Dr. Asif started his career by working as Research Associate in the NAIP, ICAR Saffron project which confirmed development & release of NAIP Production system using 3 system modules, INM for improving Soil Health, IDM for control of Corm Rot & IPM for control of Rodent managemnt. He was then selected as Assistant Professor in Genetics, Plant Breeding and Biotechnology in Bihar Agricultural University, Sabour, Bihar (2012) and after then he took over All India Coordinated Research Project Rapeseed-Mustard at SKUAST Kashmir as Principal Investigator funded by ICAR, New Delhi, India (2013 contiuining) . Dr Asif received Certificate of Merit in MSc (OGA: 8.81) from SKUAST-Kashmir, India and during his tenure MRCFC, Khudwani Centre, SKUAST-K was adjudged Best All India Coordinated Research Project Award (2015) from Directorate of Rapeseed-Mustard, Bharatpur, Rajasthan, ICAR, New Delhi, India. He was then Honored Fellowship by Indian National Science Academy , Bengaluru for 56 days w.e.f 26 oct. to 20 dec, 2015 in the Molecular Plant Physiology Lab. of Centre For Advanced Studies in Botany, Department of Botany, North Eastern Hill University, Shillong. He Received Ist Prize in Poster Presentation in the National Symposium on Biodiversity, Biology and Bioprospecting, Kashmir University, April1-2nd ,2015 (Characterization and utilization of maize land races of Kashmir for food and nutritional security, National Symposium on Biodiversity, Biology and Bioprospecting, Kashmir University). Dr Asif Selected for Prestigious & Illustrious Raman Fellowship Programme by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi, for advanced research on "Marker Assisted Breeding for Quality Improvement in Dr Beans" at Michigan State University, USA for one year (July 2016 to 27 July, 2017). YOUNG SCIENTIST AWARD (2017) from Faculty Branding Awards, Delhi. Received Best Poster Award in National Seminar on Saffron Production and Promotion organized by SKUAST-K and JKAPD at SKUAST-K Shalimar Kashmir India (7-8Th Aug, 2017).
Dr. Asif's research interests include Crop Improvement, Quantitative Genetics, All Mating Designs for crop improvement, Biotechnology (Genetic & Molecular diversity analysis in field crops), Real Time PCR , Quality breeding in Dry beans.