After finishing residency training in Anatomic Pathology at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH)/Harvard Medical School, Asma completed a fellowship in Gastrointestinal and Hepatobiliary pathology, as well as a research fellowship in epithelial pathobiology at the same institution. While at BWH, she began investigating fundamental mechanisms of epithelial barrier regulation and wound repair. She remained at BWH as a faculty from 1992-1997, after which she was recruited to Emory University where she rose to the rank of full Professor. After receiving a Career Development Award and an RO1, Asma has been continuously funded by multiple grants from the NIH and private foundations. In 2015 she was recruited to the University of Michigan Medical School as the Aldred Scott Warthin Professor and Director of Experimental Pathology.
In the laboratory, Asma has had a long standing interest in elucidating the pathologic mechanisms of inflammatory bowel disease. She has published more than 150 scientific manuscripts, many in high profile journals such as J Clin Invest, Proc Nat Acad Sci, J Exp Med, Immunity, Mucosal Immunology, Gastroenterology, and Mol Biol Cell, and is a regularly invited speaker at international symposia related to his field. Asma is also a practicing Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathologist and has contributed to mentoring and teaching graduate and medical students, residents, postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty. She is an Associate Editor for Molecular Biology of the Cell and Gastroenterology.