Dr. Amrina Shafi
Dr. Amrina Shafi, Research Associate: Ph.D. Biological Science, (CSIR-JRF-UGC-NET).
The author has a fair knowledge of tissue culture, transgenic technology, handling and proper disposal of transgenic
material in greenhouse and field evaluation of improved traits, plant genetics, stress biology and molecular studies.
She has extensively worked on Illumina Genome Analyser and papers are published in peer-viewed journals (Plant
Molecular Biology, PLosOne, Protoplasma and PMB Reporter). She is well versed with most of the desired
molecular techniques and possesses excellent proposal/project writing and communication skills. She has Ph.D.
thesis in life science from (AcSIR), New Delhi. Ph.D. thesis entitled “Structural and Functional Changes in
response to Abiotic stress in Arabidopsis thaliana (Ecotype Col-0) Overexpressing SOD and APX” under the
supervision of Dr. P. S. Ahuja (Director, CSIR-IHBT, Palampur, H.P). Project Handled- The project entitled
”Bioprospecting Himalayan Bioresources through Transgenic and Nutraceutical Technology” sponsored by
DBT, New Delhi, India. Presently working as Research Associate in Department of Biotechnology, University of
Kashmir in the project entitled “National Mission on Himalayan Studies (NMHS)” sponsored by Ministry of
Environment, Forest, and Climate Change.
Dr. Insha Zahoor
Qualification: M.Sc (Gold Medalist), M.Phil, Ph.D Biotechnology from Department of Biotechnology, University
Field of Ph.D study: Neurogenetics of Multiple Sclerosis.
Achievements: CSIR-UGC NET 2010, 2012; SLET 2010; GATE 2011.
Membership: Editorial board member of Current Updates in Neurology and Neuroscience, SM Journal of
Autoimmune Diseases, Annals of Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, and reviewer of Theranostics of
Brain Disorders (TBD) and Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology.
Present Work: Working as Lecturer, Bioinformatics Centre, University of Kashmir.
Research Interests: Understanding the etiology, molecular epidemiology, genetics, and pattern of Multiple
Sclerosis in Kashmiri population.
Achievements: Research findings have been published in journals of international repute including Journal of the
Neurological Sciences, Journal of Neuroimmunology, Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders, etc.
Dr. Mudasir A Mir
Dr. Mudasir A Mir: M.Phil and Ph.D.
Dr. Mudasir secured M.Sc degree from Bangalore University, M.Phil and Ph.D from Bharathidasan University,
Tiruchirapplli, Tamil Nadu. He has obtained his Ph.D on plant derived bioactive small molecules along with
molecular characterization of different medicinal and aromatic plant species. Dr. Mudasir has also completed
Diploma in Medical Laboratory Technology from Govt. Medical College Srinagar. He has qualified CSIRUGC/
ASRB NET examinations. Post Ph.D he has worked as a Lecturer in Biotechnology for the period of 2 years in
various prestigious Govt. Colleges of J&K. He has published 7 research articles and a book chapter in national and
international journals. Currently he is working as Research Associate at Centre for Plant Biotechnology, Division of
Biotechnology, Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology Kashmir, Srinagar under DSTSERB,
Govt. of India funded project on production of scab resistant apple varities using gene cloning technology. He
has professional membership with the Americian Society of Pharmacognosy (USA), Phytochemical society of
Europe (U.K), World Association of young scientists and the Biotech Research Society (India). His areas of interest
are plant molecular biology, genetic engineering, extraction of natural bioactive molecules, and conservation of Biodiversity etc.
Mr. Umar Mushtaq
Mr. Umar Mushtaq: (CSIR-JRF-NET), M.Phil The Author is currently pursuing PhD in the subject of
biotechnology in the University of Kashmir, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. He is working on the signal
transduction mechanism of Alzheimer’s disease. He has many publications in national and international journals to
his credit. Some of the worth mentioning journals are Apoptosis, Neuromolecular medicine, Cancer Investigation
etc. He has also written a book chapter in the Encyclopedia of Signaling Molecules on Gamma-1-syntrophin
protein. Author has qualified many nation level competitive exams which include CSIR-JRF, UGC NET, and ICAR
NET. He has also qualified the State Level Eligibility Test for Lecturership.
Multiple sclerosis (MS) also known as disseminated sclerosis or encephalomyelitis
disseminata is a chronic progressive deteriorating nervous system disease characterized
by demyelination (loss of myelin) as a result of misprogrammed immune response within
the body. The immune attack is generated against the protective fatty myelin sheath
covering the axons of brain, spinal cord and optic nerves; thereby damaging nerve cells
by tissue scarring due to inflammation (Compston & Coles, 2008). Accordingly, the
outcome of demyelinating process is the interruption of action potentials across nervous
system and the body, thereby disturbing the communication system within the body.