Dr. Shahid Iqbal Awan
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Dr. Shahid Iqbal Awan 
Associate Professor 
Plant Breeding and Molecular Genetics 
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Degree From To Major Institute/University
Post Doctorate 2021 2022 Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Cornell University, New York, USA
PhD 2010 2015 Plant Breeding and Molecular Genetics University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir/Aberystwyth University, UK
M.Sc. (Hons.) 2001 2003 Plant Breeding & Genetics University of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan
B.Sc. (Hons.) 1997 2000 Plant Breeding & Genetics The University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan
Designation Organization From To
Associate Professor University of Poonch Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir February,2021 May,2022
Assistant Professor University of Poonch Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir May,2017 February,2021
Lecturer University of Poonch Rawalakot, Azad Kashmir September,2008 May,2017
Assistant Research Officer Agriculture Research October,2003 September,2008
Agriculture Officer Agriculture Extension April,2003 October,2003
Research Projects
Title Description Sponsoring agency Amount
Characterization of rust resistance genes in wild relatives of wheat. No.3272-77/DASR/2011) UAJK 85,000/-Rs
Capacity Institute/University
Life Time Member Pakistan Botanical Society
HEC Approved Supervisor University of Poonch Rawalakot
Director ORIC University of Poonch Rawalakot
Research Fellow Cornell University, Geneva-USA
Director QEC University of Poonch Rawalakot
Awan, S.I, A. Svara, N. Streb, H. Feulner, R. Thapa and A. Khan. 2023. Evaluation of Malus germplasm identifies genetic sources of powdery mildew and frogeye leaf spot resistance for apple breeding. Phytopathology, doi: 10.1094/PHYTO-11-22-0417-R. PMID: 36802874.
Azim, R., S.I. Awan, M. Ilyas and A. Khan. 2022. Surveillance of Berberis species across Poonch Division of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Proceedings of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences: B., 59(4):71-79.
Jamil, S., M. Ilyas, M.Z. Khan, S.I. Awan, S. Rehman, S. Shafique, S. Hafeez, M. Riaz, H.M. Ahmad, A. Tamkeen, A.G. Khan, M.M. Khan. 2022. Heritability, genetic gain, and path coefficient analyses in black gram at Poonch Rawalakot, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. SABRAO J. Breed. Genet. 54(3): 537-548.
Arif, S., S.D.A. Gardezi, M. Ilyas, S. Ishaq, S.I. Awan, Shafique-ur-Rehman, A. Majeed and Z. Abbas. 2021. Arabidopsis ascorbate oxidase mutant characterization to determine its physiological role in plant development. Jammu Kashmir J. Agri., 1(1):1-6.
Zahid, N., M. Maqbool, M.M. Tahir, S. Horvitz, A. Hamid, M.S. Khalid, S. Ejaz, R. Jawad, S.I. Awan, A. Rehman and A. Ali. 2022. Influence of organic and inorganic fertilizer regimes on growth patterns and antioxidants capacity of strawberry (Fragaria × Ananassa Duch.) cv. Chandler. J. Food Quality, Article ID 8618854, 1-10pp.
Khan, M.R., M.A. Khan, U. Habib, M. Maqbool, R.M. Rana, S.I. Awan and B. Duralija. 2022. Wild Himalayan Fig (Ficus palmata Forsk.) from Pakistan as a Potential Species for Sustainable Fruit Production. Sustainability, 14: 468. https://doi.org/10.3390/ su14010468
Mukhtar, U., M. Ilyas, S.I. Awan, M.T. Khan, S. Arif, M. Jamil, B. Mahmood, I. Hayat, M. Saeed and A. Shamim. 2021. Advanced winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) lines revealed morphological trait diversity and resistance against yellow rust. Pak. J. Phytopathol., 33 (02):233-243.
Tariq, H., J. Anderson, E. Conley, R. Azim and S.I. Awan. 2022. A novel and high throughput wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) genotyping using Kompetitive Allele Specific PCR assay for genes underpinning major economic attributes. Pak. J. Agri. Sci., 58(6):1805-1812.
Kabir, N., S.I. Awan, H.M. Saif-ur-Rahman, M. Ilyas, A. Idris and M. Rizwan. 2021. Histochemical and phenotypic studies revealed the diverse nature of wheat-yellow rust interactions. Pak. J. Phytopathol., 33 (02):251-264.
Zahid N., M. Maqbool, M.M. Tahir, A. Hamid, A. Ahmad, M.S. Khalid, Haseeb-ur-Rehman, N. Masood, S.I. Awan, J.R. Khan, A. Ali, and S.Z.A. Shah. 2021. Nutritional Diversity and Antioxidant Activity of Two Indigenous Quince Ecotypes from Rawalakot, Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Journal of Food Quality, ID 1129998: 1-9.
Intikhab, A., S.I. Awan, L.A.J. Mur, M.S. Saeed and M.S. Ahmed. 2021. Molecular and phenotypic analysis of bread wheat varieties in relation to durable rust resistance. Int. J. Agric. & Biol., 26(2):329–336
Shafiq-Ur-Rehman, S.A. Khan, S.I. Awan and M. Ilyas. 2021. High-throughput phenomic characterization of wheat grain architecture and diversity for conventional morpho-physiological traits. Int. J. Agric. & Biol., 25: 1131-1139. [IF: 0.822, 2019]
Tariq-Khan, M., M.T. Younas, J.I. Mirza, S.I. Awan, M. Jameel, M. Saeed and B. Mahmood. 2020. Evaluation of major and environmentally driven genes for resistance in Pakistani wheat landraces and their prospected potential against yellow rust. Int. J. Phytopathol., 09(03): 145-156.
Ayaz, U., S. Bashir, S.I. Awan and M.F. Khan. 2020. Genetic variability, association and diversity study among the sunflower genotypes at seedling stage based on different morpho-physiological parameters under polyethylene glycol induced stress. Journal of Genetics, Genomics & Plant Breeding, 4(1): 20-28.
Aziz, S., S.S. Firdous, Hifz-Ur-Rahman, S.I. Awan, V.N. Michael and G. Meru. 2020. Genetic diversity among wild pomegranates in Azad Jammu and Kashmir region of Pakistan. Electronic Journal of Biotechnology, 46: 50 –54 (IF: 2.894, 2020)
Tariq, H., S.I. Awan, S.M. Sabir and M. Ilyas. 2020. Species of wheat: hexaploid-tetraploid landraces and wild, revealed diversity for antioxidants and total phenolics. Philippines Agriculture Scientists. 103(1): 29-37. (IF: 0.326, 2020).
Ilyas, M., S.A. Khan, S.I. Awan, S. Rehman, M.R. Khan and S. Hafeez. 2020. Study of heterosis and inbreeding depression under natural and water stress conditions in diverse maize hybrids. Sarhad Journal of Agriculture, 36(1): 324-332.
Ilyas, M., S.A. Khan, S.I. Awan, S. Rehman, W. Ahmed, M.R. Khan, R.M.M. Naz,, M.M.U. Khan and S. Hafeez. 2020. Preponderant of dominant gene action in maize revealed by generation mean analysis under natural and drought stress conditions. Sarhad Journal of Agriculture, 36(1): 198-209.
Anjum, S., A. Hamid, A. Ghafoor, R. Tahira, S.Z.A. Shah, S.I. Awan and K.S. Ahmad. 2020. Evaluation of biochemical potential in tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) germplasms. Pak. J. Agri. Sci., 57(1): 177-187. [IF: 0.677, 2018]
Razzaq, T., M.F. Khan and S.I. Awan. 2019. Study of Northern Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB) on maize (Zea mays L.) genotypes and its effect on yield. Sarhad Journal of Agriculture, 35(4): 1166-1174.
El Sabagh, A., A. Hossain, C. Barutçular, M. S. Islam, S. I. Awan, A. Galal, A. Iqbal, O. Sytar, M. Yildirim, R. S. Meena, S. Fahad, U. Najeeb, O. Konuskan, R. A. Habib, A. Llanes, S. Hussain, M. Farooq, M. Hasanuzzaman, K.H. Abdelaal, Y. Hafez, F. Cig and H. Saneoka. 2019. Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) production under drought and heat stress – adverse effects, mechanisms and mitigation: A review. Applied Ecology and Environmental Research, 17(4): 8307-8332. [IF: 0.721]
Razzaq, T., M.F. Khan, S.I. Awan, H. Tariq and M. Ilyas. 2019. Screening of maize genotypes under northern corn leaf blight (NCLB) epiphtotic at Rawlakot Azad Kashmir. Pak. J. Bot., 51(5): 1865-1875 [IF: 0.75, 2018]
Ilyas, M., S.A. Khan, S.I. Awan and Shafiq-ur-Rehman. 2019. Assessment of heritability and genetic advance in maize (Zea mays L.) under natural and water stress conditions. Sarhad J. Agric., 35(1): 144-154.
Ahmed, M.S., D.A. Gardezi, J. Batley, S. Hayashi, M. Zander, A. Javid, M.Z. Iqbal and S.I. Awan. 2019. Somaclonal variations for red rot and sugarcane mosaic virus resistance and candidate genes integrity assessment in somaclones of selected sugarcane varieties (Saccharum officinarum L.). Pak. J. Agri. Sci., 56(1), 15-27. IF: 0.690
Tariq, H., S.I. Awan, T. Razzaq and M. Fareed. 2018. Comparative Study of Morpho-Physiological Diversity in Interspecific Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Journal of Biology, Agriculture and Healthcare, 8(7): 1-13.
Razzaq, T., M.F. Khan, S.I. Awan, A. Hamid, Z. Khan. 2018. Biochemical basis of resistance in different varieties of maize for their relative susceptibility to Northern, Corn Leaf Blight (NCLB). International Journal of Biosciences, 13(6): 51-60.
Arif, U., M.J Ahmed, M.A. Rabbani, A.A. Arif, S.I. Awan and A. Intikhab. 2018. Genetic diversity of pea (Pisum sativum L.) landraces using morphological markers. Int. J. Biosci. 13(5): 327-340.
Khurshid, H., S.M. Sabir, S.I. Awan, S.R. Abbas and M. Irshad. 2018. Antioxidant activities of aqueous extracts from nine different rose cultivars. International Journal of Food Studies, 7: 64-75.
Azim, R., M. Ilyas, S.I. Awan, H. Tariq and N. Iqbal. 2018. Assessment of morphological and biochemical diversity of Berberis lycium in three districts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. International Journal of Biosciences, 12(6):37-47.
Tariq, H., S.I. Awan, T. Razzaq, R. Azim, S. Arif, S. Habib and M.F. Khan. 2017. Comparative analysis of total flavonoid content in various wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) landraces in rainfed conditions of Rawalakot. International Journal of Research in Pharmacy and Science, 7(3): 23-30.
Awan, S.I., S.D. Ahmad, L.A.J. Mur and M.S. Ahmed. 2017. Marker-Assisted Selection for Durable Rust Resistance in a Widely Adopted Wheat Cultivar “Inqilab-91”. International Journal of Agriculture & Biology, 19(6):1319–1324. Impact Factor (2016): 0.746
Imran, J., S.I. Awan, M.A. Hafiz, A. Rao. 2016. Assesment of Genetic Diversity in Wheat Synthetic Double Haploids for Yield and Drought Related Traits Through Factor and Cluster Analyses. Plant Gene and Trait, 7(3): 1-9.
Hafeez, S., L. Zhangyong, J. Tao, S.I. Awan, I. Ahmad, T. Anwar, R. Sharif, N. M. Sylvain and C. Chambi. 2016. Assessment of drought tolerance in spring wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) at different growth stages under the rainfed conditions of Rawalakot Azad Kashmir Pakistan. Global Advanced Research Journal of Agricultural Science, 5(4):132-140.
Ahmad, H.M., Mahmood-Ur-Rahman, Q. Ali and S.I. Awan. 2015. Plant cuticular waxes: a review on functions, composition, biosyntheses mechanism and transportation. Life Science Journal, 12(4s): 60-67.
Awan, S.I., S.D. Ahmad, M.A. Ali, M.S. Ahmed and A. Rao. 2015. Use of multivariate analysis in determining characteristics for grain yield selection in wheat. Sarhad Journal of Agriculture, 31(2): 139-150.
Khan, A., H. Nazar, S.M. Sabir, M. Irshad, S.I. Awan, R. Abbas, M. Akram, A. Khaliq, J.B.T. Rocha, S.D. Ahmad and F. Malik. 2014. Antioxidant activity and inhibitory effect of some commonly used medicinal plants against lipid per-oxidation in mice brain. Afr. J. Tradit. Complement. Altern. Med., 11(5):83-90.
Ashfaq, S., H.M. Ahmad, S.I. Awan, S.A. Kang, M. Sarfraz and M.A. Ali. 2014. Estimation of genetic variability, heritability and correlation for some morphological traits in spring wheat. J. Biol. Agric. & Healthcare, 4(5): 10-16.
Ahmad, H.M., S.I. Awan, O. Aziz and M.A. Ali. 2014. Multivariative analysis of some metric traits in bread wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). EJBB., 1 (4): 22-26.
Rao, A., S.D. Ahmad, S.M. Sabir, S.I. Awan, A. Hameed, S.R. Abbas, M. Shehzad, M.F. Khan, S. Shafique, and Z. Ahmad. 2013. Detection of saline tolerant wheat cultivars (Triticum aestivum L.) using lipid peroxidation, antioxidant defense system, glycine- betaine and proline contents. J. Anim. Plant Sci., 23(6): 1742-1748.
Rao, A., S.D. Ahmad, S.M. Sabir, S.I. Awan, A.H. Shah, M.F. Khan, S. Shafique, S. Arif, S.R. Abbas. 2013. Potential biochemical indicators improve salt tolerance in fifteen cultivars of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) from Pakistan. Int. J. Sci. & Eng. Res., 4(6):389-406.
Rao, A., S.D. Ahmad, S.M. Sabir, S.I. Awan, A.H. Shah, M.F. Khan, S.A. Khan, S. Shafique, S. Arif, S.R. Abbas and M. Gohar. 2013. Antioxidant activity and lipid peroxidation of selected wheat cultivars under salt stress. J. Med. Pl. Res., 7(4):155-164.
Rao, A., S.D. Ahmad, S.M. Sabir, S.I. Awan, A.H. Shah, S.R. Abbas, S. Shafique, F. Khan, A. Chaudhary. 2013. Potential antioxidant activities improve salt tolerance in ten varieties of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). American J. Pl. Sci., 4: 69-76.
Rao, A., S.D. Ahmad, S.M. Sabir, S.I. Awan, A.H. Shah, S.R. Abbas and A.M. Chaudhry. 2013. Antioxidant enzyme activities and potential biochemical indicators improve salt tolerance in four varieties of wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). IJSER., 4(5):321-347.
Abbas, S.R., S.D. Ahmad, S.M. Sabir, A.H. Shah, Shahid Awan, M. Gohar, M.F. Khan and A.Z. Rao. 2013. Antioxidant activity, repair and tolerance of oxidative DNA damage in different cultivars of sugarcane (Saccharum officinarum) leaves. AJCS., 7(1):40-45. [IF: 1.632, 2011]
Awan, S.I., M.S. Ahmad, J. Farooq, S.D. Ahmad, M. Ilyas, A.H. Shah, M.F. Khan, S. Ali and L. Hasan. 2011. Genetic model analysis on seedling and maturity traits in wheat under rainfed conditions. Front. Agric. China. 5(4): 486–496.
Ali, M.A., A. Abbas, S.I. Awan, K. Jabran and S.D.A. Gardezi. 2011. Correlated response of various morpho-physiological characters with grain yield in sorghum landraces at different growth phases. J. Anim. Plant Sci. 21(4): 871-679. [IF: 0.585, 2011]
Muhammad S.A., I. Khaliq, J. Farooq, S.I. Awan, N. Ahmed and F.S. Awan. 2011. Assessment of combining ability and authentication of F1 hybrids using SSR markers in wheat (Triticum aestivum L.). Front. Agric. China., 5(2): 135–140.
Ali, M.A., K. Jabran, S.I. Awan, A. Abbas, Ehsanullah, M. Zulkiffal, Tuba Acet, J. Farooq and A. Rehman. 2011. Morpho-physiological diversity and its implications for improving drought tolerance in grain sorghum at different growth stages. Australian J. Crop Sci., 5(3):308-317. [IF: 1.632, 2011]
Arif, S., S.D. Ahmed, A.H. Shah, L. Hasan, S.I. Awan, A. Hamid and F. Batool. 2010. Determination of optimum harvesting time for vitamin C, oil and mineral elements in berries of seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides). Pak J. Bot., 42(5): 3561-3568. [IF: 0.947, 2010]
Ali, M.A., and S.I. Awan. 2009. Inheritance Pattern of Seed and Lint Traits in Cotton (Gossypium hirsutum). International J. Agric. & Biol. 11(1): 44–48.
Niaz, S., M.A. Ali, S. Ali and S.I. Awan. 2008. Comparative water use efficiency of drip and furrow irrigation systems for off-season vegetables under plastic tunnel in rainfed areas. Life Sci. Int. J. 2(1): 952-955.
Ali, M.A., M.T. Seyal, S.I. Awan, S. Niaz, S. Ali. 2008. Hybrid authentication in upland cotton through RAPD analysis. Australian J. Crop Sci. 2(3):141-149.
Ali, M. A., I.A. Khan, S.I. Awan, S. Ali and S. Niaz. 2008. Genetics of fibre quality traits in cotton (Gossypium hirsutum L.). Australian J. Crop Sci. 2(1): 10-17.
Malik, M.F.A., S.I. Awan and S. Niaz. 2008. Comparative study of quantitative traits and association of yield and its components in black gram (Vigna mungo) genotypes. Asian J. Pl. Sci. 7(1): 26-29.
Malik M.F.A., M. Hussain and S.I. Awan. 2007. Yield response of fodder sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) to seed rate and row spacing under rain-fed conditions. J. Agric. & Social Sci. 3(3): 95-97.
Awan, S.I., S. Niaz, M.F.A. Malik and S. Ali. 2007. An Analysis of Variability and Relationship among Seedling Traits and Plant Height in Semi Dwarf Wheat (Triticum aestivum L). J. Agric. & Social Sci. 3(2): 59-62.
Tariq, M., S.I. Awan and M. Irshad ul Haq. 2007. Genetic variability and character association for harvest index in sorghum under rainfed conditions. International J. Agric. & Biol. 9(3): 470-472.
Tariq, M., S.I. Awan, M. Siddique and S. Ali. 2006. Wheat grain storage in Pakistan-Essential requirements, present status and future strategies. Indus J. Pl. Sci. 5(2): 779-783.
Siddique, M., M.F.A. Malik, S.I. Awan. 2006. Genetic divergence, association and performance evaluation of different genotypes of mung bean (Vigna radiata). International J. Agric. & Biol. 8(6): 793-795.
Awan, S.I., S. Ali and M.F.A. Malik. 2006. Combining ability analysis in inraspecific crosses of spring wheat. Sarhad J. Agric. 22(3): 415-417.
Awan, S.I., M.F.A. Malik and M. Siddique. 2005. Study on seedling traits for drought tolerance in wheat under moisture stress conditions. SAARC J. Agric. 3: 247-254.
Malik., M.F.A, S.I. Awan and S. Ali. 2005. Genetic behaviour and analysis of quantitative traits in five wheat genotypes. J. Agric. & Social Sci. 1(4): 313-315.
Khan, M.Q., S.I. Awan and M.M. Mughal. 2005. Estimation of genetic parameters in spring wheat genotypes under rainfed conditions. Indus J. Biol. Sci. 2(3): 367-370.
Awan, S.I., M.F.A. Malik and M. Siddique. 2005. Combining ability analysis in intervarietal crosses for component traits in hexaploid wheat. J. Agric. & Social Sci. 1(4): 316-317.
Awan, S.I., M. Siddique, and M.F.A. Malik. 2005. Combining ability studies for plant height and flag leaf characteristics in bread wheat. Bio. Sci. Res. 3(1): 167-170.
Siddique, M., S. Ali, M.F.A. Malik and S.I. Awan. 2004. Combining ability estimates for yield and yield components in spring wheat. Sarhad J. Agric. 20(4): 485-487.