Monday, August 03, 2020

Dr Niaz Ahmad;

Senior Scientist

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Dr Niaz Ahmad


PhD (Chloroplast Biotechnology)


Imperial College London, UK

MPhil (Biotechnology)


Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

BSc (Hons) Agronomy


University of Agriculture, Faisalabad



Senior Scientist


NIBGE, Faisalabad

Assist. Professor (Biotechnology)


NIBGE, Faisalabad

Research Fellow


NIBGE, Faisalabad


Research interests

  • Engineeringbiotic and abiotic stress tolerance in plants using chloroplast transformation technology
  • Cost effective production of high-value targets in higher plant chloroplasts



Selected publications

  1. Khan MO, Mehmood MA, Mukhtar Z, Ahmad N. 2018. Chloroplasts as cellular factories for the cost-effective production of cellulases. Protein & Peptide Letters (in press)
  2. Ahmad N. Mukhtar, Z. 2017. Genetic modifications of crop plants: Challenges and opportunities. Genomics 109, 494-505
  3. Ahmad N, Michoux F, Lössl A, Nixon PJ. 2016. Challenges and perspectives in commercializing plastid transformation technology. J. Exp. Bot. doi:10.1093/jxb/erw360
  4. Ahmad N, Burgess SJ, Nielsen BL. 2016. Editorial: Advances in plastid biology and its applications. Front. Plant Sci. 7:1396. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.01396
  5. Michoux F, Ahmad N, Wei ZY, Belgio E, Ruban AV, Nixon PJ. 2016. Testing the role of the N-terminal tail of D1 in the maintenance of photosystem II in tobacco chloroplasts. Front. Plant Sci. 7:844. doi: 10.3389/fpls.2016.00844
  6. Ahmad N, Mehmood MA, Burgess SJ, Khan MS, 2015. Engineering genomes for biofuels. In: Applied Molecular Biotechnology: The Next Generation of Genetic Engineering. Khan, MS, Khan IA, and Barh D (Eds.), CRC Press, pp. 569-597. ISBN: 9781498714815
  7. Ahmad N, Zeshan M, Gill SS, Mehmood MA, Rahman M. 2015. Functional genomic studies of chloroplast genome in ArabidopsisIn ‘Arabidopsis thaliana: Cultivation, Life Cycle and Functional Genomics’ Adriano S (Ed.), Nova Science Publishers, New York, pp. 51-76. ISBN: 978-1-63482-152-0
  1. Ahmad N, Mukhtar, Z. 2013. Green factories: plastids for the production of foreign proteins at high levels. Gene Ther. Mol. Biol. 15, 14-29 
  2. Michoux F, Ahmad N,Hennig A, Nixon PJ and Warzecha H. 2013. Production of leafy biomass using temporary immersion bioreactors: an alternative platform to express proteins in transplastomic plants without drastic phenotypes. Planta. 237:903-908
  3. Ahmad N, Michoux F, and Nixon PJ. 2012. Investigating the production of foreign membrane proteins in the tobacco chloroplast: expression of an algal plastid terminal oxidase. PLoS One7(7): e41722
  4. Ahmad N, Michoux F, McCarthy J and Nixon PJ. 2012. Expression of the affinity tags, glutathione-S-transferase and maltose-binding protein, in tobacco chloroplasts. Planta. 235: 863-871
  5. Michoux F, Ahmad N, McCarthy J and Nixon PJ. 2011. Contained and high-level production of recombinant proteins in plant chloroplasts using a temporary immersion bioreactor. PlantBiotechnol. J. 9:575-584
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