Dr Syed Sarfraz Hussain

Dr Syed Sarfraz Hussain


PhD Molecular Biology (National Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology (CEMB), University of The Punjab Lahore, Pakistan)
MSc (Hons) Plant Breeding & Genetics (University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan)
Room # 346, Armacost Science Building
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Dr Syed has over 15 years of Teaching and Research Experience in National and International Universities; 2002-2004:  Teaching & Research at CEMB, University of The Punjab;  2004-2009: Dept of Biosciences, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT), Islamabad; 2007-2010: IMBIO, University of Bonn (Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms Universitat Bonn) Germany; 2010-2016: ACPFG, University of Adelaide Australia

Research interests: Molecular Biology & Biotechnology, Genome Editing Techniques, Plant Genomics, Small RNAomics, System Biology


Over 34 publications in national and international journals of repute

  • Hussain SS, Asif MA, Rashid B, Shi BJ. 2016. Plant Aquaporin Biotechnology: Challenges and Prospects for abiotic stress tolerance under changing global environment. In: Water Stress and Crop Plants: A Sustainable Approach. Editors: Ahmad P, Rasool S. P. 151-164, (Chapter 11) Elsevier USA
  • Hussain SS, Asif MA, Sornaraj P, Ali M, Shi BJ. 2016. Towards integration of system based approach for understanding drought stress in plants. In: Water Stress and Crop Plants: A Sustainable Approach. Editors: Ahmad P, Rasool S. P. 227-247, (Chapter 16) Elsevier USA
  • Shi BJ, Hussain SS. 2016. MiRNA/siRNA-based approaches to enhance drought tolerance of barley and wheat under drought stress. In: Water Stress and Crop Plants: A Sustainable Approach. Editors: Ahmad P, Rasool S. P. 248-260, (Chapter 17) Elsevier USA
  • Ferdous J, Hussain SS, Shi BJ. 2015. Role of microRNAs in plant drought tolerance. Plant Biotechnology Journal 13: 293-305.
  • Hussain SS, Ali M, Shi B. 2015. MiRNA mediated regulatory functions under abiotic stresses in legumes. In: Legumes under environmental stress: yield, improvement and adaptation. (Chapter 14) pp. 231-245. Editors: Ahmad P; Azoozor M. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, UK
  • Hussain SS, Shi B. 2014. Role of miRNAs in abiotic and biotic stresses in plants. In: emerging technologies and management of crop stress tolerance: Vol 1: Biological techniques. (Chapter 07). Pp. 181-207. Editors: Ahmad P, Rasool S. Elsevier USA
  • Hussain SS, Siddique, KHM Lopato S. 2014. Towards Integration of Bacterial Genomics in Plants for Enhanced Abiotic Stress Tolerance: Clues from Transgenics. Advances in Enviromental Research 33: 65-122.
  • Hussain SS, Raza H, Afzal I and Kayani MA. 2012. Transgenic plants as vital approach for enhanced drought tolerance: Potentials and Perspective. Archives of Agronomy and Soil Science 57:693-721 (DOI: 10.1080/03650340.2010.540010)
  • Hussain SS, Ali M, Maqbool A, Siddique KHM. 2011. Polyamines: Natural and engineered abiotic and biotic stress tolerance in plants. Biotechnology Advances 29: 300-311. (DOI: 10.1016/j.biotechadv.2011.01.003).
  • Hussain SS, Kayani MA, Amjad M. 2011. Transcription factors as tools to engineer enhanced drought stress tolerance in plants. Biotechnology Progress 27:297-306 (DOI: 10.1002/btpr.514)
  • Hussain SS, Iqbal MT, Arif MA and Amjad M. 2011. Beyond Osmolytes and Transcription Factors: Drought tolerance in plants via protective proteins and aquaporins. Biologia Plantarum 55:401-413.
  • Bartels D. Hussain SS. 2011. Resurrection plants: Physiology and Molecular biology. In: Desiccation tolerance in plants: Ecological studies. (Eds: Beck Erwin & Luttge Ulrich). Springer Verlag (Chapter 16) 339-364.
  • Maria Cristina Suarez Rodriguez, Daniel Edsgärd, Hussain Syed Sarfraz, David Alquezar, Morten Rasmussen, Bjørn H. Nielsen, Dorothea Bartels, John Mundy. 2010. Transcriptomes of the desiccation tolerant resurrection plant Craterostigma plantagineum. The Plant Journal 63:212-228 (DOI:10.1111/j.1365-313X.2010.04243.x)
  • Hussain, SS., Rao, AQ., Husnain, T. and Riazuddin, S. 2009. Cotton somatic embryo morphology affects its conversion to plant. Biologia plantarum 53(2): 307-311
  • Hussain, SS., Makhdoom, R., Husnain, T., Saleem, Z. and Riazuddin, S. 2008. Toxicity of snowdrop lectin protein towards cotton aphids Aphis gossypii (Homoptera, Aphididae). Journal of Cell & Molecular Biology 7(1): 29-40
  • Bartels D, Hussain SS. 2008. Current status and implications of engineering drought tolerance in plants using transgenic approaches. CAB Reviews: Perspectives in Agriculture, Veterinary Science, Nutrition and Natural Sciences 3, 020.  Also Available online, click here