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Dr. Samra Bashir (PhD AKU, Karachi)

Professor
PROFILE SUMMARY

Dr. Samra Bashir did her Ph.D. in Pharmacology from the Aga Khan University, Karachi in 2008. She has served several academic institutes in Pakistan and abroad in various positions including Professor and Principal, College of Pharmacy. Her research interests include pharmacy education and innovative methods in teaching, learning and assessment, rationalization of natural products for their therapeutic applications and drug discovery and development. She has also supervised numerous M.Phil. and Ph.D. students. Dr. Samra has authored up to 40 research articles with a cumulative ISI research impact factor of 110+ and a citation index over 1000. She is editorial board member and reviewer of several international journals.

QUALIFICATION
PhD Pharmacology The Aga Khan University, Karachi 2008
MPhil Pharmacology Bahuddin Zakariya University, Multan 2002
B.Pharm Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan 1998
TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Professor Capital University of Science and Technology (CUST), Islamabad Since – 2018
Professor M. Islam College of Pharmacy, Gujranwala 2016 – 2018
Assistant Professor King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, KSA 2014 – 2016
Assistant Professor The Aga Khan University, Karachi 2010 – 2014
Assistant Professor Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan 2007 – 2010
Lecturer Bahauddin Zakariya University, Multan 2001 – 2007
MANAGEMENT EXPERIENCE
In-charge, Departmental Health and Safety Committee Department of Pharmacy, Capital University of Science and Technology, Islamabad Since 2018
Coordinator, Curriculum Review/Academic Committee Department of Pharmacy, Capital University of Science and Technology, Islamabad Since 2018
Principal M. Islam College of Pharmacy, Gujranwala 2016 – 2018
Module Coordinator King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, KSA 2014 – 2016
Module Chair The Aga Khan University, Karachi 2013 – 2014
Coordinator Examinations The Aga Khan University, Karachi 2013 – 2014
Focal Person Department of Pharmacology, The Aga Khan University, Karachi 2012 – 2014
Member Management Team, Department of Basic Medical Sciences, the Aga Khan University, Karachi 2012 – 2014
Member Ethics Committee for Animal Care and Use, the Aga Khan University, Karachi 2012 – 2014
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES
Member Board of Studies, Department of Pharmacology, Government College University, Faisalabad
Member Board of Studies, Department of Pharmacology, Islamia University of Bahawalpur
Member Reviewer Board, Journal of Molecular and Clinical Medicine
Member Editorial Board, Global Journal of Medical Therapeutics
Member Evidence Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Member Current Traditional Medicine
HONORS & AWARDS
1. Gold Medal and certificate of merit for 1st position in M.Phil., Pharmacology
2. Certificates of merit for 2nd, 1st and 1st positions respectively in 2nd, 3rd and 4th Pharmacy Professional Examinations
3. Merit scholarship by Directorate of Education, Multan
4. Research productivity award 2012-2013 by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, Islamabad
5. Research productivity award 2011-2012 by Pakistan Council for Science and Technology, Islamabad
6. Award of appreciation for Excellent Productivity in Research (2012) by the Aga Khan University, Karachi
7. Award of appreciation for promotion of continuing professional education (2012) by the Aga Khan University, Karachi
RESEARCH AREAS / INTERESTS
  1. Innovative methods of teaching;
  2. Pharmacy curriculum and pharmacy practice;
  3. Scientific rationalization of natural products therapeutic uses;
  4. Drug development;
  5. Phytochemical evaluation;
  6. Toxicity studies.
RESEARCH SUPERVISION
1. PhD Pharmacological Basis for Medicinal Use of Flaxseed (Linium usitatisimum) in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
2. MPhil Search for Gut Modulatory and Bronchodilator Activities from Paeonia officinalis and Syzygium cumini
3. MPhil Pharmacological Screening of Trianthema portulacastrum, Linn. and Urginea indica, Kunth. for Prokinetic and Antiasthmatic activities
4. MPhil Pharmacological Evaluation of Achyranthes aspera Linn. and Desmostachya bipinnata (L) in Gastrointestinal and Respiratory Disorders.
BOOK CHAPTERS AUTHORED
  1. S. Bashir, A. Safdar. Coriander Seeds: Ethno-medicinal, Phytochemical and Pharmacological Profile. In Science of Spices and Culinary Herbs – Latest Laboratory, Preclinical and Clinical Studies, Atta-ur-Rahman, M. I. Chaudhary and S. Yousuf (eds), Bentham-Science Publishers, Pte. Ltd. Singapore, 2020. pp. 39-64.
  2. S. Bashir, nfn Anila. Dietary Fiber. In Introduction to Functional Food Science, 3rd edn. Martirosyan DM (ed), Food Science Publisher; Functional Food Center, Inc., TX, USA, 2015. pp. 129-142.
  3. S. Bashir, N. A. Khan, A. H. Gilani. Physiology of Citrate Handling by the Kidney. In Urolithiasis: Basic Sciences and Clinical Practice, J Talati, HG Tiselius, D Albala, Z Ye (eds), Springer-Verlag, 2012. pp. 183-188.
JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS
1. A. Khan, S. Bashir, S. R. Khan. “Antiurolithic efects of medicinal plants: results of in vivo studies in rat models of calcium oxalate nephrolithiasis—a systematic review”, Urolithiasis. vol. 49, no. 2, pp. 95-122, 2021.
2. S. Bashir, I. Hamid, “Pharmacy students’ perception of learning and engagement in a flipped-classroom of a physiology course” Innovations in Education and Teaching International, Vol.57, no.6, pp. 1-9, 2021.
3. M. Abbas, A. Inam, E. Tahira, H. Qamar, J. Shakeel, S. Bashir “Prescribing practices at a secondary healthcare setting of Islamabad, Pakistan: a descriptive cross-sectional study” Journal of Pharmaceutical Health Service Research, Vol xx, No 01, pp. 1-7, 2021.
4. S. Bashir, A. Syed, “Effective Pharmacist led interventional strategies to improves outcomes in hypertensive patients: a narrative review”, Global Journal of Medical Therapeutics, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 1-6, 2021.
5. S. Bashir, A. U. Khan, M. Mahmood, M. Abbas, S. AKhtar, A. Waheed, “Students’ perception of the learning environment in private-sector pharmacy institutes of Pakistan”, Pharmacy Education, Vol 20, no. 1, pp. 1-7, 2020.
6. A. H. Palla, A. H. Gilani, S. Bashir, Najeeb Ur Rehman, “Multiple Mechanisms of Flaxseed: Effectiveness in Inflammatory Bowel Disease”, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 2020, p. 7974835, 2020.
7. F. Khurshid, S. Bashir, and B. Noushad, “Prescription writing through the lens of the threshold concept framework: a narrative review,” Research and Development in Medical Education, vol. 9, no. 11, pp. 11, 2020.
8. S. Bashir. “Pharmacological importance of Manilkara zapota and its bioactive constituents”, Boletin latinoamericano y del caribe de plantas medicinales y aromaticas”, vol. 18, pp. 347 – 358, 2019.
9. S. Bashir, S. Abbas, A. Khan, “Pharmacological studies on prokinetic and laxative effects of Trianthema portulacastrum”, Linn. International Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 11, pp. 368-373, 2018.
10. S. Bashir, S. Abbas, S. Mandukhail and A. H. Gilani, “The airway relaxant effect of horse purslane, Trianthema portulacastrum, Linn. (Aizoaceae), is mediated through dual blockade of muscarinic receptors and Ca2+ influx”, Journal of Pharmaceutical Research International, vol .23, pp. 1-9, 2018.
11. H. M. A. Rahman, S. Bashir, S. Mandukhail, S. Huda and A. H. Gilani, “Pharmacological evaluation of gut modulatory and bronchodilator activities of Achyranthes aspera linn.”, Phytotherapy Research, vol. 31, pp. 1776-1785, 2017.
12. S. Fatima, A. Syed, S. Azhar, M. Dawood and S. Bashir, “Medical students perception and practice of self-medication: vision of future practitioner in Pakistan”, British Journal of Pharmaceutical Research, vol. 17, pp. 1-8, 2017.
13. S. Bashir, “CYP2D6 gene polymorphism in Pakistani population”, International Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine”, vol. 7, pp. 00228, 2017.
14. U. Arshad, S. Bashir, Najeeb-Ur-Rehman, T. Yaqub and A. H. Gilani, “Dual Inhibition of Ca+2 Influx and Phosphodiesterase Enzyme Provides Scientific Base for the Medicinal Use of Chrozophora prostrata Dalz. in Respiratory Disorders”, Phytotherapy Research, vol. 30, pp. 1010-1015, 2016.
15. A. H. Palla, N. A. Khan, S. Bashir, Najeeb ur-Rehman, J. Iqbal and A. H. Gilani, “Pharmacological basis for the medicinal use of Linum usitatissimum (Flaxseed) in infectious and non-infectious diarrhea”, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 160, pp. 61–68, 2015.
16. A. Aleem, K. H. Janbaz, M. H. Mehmood, S. Bashir, F. Jawed, Najeeb-ur-Rehman and A. H. Gilani, “Pharmacological studies on antidiarrheal, gut modulatory, bronchodilatory and vasodilatory activities of Myrica nagi”, International Journal of Pharmacology, vol. 11, pp. 888-898, 2015.
17. M. Yasin, K. H. Janbaz, I. Imran, A. H. Gilani and S. Bashir, “Pharmacological studies on antispasmodic, bronchodilator and antiplatelet activities of Abies webbiana”, Phytotherapy Research, vol. 28, pp. 1182-1187, 2014 .
18. H. M. A. Rahman, S. Bashir and A. H. Gilani, “Calcium channel blocking activity in Desmostachya bipinnata (L.) explains its use in gut and airways disorders” Phytotherapy Research, vol. 27, pp. 678-684, 2013.
19. S. Bashir, S. Abbas, A. Khan and A. H. Gilani, “Studies on bronchodilator and cardiac stimulant activities of Urginia indica”, Bangladesh Journal of Pharmacology, vol. 8, pp. 249-254, 2013
20. M. A. Chaudhary, I. Imran, S. Bashir, M. H. Mehmood, Najeeb-ur Rehman and A. H. Gilani, “Evaluation of gut modulatory and bronchodilator activities of Amaranthus spinosus Linn”, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 12, pp. 166, 2012.
21. Najeeb ur, R., Bashir, S., Al-Rehaily, A. J. and Gilani, A.-H. “Mechanisms Underlying the Antidiarrheal, Antispasmodic and Bronchodilator Activities of Fumaria Parviflora and Involvement of Tissue and Species Specificity.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 144, no. 1, pp. 128-137, 2012.
22. K. H. Janbaz, U. Zia, M. H. Mehmood, S. Bashir, M. I. Choudhary and A. H. Gilani. Anti-inflammatory, free radical scavenging and calcium antagonist activities of Corchorus fascicularis Lam. crude extract. The Journal of Animal and Plant Sciences, vol. 22, pp.954-959, 2012
23. S. Abbas, S. Bashir, A. Khan, M. H. Mehmood and A. H. Gilani, “Gastrointestinal stimulant effect of Urginea indica Kunth. and involvement of muscarinic receptors”, Phytotherapy Research, vol. 26, pp. 704-708, 2012
24. A. Khan, S. Bashir and A. H. Gilani, “An in vivo study on the diuretic activity of Holarrhena antidysentrica”. African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, vol. 6, pp. 454-458, 2012
25. U. Arshad, K. H. Janbaz, S. Bashir, Najeeb-ur-Rehman, M. H. Mehmood and A. H. Gilani, “Ethnopharmacological studies on Chrozophora prostrata in perspective of its folkloric reputation as purgative”, Bangladesh Journal of Pharmacology, vol. 7, pp. 243-248, 2012
26. F. Saqib, K. H. Janbaz, M. F. Latif, A. H. Gilani and S. Bashir, “Ethnopharmacological studies on antispasmodic, bronchodilator and antiplatelet aggregation activities of Blepharis edulis, pers.”, Asian Journal of Natural and Applied Sciences, vol. 1, pp. 33-45, 2012.
27. S. Bashir and A. H. Gilani, “Antiurolithic effect of berberine is mediated through multiple pathways”, European Journal of Pharmacology, vol. 651, pp. 168-175, 2011
28. S. Bashir, R. Memon and A. H. Gilani, “Antispasmodic and Antidiarrheal activities of Valeriana hardwickii Wall. rhizome are putatively mediated through calcium channel blockade”, Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 2011
29. A. Khan, S. Bashir, S. R. Khan and A. H. Gilani, “Antiurolithic activity of Origanum vulgare is mediated through multiple pathways”, BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, vol. 11, pp. 96, 2011.
30. S. Bashir, A. H. Gilani, A. A. Siddiqui, S. Pervez, S. R. Khan, N. J. Sarfaraz and A. J. Shah, “Berberis vulgaris root bark extract prevents hyperoxaluria induced urolithiasis in rats”, Phytotherapy Research, vol. 24, pp. 1250-1255, 2010
31. A. H. Gilani, A. Khan, A. Khan, S. Bashir, Najeeb-ur-Rehman and S. Mandukhail, “Pharmacological basis for the medicinal use of Holarrhena antidysenterica in gut motility disorders”, Pharmaceutical Biology, vol. 48, pp. 1240-1246, 2010
32. S. Bashir and A. H. Gilani, “Antiurolithic effect of Bergenia ligulata rhizome: an explanation of the underlying mechanisms”, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 122, pp. 106-116, 2009
33. Q. Jabeen, S. Bashir, B. Lyoussi, A. H. Gilani, “Coriander fruit exhibits gut modulatory, blood pressure lowering and diuretic activities”, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 122, pp. 123-130, 2009
34. Aziz, N., Mehmood, M. H., Mandukhal, S. R., Bashir, S., Raoof, S. and Gilani, A. H. “Antihypertensive, Antioxidant, Antidyslipidemic and Endothelial Modulating Activities of a Polyherbal Formulation (Pol-10).” Vascular Pharmacology, vol. 50, no. 1, pp. 57-64, 2009..
35. S. Bashir and A. H. Gilani, “Studies on the antioxidant and analgesic activities of Aztec marigold (Tegetes erecta) flowers”, Phytotherapy Research, vol. 22, pp. 1692-1694, 2009
36. A. H. Gilani, S. Bashir and A. Khan, “Pharmacological basis for the use of Borago officinalis in gastrointestinal, respiratory and cardiovascular disorders”, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 114, pp. 393-399, 2007
37. S. Bashir, K. H. Janbaz, Q. Jabeen and A. H. Gilani, “Studies on spasmogenic and spasmolytic activities of Calendula officinalis flowers”, Phytotherapy Research, vol. 20, pp. 906-910, 2006
38. A. H. Gilani, S. Bashir, K. H. Janbaz and A. J. Shah, “Presence of cholinergic and calcium channel blocking activities explains the traditional use of Hibiscus rosasinensis in constipation and diarrhea”, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 102, pp. 289-294, 2005
39. A. H. Gilani, S. Bashir, K. H. Janbaz and A. Khan, “Pharmacological basis for the use of Fumaria indica in constipation and diarrhea”, Journal of Ethnopharmacology, vol. 96, pp. 585-589, 2005
CONFERENCE PUBLICATIONS
1. Bashir S, Bronchodilator Effect of Trianthema portulacastrum, Linn. (Aizoaceae), is Mediated through Dual Muscarinic Receptor and Ca2+ Antagonism. Paper presented in “16th International Conference on Frontiers in Alternative & Traditional Medicine”, London UK, August 24, 2021.
2. Bashir S, Rehman HMA, Mandukhal SR, Huda S, Gilani AH. Pharmacological evaluation of Achyranthes aspera Linn. for its use in gut and airways disorders. 14th Asian Symposium on Medicinal Plants, Spices and other natural products. December 2013, Karachi, Pakistan.
POSTER PRESENTATIONS
1. Bashir S, Co-existence of phosphodiesterase inhibitory and Ca+2 channel blocking activities in Chrozophora prostrata explains its medicinal use in respiratory disorder. Department of Bioinformatics and Biosciences 7th International Conference on Biological and Computational Sciences (C-BICS 2018), Capital University of Science and Technology, Islamabad. November 28, 2019.
2. Najeeb-ur-Rehman, Mehmood MH, Bashir S, Gilani AH. Antidiarrheal, antispasmodic and airways relaxant effects of Bergenia ligulata and its pure compound bergenin are mediated predominately through activation of K+-channels. 7th Health Sciences Research Assembly 2012, December 2012, the Aga Khan University, Karachi.
3. Abbas S, Bashir S, Khan A, Gilani AH. Pharmacological basis for the medicinal uses of Trianthema portulacastrum Linn. as purgative and bronchodilator. 7th Health Sciences Research Assembly 2012, December 2012, the Aga Khan University, Karachi.
4. Rehman HMA, Bashir S, Gilani AH. Calcium channel blocking activity in Desmostachya bipinnata explains its use in gut and airways disorder. 7th Health Sciences Research Assembly 2012, December 2012, the Aga Khan University, Karachi.
5. Chaudhary MA, Imran I, Bashir S, Mehmood MH, Gilani AH. Pharmacological studies on gut modulatory and bronchodilator activities of Amaranthus spinosus. Health Sciences Research Assembly 2011, December 2011, the Aga Khan University, Karachi.
6. Bashir S, Gilani AH, Nusrat M. Antiurolithic effect of Bergenia ligulata rhizome: an explanation of the underlying mechanisms. Health Sciences Research Assembly 2008, December 2008, the Aga Khan University, Karachi.
7. Khan A, Bashir S, Gilani AH. Study on the diuretic activity of Holarrhina anti-dysentrica. Health Sciences Research Assembly 2008, December 2008, the Aga Khan University, Karachi.
8. Gilani AH, Bashir S, Memon R. Studies on the spasmolytic and antidiarrheal effects of Valeriana hardwickii. 49th Annual Meeting, June, 2008. Society for Economic Botany, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina.
9. Bashir S, Gilani AH, Siddiqui AA. Effect of celery seed extract on in-vitro calcium oxalate crystallization. Health Sciences Research Assembly 2007, April 2007, the Aga Khan University, Karachi.
10. Bashir S, Suria H, Gilani AH. Antioxidant and analgesic activities of Tegetes erecta. Health Sciences Research Assembly 2007, April 2007, the Aga Khan University, Karachi.
11. Bashir S, Akram R, Gilani AH. Antioxidant activities of some medicinal plants. The Twelfth Asian Symposium on Medicinal Plants, Spices and Other Natural Products. November 2006, West Sumatra, Indonesia.
12. Gilani AH, Aziz N, Bashir S. Antihypertensive, endothelial modulating and antihypercholesterolemic of an indigenous poly herbal formulation of Pakistan. 2nd International Symposium on “Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Physiopathological Aspects and Phytopharmacological Approaches”. November 2006, Fez, Morocco.
13. Jabeen Q, Bashir S, Lyoussie B, Gilani AH, Studies on cardiovascular and diuretic activities of aqueous methanolic extract of Coriandrum sativum. 2nd International Symposium on “Cardiovascular Risk Factors, Physiopathological Aspects and Phytopharmacological Approaches”. November 2006, Fez, Morocco.
14. Gilani AH, Bashir S, Janbaz KH, Shah AJ. Studies on the presence of spasmogenic and spasmolytic constituents in Hibiscus rosasinensis aerial parts. 2nd Congress on Traditional Medicine & Materia Medica, October 2004, Tehran, Iran.

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