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Dr. Zahoor Ahmad Sajid


Assistant Professor
Dr. Zahoor Ahmad Sajid

I did my M.Phil and PhD from the Department of Botany, University of the Punjab, Lahore. I have experience of research in the field of Plant Tissue Culture/ Plant Stress Physiology /Biochemistry. My overall research focus is on to study the mechanism of salinity tolerance in agricultural crop and True halophytes (Thellungiella halophila,). Currently, I am evaluating the potential of different biomolecules (Salicylic acid, ascorbic acid, proline, KH2PO4 etc) against various stresses in different agronomically important crops (Potato, pea, maiz etc). Exogenous application of these biomolecules (pretreatment to plants/ callus cultures before inoculation/added in medium) or foliar spray to pot-grown plants has shown to have reduced its effect substantially in plants. These biomolecules minimized the oxidative damage by increasing the amount of antioxidant enzymes (superoxide dismutase, catalase and peroxidase) that in turn reflected in better growth parameters of plants. During my PhD studies, I got the chance to work in Prof. Dr. Mickel, V. Mickelbart lab (center for plant stress physiology, Department of Horticulture and landscape architecture, Purdue University Indiana USA) for 6 months. Where I got expertise in various Biochemical, Physiological and molecular techniques with respect to mechanism of salt tolerance in true halophytes. My 14 research papers have been published till now in Journals of national and international repute. In addition to teaching & research activities I have also been engaged in the management of Botanical Garden since 2008.

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