Dr. Nadia Batool Zahra

Associate Professor Biotechnology & In-charge QEC
  • Ph. D (Biotechnology), Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad & University of Florida, 2017
  • Phil (Plant Sciences), Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, 2011
  • Sc (Biology), PMAS Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, 2007

Work Experience (Summary)


Job Title/ Organization



Associate Professor & In-charge QEC, Qarshi University, Lahore.

2019- 2022

Founding HoD Biotechnology, Qarshi University, Lahore

2018- 2022

Assistant Professor & Manager ORIC, Qarshi University, Lahore


Visiting Faculty Biotechnology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad


Research Associate Biotechnology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad


International Engagements

  • Collaborator World Health Organization, Geneva (2020).
  • Collaborator World Health Organization, Portugal (2022).
  • Academic visitor & collaborator University of Cambridge, UK funded by University of Cambridge (2019).
  • Academic visitor Sunway University, Malaysia funded by National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine (NASEM), US (2018).
  • Visiting Researcher University of Florida, US funded by HEC (2015-2016).
  • Visiting Fellow Ohio University, US through Pak-US project funded by State Department US (2012).


Research Interests

Global Health, Health Biotechnology, Bioengineering, Biosafety & Biosecurity, DURC, Bioethics, DNA Barcoding, Molecular Systematics, Bioinformatics, Biodiversity Conservation.

Research Contributions

  • Engagement with International Organizations: Dr. Zahra has volunteered with prominent international organizations, including the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP), the European Union Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (EU CBRN CoE), and Landau Network Centro Volta in Italy (LNCV).
  • Training by Foreign Experts: She has undergone specialized training programs conducted by renowned institutions such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Fogarty International Center, as well as Health Security Partners in the United States.
  • Master Trainer Credentials: Dr. Zahra serves as a Master Trainer for the Pakistan Biological Safety Association (PBSA) and Health Security Partners (HSP), leveraging her expertise to train professionals in biosafety and health security.
  • International Presentations: She has delivered presentations on cutting-edge topics at prestigious international conferences, including the Regional Conference to Promote Safe & Secure Science in the Middle East, South & Southeast Asia held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, jointly organized by the US National Academy of Sciences Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) and the Academy of Sciences Malaysia.
  • Collaboration with University of Cambridge: Dr. Zahra has collaborated with the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER) at the University of Cambridge, UK, on a project focusing on “New and Emerging Issues in Bioengineering.”
  • Industry-Academia Partnership: She has provided intellectual support and research expertise to Qarshi Industries, contributing to the development of the Qarshi Pharmacopeia.
  • International Collaborations with WHO: Dr. Zahra has served as an expert on global public health for the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva and Portugal.
  • Publications and Academic Achievements: With numerous peer-reviewed research articles, book chapters, and international reports to her credit, Dr. Zahra’s contributions extend to reporting 115 gene sequences from various plants in the NCBI database. She has also actively participated in over 60 international and national conferences, workshops, and trainings, and holds certifications from 25 international webinars.

Other Contributions: Dr. Zahra played a pivotal role in developing Qarshi University’s Quality Assurance Framework (QU-QAF), ensuring academic excellence and institutional effectiveness.

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