Dr. Najam us Sahar Sadaf Zaidi


Dr. Najam us Sahar Sadaf Zaidi

Professor of Practice and Chairperson


As a scientist and trained Virologist, Dr. Najam us Sahar Sadaf Zaidi has been working in the field of vaccine and therapeutic development for the past 15 years. Her main area of research is related to work on RNA viruses like Dengue Virus, Influenza Virus and Hepatitis C Virus. Having produced 06 PhD scholars and over 50 research publications in world renowned journals, her focus is on exploration of new and novel vaccinal/therapeutic interventions against infectious diseases. Dr. Zaidi has also won and completed competitive research projects in her field of expertise.

Professional Appointments

  • Professor of Practice and Chairperson, PAFIAST, Oct 2023 - till date
  • Professor (Tenured), NUST, 2021- Sept 2023
  • Associate Professor (Tenured), NUST, 2016-2021
  • Assistant Professor (Tenured), NUST, 2010-2016


  • Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Biotechnology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, 2009


  1. Naseeha Bibi, Najam us Sahar Sadaf Zaidi, Mustafeez M. Babar and M. Tahir (2021). Vaccinomics driven proteome-wide screening of Haemophilus influenzae for the prediction of common putative vaccine candidates. Canadian Journal of Microbiology. DOI. 10.1139/cjm-2020-0535 (3.22)
  2. Mukhtar, M.; Wajeeha, A.W.; Zaidi, N.u.S.S.; Bibi, N. Engineering Modified mRNA-Based Vaccine against Dengue Virus Using Computational and Reverse Vaccinology Approaches (2022). Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2022, 23, 13911. https://doi.org/ 10.3390/ijms232213911. (6.3)
  3. Hafeez, S.; Zaidi, N.U.S.S. Red Blood Cell Substitutes: Liposome Encapsulated Hemoglobin and Magnetite Nanoparticle Conjugates as Oxygen Carriers (2023). Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2023, 24, 1618. https://doi.org/ 10.3390/ijms24021618 (6.3)
  4. Mamuna Mukhtar, Haris Ahmed Khan and Najam us Sahar Sadaf Zaidi. Exploring the inhibitory potential of Nigella sativaagainst dengue virus NS2B/NS3 protease and NS5 polymerase using computational approaches. RSC Adv., 2023,13, 18306-18322. (4.2)
  5. Bibi, N.; Wajeeha, A.W.; Mukhtar, M.; Tahir, M.; Zaidi, N.u.S.S. In Vivo Validation of Novel Synthetic tbp1Peptide-Based Vaccine Candidates against Haemophilus influenzae Strains in BALB/c Mice. Vaccines 202311, 1651. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines11111651 (7.8)


  • Cloning and characterization of full length Dengue virus Genome of Pakistani origin. PSF Grant (PKR 2.0 M- Completed)
  • Design and Development of Water Purification Technologies using Nanotechnology. MoST Grant PC-1 (PKR 7.5 M – Completed)
  • Immunization with Peptides against HCV. HEC Grant (PKR- 8.6 M- Completed)

Awards & Prizes

  • Best Teacher Award, NUST 2009
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