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Zahra Hasan Hasan

Country of origin: Pakistan Currently in: Pakistan, Karachi General field of specialization: Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Academic Background


1997 Doctorate Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences
Research and Profession

Current Research Activities

Medical and Health Sciences incl Neurosciences

Dr. Zahra Hasan is Professor at Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Her research focuses on both host and pathogen aspects of infectious diseases with a particular interest in Tuberculosis and COVID-19, genomics and mechanisms of drug resistance. She is a Consultant at the Section of Molecular Pathology, Clinical Laboratories. She works to enhance capacity for molecular diagnostics including those related to, infectious diseases, molecular oncology, immunology, clinical genetics and genomics. She believes that building research capacity in basic sciences is key to understanding local disease conditions and developing new diagnostics to identify them.

Publications resulting from Research: 

Total 98 Indexed Publications.
1. Ghanchi NK, Nasir A, Masood KI, Abidi SH, Mahmood SF, Kanji A, et al. Higher entropy observed in SAR-CoV-2 genomes from the first COVID-19 wave in Pakistan PLoS ONE. 2021;16(8)(e0256451):
2. Mushtaq MZ, Shakoor S, Kanji A, Shaheen N, Nasir A, Ansar Z, et al. Discrepancy between PCR based SARS-CoV-2 tests suggests the need to re-evaluate diagnostic assays. BMC Res Notes. 2021;14(1):316.
3. Sarfraz A, Hasan Siddiqui S, Iqbal J, Ali SA, Hasan Z, Sarfraz Z, et al. COVID-19 age-dependent immunology and clinical outcomes: implications for vaccines. J Dev Orig Health Dis. 2021:1-7.
4. Abidi SH, Imtiaz K, Kanji A, Qaiser S, Khan E, Iqbal K, et al. A rapid real-time polymerase chain reaction-based live virus microneutralization assay for detection of neutralizing antibodies against SARS-CoV-2 in blood/serum. PLoS One. 2021;16(12):e0259551.
5. Masood KI, Yameen M, Ashraf J, Shahid S, Mahmood SF, Nasir A, et al. Upregulated type I interferon responses in asymptomatic COVID-19 infection are associated with improved clinical outcome. Sci Rep. 2021;11(1):22958.
6. A Nasir, AR Bukhari, NS. Trovão, PM Thielen, A Kanji, SF Mahmood, NK Ghanchi, Z Ansar, B Merritt, T Mehoke, SA Razzak, MA Syed, SR Shaikh, M Wassan, UBr Aamir, G Baele, Z Rasmussen, D Spiro, R Hasan and Z Hasan. Introduction of SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.1.7 in Pakistan through travelers arriving from UK. Virus Evolution. 2022, 8(1), 1–9

Current profession

Current professional activities type: 
Director, Faculty of Health Sciences PhD Program, Aga Khan University. Director, AKU Lisbon Science Collaborative.


American Society of Microbiology
Royal College of Pathologists, UK
Association of Molecular Pathologists Pakistan

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