Prof. Nasim was born in 1935. He was elected a fellowship of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences in 1998.
Prof. Nasim earned his MSc in Botany from the University of Punjab, Pakistan, 1957, and his PhD in Biochemical Genetics from the University of Edinburgh, UK, in 1966.
He was appointed Advisor (Science), COMSTECH, in August 1996, after working for two years as Executive Secretary, Pakistan Academy of Sciences (1994-1996).
Prior to that, Prof. Nasim was Principal Scientist and Head, Molecular Genetics Group, Biology and Medical Research Department, King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia (1989-1993), and Senior Research Officer, National Research Council of Canada (1973-1989).
Prof. Nasim’s teaching experience includes a tenure as a Lecturer, Government College, Multan and Lahore (1957-1962), Adjunct Professor, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada (1984-1989), and University of Ottawa, Canada (1983-1989).
Prof. Nasim has more than one hundred scientific papers to his credit, and is the awardee of the Civil Award “Pride of Performance” in Molecular Genetics (1995) by the President of Pakistan, and the Award for Outstanding Service (1995) of the Overseas Pakistanis Institute.
He is a Fellow of the The World Academy of Sciences (1987), and Fellow of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences (2005) and served as President of PAS from 2015-2017.
Areas of Research:
- Molecular Genetics;
- Mechanisms of DNA repair; and
- Environmental mutagenesis.
Most important published papers:
The origion of complete and mosaic mutants from mutagenic treatment of single cells. Mutations Res. 4:1-14;
Repair Mechanisms and radiation-induced mutations in fission yeast Genetics 59:327-333;
B.P. Genetic control radiation sensitivity in Schizosaccharomyces pombe. Genetics 79:573-582;
An Initiation of UV Mutagenesis in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Nature 274: 889-891;
A. A gene which encodes a predicted protein kinase can restore some functions of the RAS gene in fission yeast. Embo. J., 7(4) pages 985-993; and
M.A. Cellular recovery, DNA repair and mutagenesis – A Tale of Two Yeasts, Mutation Research