Center of Excellence in Higher Education
The First Private University in Bangladesh

Dr. Asim Kumar Bepari

Full Time Faculty
Associate Professor 

PhD (Neuroscience), Kumamoto University, Japan
MPharm, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh

Curriculum Vitae

 Scopus Author ID: 54398230600                      ResearcherID: D-4001-2013
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Dr. Asim Kumar Bepari is passionate for teaching and research. His works are aiming in understanding pathophysiology of human diseases, and in the long run, finding better therapeutic interventions to improve quality of life. He obtained his Bachelor of Pharmacy Honors (BPharm Honors) and Master of Pharmacy (MPharm) from Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh. He is a registered pharmacist (A-Grade) with the Pharmacy Council of Bangladesh. During undergraduate and graduate studies in pharmaceutical sciences Dr. Bepari worked on market status and quality of antibacterial agents. In 2002, Dr. Bepari started his career in The Acme Laboratories Ltd. which is a leading pharmaceutical company in Bangladesh. In Acme, he developed strong leadership, communication and administrative skills while working as an executive and later as the coordinator of the International Marketing section.

Dr. Bepari started his journey as a teacher in the Department of Pharmacy at Stamford University Bangladesh (SUB) from 2004 and then switched to the North South University (NSU), Bangladesh in 2007. Since NSU Pharmacy was at a nascent stage at that time, Dr. Bepari had the opportunity to experience and to be actively involved in the rapid progress of the department. He was in Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan for his doctoral study (2009-2013) in life sciences. For mapping brain activity he utilized different sophisticated techniques of molecular and cellular neuroscience using in vivo (mouse, chick) and cell culture models. His research findings were published in high impact peer reviewed international journals. Dr. Bepari worked as a guest researcher (Jan-Dec, 2012) and as a postdoctoral researcher (Apr-Jun, 2013) in the laboratory of Professor Dr. Hirohide Takebayashi in the Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Niigata University, Niigata, Japan.

At NSU Pharmacy, Dr. Bepari has been teaching several courses including human phyiology, pharmaceutical analysis and pharmaceutical chemistry. He is also an external examiner of Jahangirnagar University from 2005. In collaboration with Professor Hirohide Takabayashi’s research group in Japna and with fellow researchers at NSU, Dr. Bepari is working on several projects including brain lateralization and molecular mechanisms regulating nervous system development. Dr. Bepari completed his posdoctoral training in the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre, Dallas, Texas, USA.

Journal Articles:

Bizen N, Bepari AK, Zhou L, Sakimura K, Ono K, Takebayashi H. Ddx20, an Olig2 binding factor, governs the survival of neural and oligodendrocyte progenitor cells via proper Mdm2 splicing and p53 suppression. Cell Death Differ. Published online January 1, 2022:1-14. doi:10.1038/s41418-021-00915-8

Namme JN, Bepari AK*, Takebayashi H.* Cofilin Signaling in the CNS Physiology and Neurodegeneration. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2021 Jan;22(19):10727.

Shill MC, Bepari AK, Khan M, Tasneem Z, Ahmed T, Hasan MA, et al. Therapeutic Potentials of Colocasia affinis Leaf Extract for the Alleviation of Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetes and Diabetic Complications: In vivo and in silico-Based Studies. Journal of Inflammation Research. 2021 Feb 19;14:443–59.

Emran T, Chowdhury NI, Sarker M, Bepari AK, Hossain M, Rahman GMS, et al. L-carnitine protects cardiac damage by reducing oxidative stress and inflammatory response via inhibition of tumor necrosis factor-alpha and interleukin-1beta against isoproterenol-induced myocardial infarction. Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy. 2021 Nov 1;143:112139.

Bepari AK, Reza HM. Identification of a novel inhibitor of SARS-CoV-2 3CL-PRO through virtual screening and molecular dynamics simulation. PeerJ. 2021 Apr 13;9:e11261.

Bari R, Bepari AK, Reza HM. COVID-19: Lessons from Norway tragedy must be considered in vaccine rollout planning in least developed/developing countries. Open Medicine. 2021;16(1):1168–9.

Akash SZ, Lucky FY, Hossain M, Bepari AK, Rahman GM, Reza HM, et al. Remote Temperature-Responsive Parafilm Dermal Patch for On-Demand Topical Drug Delivery. Micromachines. 2021;12(8):975.

Reza HM, Saleh R, Jain P, Rahman GMS, Bepari AK. C-MAF Expression in Adult Human Ocular Surface and its Implication in Pterygium Pathogenesis. Reports of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2020 Jan 10;8(4):419–28.

Johra FT, Bepari AK, Bristy AT, Reza HM. A Mechanistic Review of β-Carotene, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin in Eye Health and Disease. Antioxidants. 2020 Nov;9(11):1046.

Toda, H., Kawasaki, K., Sato, S., Horie, M., Nakahara, K., Bepari, A.K., Sawahata, H., Suzuki, T., Okado, H., Takebayashi, H., Hasegawa, I., 2018. Locally induced neuronal synchrony precisely propagates to specific cortical areas without rhythm distortion. Scientific Reports. 2018;8(1). doi:10.1038/s41598-018-26054-8.

Pohlkamp T, Xiao L, Sultana R, Bepari A, Bock HH, Henkemeyer M, et al. Ephrin Bs and canonical Reelin signalling. Nature. 2016 Nov;539(7630):E4–6.

Horie M, Watanabe K, Bepari AK, Nashimoto J, Araki K, Sano H, et al. Disruption of actin-binding domain-containing Dystonin protein causes dystonia musculorum in mice. European Journal of Neuroscience. 2014 Nov;40(10):3458–71.

Bepari AK, Watanabe K, Yamaguchi M, Tamamaki N, Takebayashi H. Visualization of odor-induced neuronal activity by immediate early gene expression. BMC Neuroscience. 2012 Nov 5;13(1):140.

Bepari AK, Sano H, Tamamaki N, Nambu A, Tanaka KF, Takebayashi H. Identification of Optogenetically Activated Striatal Medium Spiny Neurons by Npas4 Expression. PLoS ONE. 2012 Dec 26;7(12):e52783.

Watanabe K, Takebayashi H, Bepari AK, Esumi S, Yanagawa Y, Tamamaki N. Dpy19l1, a multi-transmembrane protein, regulates the radial migration of glutamatergic neurons in the developing cerebral cortex. Development. 2011 Nov 15;138(22):4979–90.

Conference papers (Posters/Abstracts):

Pohlkamp T., Connor J., Durakoglugil M., Xian X., Xiao L., Bepari A., Henkemeyer M., Herz J. (2016). Reelin and EphB/Ephrin-B Interplay: Neuronal Migration or Synaptic Plasticity? Neurobiology of Brain Disorders (GRS) Gordon Research Seminar. PGA Catalunya Business and Convention Centre, Girona, Spain. 2016.8.6-2016.8.7.

Bepari, A.K., Watanabe, K., Yamaguchi, M., Tamamaki, N., and Takebayashi, H. (2012). Sensitive detection of neuronal activity by immediate early gene expression. Journal of Neurochemistry 123, Suppl. 1, 128.

Takebayashi, H., Bepari, A.K., Yamaguchi, M., and Tamamaki, N. (2011). Brain Response to environmental change: Odor-evoked induction of activity-dependent gene expression in mouse brain. 54th Annual Meeting of. The Japanese Society for Neurochemistry. Ishikawa, Japan. P2-11, 2011.9.26-28.

Bepari, A.K., Yamaguchi, M., Tamamaki, N., and Takebayashi, H. (2011). Detection of activity dependent gene expression in olfactory circuit by in situ hybridization probe set. Neuroscience Research 71, Supplement, e153.

Watanabe, K., Takebayashi, H., Bepari, A.K., Esumi, S., Yanagawa, Y., and Tamamaki, N. (2011). Dpy19L1, a multi-transmembrane protein, is required for radial migration of glutamatergic neurons in the developing neocortex. Neuroscience Research 71, Supplement, e230.

Watanabe, K., Bepari, A.K., Takeda, N., Araki, K., and Takebayashi, H. (2012). Roles of Dpy19 family in development of the cerebral cortex. Journal of Neurochemistry 123, Suppl. 1, 49.

Bepari, A.K., Yamaguchi, M., Tamamaki, N., and Takebayashi, H. (2011). Brain response to environmental change: Odor-evoked induction of activity-dependent gene expression in mouse brain. KEY Forum in Developmental Biology and Regenerative Medicine. 100th Anniversary Memorial Hall, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan. 1-26, 2011.09.8-9.

Watanabe, K., Takebayashi, H., Bepari, A.K., Esumi, S., Yanagawa, Y., and Tamamaki, N. (2010). Novel transmembrane protein Gsg1 is essential for radial migration and dendrite formation of glutamatergic neurons in the Cerebral cortex. THE 29th NAITO CONFERENCE ON GLIA WORLD- Dynamic Function of Glial Cells in the Brain. Shonan Village, Hayama-machi Miura-gun, Kanagawa, Japan. 2010.10.05-08.

Bepari, A.K., Usui, N., Ikenaka, K., Tamamaki, N., and Takebayashi, H. (2010). Left-right brain asymmetry in mice. 2010 Global COE-IMEG Joint Summer Retreat Seminar in Aso. Mt. Aso, Japan.  2010.09.09-10.

Takebayashi, H., Bepari, A.K., Usui, N., Ikenaka, K., and Tamamaki, N. (2010). Analysis on brain left-right asymmetry. Fourth Neural Development Seminar. Okazaki, Japan 2010.03.19-20.


Financial support for young scientists, Global COE, Kumamoto University, Japan.


GCOE Travel Award for Young Scientists, Global COE, Kumamoto University, Japan.


Global COE Jr. Research Associate, Global COE, Kumamoto University, Japan

2009 to 2013

Monbukagakusho Fellowship for doctoral study, MEXT, Japan.

1996 to 2001

Jahangirnagar University Undergraduate and Postgraduate Scholarship for excellent academic results in B.Pharm (Honours) and M.Pharm.


PhD in Life Sciences

Faculty of life Sciences, Kumamoto University, Japan

Supervisors: Professor Nobuaki Tamamaki, Professor Hirohide Takebayashi

Thesis title: Mapping neuronal activity in the mouse brain by analyzing immediate early gene expression.





Master of Pharmacy (Research)

Department of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Thesis title: Market status of antibacterial agents and in vitro quality studies of amoxicillin trihydrate and its marketed capsule preparations.





Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honors)

Department of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

1 April 2018 to date

Associate Professor

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Health and Life Sciences, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2013 to 2018

Assistant Professor (on leave from April 2015 to May 2017)

Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
School of Health and Life Sciences, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2015 to 2017

Postdoctoral Researcher

Department of Neuroscience
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre Dallas, Texas, USA

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Mark Henkemeyer


Postdoctoral Researcher

Division of Neurobiology and Anatomy
Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, Niigata University, Japan.

2009 to 2013

Doctoral Researcher

Department of Morphological Neural Science
Faculty of life sciences, Kumamoto University, Japan.

2007 to 2013

Junior Lecturer (on study leave from 2009 to 2013)

Department of Pharmacy, North South University, Dhaka.

2004 to 2006


Department of Pharmacy, Stamford University Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2002 to 2004


Division of International Marketing
The ACME Laboratories Limited, Dhaka, Bangladesh

  • Coordinated international marketing operations of pharmaceutical finished products for countries like Australia, China, India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan.
  • Major duties involved identification and development of international markets for medical products, drafting business agreements, preparation of marketing plans, development of promotional materials, preparation of reports, participation in international meetings and exhibitions.
  • Advanced Pharmacology I
  • Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis II
  • Drug development for injury-induced hyperalgesis
  • Drug development for Alzheimer's disease
  • Brain development
  • Ephs and Ephrins
  • Activity-dependent genes