Dr. Nadia Batool Zahra

Dr. Nadia Batool Zahra
Associate Professor, Biotechnology

Area of Interest: Global Health, Biosafety & Biosecurity, Bioethics & DURC, Biodiversity Conservation, DNA Barcoding, Plant Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics.

Dr. Nadia Zahra is the founding/present Head of Department of Biotechnology, QU. She joined Qarshi University as an Assistant Professor in 2017. Her additional services are being rendered to Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization (ORIC), QU.

She completed her PhD in Biotechnology from Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad and University of Florida US (2017). Previously she was a Research Associate at Department of Biotechnology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad. Her research interests include Global Health, Biosafety & Biosecurity, Bioethics & DURC, Biodiversity Conservation, DNA Barcoding, Plant Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics. Dr Zahra remained a Visiting Researcher at Ohio University and University of Florida, US. She has worked in collaboration with University of Cambridge, UK and visited Cambridge University in 2019 as an academic visitor. She is also a collaborator with WHO, Geneva based on her work in Global Health. She presented a paper entitled “Genome editing and Nanoscience; The arising debates in Safe Science” at the “Regional Conference to Promote Safe & Secure Science in the Middle East, South & Southeast Asia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia” 2018 jointly organized by US National Academy of Sciences & Academy of Sciences Malaysia.

She has received several trainings through foreign trainers of NIH (US), Fogarty International (US), Health Security Partners (US) and Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA).

She has volunteered in several projects of International Organizations including The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), The European Union Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (EU CBRN CoE), Landau Network Centro Volta -Italy (LNCV)

Her profile includes more than 40 International & National Conferences/Workshops/Symposiums wherein she has participated as an Organizer/MasterTrainer/ Trainee/Presenter and certifications of 20 international webinars. She has published her research work in several peer reviewed international journals including 115 gene sequences in NCBI database. She is also a member of editorial boards of different journals and regularly reviews the articles for various peer-reviewed international journals.


Journal Papers:

1.Zabta Khan Shinwari, Khansa Jamil and Nadia Batool Zahra. 2014. Molecular Systematics of Selected Genera of Family Fabaceae. Pak. J. Bot., 46(2): 591-598
2.Nadia Batool Zahra, Mushtaq Ahmad, Zabta Khan Shinwari, Muhammad Zafar and Shazia Sultana. 2014. Systematic Significance Of Anatomical Characterization In Some Euphorbiaceous Species. Pak. J. Bot. 46(5):1653-1661.
3.Aziz-ul-Ikram, Nadia Batool Zahra, Zabta Khan Shinwari and Muhammad Qaisar. 2015. Ethnomedicinal Review of Folklore Medicinal Plants Belonging to Family Apiaceae of Pakistan. Pak. J. Bot., 47(3): 1007-1014.
4.Xiang Chun-lei, Dong Hong-jin, HU Gua-xiong, Nadia Batool Zahra and Tsuneo Funamoto. Cytology of Dicranostigma and Glaucium (Papaveraceae) from China. 2015. Plant Diversity and Resources. 37(6): 721-726.
5Waseem Safdar, Haroon Ahmed, Nazish Bostan, Nadia Batool Zahra, Hafiz Rizwan Sharif, Junaid Haider and Shabbar Abbas. 2016. Comparative analysis of nine different small heat shock protein gene promoters in Oryza sativa L. subsp. Indica. Plant. Syst .Evol. DOI 10.1007/s00606-016-1325-3
6Nadia Batool Zahra, Zabta Khan Shinwari and Muhammad Qaiser. 2016. DNA Barcoding: A Tool For Standardization Of Herbal Medicinal Products (HMPs) Of Lamiaceae from Pakistan. Pak. J. Bot., 48(5): 2167-2174, 2016.
7Nadia Batool Zahra and Zabta Khan Shinwari (2016) What is done and what has to be done in Lamiaceae, a review of phylogenetics. PeerJ Preprints 4:e2277v1https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.2277v1
8Shinwari Z.K.,  S.A.Jan, A.T.Khalil, A. Khan, M. Ali, M. Qaiser And N.B. Zahra. 2018  Identification and Phylogenetic Analysis of Selected Medicinal Plant Species from Pakistan: DNA Barcoding Approach. Pak. J. Bot., 50(2): 553-560
9Nadia Batool Zahra. 2019. DNA Barcoding of Herbal Medicinal Products, A Challenging Task. Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: Pakistan Academy of Sciences B. Life and Environmental Sciences 56 (3): 11–15 (Special Issue, 2019)
10Khan I., Z. K. Shinwari, N. B. Zahra, S. A.Jan, S. Shinwari and S. Najeebullah. 2019. DNA Barcoding and Molecular Systematics of Selected Species of Family Acanthaceae. Pak. J. Bot., 52(1), DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.30848/PJB2020-1(27)
11Luke Kemp, Laura Adam, Christian R. Boehm, Rainer Breitling, Rocco Casagrande, Malcolm Dando, Appolinaire Djikeng, Nicholas G. Evans, Richard Hammond, Kelly Hills, Lauren A. Holt, Todd Kuiken, Alemka Markotić, Piers Millett, Johnathan A.Napier, Cassidy Nelson, Seán S ÓhÉigeartaigh, Anne Osbourn, Megan J. Palmer, Nicola J. Patron, Edward Perello, Wibool Piyawattanametha, Vanessa Restrepo-Schild, Clarrisa Rios-Rojas, Catherine Rhodes, Anna Roessing, Deborah Scott, Philip Shapira, Christopher Simuntala, Robert D.J. Smith, Lalitha S. Sundaram, Eriko Takano, Gwyn Uttmark, Bonnie C. Wintle, Nadia Batool Zahra, William J. Sutherland.  eLife 2020;9:e54489. DOI: https://doi.org/10.7554/eLife.54489


PhD (Biotechnology)
Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.


MPhil (Plant Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)
Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.


MSc (Biology)
PMAS University of Arid Agriculture, Rawalpindi.


University of Punjab, Lahore



HoD Biotechnology
Qarshi University, Lahore

2019 to Date

Assistant Professor
Qarshi University, Lahore

2017 to Date

Research Associate
Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad


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