Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Mazhar Asjad


Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Mazhar Asjad

Assistant Professor


Dr. Mazhar Asjad is a Registered Pharmacist and has over 13 years of professional and research experience. He received scholarship from HEC for his doctoral studies in Austria. He discovered two novel drugs for the treatment of infantile parkinsonism during his Ph.D. (2014-2017). After completion of Ph.D., he joined Forman Christian College ( A Chartered University) as Assistant Professor of Pharmacology. He also earned grant from the Austrian Academy of Sciences for post-doctoral research stay in Vienne, Austria (2021). He is an active member of the Austrian Pharmacological Association and International Transmembrane Transporter Society. He has participated in more than 30 national and international conferences and earned several traveling and presentation awards. He published over 13 research/review papers in peer-reviewed indexed journals.

Professional Appointments

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, PAF-IAST, Nov 2022-Present.
  • Director - Sargodha College of Medical Sciences, Sargodha, Sep 2022-Nov 2022
  • Post-doctoral fellowship funded by Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria, 2021
  • Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmacy, Forman Christian College, Ferozpur Road, Lahore, 2018-2022
  • Ph.D. research fellow at the Institute of Pharmacology, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria, 2014- 2017.


  • Post Doctorate (Pharmacology), Centre of Physiology and Pharmacology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria (2021).
  • Ph.D. (Pharmacology), Centre of Physiology and Pharmacology Medical University of Vienna, Austria 2017.
  • M.Phil. (Pharmacology) from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sargodha, Pakistan 2011.


  • Sabir U, Irfan HM, Alamgeer, Umer I, Niazi ZR, Asjad HMM (2022) Phytochemicals targeting NAFLD through modulating the dual function of forkhead box O1 (FOXO1) transcription factor signaling pathways. Naunyn Schmiedebergs Arch Pharmacol. 395: 741–755.
  • El-Kasaby A, Kasture A, Koban F, Hotka M, Asjad HMM, Kobista H, Freissmuth M, Sucic S (2019) Rescue by 4-phenylbutyrate of several misfolded creatine transporter-1 variants linked to the creatine transporter deficiency syndrome. J. Neuropharm.2019.03.015.
  • Asjad HMM, Kasture A, El-Kasaby A, Sackel M, Hummel T, Freissmuth M, Sucic S (2017) Pharmacochaperoning in a Drosophila model system rescues human dopamine transporter variants associated with infantile/juvenile Parkinsonism. J Biol Chem. 292: 19250 –1926.
  • Asjad HMM, Nasrollahi-Shirazi S, Sucic S, Freissmuth M, Nanoff C (2017) Relax, Cool Down and Scaffold: How to Restore Surface Expression of Folding-Deficient Mutant GPCRs and SLC6 Transporters. Int. J. Mol. Sci.  18, 2416.
  • Kasture A, El-Kasaby A, Szöllösi D, Asjad HMM, Grimm A, Stockner T, Hummel T, Freissmuth M, Sucic S (2016) Functional rescue of a misfolded Drosophila melanogaster dopamine transporter mutant associated with a sleepless phenotype by pharmacological chaperones. J. Biol. Chem. 291: 20876–20890.

Awards & Prizes

  • 2021    Post-Doc research grant from Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria.

  • 2017    Research travel grant award for the SiNAPSA Neuroscience Conference ’17 (SNC’17), the seventh biannual international neuroscience meeting organized by Slovenian Neuroscience Association (2017).

  • 2017    Research  travel  grant  award  for  the  23rd    Scientific  Symposium  of  the  Austrian Pharmacological Society (APHAR).

  • 2015    Research  travel  grant  award  for  the  19th   Scientific  Symposium  of  the  Austrian Pharmacological Society (APHAR).

  • 2014    Awarded grant from the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan for PhD studies in Austria.

  • 2012    Best teacher of the year 2011-2012 award by ILM College Sargodha ( a project of University of Management and Technology (UMT) Lahore).

Research Interests

  • Molecular Pharmacology

  • Ethnopharmacology

  • Neuropharmacology,


  • Exocyst dependent trafficking of the dopamine transporter funded by Austrian Academy of Sciences