentation of Research Paper(s) titled: “Screening for Antimicrobial Effect of Essential Oils and Antibiogram Against Various Clinical Isolates” in the “35th Annual Meeting of the European Society for pediatric Infectious Diseases” on 23-27.05.2017 in Madrid, Spain.
  • Awarded “32nd Annual Meeting of the European Society for pediatric Infectious Diseases” Travel grant for participating in Walter Margaret Educational Workshop (WMW) in the “32nd Annual Meeting of the European Society for pediatric Infectious Diseases” on May 06-10, 2014 in Dublin, Ireland.
  • Critically evaluated and Selected Funded by Biosafety Engagement Program (BEP), Washington D.C for traveling and other expenditure for attending 14th International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) in March 2010, in Miami-Florida, USA.
  • Critically evaluated and selected Funded by Biosafety Engagement Program BEP), Washington D.C for traveling and other expenditure for attending Master’s Biosafety Training Program on June 3, 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Journal Articles – Peer Reviewed:

  • Asma Bashir, Hira Soomro, Neha Farid, Kashif Ali, Hammad Afzal Kayani, Kiran Fatima. (2020). Assessment and Identification Of Cholesterol-Degrading Probiotics. Science International (Lahore).32(1),107-111.
  • Asma Bashir, Neha Farid, Kashif Ali, and Kiran Fatima. (2019) Development of Biofilms for Antimicrobial Resistance. Pathogenic Bacteria. IntechOpen. DOI:
  • Kiran Fatima, Neha Farid, Asma Bashir and Kashif Ali. (2019). Qualitative and Quantitative analysis of Microbiology and Anti-Microbial Resistance of Gharo Water Samples (Karachi – Pakistan). Science International (Lahore), 31(6),857-860.
  • Asma Bashir, Kiran Fatima, Neha Farid and Kashif Ali. (2018). Antibiogram Pattern Development of Pyogenic Bacteria and the Evaluation of their Multi-drug Resistance. Annual Research & Review in Biology. 28 (3): 1-7; Article no. ARRB.41785; ISSN:2347- 565X, NLM ID: 101632869.
  • Shahab Mehmood, Asma Bashir, Kiran Fatima, Neha Farid, Kashif Ali. (2018) Antimicrobial Screening of Withania coagulans and Nigella sativa against Clinical Skin Infection Isolates. International Journal of Advances in Science, Engineering, and Technology (IJASEAT). 6(3) Spl. Issue-1 Aug., 53-56; IJASEAT-IRAJ-DOI-13429.
  • Ashraf F, Bashir A, Mehmood S, and Ali K. (2014) Cost effective in-vitro propagation of ornamental plants and evaluation of antimicrobial activities against Staphylococci. Int J Sci, Engineering and Computer Technology. Vol 4(1-2): 10-13.
  • Abidi SH, Sherwani SK, Siddiqui TR, Bashir A and Kazmi SU. (2013) Drug resistance profile and biofilm forming potential of Pseudomans aeruginosa isolated from contact lenses in Karachi-Pakistan. BMC Opthalmology., ISSN:1471-2415 Vol 13(57).
  • Sherwani SK, Rasheed F, Abidi SH, Bashir A, Akhtar S and Kazmi SU. (2013) Evaluation of Suitable media for culturing and sub culturing of Helicobacter pylori clinical isolates. Int. J. Chemical and Pharmaceutical Sci., ISSN: 0976-9390 Vol. 4 (1).
  • Ashraf F, Bashir A, Mehmood S, and Noman B. (2013) New horizon in therapeutics: Antimicrobial action of Dendrobium nobile and phalaenopsis against pyogenic skin infection isolates. Indian J Health Health and Well Being., Vol. 4(7): 1452-1454.
  • Alam JM, Sherwani SK, Farooqui S, Mehmood SR, Ansari MA and Bashir A. (2013). Comparative analysis of Correlation among Creatine kinase (CK), Aldolase and Myoglobin (Mb) concentrations in patients suffering from Myopathies. Int J Adv Research., ISSN: 2320-5407 VoL 1(6). 133-139
  • Sherwani SK, Bashir A, Haider SS, Shah MA and Kazmi SU. (2013) Thrombolytic potential of aqueous and methanolic crude extracts of Camiellia sinensis (Green tea): In vitro study. Journal of Pharmacognosy and Phytochemistry. ISSN 2278- 4136 No: 8192 Vol 2 (1).
  • Haider SS, Sherwani SK, Kazmi SU, Bashir A and Ajmal SM. (2013) Blastocystis Hominis-Potential Diahorreal Agent: A Review. Int. Research J. Pharmacy., ISSN 2230-8407, Vol. 4 (1).
  • Syed N, Mehmood S, Bashir A and Ashraf F. (2012) Physical immobilization of 60 kDa Chaperon linked lipase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa BN-1. Pak. J. Biochem. Mol. Biol., Vol. 45(3): 126-128.
  • Hassan M, Noman B, Hameed S, Mehmood S and Bashir A. (2012) Indigenous patch clamp technique: Design of highly sensitive amplifier circuit for measuring and monitoring of real time ultra low ionic current through cellular gates. Int J Comp Sci. Vol. 9 (5) 1694-0814.
  • Sherwani SK, Ahmed H, Ahmed S, Naushad S, Bashir A and Memon AG. (2011) Rising trends in water pipe (Shisha) smoking among male university students in Karachi-Pakistan. Indian J Health Health and Well Being Vol. 2(4): 728-731.
  • Bashir A, Bushra S, Mujahid TY and Jehan N. (2011) Comparative Study of Antimicrobial Activities of Aloe Vera Extracts and Antibiotics against Isolates from Skin Infections. Afr J Biotechnol. Vol. 10 (19): 3835-3840.
  • Sherwani SK, Bashir A, Ahmed H and Alam SI. (2011) Knowledge, attitude and practices of washing hands among mothers in Karachi, Pakistan. FUUAST J. BIOL., Vol. 1(1): 107-110.
  • Bashir A, Mujahid TY and Jehan N. (2007) Antibiotic Resistance Profile: Isolation and Characterization of Clinical Isolates of Staphylococci from Patients with Community-Acquired Skin Infections. Pak J Pharm Sci, 20(4): 299-304.
  • Sikander Khan Sherwani, Madiha Yameen, Asma Bashir and Syed Hani Hussain (2007). The Current Status of Environmental Pollution in Karachi. Abstract in JPMA, 57(02): S-98