Dr. Rafiq Ahmad

Designation: Tenured Associate Professor
Email: drrafiq@cuiatd.edu.pk
Phone No. : 92-992-383591-6
Role: Faculty
Research Interests:

1. Identification and characterization of virulence factors / genes/ proteins and proteases in plants.

2. Monitoring and assessment of air pollutants such as tropospheric ozone and green house gases in atmosphere

3. Study of developmental and defense related gene expression regulation, epigenetic mechanisms like methylation, RNA             interference etc.

4. Production of high resistance transgenic plants against insect pests and pathogens.

5. Production and purification of useful recombinant proteins in E. coli.

6.Transcriptional and translational study in different plants against biotic and abiotic stresses.

Academics/ Degrees

  • PhD, Université Paris-Est Créteil (UPEC), France, 2012
  • MS, Université Paris-Est Créteil, France, 2008
  • M.Sc. (Hons.), University of agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan, 2006
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), University of Agriculture, Faisalabad, Pakistan, 2004

Profile/Bio

·  August 2012 till now: Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences (Biotechnology program), COMSATS University Islamabad, Abbottabad Campus.

·      24th May till 24th August 2012: Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University Islamabad.

·       September 2008-March 2012- PhD student, University of Paris-Est Creteil, Paris, France.

September 2007-March 2008- M.S. student in University of Paris12, Paris, France

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Awards/ Appreciations

1.   Ø  Won a best researcher award 2019 of Department of Biotechnology, COMSATS University Islamabad, Abbottabad  campus on outstanding contribution in research

Ø  Won seven research projects as a PI and Co-PI having total worth of more than 10.21 million Pak rupees

Ø  Established a lab from my research projects  and appointed 2 fully funded Research Associates as a MS and PhD students under my supervision

Ø  Won a best young researcher Award of 2018 of COMSATS University Islamabad, Abbottabad  campus on outstanding contribution in research

Ø  Published more than 54 research articles (27 Published  as a first and corresponding author) having more than 145 cumulative impact factor

Ø  Appreciation letters and cash prize  received from the Director of COMSATS University Islamabad for the academic years 2015, 2016 and 2021 for extraordinary performance in research and teaching

Ø  Won the Research Productivity Awards (RPA) and increments letters from COMSATS University Islamabad for consecutive 8 years from 2013-2020 for good performance in research work and teaching

Ø  Won a silver medal (2nd Position) on the oral presentation in an international conference held in QAU, Islamabad, Pakistan

Ø  Supervised an international PhD student from Nigeria for six months on TWAS-CIIT sandwich International scholarship program

Ø  Appointed as an editorial board member of three international research Journals

Ø  Supervised 13 BS, 19 MS and 2 PhD students  as well as 3 PhDs and 5 MS students are currently under my supervision