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Dr. Zara Rafaque Biography

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Dr. Zara Rafaque has earned her PhD degree in Microbiology from Quaid-i-Azam University. She also holds a split-site PhD award from University of Reading, UK. Her PhD research work involved deciphering of virulence and resistance attributes of uropathogenic E. coli. During her PhD she successfully published 6 research papers in Internationally recognized impact factor journals. Her expertise are at par with current research trends that include, whole genome sequence analysis, tissue culturing and mutagenesis. Her research interests include understanding of virulence and resistance attributes of pathogenic bacteria and identification of novel therapeutic targets for drug development.

Academic Background

S.No Degree Title Institute Degree Completion Year
1 PhD Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 2020
2 Split-site PhD University of Reading, UK 2018
3 M.Phil. Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 2015
4 M.Sc. Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad 2013


S.No Publication Title Authors Action
1 High-throughput, multiplex microfluidic test strip for the determination of antibiotic susceptibility in uropathogenic E. coli with smartphone detection Sarah H. Needs, Zara Rafaque, Wajiha Imtiaz, Partha Ray, Simon Andrews, Alexander D. Edwards Click to View
2 Analysis of Antibiotic Resistance and Virulence Traits (Genetic and Phenotypic) in Klebsiella pneumoniae Clinical Isolates from Pakistan: Identification of Significant Levels of Carbapenem and Colistin Resistance Wajiha Imtiaz,1,2,* Zainab Syed,1,* Zara Rafaque,3 Simon Colin Andrews,2 Javid Iqbal Dasti1 Click to View
3 In-vitro Investigation of Antibiotics Efficacy Against Uropathogenic Escherichia coli Biofilms and Antibiotic Induced Biofilm Formation at Sub-Minimum Inhibitory Concentration of Ciprofloxacin Zara Rafaque,1,2 Nasira Abid2 ,* Nida Liaqat,2 Pashmina Afridi,2,3 Saima Siddique,2 Safia Masood,2 Sehrish Kanwal,2 Javid Iqbal Dasti2 Click to View
4 Phylogeny, sequence-typing and virulence profile of uropathogenic Escherichia coli (UPEC) strains from Pakistan Ihsan Ali, Zara Rafaque, Ibrar Ahmed, Faiza Tariq, Sarah E. Graham, Elizabeth Salzman, Betsy Foxman & Javid Iqbal Dasti Click to View
5 Draft genome sequence of a uropathogenic Escherichia coli isolate (ST38 O1:H15) from Pakistan, an emerging multidrug-resistant sequence type with a high virulence profile Z.Rafaque, J.I.Dasti, S.C.Andrews Click to View
6 Uropathogenic E. coli from Pakistan Have High Prevalence of Multidrug Resistance, ESBL, and O25b-ST131 Ihsan Ali, Zara Rafaque, Javid Iqbal Dasti, Sarah E Graham, Elizabeth Salzman, Betsy Foxman Click to View
7 Prevalence of multi-drug resistant uropathogenic Escherichia coli in Potohar region of Pakistan Ihsan Ali, Zara Rafaque, Safia Ahmed, Sajid Malik, Javid Iqbal Dasti Click to View
8 Seroprevalence of HDV among non-hospitalized HBsAg positive patients from KPK-region of Pakistan Ismail Jalil, Muhammad Arshad, Zara Rafaque, Fazle Raziq, Robina Wazir, Sajid Malik, Javid Iqbal Dasti Click to View
9 Draft genome sequence of a multidrug-resistant--------------------- uropathogenic Escherichia coli isolate (ST131-O25b-H30) from Pakistan exhibiting high potential virulence Z Rafaque, JI Dasti, SC Andrews Click to View
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