Professor Altaf Ahmad earned his M.Sc. in Botany from the CCS University, Meerut in 1993 and Ph.D. in Botany from the Jamia Hamdard in 1998. Subsequently, he worked at Indian Agricultural Research Institute as Research Associate. He then joined Jamia Hamdard as Assistant Professor in the Department of Botany. At the Jamia Hamdard, he established a state-of-the-art molecular biology laboratory in the Department of Botany and worked on the identification of candidate genes for low-N tolerance in wheat and rice through analysis of proteome profile and differentially expressed miRNAs. In 2008, he was Visiting Scientist at the Virginia Polytechnic and State University, USA on Biotechnology Overseas Associateship of the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science and Technology, Govt. of India and got advanced training on the development of FRET-based genetically encoded nanosensors for real time monitroing of amino acids. He also visited University of Freiburg, Germany on INSA-DFG Fellowship in 2013 to study differential expression of root-specific nine sulfate transporter genes of poplar by Real time-PCR.
Dr. Ahmad has research experience of 18 years. Currently, he is developing FRET-based genetically encoded nanosensors for real time monitoring of various metabolites in living cells. He is also studying the proteome profiling of nutrient-efficient and nutrient-inefficient crop plants. He has to his credit more than 100 significant publications. Dr. Ahmad has presented his work at several national and international conferences, including 3rd International Crop Science Congress, 2000 (Germany), XIV International Plant Nutrition Colloquium, 2001 (Germany), 10th Congress of European Society of Photobiology, 2003 (Austria), International Conference on Reduced Nitrogen in Ecology and Environment, 2006 (Austria), 4th International Nitrogen Conference, 2007 (Brazil) and International Botanical Congresses, 2005 & 2011 (Austria & Australia). A regular reviewer and on the panel of editorial boards of National and International journals, Dr. Ahmad is also member of important National and International scientific societies. He has guided thesis research of 18 Ph.D. students (8 as supervisor and 10 as co-supervisor) and over 30 M.Sc. students. He has organized several national and international seminars/symposia. Dr. Ahmad handled several research projects funded by various agencies like DST, DBT, CSIR, UGC, CCRUM, ICAR and INSA. He also worked as Deputy Coordinator of UGC-SAP Project of the Department of Botany, Jamia Hamdard.
Based on his research contribution, Dr. Ahmad has been honoured with the INSA Medal for Young Scientist (2003) and Professor LSS Kumar Memorial Award (2003) of Indian National Science Academy, Young Scientist Award (2005) of Council of Science & Technology, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh, and elected as Associate of National Academy of Agricultural Sciences. He also received Young Scientist Award of Academy for the Advancement of Agricultural Sciences, New Delhi, conferred by the then Hon'ble President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Plant nutrition & Proteomics