Dr. Zahida Wasil

Assistant Professor




Dr. Zahida Wasil


Contact #: +92-91-9224706
Email: zwasil@sbbwu.edu.pk
Address: Department of Chemistry Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University, Peshawar


  1. Assistant Professor in Shaheed Benazir Bhutto Women University Peshawar (November 2018)
  2. Post-doctoral fellow in Natural Product Discovery Group in Technical University of Denmark (DTU), (March 2016-March2018)
  3. Research and teaching assistant in agriculture university Peshawar (2008-2009)


PhD in Organic and Biological Chemistry
(School of Chemistry, University of Bristol, UK)

Honor and Awards

  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Technical University of Denmark funded by Villium Foundation.
  • PhD Overseas ScholarshipfromHigher Education Commission of Pakistan.
  • Bronze Medal for securing third position in MSc (Hons), Agriculture University Peshawar.


Royal Society of Chemistry (student membership)

Graduate Students Postdocs Undergraduate Students Honor Students

List Supervision of graduate studentsand undergraduate honors thesis:

1. Name: Mr. Rizwan
    Degree:  Msc (Hons) (Agriculture University Peshawar)
    Year: 2008-2009 
2. Name: Miss Xin Li
    Degree: M. Phil (Technical University of Denmark)
    Year: 2017-2018

Service Activity

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Brief Statement of Research Interest

Fungal Natural Product chemistry 

  • Chemical analysis and metabolite profiling of fungal extracts by ultra-high-performanceliquid chromatography-diode array-quadrupole time of flight- mass spectrometer(UHPLC-DAD-MS-QTOF).
  • Isolation and structural elucidation of novel bioactive compounds by NMR
  • Investigation of biosynthetic steps of compounds from its corresponding gene clusters.
  • Dereplication of fungal compounds from natural product libraries.


  1. H. U. Shah, Z. Wasil, A. A. Shad, T. Mehmood, R. Khan and M. I. Choudhary, Biological activities of various crude fractions of Solanum xanthocarpum’s fruits, Journal of Chemical Society of Pakistan, 2010, 32, 104-108.
  2. K. M. Fisch, W. Bakeer, A. A. Yakasai, Z. Song, J. Pedrick, Z. Wasil, A. M. Bailey, C. M. Lazarus, T. J. Simpson and R. J. Cox,Rational domain swaps decipher programming in fungal highly reducing polyketide synthases and resurrect an extinct metabolite,Journal of American Chemical Society, 2011, 133, 16635–16641.
  3. A. A. Yakasai, J. Davison, Z. Wasil, L. M. Halo, C. P. Butts, C. M. Lazarus, A. M. Bailey, T. J. Simpson and R. J. Cox,Nongenetic reprogramming of a fungal highly reducing polyketide synthase,Journal of American Chemical Society, 2011, 133, 10990–10998.
  4. M. N. Heneghan, A. A. Yakasai, K. Williams, K. A. Kadir, Z.Wasil, W. Bakeer, K. M. Fisch, A. M. Bailey, T. J. Simpson, R. J. Cox and C. M. Lazarus,The programming role of trans-acting enoyl reductases during the biosynthesis of highly reduced fungal polyketides,Chemical Science, 2011, 2, 972-979.
  5. Z. Wasil, K. A. K. Pahirulzaman, C. Butts, T. J. Simpson, C. M. Lazarus and R. J. Cox, One pathway, many compounds: heterologous expression of a fungal biosynthetic pathway reveals its intrinsic potential for diversity, Chemical Science, 2013, 4, 3845-3856.
  6. Z. Wasil, E. Kuhnert, T. J. Simpson and R. J. Cox, Oryzines A & B, maleidride congeners from aspergillus oryzaeand their putative biosynthesis, Journal of Fungi, 2018, 4, 96.    

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Selected Professional Presentations

  1. Poster presentations in international conference “Directing Biosynthesis III, Nottingham UK, 2012. 
  2. Poster presentations in international conference “Directing Biosynthesis II, Durham UK, 2010.