Dr Md Asiful Islam BSc (Hons), PhD

Dr Md Asiful Islam

Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
Research Fellow – Systematic Reviewer

Contact details

WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Women’s Health
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Dr Asiful is a research fellow at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Women's Health with an expertise in evidence synthesis. He is currently working on a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded research project focused on postpartum haemorrhage under Professor Arri Coomarasamy, OBE. He has a PhD in antiphospholipid syndrome, genetics, and evidence synthesis from the Universiti Sains Malaysia (QS rank 137). He has over 100 impactful publications with over 3,800 citations. He has been ranked among the world's top 2% scientists by Stanford University, USA, for three consecutive years (2021, 2022, and 2023).


  • PhD (with distinction) in Antiphospholipid syndrome, Genetics and Evidence Synthesis, Universiti Sains Malaysia (QS rank: 137), 2018
  • BSc (Hons), Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Jahangirnagar University, 2011


Dr. Asiful is currently working with Professor Arri Coomarasamy, OBE to study postpartum haemorrhage (PPH), a severe form of bleeding that occurs after childbirth. He is using the evidence synthesis method to gather and analyse data from a massive number of studies. This will help them to understand the rates, causes, risk factors, complications, consequences, economic evaluations, prevention, and management of PPH. Dr. Asiful is passionate about using evidence synthesis to improve public and global health and better understand aspects of clinical medicine.

Dr. Asiful's research interests include, but are not limited to:

  • Evidence synthesis
  • Public health
  • Global health
  • Clinical medicine
  • Systematic review
  • Meta-analysis
  • Qualitative and quantitative analyses

Other activities

Journal Editorial Board

  • Associate Editor, Frontiers in Immunology
  • Associate Editor, BMC Rheumatology
  • Academic Editor, Nature Scientific Data
  • Academic Editor, PLoS ONE
  • Academic Editor, PeerJ


Recent publications


Sito, H, Sharzehan, MAK, Islam, MA & Tan, SC 2024, 'Genetic Variants Associated With Response to Platinum-Based Chemotherapy in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Patients: A Field Synopsis and Meta‐Analysis', British Journal of Biomedical Science, vol. 81, 11835. https://doi.org/10.3389/bjbs.2024.11835

Gouda, W, Alsaqabi, F, Almurshed, M, Mostafa, AA, Albasri, A, Negm, A, Islam, MA & Kamal, M 2024, 'Kikuchi-Fujimoto disease, simultaneously diagnosed with systemic lupus erythematosus in an Arabic female: an agonizing combination', Journal of International Medical Research, vol. 52, no. 5, pp. 1-8. https://doi.org/10.1177/03000605241248884

Adil, SO, Musa, KI, Uddin, F, Khan, A, Khan, I, Shakeel, A, Shafique, K & Islam, MA 2024, 'Prevalence of undiagnosed metabolic syndrome using three different definitions and identifying associated risk factors among apparently healthy adults in Karachi, Pakistan: a cross-sectional survey in the year 2022', Archives of Public Health, vol. 82, no. 1, 22. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13690-024-01250-3

Nipu, MAI, Kundu, S, Alam, SS, Dina, AN, Hasan, MA, Khan, M, Khalil, MI, Hossan, T & Islam, MA 2023, 'Anticardiolipin Antibodies in Patients with Cancer: A Case-Control Study', Cancers, vol. 15, no. 7, 2087. https://doi.org/10.3390/cancers15072087

Namjoynik, A, Islam, MA & Islam, M 2023, 'Evaluating the efficacy of human dental pulp stem cells and scaffold combination for bone regeneration in animal models: a systematic review and meta-analysis', Stem cell research & therapy, vol. 14, no. 1, 132. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13287-023-03357-w

Islam, MA, Alam, SS, Kundu, S, Ahmed, S, Sultana, S, Patar, A, Hossan, T & Krogias, C (ed.) 2023, 'Mesenchymal Stem Cell Therapy in Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis', Journal of Clinical Medicine, vol. 12, no. 19, 6311. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm12196311

Devall, AJ, Easter, CL, Price, MJ, Islam, MA & Coomarasamy, A 2023, 'Objective Measurement of Blood Loss following Vaginal Delivery in a UK Hospital', Clinical and Experimental Obstetrics & Gynecology, vol. 50, no. 11, 236. https://doi.org/10.31083/j.ceog5011236

Kundu, S, Alam, SS, Mia, MA-T, Hossan, T, Hider, P, Khalil, MI, Musa, KI & Islam, MA 2023, 'Prevalence of Anemia among Children and Adolescents of Bangladesh: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis', International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 20, no. 3, 1786. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph20031786


Khandker, SS, Kotyla, PJ, Musa, KI & Islam, MA 2023, 'Editorial: Autoimmunity and cardiovascular diseases', Frontiers in cardiovascular medicine, vol. 10, 1249525. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcvm.2023.1249525

Review article

Ahmed, S, Sultana, S, Kundu, S, Alam, SS, Hossan, T & Islam, MA 2024, 'Global Prevalence of Zika and Chikungunya Coinfection: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis', Diseases, vol. 12, no. 2, 31. https://doi.org/10.3390/diseases12020031

Islam, MA, Ahmed, S, Sultana, S, Alam, SS, Hossan, T, Gouda, W, Alsaqabi, F, Hassan, R & Kotyla, PJ 2024, 'Vitamin D Status in Patients with Primary Antiphospholipid Syndrome (PAPS): A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis', Antibodies, vol. 13, no. 1, 22. https://doi.org/10.3390/antib13010022

Shakil, MS, Bhuiya, MS, Morshed, MR, Babu, G, Niloy, MS, Hossen, MS & Islam, MA 2023, 'Cobalt ferrite nanoparticle’s safety in biomedical and agricultural applications: a review of recent progress', Current medicinal chemistry, vol. 30, no. 15, pp. 1756-1775. https://doi.org/10.2174/0929867329666221007113951

Ismail, NH, Mussa, A, Al-Khreisat, MJ, Mohamed Yusoff, S, Husin, A, Al-Jamal, HAN, Johan, MF & Islam, MA 2023, 'Dysregulation of Non-Coding RNAs: Roles of miRNAs and lncRNAs in the Pathogenesis of Multiple Myeloma', Non-coding RNA, vol. 9, no. 6, 68. https://doi.org/10.3390/ncrna9060068

Melo, P, Dhillon-Smith, R, Islam, MA, Devall, A & Coomarasamy, A 2023, 'Genetic causes of sporadic and recurrent miscarriage', Fertility and Sterility, vol. 120, no. 5, pp. 940-944. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.fertnstert.2023.08.952

Chia, YC, Siti Asmaa, MJ, Ramli, M, Woon, PY, Johan, MF, Hassan, R & Islam, MA 2023, 'Molecular genetics of thrombotic myeloproliferative neoplasms: implications in precision oncology', Diagnostics, vol. 13, no. 1, 163. https://doi.org/10.3390/diagnostics13010163

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