Vice Chancellor

Prof. Dr. Muhammad Ajmal Khan (CV)

Vice Chancellor, University of Karachi

 

Contact #: 99261300-06 Ext: 2210, 2454

Direct #: 99261336-37

Fax#: 99261340

Email: vc@uok.edu.pk

Last Updated: April 28, 2017 12:36

 

BRIEF RESUME

Presidential Award of Sitara-e-Imtiaz
Distinguished National Professor
Meritorious Professor
Distinguished Scientist of the year
 2008 in Botany
Fellow of the Islamic World Academy of Sciences (IAS) 
Fellow of Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS) 
Fellow, Pakistan Academy of Sciences
Presidential Award of Pride of Performance
Distinguished Visiting Professor, King Saud University, KSA
Qatar Shell Professorial Chair in Sustainable Development, Qatar University

Education
  • B.Sc. (Hons.), Botany, University of Karachi, 1973 
  • M.Sc., Plant Physiology, University of Karachi, 1974 
  • Ph.D., Physiological Ecology, Ohio University, 1985 
  • D.Sc., Botany, University of Karachi, 2010.
Research Interest
Salt tolerant plants (halophytes), physiology, biochemistry and ecophysiology; Cash-crop halophytes
Current Projects
Development of varieties of halophytes for special uses
Salt tolerance mechanisms
Seed biology of halophytes 
Teaching Assignments
Physiological Ecology of Plants 
Plant Ecology 
Plant Population Biology 
Seed Biology 
Evolutionary Ecology

Selected Publications

  • Moinuddin, M., S. Gulzar, A. Hameed, B. Gul, G.E. Edwards and M.A. Khan. 2017. Differences in photosynthetic syndromes of four halophytic marsh grasses in Pakistan. Photosynthesis Research DOI 10.1007/s11120-016-0296-0.
  • Asrar H., Hussain T.a, Hadi S.M.S., Gul B., Nielsen B.L., Khan M.A. 2016. Salinity induced changes in light harvesting and carbon assimilating complexes of Desmostachya bipinnata (L.) Staph. Environmental and Experimental Botany. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envexpbot.2016.12.008 .
  • Adnan, M.Y., Hussain, T., Asrar, H., Hameed, A., Gul, B., Nielsen, B.L. and Khan, M.A., 2016. Desmostachya bipinnata manages photosynthesis and oxidative stress at moderate salinity. Flora-Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants, 225, pp.1-9.
  • Rasool, S.G., Hameed, A., Ahmed, M.Z., Khan, M.A. and Gul, B., 2016. Comparison of seed germination and recovery responses of a salt marsh halophyte Halopeplis perfoliata to osmotic and ionic treatments. Pak. J. Bot, 48(4), pp.1335-1343.
  • Böer, B.,  M. A. Khan, H. –W. Koyro  and K. B. Marcum. 2016.  Prospects of environmentally friendly farms for food security in hot and dry coastal areas based on seawater irrigation and waste products. Sabkha Ecosystem V. The Americas.
  • Gul, B., A. Hameed, D.J. Weber and M. A. Khan. 2016. Assessing seeds germination responses of Great Basin halophytes to various exogenous chemical treatments under saline conditions. Sabkha Ecosystem V. The Americas.
  • Ali, H., B. Gul, M.Y. Adnan, M. Z. Ahmed, R. Ansari, and M. A. Khan. 2016. Potential of halophytes as cattle fodder: A case study in Pakistan. J. Agric. Sci.
  • Ehsen, S., M. Qasim, Z. Abideen, F. Rizivi, B. Gul, R. Ansari, and M.A. Khan. 2016. Secondry metabolites as anti-nutritional factors in locally used halophytic forage/fodder. Pakistan Journal of Botany 48: 629-636.
  • Qasim, M., I. Aziz,  M. Rasheed, B. Gul,  and  M. A. Khan. 2016. Effect of extraction solvents on polyphenols and antioxidant activity of medicinal halophytes. Pakistan Journal of Botany 48: 621-627.
  • Ahmed, M. Z., A. Kikuchi, K. N. Watanabe and M. A. Khan. 2016. Bio-informatic analysis of a vacuolar Na+/H+ antiporter (AlaNHX) from the salt tolerant grass Aeluropus lagopoides. Pakistan Journal of Botany 48: 57-65.
  • Li W, Yamaguchi S, Khan MA, An P, Liu X and Tran L. 2016. Roles of gibberellins and abscisic acid in regulating germination of Suaeda salsa dimorphic seeds under salt stress. Frontiers in Plant Sci. 6:1235.
  • http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/fpls.2015.01235     
  • Abideen, Z., M. Qasim, R. Rizvi, B. Gul, R. Ansari and M. A. Khan. 2015. Oilseed halophytes: a potential source of biodiesel using saline degraded lands. Biofuels. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17597269.2015.1090812
  • Ahmed, M. Z., B. Gul, M. A. Khan, and  K. N. Watanabe, B. Huchzermeyer, 2015. Characterization and  function of sodium exchanger genes in Aeluropus lagopoides under NaCl stress. In: M.A. Khan, M. Ozturk, B. Gul, & M.Z. Ahmed (Eds): Halophytes for Food Security in Dry Lands. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-801854-5.00001-7
  • Hameed, A., B. Gul, and  M. A. Khan, 2015. Exogenous chemical treatments have differential effects in
  • improving salinity tolerance of halophytes. In: M.A. Khan, M. Ozturk, B. Gul, & M.Z. Ahmed (Eds): Halophytes for Food Security in Dry Lands. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-801854-5.00001-7
  • Khan, M. A. 2015. Food and water security for dry regions: a new paradigm. In: M.A. Khan, M. Ozturk, B. Gul, & M.Z. Ahmed (Eds): Halophytes for Food Security in Dry Lands. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-801854-5.00014-5
  • Diray-Arce, J., B. Gul, M. A. Khan and B. N. Nielsen. 2015. Halophyte transcriptomics: understanding mechanisms of salinity tolerance. In: M.A. Khan, M. Ozturk, B. Gul, & M.Z. Ahmed (Eds): Halophytes for Food Security in Dry Lands. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-801854-5.00010-8
  • Abideen, Z., M. Qasim, A. Rasheed, M.Y. Adnan, B. Gul and M. A. Khan. 2015. Antioxidant activity and polyphenolic content of Phragmites karka under saline conditions. Pakistan Journal of Botany  47: 813-818.
  • Diary-Arce, J., M. Clement B. Gul, M. A. Khan and B.L. Nielsen. 2015. Optimization of de novo transcriptome assembly of the halophyte Suaeda fruticosa using clustering methods. BMC Genomics 16:353,
  • http://dx.doi.10.1186/s12864-015-1553-x         
  • Hussain, T., H. W. Koyro, B. Huchzermeyer and M. A. Khan. 2015. Eco-physiological adaptations of Panicum antidotale to hyperosmotic salinity: water and ion relations and anti-oxidant feedback. Flora 212: 30-37. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.flora.2015.02.006
  • Rasheed, A., A. Hameed, M. A. Khan and B. Gul. 2015. Effects of salinity, temperature, light and dormancy regulating chemicals on seed germination of Salsola drummondii. Pakistan Journal of Botany 47: 11-19.
  • Hameed, A., S. Gulzar, I. Aziz, T. Hussain, B. Gul and M. A. Khan. 2015. Effects of salinity and ascorbic acid on growth, water status and antioxidant system in a perennial halophyte. AoB PLANTS/ doi:10.1093/aobpla/plv004       
  • Rasheed, A., A. Hameed, M. A. Khan and B. Gul. 2015. Variation in temperature and light but not salinity invokes antioxidant enzyme activities in germinating seeds of Salsola drummondii. Plant Biosystems. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/11263504.2014.1001463
  • Li, W., Khan, M.A., Yamaguchi, S. and Liu, X. 2014. Hormonal and environmental regulation of seed germination in salt cress (Thellungiella halophila). Plant Growth Regulation. DOI 10.1007/s10725-014-0007- 9.
  • Ali, H., B. Gul,  M.Y. Adnan, M. Z. Ahmed, I. Aziz, S. Gulzar, R. Ansari, and M.A. Khan. 2014. NPK mediated improvement in biomass production, photosynthesis and Na+ regulation in Panicum antidotale under saline conditions. Pakistan Journal of Botany 46: 1975-1979.
  • Ahmed, M.Z., S. Gulzar and M.A. Khan. 2014. Role of dormancy regulating chemicals in alleviating seed germination of three playa halophytes. Ekologie 23(92): 1-7.
  • Moinuddin, M., S. Gulzar, M. Z. Ahmed, B. Gul, H. W. Koyro and M. A. Khan. 2014. Excreting and non-excreting grasses exhibit different salt resistance strategies. AoB PLANTS 6: plu038; doi:10.1093/aobpla/plu038  
  • Abideen, Z., A. Hameed, H.-W. Koyro, B. Gul, R. Ansari and M. A. Khan. 2014 .  REVIEW ARTICLE: Sustainable biofuel production from non-food sources – An overview. Emir. J. Food Agric. 2014. 26: 1057-1066.
  • Gul, B., R. Ansari, H. Ali, M.Y. Adnan, D. J. Weber, B. L. Nielsen, H.-W. Koyro and M. A. Khan. 2014.  REVIEW ARTICLE: The sustainable utilization of saline resources for livestock feed production in arid and semi-arid regions: A model from Pakistan. Emir. J. Food Agric. 2014. 26: 1032 – 1045.
  • Hameed, A., A. Rasheed, B. Gul, and M.A. Khan. 2014. Salinity inhibits seed germination of Limonium stocksii and Suaeda fruticosa by reducing water uptake and ascorbate dependent antioxidant system. Environmental and Experimental Botany  107: 32–38.
  • Abideen, Z, H. W. Koyro, B. Huchzermeyer, M. Z. Ahmed, B. Gul and M. A. Khan. 2014.  Moderate salinity stimulates growth and photosynthesis of Phragmites karka by water relations and tissue specific ion regulation. Environmental and Experimental Botany 105: 70–76.
  • Koyro, H.-W., H. Lieth, B. Gul, R. Ansari, B. Huchzermeyer, Z. U. Abideen, T. Hussain and M. A. Khan. 2014. Importance of the Diversity in Between Halophytes to Agriculture and Land Management in Arid and Semiarid Countries. In. M.A. Khan et al. (eds.), Sabkha Ecosystems: Volume IV: Cash Crop Halophyte and Biodiversity Conservation, Tasks for Vegetation Science 47, DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-7411-7_26, © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014.
  • Gulzar, S. A. Hameed, M. Z. Ahmed and M. A. Khan. 2014. Is Soil Heterogeneity the Major Factor Influencing Vegetation Zonation at Karachi Coast?  In. M.A. Khan et al. (eds.), Sabkha Ecosystems: Volume IV: Cash Crop Halophyte and Biodiversity Conservation, Tasks for Vegetation Science 47, DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-7411-7_26, © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014.
  • Boer, B. and M. A. Khan. 2014. Short Communication: World Halophyte Garden: Economic Dividends with Global Significance. In. M.A. Khan et al. (eds.), Sabkha Ecosystems: Volume IV: Cash Crop Halophyte and Biodiversity Conservation, Tasks for Vegetation Science 47, DOI10.1007/978-94-007-7411-7_26, © Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 2014.
  • Hegazy, A.K., A. A. Alatar, M. A. Khan and J. Lovett-Doust. 2014. Interaction between "safe-site" and "safe-side" of germination in Neurada procumbens (Neuradaceae) in the Middle East. Folia Geobotanica.49:175–192.
  • Qasim, M., Z. U. Abideen, M.Y. Adnan, R. Ansari, B. Gul and M.A. Khan. 2014. Traditional ethnobotanical uses of medicinal plants from coastal areas of Pakistan. Journal of Coastal Life Medicine  2: 22-30
  • Siddiqui, Z.S. and M. A. Khan. 2013. Some physiological attributes of dimorphic seeds of Halopyrum mucronatum (L.) Stapf. Pakistan Journal of Botany 45: 1975-1979.
  • Zehra, A., B. Gul, R. Ansari, A.A. Alatar, A.K. Hegazy and M.  A. Khan. 2013.  Action of plant growth regulators in alleviating salinity and temperature effects on the germination of Phragmites karka. Pakistan Journal of Botany 45: 1919-1924.
  • Gul, B., Z. Abideen, R. Ansari & M. A. Khan. 2013. Halophyte biofuel revisited. Biofuels.4(6): 575 - 577.
  • Hameed, A., M.Z. Ahmad, S. Gulzar, B. Gul, J. Alam,  A. A. Alatar, A. K. Hegazy and M. A. Khan. 2013. Seed germination responses of Suaeda heterophylla to abiotic stresses. Pakistan Journal of Botany 45: 1649-1656.
  • Shaikh, F., B. Gul, R. Ansari, A.A. Alatar, A.K. Hegazy and M. A. Khan 2013. Comparative effects of NaCl and sea salt on the seed germination of two halophytic grasses under various light and temperature regimes. Pakistan Journal of Botany  45: 743-754.
  • Zehra, A., B. Gul, R. Ansari, A.A. Alatar, A.K. Hegazy and M.  A. Khan. 2013.  Interactive effect of salt, light and temperature on seed germination and recovery of a halophytic grass - Phragmites Karka. Pakistan Journal of Botany.45: 725-736.
  • Gul, B., R. Ansari, T. J. Flowers and M. A. Khan. 2013. Germination strategies of halophyte seeds under salinity. Environ. Exp. Bot. 92: 4-18, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.envexpbot. 2012.11.006 .
  • Koyro, H. –W., T. Hussain,  B. Huchzermeyer and M. A. Khan. 2013. Photosynthetic and growth responses of a perennial halophytic grass Panicum turgidum to increasing NaCl concentrations. Environ. Exp. Bot. 91: 22– 29. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1016/j.envexpbot.2013.02.007
  • Ahmed, M. Z., T. Shimazaki, S. Gulzar, A. Kikuchi, B. Gul, K. N. Watanabe, B. Huchzermeyer, H. W. Koyro and M. A. Khan. 2013. Growth, physiological responses and Na+ regulation in A. lagopoides under saline condition. Functional Biology, 40: 860-871.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/FP12346
  • Zehra, A., F. Shaikh, R. Ansari, B. Gul and M. A. Khan. 2013. Effect of ascorbic acid on seed germination of three halophytic grass species under saline conditions. Grass and Forage Science. 68: 339-344. DOI:10.1111/j.1365-2494.2012.00899x.       
  • Gulzar, S., A. Hameed, A.A. Alatar, A.K. Hegazy and M.A. Khan. 2013. Seed germination ecology of Cyperus arenarius – a sand binder from Karachi coast. Pakistan Journal of Botany 45: 493-496.
  • Khan, M.A., R. Ansari and B. Gul. 2012. Utilization of Saline Resources to Reduce Pressure on Good Quality Water. Tawasol: 17: 50-59.
  • Taylor, T.T., A. Ahzar, M. A. Khan, K. A. Malik and A. Nasim. 2012. (Guest Editorial). Safety, security, and ethics in the biological realm are a multi-disciplinary challenge - that begins and ends with the Individual. Applied Biosafety, 17 (3): 1-2.
  • Hameed, A., T. Hussain, S. Gulzar, I. Aziz, B. Gul and M. A.Khan. 2012.  Growth and physiochemical responses of a leaf-succulent halophyte Suaeda fruticosa to salinity and exogenous application of different chemicals. Acta Physiologia Plantarum 34: 2331-2340
  • Moinuddin, M., S., Gulzar, I. Aziz, A. Alatar, A. K. Hegazy and M. A. Khan. 2012. Evaluation of forage quality among coastal and inland grasses from Karachi. Pakistan Journal of Botany. 44: 573-577.
  • Zehra, A., B. Gul R. Ansari and M. A. Khan. 2012. Role of calcium in alleviating effect of salinity on germination of Phragmites karka seeds. South African Journal of Botany 78: 122-128.
  • Abideen, Z., R. Ansari, B. Gul and M. A. Khan. 2012. The place of halophytes in the bio-fuels industry in Pakistan. Biofuels 3 (2): 211-220.
  • Hameed, A. and M. A.  Khan. 2011. Halophytes: Biology and Economic Potentials. Karachi University Journal of Science. 39: 40-44.
  • Qasim, M., S. Gulzar and M. A.Khan. 2011. Halophytes as medicinal plants. NAM Meeting in Denizli, Turkey.
  • Siddiqui, Z.S., and M. A. Khan. 2011. The role of enzyme amylase in two germinating seed morphs of Halopyrum mucronatum (L.) Stapf. in saline and non-saline environment. Acta Physiol Plant 33:1185–1197
  • Li, W, X. Liu, A. Hanada and M. A. Khan. 2011. Effect of cold stratification, scarification and hormones on germination of dimorphic seeds of Atriplex centralasiatica under saline conditions. Seed Sci. & Technol., 39, 82-92
  • Abideen, Z., R. Ansari and M. A. Khan. 2011. Halophytes: Potential source of ligno-cellulosic biomass for ethanol production. Biomass & Bioenergy. 35: 1818-1822.