Dr. Asim Kumar Bepari

Full Time Faculty
Assistant Professor (On Leave)

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

Email: asim.bepari@northsouth.edu
Curriculum Vitae

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. Currently Dr. Bepari is taking his posdoctoral training in the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Centre, Dallas, Texas, USA.

Original research articles:
  1. Horie, M., Watanabe, K., Bepari, A. K., Nashimoto, J.-i., Araki, K., Sano, H., Chiken, S., Nambu, A., Ono, K., Ikenaka, K., Kakita, A., Yamamura, K.-i. and Takebayashi, H. (2014). Disruption of actin-binding domain-containing Dystonin protein causes dystonia musculorum in mice. European Journal of Neuroscience. doi: 10.1111/ejn.12711. [Pubmed]
  2. Bepari, A.K., Sano, H., Tamamaki, N., Nambu, A., Tanaka, K.F., and Takebayashi, H. (2012). Identification of optogenetically activated striatal medium spiny neurons by Npas4 expression. PLoS ONE 7: e52783. [Pubmed]
  3. Bepari, A.K., Watanabe, K., Yamaguchi, M., Tamamaki, N, and Takebayashi, H. (2012). Visualization of Odor-induced Neuronal Activity by Immediate Early Gene Expression. BMC Neuroscience 13: 140. [Pubmed]
  4. Watanabe, K., Takebayashi, H., Bepari, A.K., Esumi, S., Yanagawa, Y., Tamamaki, N. (2011). Dpy19L1, a multi-transmembrane protein, regulates radial migration of glutamatergic neurons in the developing cerebral cortex. Development 138: 4979-4990. [Pubmed]
  5. Bepari, A.K., Mazumder, M.E.H., Chowdhury, S.S., and Saha, P. (2007). Evaluation of the Potency of Amoxicillin Trihydrate Active Ingredient Manufactured Locally in Bangladesh. USTA1: 55-59.
  6. Bepari, A.K., Mazumder, M.E.H., Chowdhury, S.S., and Saha, P. (2006).Comparative study of the quality of four amoxicillin capsule brands marketed in Bangladesh in terms of packaging features, potency and dissolution profile. Bangladesh J. Life Sci. 18: 91-96.
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Abstracts
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Poster presentations
  1. Bepari, A.K., Watanabe, K., Yamaguchi, M., Tamamaki, N, and Takebayashi, H. (2012). Sensitive detection of neuronal activity by immediate early gene expression. The 11th Biennial Meeting of the Asian Pacific Society for Neurochemistry, The 55th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Neurochemistry. Kobe International Conference Center, 6-9-1 Minatojima-nakamachi, Chuo-Ku, Kobe, Japan. 2012.9.28-2012.10.02.
  2. 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.
  3. 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. The 34th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society −Neuroscience of the Mind−. Pacifico Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012, Japan. P2-j17, 2011.09.14-17.
  4. 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. The 34th Annual Meeting of the Japan Neuroscience Society −Neuroscience of the Mind−. Pacifico Yokohama, 1-1-1 Minato Mirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama 220-0012, Japan. P3-e07, 2011.09.14-17.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.

2011

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

2011

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

2011

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.

2013

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.

 

 

2002

 

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.

 

 

2000

 

Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honors)

Department of Pharmacy, Jahangirnagar University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2015 to date

Postdoctoral Researcher

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

Major duties:

  • Designing and conducting experiments, data collection and analysis, literature review, preparation of laboratory progress report, supervision of graduate students, attending scientific seminar to present data, writing and publishing scientific articles.
  • Research projects involves roles of Ephs and Ephrins in brain development, screening of drugs for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and pain. 

 

 

2013 to date

Assistant Professor

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

Major duties:

  • Designing research projects, acquisition of data, data analysis, reporting research findings, supervision of undergraduate and graduate students, authoring scientific articles.
  • Current research projects involve analysis of brain development in animal models; effects of stress on neural development; medicinal properties of plants.
  • Teaching undergraduate courses including Human Physiology, Pharmaceutical Analysis and Pharmaceutical Chemistry.
  • Conducting theory and laboratory classes of Human Physiology, Advanced Pharmaceutical Analysis and Inorganic Pharmacy courses, student counseling, and revision of academic curriculum.

 

 

2013

Postdoctoral Researcher

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

 

 

2009 to 2013

Doctoral Researcher

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

 

 

2007 to 2009

Lecturer

Department of Pharmacy
School of Life Sciences, North South University, Dhaka, Bangladesh

 

 

2004 to 2006

Lecturer

Department of Pharmacy
Stamford University Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh

2002 to 2004

Executive

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.
  • Human Physiology
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis
  • Pharmaceutical Chemistry
  • Computer Sciences
  • Introduction to Pharmacy

2015 to present

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), USA.

2015 to present

Postdoctoral Association, UTSW, Texas, USA.

2009 to present

Member, Japan Neuroscience Society.

2001 to present

Registered Pharmacist (A-2147), Bangladesh Pharmacy Council.

  • Drug development for injury-induced hyperalgesis
  • Drug development for Alzheimer's disease
  • Brain development
  • Ephs and Ephrins
  • Activity-dependent genes

Full Time Faculty
Assistant Professor (On Leave)

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

Email: asim.bepari@northsouth.edu
Curriculum Vitae