Shaista Emad

Assistant Professor


  • B.Sc. Hons., M.Sc., PhD (Biochemistry), University of Karachi.


  • Twelve years of teaching experience at various positions in Jinnah Medical & Dental College, Shaheed e Millat Road Karachi.
  • Assistant Professor: Department of Biochemistry, Jinnah Medical & Dental College
  • Assistant Professor: Jinnah College of Pharmacy, JMDC.
  • Vice Principal: Jinnah College of Pharmacy, JMDC.
  • Senior Lecturer: Jinnah College of Pharmacy, JMDC.
  • Lecturer: Jinnah College of Pharmacy, JMDC.
  • Lecturer: Khatoon e Pakistan, Govt.Degree College, Stadium Road Karachi

Research Focus

  • The primary research focus is on the role and relevance of neurotransmitters to the pathophysiology of the inflammatory and brain disorders. Current research interests includes search for the new targets and pathways on brain activity in diseased as well as in normal state in animal model of stress, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, aging, metal toxicity and depression. Additionally research focus is to elucidate basic cellular, complex molecular and cognitive mechanisms such as those that underlie learning and memory. A deeper understanding of these mechanisms may ultimately result in new approaches for establishing, maintaining, and even enhancing brain cells, and their connections.


  • Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Learning and Memory
  • Neuropharmacology
  • Nutritional Neuroscience
  • Stress and Emotions


  • Neurobehavioral and biochemical effects of magnesium chloride (MgCl2), magnesium sulphate (MgSO4) and magnesium-L-threonate (MgT) supplementation in rats: A dose dependent comparative study (2019). Sadia Sadir, Saiqa Tabassum, Shaista Emad, Laraib Liaquat, Zehra Batool,Syeda Madiha,Sidrah Shehzad,Irfan Sajid and Saida Haider. Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Vol.32, No.1 (Suppl), pp.277-283.
  • Role of cyclooxygenase inhibitors in diminution of dissimilar stress-induced depressive behavior and memory impairment in rats (2018). Tahira Perveen; Shaista Emad; Saida Haider; Sana Sadaf; Sara Qadeer; Zehra Batool; Yousra Sarfaraz and Sheeza Sheikh. Neuroscience Journal.370; 121-129.
  • Alteration in redox profile and behavioral effects following repeated administration of citral in rats (2018). Sarwat Yousuf, Shaista Emad, Saara Ahmad, Sara Qadeer, Sana Sadaf, Sheeza Sheikh, Yousra Sarfaraz, Bushra Jabeen Mehdi and Tahira Perveen.. Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Vol.31, No.6 (Suppl), pp.2639-2644.
  • Role of Ibuprofen and Lavender oil to alter the stress induced psychological disorders: a comparative study (2018). Sara Qadeer, Shaista Emad, Saara Yousuf, Sheeza Sheikh, Yousra Sarfaraz, Sana Sadaf, Saida Haider and Tahira Perveen. Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. Vol.31, No.4 (Suppl), pp.1603-1608.
  • Attenuation of stress induced memory deficits by nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in rats: role of antioxidant enzymes (2017). Shaista Emad; Sara Qadeer; Sana Sadaf; Zehra Batool; Saida Haider; Tahira Perveen. Pharmacological Reports .69; 300–305.
  • Fennel oil treatment mimics the anti-depressive and anxiolytic effects of fluoxetine without altering the serum cholesterol levels in rats (2017). Tahira Perveen, Shaista Emad, Saara Ahmad, Zehra Batool, Sarwat Yousuf, Sheeza Sheikh, Sara Qadeer and Saida Haider (2017). Pakistan Journal of Zoology; 49.6.
  • Irfan Sajid, Saara Ahmad, Shaista Emad, Zehra Batool, Saima Khaliq, Lubna Anis, Saiqa Tabassum, Syeda Madiha, Laraib Liaquat, Sadia Sadir, Tahira Perveen, Saida Haider. Enhanced physical endurance and improved memory performance following taurine administration in rats (2017). Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol.30, No.5 (Suppl), pp.1957-1963.
  • Development of AD like symptoms following co-administration of AlCl3 and D-gal in rats: A neurochemical, biochemical and behavioural study (2017). Laraib Liaquat, Saara Ahmad, Sadia Sadir, Zehra Batool, Saima Khaliq, Saiqa Tabassum, Shaista Emad, Syeda Madiha, Sidrah Shahzad and Saida Haider. Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol.30, No.2 (Suppl), .647-653.
  • Attenuation of cadmium-induced decline in spatial, habituation and recognition memory by long-term administration of almond and walnut supplementation: Role of cholinergic function (2017). Zehra Batool, Faiza Agha, Saara Ahmad, Laraib Liaquat, Saiqa Tabassum, Saima Khaliq, Lubna Anis, Irfan Sajid, Shaista Emad, Tahira Perveen and Saida Haider. Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vol.30, No.1, (Suppl), 273-279.