Name: Dr. Kiran Afshan
Designation: Associate Professor
Department: Zoology

  PhD Zoology (Parasitology) 

Phone: +92-51 9064-3252
Status: On Job
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Research Interests Publications Conferences Research Projects

Biology of Parasites /Host-Parasite Relationships/ Parasitic Immunology-Vaccinology in the context of the medical and veterinary sciences.

  • Afshan, K., Valero, M.A., Qayyum, M., Peixoto, R.V., Magraner, A. and Mas-Coma, S., 2013. Phenotypic description of Fasciola hepatica/Fasciola gigantica intermediate forms infecting buffaloes from Central Punjab. Pakistan. Journal of Helminthology, 88: 417–426.
  • Afshan, K., Qayyum, M., Rizvi, S.S.R., Mukhtar, M., Mushtaq, M. and Miller, J.E., 2013. Serological and coprological comparison for rapid diagnosis of Fasciola hepatica infection in small ruminants from sub-tropical area of Pakistan. Small ruminant research113(1): 267-272.
  • Afshan, K., Beg, M.A., Rizvi, S.S.R. and Qayyum, M., 2013. Helminths infection in Norway Rats (Rattus norvegicus) captured from Northern Punjab, Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Zoology, 45(5): 1456-1459.
  • Afshan, K., Beg, M.A., Ahmad, I., Ahmad, M.M. and Qayyum, M., 2013. Freshwater snail fauna of Pothwar region, Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Zoology45(1): 227-233.
  • Afshan, K., Rizvi, S.S.R., Ali, M. and Qayyum, M., 2013. Geo-Morphometric Approaches to the Study of Sexual Size Dimorphism in Murid Rodents. Pakistan Journal of Zoology45(4):1035-1040.
  • Afshan, K., Fortes-Lima, C.A., Artigas, P., Valero, M.A., Qayyum, M. and Mas-Coma, S., 2014. Impact of climate change and man-made irrigation systems on the transmission risk, long-term trend and seasonality of human and animal fascioliasis in Pakistan. Geospatial Health8(2):317-334.   
  • Mufti, S., Afshan, K., Khan, I.A., Zafar, Y., RazaRizvi, S.S., Nazir, F. and Qayyum, M., 2014. Genetic Characterization of Fasciola Samples from Bovine Hosts in Pakistan by Sequences of Ribosomal Internal Transcribed Spacer Regions. Pakistan Veterinary Journal34(3): 361-366.
  • Khan, S., Afshan, K., Mirza, B., Miller, J.E., Manan, A., Irum, S., Rizvi, S.S.R. and Qayyum, M., 2015. Anthelmintic properties of extracts from Artemisia plants against nematodes. Tropical biomedicine32(2): 257-268.
  • Mufti, S., Afshan, K., Khan, I.A., Irum, S., Qureshi, I.Z., Rizvi, S.S.R., Mukhtar, M., Mushtaq, M., Iqbal, Z. and Qayyum, M., 2015. Serological and coprological studies of bovine fasciolosis in the Pothwar Region, Pakistan. Pakistan Veterinary Journal35(2):178-182.
  • AlSuhaibani, E.S., Kizilbash, N.A., Afshan, K. and Malik, S., 2015. Distribution and clinal trends of the ABO and Rh genes in select Middle Eastern countries. Genetics and Molecular Research, 14(3):10729-42.
  • Ahmad, I., Afshan, K., Ramzan, M., Hayat, S., Rizvi, S.S.R. and Qayyum, M., 2016. Effect of Water Quality Parameters on Isopod Parasite Alitropus typus (Aegidae) of Ectotherms in Chashma Lake, Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Zoology48(3): 769-779.
  • Kosar, S., Afshan, K., Salman, M., Rizvi, S.S.R., Naseem, A.A., Firasat, S., Jahan, S., Miller, J.E. and Qayyum, M., 2017. Prevalence and risk factors associated with intestinal parasitic infections among schoolchildren in Punjab, Pakistan. Tropical Biomedicine34(4):770-780.
  • Afshan, K., Jahan, S. and Qayyum, M., 2017. Assessing the Validity of Fasciola hepatica ELISA Test for Immunodiagnosis of Small Ruminant Fasciolosis in Pothwar Region, Pakistan. Pakistan Journal of Zoology49(2): 737-742.
  • Malik, S.I., Afshan, K. and Qayyum, M., 2017. Phenotyping of Amphistomes, and Pathological, Hematological and Bile Biochemical Response to Gigantocotyle explanatum Infection in Buffaloes. Pakistan Journal of Zoology49(3): 979-987.
  • Bibi, R., Afshan, K., Khan, I.A., Iqbal, Z., Kayani, A.R., Mushtaq, M., Irfan, M., Qayyum, M. and Hassan, M.F., 2017. Phenotyping and Prevalence of Haemonchus contortus (Nematoda: Trichostongylidae) in Ruminants from Endemic Areas of Pakistan: Influence of Host Species and Geographical Area on Phenotypic Traits of Worms. Pakistan Veterinary Journal37(2): 170-174.
  • Naseem, A.A., Akram, M., Jahan, S., Afshan, K., Iqbal, Z., Tahir, F., Qayyum, M. and Rizvi, S.S.R., 2017. Age and Developmental Stage Dependent Changes in Plasma Concentrations of Growth Hormone and Testosterone and Linear Growth Velocity in Boys between the Age of 1 and 20 Years. Pakistan Journal of Zoology49(1): 229-240.
  • Zaman, S., Afshan, K., Firasat, S., Jahan, S. and Qayyum, M., 2018. Measurement of Ascaris lumbricoides IgG antibody, associated risk factors and identification of serum biochemical parameters as biomarkers of pathogenicity: among patients with gastrointestinal complains in Pakistan. Tropical Biomedicine35(1), 10-25.
  • Afzal, R., Firasat, S., Kaul, H., Ahmed, B., Siddiqui, S.N., Zafar, S.N., Shahzadi, M. and Afshan, K., 2018. Mutational analysis of the CYP1B1 gene in Pakistani primary congenital glaucoma patients: Identification of four known and a novel causative variant at the 3′ splice acceptor site of intron 2. Congenital anomalies.
  • Ahmad, N., Khan, I.A., Iqbal, Z., Naseem, A.A., Kayani, A.R., Afshan, K. and Qayyum, M., 2019. Seroepidemiology of toxoplasmosis in human population with reference to its zoonotic potential in sub-tropical areas of Pakistan. Pak Vet J, 39(2): 211-215.
  • Afshan, K., Narjis, G., Qayyum., M., 2019. Risk factors and causes of stillbirths among pregnant women in Pakistan. African Health Sciences Vol 19 Issue 1.
  • Shahid, M., Firasat, S., Satti, H.S., Satti, T.M., Ghafoor, T., Sharif, I. and Afshan, K., 2019. Screening of the FANCA gene mutational hotspots in the Pakistani fanconi anemia patients revealed 19 sequence variations. Congenital anomalies.

  • 2017. Evaluation of immuno- and copro-diagnostic techniques against Fasciola hepatica infection in Small Ruminants, Pakistan. The 98th Annual Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. Chicago, USA.
  • 2018.  Diagnostic potential of antigenic proteins of Gastrothylax crumenifer for bovine Amphistomosis. The 99th Annual Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. Chicago, USA.
  • 2018. Genetic diversity of Gigantocotyle explanatum (Trematoda: Paramphistomidae) from buffaloes, Pakistan.  The 99th Annual Conference of Research Workers in Animal Diseases. Chicago, USA.
  • 2019. Identification and Characterization of Antigenic Proteins of Amphistomes (Trematoda: Paramphistomidae) in Buffaloes, Pakistan. International Veterinary Vaccinology Network, London UK.

  • 2015, Sero-epidemiological Studies of Human Fascioliasis in Pothwar region, Pakistan, Start-up-research project awarded by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.


  • 2018, Identification and Characterization of Novel Antigenic Proteins to Develop Prototype Serological and Coprological Diagnostic Kits against Fasciolosis, NRPU- by Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.

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