Muhammad Zubair Khan
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Muhammad Zubair Khan 
Assistant Professor 
Functional Analysis of Carotenoids Biosynthesis Genes in Sweetpotato 
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Degree From To Major Institute/University
PhD Japan (Plant Biotechnology/Genetic Engineering) 2014 2017 Bio-Function Development [Plant Biotechnology Methods of Molecular Plant Breeding, Genetic and Metabolic Pathway Engineering for the Improvement of Plants and Microbes] Ishikawa Prefectural University Japan
Designation Organization From To
Assistant Professor Department of Biotechnology, University of Kotli AJK August,2017 November,2019
Agriculture Officer Govt of AJK Department of Agriculture May,2012 September,2013
Agriculture Finance Officer HBL Habib Bank LTD December,2006 May,2012
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Genetic improvement of sweet potato and amaranth for Pro-vitamin A carotenoids through conventional The proposed project focuses the following fourSDGs as mentioned by UN. GOAL 1: No Poverty; GOAL 2: Zero Hunger and GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being and GOAL 13: Climate Action Common malnutrition and low income related malnutrition in AJK and Pakistan is prevailing due to insufficient supply of micronutrients in commonly consumed foods. Amaranth and Sweet potato offer an enriched supply of macro and micronutrients with other health benefits among very low income and rapidly growing population Higher Education Commission of Pakistan [HEC] under its National Research Program for Universities PKR 8178450/-
Biochemical and molecular analysis of high yielding sweet potato (Ipomoea batatas) cultivars from Pa Four cultivars characterized for evaluation of variation at biochemical and molecular level along with their antioxidative and antibacterial activity. Orange cultivar showed more amounts of vitamin A, C, E, phosphorous, sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium.White cultivar showed minimum amounts of vitamin A, C, E, phosphorous, sodium, calcium and magnesium.Molecular comparison of four cultivars by SDS-PAGE provided desirable yet limited information on genetic variation of selected sweet potat Higher Education Commission of Pakistan [HEC] under its SRGP PKR. 394000/-
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Assistant Professor [From 22-11-2019 Continue] Department of Plant Breeding and Molecular Genetics, University of Poonch Rawalakot
Ahmad SD, Sabir SM, Zubair M. Ecotypes diversity in autumn olive (Elaeagnus umbellata Thunb): A single plant with multiple micronutrient genes. Chemistry and Ecology. 2006 Dec 1;22(6):509-21. DOI: 10.1080/02757540601024819
Khan MZ, Takemura M, Maoka T, Otani M, Misawa N. Carotenoid analysis of sweetpotato Ipomoea batatas and functional identification of its lycopene ?-and ?-cyclase genes. Zeitschrift für Naturforschung C. 2016 Sep 1;71(9-10):313-22. DOI: 10.1515/znc-2016-0150
Maoka T, Otani M, Khan MZ, Takemura M, Hattan JI, Misawa N. Novel carotenoids produced on the interaction of the foreign carotenoid ketolase CrtW and endogenous epoxycarotenoids unique to sweetpotato tubers. Tetrahedron Letters. 2016 Oct 19;57(42):4746-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.tetlet.2016.09.037
Rafique N, Bashir S, Khan MZ, Hayat I, Orts W, Wong DW. Metabolic engineering of Bacillus subtilis with an endopolygalacturonase gene isolated from Pectobacterium. carotovorum; a plant pathogenic bacterial strain. Plos one. 2021 Dec 22;16(12):e0256562. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0256562
Iqbal MA, Khalid S, Ahmed R, Khan MZ, Rafique N, Ijaz R, Ishaq S, Jamil M, Ahmad A, Gondal AS, Imran M. Underutilized Grasses Production: New Evolving Perspectives. Grasses and Grassland-New Perspectives. In: Iqbal, M. A. , editor. Grasses and Grassland - New Perspectives [Working Title] [Internet]. London: IntechOpen; 2022 [cited 2022 Sep 22]. Available from: DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.105375
Khan MZ, Takemura M, Maoka T, Hattan J, Otani M, & Misawa N. Molecular Breeding of Sweetpotato Carotenoids. In: Lage, M. Á. Á. P. , Otero, P. , editors. Natural Food Additives [Working Title] [Internet]. London: IntechOpen; 2022 [cited 2022 Sep 22]. Available from: DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.101849
Rafique N, Ijaz R, Khan MZ, Rafiq S, Hayat I, Hussain I, Ahmad KS, Tabassum R, Xie Z. Effect of Fermentation Response on Biosynthesis of Endopolygalacturonase from a Potent Strain of Bacillus by Utilizing Polymeric Substrates of Agricultural Origin. Catalysts. 2022 Aug;12(8):875. DOI: 10.3390/catal12080875
Bashir S, Awan MS, Farrukh MA, Naidu R, Khan SA, Rafique N, Ali S, Hayat I, Hussain I, Khan MZ. In-vivo (Albino Mice) and in-vitro Assimilation and Toxicity of Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles in Food Materials. International Journal of Nanomedicine. 2022 Sep 8;17:4073-85. DOI: 10.2147/ijn.s372343