Department of Botany
Prof. Altaf Ahmad
|Thrust Area :||Nanobiotechnology; Proteomics|
|Address :||AMU campus|
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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.
- Ahmad M, Mohsin M, Iqrar S, Siddiqi TO, Manzoor O, Ahmad A (2018) Live cell imaging of vitamin B12 dynamics by genetically encoded fluorescent nanosensor. Sensors and Actuators B: Chemical 257: 86-874 (IF = 5.401)
- Ahmad M, Ameen S, Siddiqi TO, Khan P and Ahmad A (2016) Live cell monitoring of glycine betaine by FRET-based genetically encoded nanosensor. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 86: 169–175 [IF = 7.780]
- Ameen S, Ahmad M, Mohsin M, Qureshi MI, Ibrahim MM, Abdin MZ and Ahmad A (2016) Designing, construction and characterization of genetically encoded FRET-based nanosensor for real time monitoring of lysine flux in living cells. Journal of Nanobiotechnology 14: 49 [IF = 4.946]
- Mohsin M, Diwan H, Khan I and Ahmad A (2015). Genetically encoded FRET-based nanosensor for in vivo monitoring of zinc concentration in physiological environment of living cell. Biochemical Engineering Journal 102: 62–68 [IF = 2.463]
- Mohsin M and Ahmad A (2014). Genetically-encoded nanosensor for quantitative monitoring of methionine in bacterial and yeast cells Biosensors and Bioelectronics 59: 358-364 [IF = 7.780]
- Mohsin M, Abdin MZ, Nischal L, Kardam H and Ahmad A (2013). Genetically encoded FRET-based nanosensor for in vivo measurement of leucine. Biosensors and Bioelectronics 50: 72-77 [IF = 7.780]
- Gruenwald K, Holland JT, Stromberg V, Ahmad A, Watcharakichkorn D and Okumoto S (2012). Visualization of glutamine transporter activities in living cells using genetically encoded glutamines nanosensor. PLoS ONE 7(6): e38591 [IF = 2.806]
Plant nutrition & Proteomics
- Malcheska M, Ahmad A, Batool S, Müller HM, Ludwig-Müller J, Kreuzwieser J, Randewig D, Hänsch R, Mendel RR, Hell R, Wirtz M, Geiger D, Ache P, Hedrich R, Herschbach C and Rennenberg H (2017) Drought-enhanced xylem sap sulfate closes stomata by affecting ALMT12 and guard cell ABA synthesis. Plant Physiology 174: 1–18 (IF = 6.456)
- Yousuf PY, Abd_Allah EF, Nauman M, Asif A, Hashem A, Alqarawi AA, Ahmad A (2017) Responsive Proteins in Wheat Cultivars with Contrasting Nitrogen Efficiencies under the Combined Stress of High Temperature and Low Nitrogen. Genes 8: 356. (IF = 3.600)
- Nazir M, Pandey R, Siddiqi TO, Ibrahim MM, Qureshi MI, Vengavasi K, Abraham G and Ahmad A (2016) Nitrogen-deficiency stress induces protein expression differentially in low-N tolerant and low-N sensitive maize genotypes. Frontiers in Plant Science 7: 298 [IF = 4.298]
- Pandey R, Zinta G, AbdElgawad H, Ahmad A, Jain V and Ivan A. Janssens (2015) Physiological and molecular alterations in plants exposed to high [CO2] under phosphorus stress. Biotechnology Advances 33: 303–316 [IF = 10.597]
- Ganie AH, Ahmad A, Pandey R, Aref IM, Yousuf PY, Ahmad S, Iqbal M (2015). Metabolite profiling of low-P tolerant and low-P sensitive maize genotypes under phosphorus starvation and restoration conditions. PLoS ONE 10(6): e0129520. [IF = 2.806]
- Nischal L, Mohsin M, Khan I, Kardam H, Wadhwa A, Abrol YP, Iqbal M and Ahmad A (2012) Identification and comparative analysis of microRNAs associated with low-N tolerance in rice genotypes. PLoS ONE 7(12): e50261. [IF = 2.806]
- Ahmad A, Khan I, Abrol YP and Iqbal M (2008) Genotypes variation in nitrogen use efficiency of mustard. Environmental Pollution 154: 462-466. [IF = 5.099]
- Ahmad A and Abdin MZ (2000). Photosynthesis and its related physiological variables in the leaves of Brassica genotypes as influenced by sulphur fertilization. Physiologia Plantarum 110: 144-149. ISSN 0031-9317. [IF = 3.330]