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Dr. Asma Maqbool


Ph.D. Molecular Biology (CEMB, University of Punjab)
MPhil Molecular Biology (CEMB, University of the Punjab)

Over 13 years of teaching and research experience; member faculty of Biological Sciences at FCCU since August 2008; served as teaching assistant at CEMB, Assistant Professor at biological Sciences department FCCU ; supervised research in the areas of tissue culture, Plant Transformation, Bioavailability and fertilizer use efficiency and epigenetics.

Research interests:
Plant molecular biology, abiotic stresses, Tissue culture, Plant Transformation, epigenetics, Enhancement of nutritional value & fertilizer use efficiency.


  • Ahad, A., Maqbool, A., John, E. & Malik, K.A (2018) Development of efficient micropropagation system for  camaldulensis with respect to age of explants. Pak. J. Agri. Sci., 55(1), 23-27
  • Mohsin, S., Maqbool, A, Ashraf, M., Malik, K.A and. (2017) Extracellular Secretion of Phytase from Transgenic Wheat Roots Allows Utilization of Phytate for Enhanced Phosphorus Uptake. Mol Biotechnol; 59(8):334-342
  • Nabeela Abid . Asia Khatoon . Asma Maqbool . Muhammad Irfan . Aftab Bashir . Irsa Asif . Muhammad Shahid . Asma Saeed . Henrik Brinch-Pedersen and Kauser A. Malik (2017) Transgenic expression of phytase in wheat endosperm increases bioavailability of iron and zinc in grains. Transgenic Res 26(1) 109-122
  • Mukhtar, S., MIRZA, M. S.,  Awan, H. A., Maqbool, A., Mehnaz, S., and Malik, K.A (2016) Microbial diversity and metagenomic analysis of the rhizosphere of para grass (Urochloamutica) growing under saline conditions Pak. J. Bot., 48(2): 779-791.
  • Khan, N., Abid, N., Maqbool, A., Malik, K.A (2015). Effect of different parameters on wheat transformation efficiency. Journal of Plant Biology Research 2015, 4(4): 119-125
  • Farooqi, S., Maqbool, A., Mubeen, H., and Raza, S. (2015) Analysis and amplification of Phytase gene in transgenic wheat by polymerase Chain Reaction. IOSR Journal of Pharmacy and Biological Sciences 10(5, Ver II):07-11
  • Farooq, S., Maqbool, A. Mubeen,  , Raza S. (2015) Isolation & Screening of Phytase Gene by using Basta Selection Medium in transgenic Wheat Plants. IOSR Journal of Agriculture and Veterinary Science , Volume 8 (9) Ver. II 22-25
  • Mohsin, S., Malik, K.A and Maqbool, A. (2015) Comparison of phytase activity in roots of wheat varieties grown under different phosphorus conditions. Research in Biotechnology, 6(3): 31-41.
  • John, E., Maqbool, A. & Malik, K.A (2014) Agrobacterium tumefaciens mediated optimization of transformation in Populus deltoids. Pakistan journal of botany Pak. J. Bot., 46(3): 1079-1086.
  • Abid, N., Maqbool ⃰, A., Malik, K.A (2014) Screening commercial wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) varieties for Agrobacterium mediated transformation ability Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Sciences 51(1): 83-89.
  • Ahad, A., Maqbool, A., & Malik, K.A (2014) Agrobacterium tumefaciens mediated optimization of transformation in eucalyptus camaldulensis. Pakistan journal of botany. 46(2): 735-740.
  • Yaqoob, C., Awan, H.A., Maqbool, A. & Malik, K.A (2013) Microbial diversity of the rhizosphere of kochia (Kochia indica) growing under saline conditions. Pakistan journal of botany., 45(S1): 59-65.
  • NAZ, F., Maqbool, A. & Malik, K.A (2013) Degradation of legume phytate in soil using fungal phytase Pakistan journal of botany 45(3): 1017-1022.
  • Maqbool, A., Zahur, M., Asif, A. R. (2012) Improved Minerals Bioavailability through Phytate Degradation, ISSDA, Gottingon, Germany 79-88.
  • Zahur M, Maqbool A, Irfan M, Jamal A, Shahid N, Aftab B, Husnain T. (2012) Identification and Characterization of a Novel Gene Encoding Myb-Box Binding Zinc Finger Protein In Gossypium arboreum. Biologia Plantarum 56 (4): 641-647
  • Qaisar, U., Irfan, M., Maqbool, A., Zahur, M., Barozai, M.Y.K., Rashid, B., Riazuddin, S. and Husnain, T. (2010) Identification, Sequencing and Characterization of a stress induced homologue of Fructose Bisphosphate Aldolase from Cotton. Canadian Journal of Plant Science 01 Vol:90 pp:41-48.
  • Maqbool, A., Abbas, W., Rao, A.Q., Irfan, M., Zahur, M., Bakhsh, A., Riazuddin,S. and Husnain,T. (2010) Gossypium arboreum GHSP26 enhances drought tolerance in Gossypium hirsutum. Biotechnology progress. 26(1) 21-25.
  • Zahur, M., Maqbool, A., Irfan, M., Barozai, M.Y.K., Rashid, B., Riazuddin, S. and Husnain, T. (2009). Isolation and functional analysis of cotton universal stress protein promoter in response to phytohormones and abiotic stresses. Molecular Biology 43(4): 628-635
  • Zahur, M., Maqbool, A., Irfan, M., Barozai, K, M. Y., Qaiser,U.,Rashid, B., Husnain, T. and Riazuddin, S. (2009) Functional Analysis of Cotton Small Heat Shock Protein Promoter Region in Response to Abiotic Stresses in Tobacco Using Agrobacterium-Mediated Transient Assay. Molecular biology reports. 36:1915–1921
  • Maqbool, A., Zahur, Husnain, T. and Riazuddin, S. (2009) Identification of GUSP1 & GUSP2, Two drought responsive genes with homology to universal stress proteins in Gossypium arboreum Plant Molecular Biology Reporter.27:109-114.
  • Barozai, M.Y.K., Irfan, M., Yousaf, R., Ali, I., Qaisar, U., Maqbool, A., Zahoor, M., Rashid, B., Hussnain, T. and Riazuddin, S. (2008) Identification of micro-RNAs in cotton. Plant Physiology and Biochemistry. 46 (8-9): 739-51.
  • Maqbool, A., Zahur, M., Irfan, M., Barozai, M.Y.K., Rashid, B., Husnain, T. and Riazuddin, S. (2008) Identification and expression of six Drought responsive transcripts through differential display in Desi Cotton (Gossypium arboreum). Molecular Biology 42 (4): 559-565.
  • Maqbool, A., Zahur, M., Irfan, M., Qaiser, U., Rashid, B., Husnain, T. and Riazuddin, S. (2007) Identification, Characterization and Expression of Drought related alpha-Crystalline Heat Shock Protein gene (GHSP26) from Desi Cotton. Crop Sci.2007; 47: 2437-2444
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