Dr Samina Mehnaz

Dr Samina Mehnaz

Chairperson & Professor

PhD (Quaid –I- Azam University, Islamabad)
MSc (Punjab University, Lahore
Pre-Doctorate fellowship (Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium)
Three Post Doctorate fellowships (Ohio State University, Columbus, USA; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ontario, Canada; Bonn University, Bonn, Germany)
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Room # 304, Armacost Science Building

Over 28 years of research and more than 12 years of teaching, at Pakistan, North America and Europe; Served as Junior and senior level Researcher for 10 years at NIBGE, Faisalabad; 8 years of Pre and Post Doctorate Fellowships in USA, Canada, Belgium and Germany; Served as lecturer for 4 months at Institute of Agriculture, Punjab University; 3 years as Assistant Professor at School of Biological Sciences, Punjab University; 2 years as Associate Professor at Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Punjab University; More than 4 years at FCC. Supervised research in microbial metabolites, microbial ecology of plant associated bacteria.

Distinctions & Honors:·

  • Publons Peer Review Award, 2018: Placed among top 1% International reviewers of year 2017-18, by Publons Academy, USA.·
  • Sentinel of Science Award, 2016: Placed among top 10% International reviewers of year 2016, by Publons Academy, USA·
  • Humboldt Ambassador Scientist since January 1st, 2016 a representative of Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (AvH), Germany.
  • Research Productivity Awards for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 by Pakistan Council of Science and Technology (PCST).
  • Productive Scientist of Pakistan since 2006 by Pakistan Council of Science and Technology

Other Professional Responsibilities:

A: Editor: Archives of Phytopathology and Plant Protection (Taylor & Francis, UK) (Since       February, 2015)

B: Co-Editor: Environmental Sustainability (Springer) (Since November 2017)

C: Associate Editor: (2009 – 2011) Journal of Horticulture and Forestry (Academic Journals,        Africa)

D: Reviewer for 44 International Journals

E: Member Advisory and Technical Committee of Akhuwat-Faisalabad Institute of Research,        Science and Technology (since April 2017)

F. Member Academic Council and Selection Board, University of Education, Lahore (since       April 2016)

G: Member Selection Board, Government College University (GCU), Lahore (since November,         2017)

H:  Member of Board of Studies, School of Biological Sciences, University of the Punjab,  Lahore (Since September, 2018)

I: Member of Board of studies, CRIM/IBB, University of Lahore (since November 2018)

J: Member American Society of Microbiology (ASM)

K: Life Time member of Pakistan Biosafety Association (PBSA)

Research interests: Microbial Ecology, Microbial metabolites , Bioformulations

Publications: (50 research articles, 6 book chapters, 2 Books)

  • Mukhtar S., Ishaq A., Hassan S., Mehnaz S., Mirza M.S., and Malik K.A. 2017. Comparison of microbial communities associated with halophyte (Salsola stocksii) and non-halophyte (Triticum aestivum) using culture-independent approaches. Polish Journal of Microbiology, (in press: Impact Fcator= 0.750)
  • Shahid I., Rizwan M., Baig D.N., Saleem S.R., Malik K.A., and Mehnaz S. Secondary metabolites production and plant growth promotion by Pseudomonas chlororaphis and P. aurantiaca strains isolated from cactus, cotton and para grass. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology DOI: 10.4014/jmb.1601.01021 (In press; Impact factor= 1.685)
  • Paterson J., Jahanshah G., Li Y., Wang Q., Mehnaz S. and Gross H.2016. The contribution of Genome mining strategies to understand the active principles of PGPR strains. FEMS Microbiology Ecology (In press; Impact factor = 3.530)
  • Bauer J.S., Hauck N., Christof L., Mehnaz S., Gust B. and Gross H. The systematic investigation of the Quorum Sensing System of the biocontrol strain Pseudomonas chlororaphis subsp. aurantiaca PB-St2 unveils aurI to be a biosynthetic origin for 3-oxo-homoserine lactones. PLoS One 11 (11): e0167002; DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0167002 (in press: Impact Factor = 3.057)
  • Deveau, A., Gross H., Palin B., Mehnaz S., Leblond P., Dorrestein P., and Aigle B. Role of secondary metabolites in the interaction between Pseudomonas fluorescens and soil microorganisms under iron limited conditions. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 92 (8): DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/femsec/fiw107 (in press: Impact Factor=3.530; Citation Index= 1)
  •  Mukhtar , Mirza M.S., Humera A.A., Maqbool A., Mehnaz S., and Malik K.A. 2016. Microbial diversity and metagenomic analysis of rhizosphere of paragrass (Urochola mutica) growing under saline conditions. Pakistan Journal of Botany 48 (2): 779-791 (Impact Factor=0.822)
  • Mehnaz S., Bauer JS., and Gross H. 2014. Complete genome sequence of the sugar cane endophyte Pseudomonas aurantiaca PB-St2, a disease-suppressive bacterium with antifungal activity towards the plant pathogen Colletotrichum falcatum. Genome  Announc. 2 (1): E01108-13. (Citation Index =5) 8.      Mahmood T., Mehnaz S., Fleischmann F., Ali R., Hashmi ZH., and Iqbal Z. 2014. Soil sterilization effects on root growth and formation of rhizosheaths in wheat seedlings. Pedobiologia, 57:123 -130. ( Impact Factor= 1.535; Citation index= 7)
  • Daveau A., Gross H., Morin E., Karpinets T., Utturkar S., Mehnaz S., Frey-Klett P., and Labbe J. 2014. Genome sequence of the mycorrhizal helper bacterium Pseudomonas fluorescens BBc6R8. Genome Announc. 2(1): E01152-13. (Citation Index = 5) 10.  Mehnaz S. 2013. Microbes – Friends and Foes of Sugarcane. Journal of Basic Microbiology, 53(12): 954-971 (Impact Factor= 1.585; Citation index= 4)
  • Mehnaz S., Saleem R. S. Z., Yameen B., Pianet I., Schnakenburg G., Pietraszkiewicz H., Valeriote F., Josten M., Sahl H-G., Franzblau S. and Gross H. 2013. Lahorenoic acid A-C, the ortho dialkyl substituted aromatic acids from the bio-control strain Pseudomonas aurantiaca PB-St2. Journal of Natural Products, 76: 135-141. (Impact Factor= 3.662; Citation Index= 9)
  • Hartney S., Marurier S., Girard M., Mehnaz S., Davis E., Gross H., Lemanceau P. and Loper J. 2013. Ferric-pyoverdine recognition by Fpv outer-membrane proteins of Pseudomonas protegens Pf-5. Journal of Bacteriology, 195 (4): 765-776. (Impact factor= 3.198; Citation Index=13)
  • Nguyen D.D., Wu CH, Moree W.J., Lamsa A., Medema M.H., Zhao X., Gavilan R.G., Aparicio M., Atencio L., Jackson C., Ballesteros J., Sanchez J., Watrous J., Phelan V.V., Wiel C., Kersten R.D., Mehnaz S., Mot R.D., Shank E.A., Charusanti P., Nagarajan H., Duggan B.M., Moore B.S., Bandeira N., Palsson B.O., Pogliano K., Gutiérrez M. and Dorrestein P.C. 2013. MS/MS networking guided analysis of molecule and gene cluster families. Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS), 110 (28):E2611-2620. (Impact Factor: 9.423; Citation Index= 94)
  • Mehnaz S., and Gross H. 2011. Pseudomonas aurantiaca PB-St2, a bio-fungicide and a bio-fertilizer for the future. In: Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) for sustainable agriculture (Reddy M.S. and Wang Qi, Eds.). China Agricultural Science and Technology Press. pp. 79-88. (ISBN: 978-7-5116-0611-2)
  • Mehnaz S., Baig, D. N. and Lazarovits G. 2010. Genetic and phenotypic diversity of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria associated with sugarcane growing in Pakistan. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 20 (12): 1614-1623 (Impact factor= 1.685; Citation Index = 38)
  • Mehnaz S., Kowalik T., Reynold B., and Lazarovits G. Growth promoting effects of corn (Zea mays) bacterial isolates under greenhouse and field conditions. Soil Biology and Biochemistry, 42 (10): 1848-1856 (Impact factor= 4.152; Citation Index= 62)
  • Baig, D.N., and Mehnaz, S. Determination and distribution of cry-type genes in halophilc Bacillus thuringiensis isolates of Arabian Sea sedimentary rocks. Microbiological Research, 165 (5): 376-383 (Impact factor= 2.723; Citation Index=17)
  • Mehnaz S., Baig, D.N., Jamil F., Weselowski B., and Lazarovits G. 2009. Characterization of a phenazine and hexanoyl homoserine lactone producing Pseudomonas aurantiaca strain PB-St2, isolated from sugarcane stem. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 19 (12): 1688-1694. (Impact factor= 1.685; Citation Index= 19)
  • Mehnaz S., Weselowski B., Aftab F., Zahid S., Lazarovits G., and Iqbal J. 2009. Isolation, characterization and effect of fluorescent pseudomonads on micropropagated sugarcane. Canadian Journal of Microbiology, 55 (8): 1007-1011. (Impact factor= 1.335; Citation Index=24)
  • Mehnaz S., Weselowski , and Lazarovits G. 2007. Azospirillum zeae sp. nov., diazotrophic bacteria isolated from rhizosphere soil of Zea mays. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 57 (12): 2805-2809. (Impact factor= 2.439; Citation Index= 58)
  • Mehnaz S., Weselowski B., and Lazarovits G. 2007. Sphingobacterium canadense nov., an isolate from corn roots. Systematic and Applied Microbiology, 30 (7):519-524. (Impact factor= 3.691; Citation Index=39)
  • Mehnaz S., Weselowski B., and Lazarovits G. 2007. Azospirillum canadense nov., a nitrogen fixing bacterium isolated from corn rhizosphere. International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology, 57 (3):620-624. (Impact Factor= 2.439; Citation Index: 92)
  • Chaudhury C., Kim J, Mehnaz S., Wani M. A., Hayton W. L, Roopenian D. C., and Anderson C. L. 2006. Accelerated transferrin degradation in HFE-deficient mice is due to enhanced transferrin saturation. Journal of Nutrition, 136: 2993-2998. (Impact factor= 3.740; Citation Index: 14)
  • Mehnaz S., and Lazarovits G. 2006. Inoculation effects of Pseudomonas putida, Gluconacetobacter azotocaptans and Azospirillum lipoferum on corn plant growth under green house conditions. Microbial Ecology, 51: 326-335. (Impact factor= 3.232; Citation Index: 150)
  • Mehnaz S., Weselowski B., and Lazarovits G. 2006. Isolation of Gluconacetobacter azotocaptans from corn rhizosphere. Systematic and Applied Microbiology, 29 (6): 496-501. (Impact factor= 3.691; Citation Index: 13)
  • Mirza M.S., Mehnaz S., Normand P., Prigent-Combaret C., Moenne-Loccoz Y., Bally R., and Malik K.A. 2006. Molecular characterization and PCR-detection of a nitrogen-fixing Pseudomonas strain promoting rice growth. Biology and Fertility of Soil, 43: 163-170. (Impact factor= 3.069; Citation Index: 70)
  • Chaudhury C., Mehnaz S., Robinson J.M., Hayton W. L., Pearl D. K., Roopenian D.C., and Anderson C. L. 2003. The major histo-compatibility complex–related Fc receptor for IgG (FcRn) binds albumin and prolongs its lifespan. Journal of Experimental Medicine, 197: 315-322. (Impact factor= 11.240; Citation Index: 317)
  • Malik K. A., Mirza M. S., Hassan U., Mehnaz S., Rasul G., Haurat J., Bally R., and Normand P. 2002. The role of plant-associated beneficial bacteria in rice-wheat cropping system. In: Biofertilizers in Action (Kennedy I.R., and  Choudhury A.T.M.A., Eds.). Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation, Canberra, ACT, Australia. p. 73-83. (ISBN: 0642584850; Citation Index: 50)
  • Mehnaz S., Mirza M. S., Huarat J., Bally R., Normand P., Bano A., and Malik K.A. 2001. Isolation and 16S rRNA sequence analysis of the beneficial bacteria from the rhizosphere of rice. Canadian Journal of Microbiology, 47: 110-117. (Impact factor= 1.335; Citation Index: 117)
  • Mirza M. S., Rasul G., Mehnaz S., Ladha J. K., So R. B., Ali S., and Malik K.A. 2000. Beneficial effects of inoculated nitrogen-fixing bacteria on rice, In: The Quest for Nitrogen Fixation in Rice (Ladha J.K. and Reddy P. M., Eds.). International Rice Research Institute, Manila, Philippines. p. 191-204. (ISBN: 971-22-0112-0; Citation Index: 50)
  • Rasul G., Mirza M.S., Hassan U., Mehnaz S., and Malik K.A. 1999. Inoculation,          survival and colonization of plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) in the rice rhizosphere. Biohorizon 2 (1-4): 107-115.
  • Mehnaz S., Mirza M.S. and Malik K.A. 1998. Detection of inoculated plant growth promoting rhizobacteria in the rhizosphere of rice. In: Nitrogen Fixation in Non-Legumes (Malik K.A., Mirza M.S., and Ladha J.K., Eds.). Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. p. 75-83. (ISBN: 9780792348733; Citation Index: 8)
  • Hassan U.,  Mirza M. S., Mehnaz S., Rasul G., and Malik K.A. 1998. Isolation and identification of diazotrophic bacteria from rice, wheat and kallar grass. In: Nitrogen Fixation in Non-Legumes (Malik K.A., Mirza M.S., and Ladha J.K., Eds.). Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. p. 197-205. (ISBN: 9780792348733; Citation Index: 15)
  • Ali S., Hamid N., Rasul G., Mehnaz S., and Malik K.A. 1998. Contribution of non-   leguminous biofertilizers to rice biomass, nitrogen fixation and fertilizer-N use          efficiency under flooded soil conditions. In: Nitrogen Fixation in Non-Legumes (Malik K.A., Mirza M.S., and Ladha J.K., Eds.). Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. p. 61-73. (ISBN: 9780792348733; Citation Index: 8)
  • Malik K. A., Bilal R., Mehnaz S., Rasul G., Mirza M.S., and Ali S. 1997. Association   of nitrogen fixing, plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) with kallar grass and rice. Plant and Soil, 194: 37-44. (Impact factor= 2.969; Citation Index: 201)
  • Hassan U., Mehnaz S., Rasul G., and Malik K.A. 1995. Characterization of N2-fixing bacteria and their role in plant growth under humic acid treatment, p. 102-106. In: Proceedings of the 5th National Chemistry Conference (Ahmad N., Khan A. Y., Jaffar M., Subhani M. S., Khan N., and Ansari F.L., Eds.). Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • Rasul G., Hassan U., Mehnaz S., and Malik K.A. 1995. Nitrogen fixation and induction of pseudonodules in grasses, p. 125-129. In: Proceedings of the 5th National Chemistry Conference (Ahmad N., Khan A. Y., Jaffar M., Subhani M. S., Khan N., and Ansari F.L., Eds). Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan.
  • Malik K. A., Rasul G., Hassan U., Mehnaz S., and Ashraf M. 1994. Role of N2-fixing and growth hormone producing bacteria in improving growth of wheat and rice. In: Nitrogen Fixation with Non-Legumes (Hegazi N.A., Fayez M., and Monib M., Eds). The American University in Cairo Press, Ismailia, Egypt. p. 409-422. (ISBN: 9774243552, 9789774243554; Citation Index: 26)
  • Malik K. A., Rasul G., Hassan U., and Mehnaz S. 1992. Nitrogen fixation associated with grasses and introduction of nodule like structures on wheat and rice roots, In: New Horizons in Nitrogen Fixation (Placios R., Mora J., and Newton W., Eds). Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands. p.732. (ISBN: 079232207X, 9780792322078)
  • Mukhtar S., Malik K.A. and Mehnaz S. 2019. Microbiome of halophyte: diversity and importance for plant health and productivity. Microbiology and Biotechnology Letters (in press)
  • Mukhtar S., Mirza M. S., Mehnaz S., and Malik K.A.  2019. Isolation and characterization of bacteria associated with the rhizosphere of halophytes (Salsola stocksii and Atriplex amnicola) for production of hydrolytic enzymes. Brazilian Journal of Microbiology, (in press; Impact Factor= 1.810)
  • Abbas R., Mehnaz S., and Khan A.S. 2019. Evaluation of potential of money plant (Epipremnum aureum ENGL.) in removing zinc toxicity. Pakistan Journal of Botany (in press; Impact factor = 0.69)
  • Mukhtar S, Malik K. A., and Mehnaz S. 2018. Isolation and characterization of haloalkaliphilic bacteria isolated from the rhizosphere of Dichanthium annulatum. Journal of Advance Research in Biotechnology, 3(1):1-9.
  • Mukhtar S., Mirza B. S., Mehnaz S., Mirza M.S., Mclean J., and Malik K. A. 2018. Impact of soil salinity on the microbial structure of halophyte rhizosphere microbiome. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 34 (9): 136 (Impact Factor= 2.1)
  • Karimi N., Zarea M.J., and Mehnaz S. 2018. Endophytic Azospirillum for enhancement of growth and yield of wheat. Environmental Sustainability, 1: 149-158.
  • Shahid I, Malik K.A., and Mehnaz S. 2018. A decade of understanding secondary metabolism of Pseudomonas spp. for sustainable agriculture and pharmaceutical applications. Environmental Sustainability, 1: 3-17.
  • Mukhtar S., Mehnaz S., Mirza M.S., Mirza B. S., and Malik K.A. 2018. Diversity of Bacillus-like bacterial community in the rhizospheric and non-rhizospheric soil of halophytes (Salsola stocksii and Atriplex amnicola) and characterization of osmoregulatory genes in halophilic bacilli”. Canadian Journal of Microbiology, 64 (8): 567-579 (Impact factor = 1.462)
  • Shahid I., Rizwan M., and Mehnaz S. 2018. Identification and quantification of secondary metabolites by LC-MS from Pseudomonas aurantiaca and Pseudomonas chlororaphis. Bioprotocol, 8 (2): 1-12; DOI:10.21769/BioProtoc.2702
  • Mukhtar S., Zaheer A., Aiysha D., Malik K.A., and Mehnaz S. 2017. Actinomycetes: A source of industrially important enzymes. Journal of Proteomics and Bioinformatics, 10: 316-319; DOI: 10.4172/jpb. 000456
  • Kamran S., Shahid I., Baig, D.N., Malik K.A., and Mehnaz S. 2017. Contribution of zinc solubilizing bacteria in growth promotion and zinc content of wheat. Frontiers in Microbiology, 8: 2593; DOI: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02593 (Impact Factor = 4.019; Citation index = 3)
  • Mukhtar S., Shahid I., Mehnaz S., and Malik K. A. 2017. Assessment of two carrier materials for phosphate solubilizing biofertilizers and their effect on growth of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Microbiological Research, 205: 107-117 (Impact Factor = 2.777)
  • Mukhtar S., Ishaq A., Hassan S., Mehnaz S., Mirza M.S., and Malik K.A. 2017. Comparison of microbial communities associated with halophyte (Salsola stocksii) and non-halophyte (Triticum aestivum) using culture-independent approaches. Polish Journal of Microbiology, 66 (3): 353-364 (Impact Factor= 0.784; Citation index=1)
  • Shahid I., Rizwan M., Baig D.N., Saleem S.R., Malik K.A., and Mehnaz S. 2017. Secondary metabolites production and plant growth promotion by Pseudomonas chlororaphis and P. aurantiaca strains isolated from cactus, cotton and para grass. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 27 (3): 480-491 (Impact factor= 1.650; Citation index = 4)
  • Paterson J., Jahanshah G., Li Y., Wang Q., Mehnaz S. and Gross H. 2017. The contribution of Genome mining strategies to understand the active principles of PGPR strains. FEMS Microbiology Ecology, 93 (3) https://academic.oup.com/femsec/article/93/3/fiw249/2701680 (Impact factor = 3.495; Citation Index=7)

Book Chapters

  • Mehnaz S., and Lazarovits G. 2017. Gluconoacetobacter azotocaptans: A plant growth promoting bacteria. In: Rhizotrophs: Plant growth promotion to bioremediation (Ed.) S. Mehnaz, Springer Science + Buisness Media Singapore Pvt Limited. (in press)
  • Mehnaz S. An overview of globally available bio-formulations. In: Bioformulations for Sustainable Agriculture (Eds.) N. Arora, S. Mehnaz, R. Balestrini, Springer, India. pp. 267-281. (ISBN: 978-81-322-2779-3)
  • Mehnaz S. 2015. Azospirillum– A biofertilizer for every crop. In: Plant microbe symbiosis – Applied Facets (Ed.) N. Arora, Springer, India. pp. 297-314. (ISBN: 978-81-322-2067-1; ISBN:978-81-322-2068-8; Citation index: 7).
  • Mehnaz S. Secondary metabolites of Pseudomonas aurantiaca and their role in plant growth promotion. In: Plant-Microbe Symbiosis – Fundamentals and Advances (Ed.) N. Arora, Springer, India. pp.373-393. (ISBN:978-81-322-1286-7; 978-81-322-1287-4; Citation index: 2)
  • Mehnaz S. 2011. Plant growth promoting rhizobacteria (PGPR) associated with sugarcane. In: Bacteria in Agrobiology: Crop Ecosystems, (Ed.) D.K. Maheshwari, Springer, Heidelberg, Germany. pp. 165-187. (ISBN-10: 3642183565: ISBN-13: 978-3642183560; Citation Index: 8)
  • Hussain S. S., Mehnaz S., and Siddique K. H.M.2018. Harnessing the plant microbiome for improved abiotic stress tolerance. In: Plant Microbiome: Stress response, (Eds.) Egamberdieva, P. Ahmad, Springer, Singapore. pp. 21-43 (ISBN: 978-981-10-5514-0; 978-981-10-5513-3)

Books

  • Bioformulations: for Sustainable Agriculture. 2016. (Eds.) N. Arora, Mehnaz, R. Balestrini, Springer, India. Hard cover ISBN: 978-81-322-2777-9; ebook ISBN 978-81-322-2779-3;DOI:10.1007/978-81-322-2779-3; http://www.springer.com/in/book/9788132227779
  • Rhizotrophs: plant growth promotion to bioremediation. (Ed.) S. Mehnaz; Springer Science +Buisness Media Singapore Pvt Ltd. (in press)