Dr Maryam Shabbir (PhD)

Dr Maryam Shabbir PhD is a pharmacist with expertise in drugs delivery, pharmacology, dosage form design, transdermal drug delivery system, microneedles, and solubility enhancement. She writes and reviews content on these topics.


Dr Maryam Shabbir’s Highlights: 


Assistant Professor at The University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan.

PhD in Pharmaceutics with a focus on solubility enhancement of BCS class II and III drugs and their delivery through transdermal route using microneedles.

Doctor of Pharmacy at the University of Lahore with a two-year scholarship.



Professional Experience: 


Dr Maryam Shabbir joined Faculty of Pharmacy, The University of Lahore as soon as she completed her Pharm-D in 2010. In 2017, she got promoted as an assistant professor. 


Dr Maryam Shabbir has supervised twenty two M.Phil. students in pharmaceutics in areas such as transdermal drug delivery system, nanoparticles, microparticle, solid dispersion, and transdermal patches.


Dr Maryam Shabbir has also contributed to several business consultancies and research projects, including the development of lyophilized wafer of Acyclovir with Medisearch Pharmacal Pvt. Ltd., a major pharmaceutical industry in Pakistan.She has also worked as a team member in one of the Contract Research Organizations of Pakistan.


Dr Maryam Shabbir has organized two International conferences and three national conferences as conference secretary for the University of Lahore in collaboration with Punjab Higher Education Commission of Pakistan.


Dr Maryam Shabbir has submitted two patents to the Intellectual Property Organization of Pakistan (IPO), and three patents are in pipeline. She has also presented her work in different exhibitions organized by the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. She works in close liaison with the Innovation Hub, University of Lahore, Pakistan.


Dr Maryam Shabbir participated as a member of the examination board for several Master’s exams and as an external examiner for Pharm-D in reputable universities of Pakistan. She is also a member of Punjab Pharmacy Council and Pakistan Pharmacist Association.




2010 Pharm D at the University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan

2013 Master of Philosophy (Pharmaceutics) at the University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan

2022 PhD (Pharmaceutics) at the University of Lahore, Lahore, Pakistan


The main publications of Dr. Maryam Shabbir are:


Zoya I, Xia J, Murtaza G, Shabbir M, Rehman K, Liang Y, et al. Targeting WNT Signaling Pathways as New Therapeutic Strategies for Osteoarthritis. Journal of Drug Targeting. 2023(just-accepted):1-55. 

Shabbir M, Barkat K, Ashraf MU, Nagra U, Shah SNH. Assessment of formulation variables of poor water soluble diacerein for its improved loading and anti-inflammatory activity. Drug Delivery and Translational Research. 2023;13(6):1780-98.

Shabbir M, Barkat K, Ashraf MU, Nagra U. Development of a novel self-dissolving microneedle-assisted percutaneous delivery system of diacerein through solid dispersion gel: solubility enhancement, proof of anti-inflammatory activity and safety. Current Drug Delivery. 2023;20(9):1351-67.

Saeed S, Barkat K, Ashraf MU, Shabbir M, Anjum I, Badshah SF, et al. Flexible Topical Hydrogel Patch Loaded with Antimicrobial Drug for Accelerated Wound Healing. Gels. 2023;9(7):567.

Iqbal Z, Rehman K, Xia J, Shabbir M, Zaman M, Liang Y, et al. Biomaterial-assisted targeted and controlled delivery of CRISPR/Cas9 for Precise Gene Editing. Biomaterials Science. 2023.

Arshad J, Barkat K, Ashraf MU, Badshah SF, Ahmad Z, Anjum I, Shabbir M, et al. Preparation and characterization of polymeric cross-linked hydrogel patch for topical delivery of gentamicin. e-Polymers. 2023;23(1):20230045.

Nagra U, Barkat K, Ashraf MU, Shabbir M. Feasibility of Enhancing Skin Permeability of Acyclovir through Sterile Topical Lyophilized Wafer on Self-Dissolving Microneedle-Treated Skin. Dose-Response. 2022;20(2):15593258221097594.

Arshad J, Barkat K, Ashraf MU, Badshah SF, Ahmad Z, Anjum I, Shabbir M, Mehmood Y, Khalid I, Malik NS, Bin Jardan YAl. Fabrication of pH responsive hydrogel blends of chondroitin sulfate/pluronic F-127 for the controlled release of ketorolac: its characterization and acute oral toxicity study. Drug Development and Industrial Pharmacy. 2022;48(11):611-22.

Shabbir M, Nagra U, Zaman M, Mahmood A, Barkat K. Lipid Vesicles and Nanoparticles for Non-invasive Topical and Transdermal Drug Delivery. Current pharmaceutical design. 2020;26(18):2149-66.

Nagra U, Shabbir M, Zaman M, Mahmood A, Barkat K. Review on Methodologies Used in the Synthesis of Metal Nanoparticles: Significance of Phytosynthesis Using Plant Extract as an Emerging Tool. Current Pharmaceutical Design. 2020;26(40):5188-204.

Maher S, Shabbir M, Anam I, Khan N, Iqbal S, Saleem F. Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant activities of methanolic extract of medicinal plants from Balochistan. Int J Biol Biotechnol. 2020;15:691-7.

Shabbir M, Sajid A, Hamid I, Sharif A, Akhtar MF, Raza M, et al. Influence of different formulation variables on the performance of transdermal drug delivery system containing tizanidine hydrochloride: in vitro and ex vivo evaluations. Brazilian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2019;54:e00130.

Nagra U, Adnan S, Shafqat S, Shabbir M, Ali S, Zafar A, et al. Effect of Sustained Release Polymers on Drug Release Profile of Aceclofenac Tablets Physicochemical Properties, Analysis of Kinetics and Fit Factor. Indian J Pharm Educ Res. 2019;53:58-65.

Fatima S, Akhtar MF, Ashraf KM, Sharif A, Saleem A, Akhtar B, Peerzada S, Shabbir M, Ali S, Ashraf W, Antioxidant and alpha amylase inhibitory activities of Fumaria officinalis and its antidiabetic potential against alloxan induced diabetes. Cellular and molecular biology (Noisy-le-Grand, France). 2019;65(2):50-7.

Saeed S, Raza M, Shabbir M, Akhtar MF, Sharif A, Zaman M, et al. Study of Multi-Drug Resistance Associated with Anti-Tuberculosis Treatment by DOT Implementation Strategy in Pakistan. Journal of Basic & Applied Sciences. 2018;14:107-12.

Arshad I, Ali S, Amin U, Shabbir M, Raza M, Sharif A, et al. Effect of hydrophilic and hydrophobic polymer on the release of ketoprofen and allopurinol from bilayer matrix transdermal patch. Advances in Polymer Technology. 2018;37(8):3076-83.

Sohail K, Javaid Z, Hamid I, Sharif A, Akhtar MF, Raza M, Ali S, Shabbir M, Peerzada S, Ahmad S. Formulation and evaluation of ranitidine floating tablets using different polymer combinations. Journal of Toxicological &Pharmaceutical Sciences. 2017;1(1):18-25.

Sharif A, Akhtar MF, Akhtar B, Saleem A, Manan M, Shabbir M, et al. Genotoxic and cytotoxic potential of whole plant extracts of Kalanchoe laciniata by Ames and MTT assay. EXCLI journal. 2017;16:593.

Shahid N, Adnan S, Farooq M, Ali S, Shabbir M, Masood Z, et al. Development of compressed coated polypill with mucoadhesive core comprising of atorvastatin/clopidogrel/aspirin using compression coating technique. Acta Poloniae Pharmaceutica. 2017;74(2):477-87.

Shabbir M, Fazli AR, Ali S, Raza M, Sharif A, Akhtar MF, et al. Effect of hydrophilic and hydrophobic polymer on in vitro dissolution and permeation of bisoprolol fumarate through transdermal patch. Acta Pol Pharm. 2017;74:187-97.

Saba Mazhar NS, Raza M, Akhtar B, Zahra A, Akhtar MF, Saleem A, Chishti SA, Shabbir M, Sharif A. A descriptive study of Measles outbreak in Lahore, Pakistan in 2013. J Toxicol Pharmaceut Sci. 2017;1(1):26-30.

Manzoor I, Raza M, Shabbir M, Ali S, Akhtar MF, Peerzada S, et al. Formulation and characterization of curcumin nanoparticles prepared from eudragit L-100 and poly vinyl alcohol as polymer. J Toxicol Pharmaceut Sci. 2017;1(1):7-12.

Akhtar MF, Sharif A, Saleem M, Saleem A, Akhtar B, Raza M, Ijaz H, Shabbir M, Ali S, Nasim MB, Peerzada S. Genotoxic and cytotoxic potential of Alternanthera Bettzickiana, an important ethno-medicinal plant. Cellular and Molecular Biology. 2017;63(8):109-14.

Ahmed S, Saeed-Ul-Hassan S, Islam M, Qureshi F, Waheed I, Munawar I, Ishtiaq S, Rasool S, Akhtar MF, Chishti SA, Shabbir M. Anti-oxidant activity of Pistachia khinjuk supported by phytochemical investigation. Acta Pol Pharm. 2017;74(1):173-8.

Shahid N, Ali S, Shabbir M, Waqar K. Compressed coated polypill with mucoadhesive core for cardiovascular disease-A review. The Pharma Innovation. 2016;4(3, Part B).

Shabbir M, Ali S, Farooq M, Adnan S, Yousaf M, Idrees A, et al. Formulation factors affecting in vitro and ex vivo permeation of bisoprolol fumarate from a matrix transdermal patch. Advances in Polymer Technology. 2016;35(3):237-47.

Mehmood A, Hamid I, Sharif A, Akhtar MF, Akhtar B, Saleem A, Shabbir M, et al. Evaluation of anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic activities of aqueous and ethanolic extracts of seeds of Buchanania lanzan Spreng. In animal models. Acta poloniae pharmaceutica. 2016;73(6):1601-8.

Ali S, Shabbir M, Shahid N, Amin U, Hamid I, Raza M. Effect of Polysorbate 80 Through Rabbit’s Skin Using Transdermal Patch Loaded with Bisoprolol Fumarate as Model Drug. Pakistan J Zool. 2016;48(1):227-34.

Akhtar MF, Saleem A, Sharif A, Akhtar B, Nasim MB, Peerzada S, Raza M, Ijaz H, Ahmed S, Shabbir M, Ali S. Genotoxic and cytotoxic action potential of Terminalia citrina, a medicinal plant of ethnopharmacological significance. EXCLI journal. 2016;15:589.

Ali S, Shabbir M, Shahid N. The Structure of Skin and Transdermal Drug Delivery System-A Review. Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology. 2015;8(2):103-9.

Shabbir M, Ali S, Shahid N, Rehman K, Amin U, Raza M. Formulation considerations and factors affecting transdermal drug delivery system-A review. International Journal of Pharmacy and Integrated Life Sciences. 2014;2(9):20-35.

Ali S, Shabbir M, Farooq M, Adnan S, Shahid N. The enhancement effect of permeation enhancers on Bisoprolol fumarate across animal membrane using Franz diffusion cell. Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology. 2014;7(12):1391-5.

Conference papers

Shabbir M (2022), Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): A Policy Gap between Health and Pharmaceutical Industry. In International Social Science Conference 2022 (School of International Social Sciences, University of Lahore).

Shabbir M (2022), Controlling Permeation of Ketoprofen and Allopurinol through Bilayer Transdermal Patch using Multiple Pharmaceutical Ingredients. In Current Advancement in Pharmacy Practice (CAPP)- Theory to Practice (University of Lahore, Lahore)

Shabbir M (2018), Nanocarriers Mediated Photodynamic Therapy for the Treatment of Different Cancers. In the 4th Annual International Pharmacy Scientific Symposium and Poster Exhibition-2018 (University of Central Punjab, Lahore).

Shabbir M (2018), Lipid Enveloped Polymeric Nanoparticles for Targeted Photodynamic Chemotherapy. In the 3rd International Health Trigon Summit-2018 (University of Lahore).


You can view some of Dr Maryam’s work below and links to her professional profile.

Publon Profile: publons.com/researcher/1495244/maryam-shabbir

ORCID: 0000-0002-9308-5175

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Maryam-Shabbir-4

Google Scholar: ‪Maryam Shabbir‬ – ‪Google Scholar‬

Linkedin Profile: https://www.linkedin.com/in/maryam-shabbir-b409a270


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